It’s no secret that something is in our water because we have a lot of pregnant celebrities. There are a lot of things to plan for your baby’s arrival. Hygiene should be number one on the list. “When your baby first comes home, until their natural immunity has developed, it’s important that everything they come into contact with is hygienically clean,” says Dr Kgosi Letlape, member of the Global Hygiene Council and Dettol goodwill ambassador.
Dettol SA shares tips to create a germ-free baby space.
- Make sure surfaces are cleaned (with soap and water) and also disinfected (using a sanitising wipe or disinfectant spray) to properly kill germs.
- Remember to wash your hands with an anti-bacterial soap after cleaning and disinfecting, and especially before touching your baby again.
- Make sure your changing mat is waterproof so it can be regularly cleaned and disinfected.
- Choose a cot that is easy to wipe clean if your baby is sick.
- Always clean and disinfect nappy changing surfaces and any other surfaces in public areas that you may have contaminated after a nappy change.
- Hand sanitisers can kill the germs on your hands when you don’t have access to soap and water.
- Always carry a bag for dirty nappies for places that don’t have dustbins.
- All visitors must wash their hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap before touching the baby.
- No visitor will see the baby if they have a cold or other illness/ symptoms, or if they could be contagious.