Bringing your baby home is an incredibly exciting time. It’s also a time, when as parents, you’ll feel a little nervous at the tremendous responsibility of looking after your little bundle of joy, all on your own.
Wash your hands
Germs travel around your home on your hands. It sounds simple, but washing your hands with soap and water is one of the best ways to help stop the spread of germs. If soap and water isn’t available, use hand sanitiser.
You should wash your hands:
- Before breastfeeding or preparing formula milk
- Before and after preparing food
- After changing a nappy or going to the toilet
- After cleaning or touching something dirty (faeces, urine, vomit, saliva)
- Whenever your hands look dirty
Clean surfaces before and after use
As a new mum, you’ll have your hands full, but by establishing a good hygiene routine in the home, you can help protect the whole family from harmful germs. Surfaces that you regularly touch need to be cleaned and disinfected. These should include:
- Kitchen surfaces before and after food preparation
- Baby changing mats and nappy bins
- Door handles around the home
- Taps, flushes and toilet seats
- Light switches and bin lids
Once your baby starts to use a high chair (yes, they’ll soon be going up in the world) it’s important to keep it hygienically clean.
Help stop the spread of germs from visitors
You can be sure that the moment you’re home, friends and family will be lining up to say hello to your healthy new baby. Don’t be afraid to ask them to wash their hands before and after holding your baby, and ask anyone who is unwell to delay their visit until they are better.
Immunisations for your baby
Contact your GP to plan your vaccination schedule, so your baby gets the right vaccinations at the right time.