As any parent knows, life with a new baby is an exhilarating (not to mention exhausting!) experience. Feeding, nappy changing, soothing, bathing – it’s such a crazy juggle that many new mums and dads feel as if they’ve entered an alternative universe. You’re likely to be deluged by visitors too, with friends and family all desperate for a cuddle.
At times it might seem overwhelming, but through it all you’ll have one goal: to ensure your baby is happy, safe and healthy.
Hygiene and cleanliness are especially important at this time, as a newborn baby’s immune system is not fully developed. During the last three months of pregnancy, a mother’s antibodies are passed to the baby through the placenta. But this immunity diminishes after a few weeks, and babies slowly build up their own immunity as they grow into toddlers.
So how can you help protect against germs and sickness during those all-important early months? We share five tips on good hygiene and health . . .
- Preparation is all
During pregnancy, many women develop a nesting instinct – a powerful urge to clean and tidy their home in preparation for baby’s arrival. Try to use natural cleaning products, such as vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, so that air-polluting chemicals are kept to a minimum. When wiping down surfaces, use NatraSan to kill +99.9999% of harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts and moulds in seconds.
NatraSan contains pure hypochlorous, a safe and effective substance that’s produced naturally in human and animal immune systems. The cells in our bodies use hypochlorous to fight infections and kill invading germs. NatraSan is a wonderful antiseptic that has many uses both for hygiene and for healthcare.
Of course you might not experience the nesting instinct, in which case consider outsourcing the cleaning to your partner!
- Hygiene in hospital
The NHS is working hard to wipe out hospital-acquired infections, but the risk is still ever-present. When you’re packing your hospital bag, include NatraSan Travel Buddy, a handy-sized antiseptic spray. Spritz it on after handwashing, and spray it onto surfaces if you have any concerns about cleanliness. At that magical moment when you hold your baby for the first time, you’ll have the comfort of knowing that you’ve done all you can to keep harmful germs at bay.
- Home sweet home
Once home, hygiene is just as important. Careful handwashing is key – wash with warm, soapy water and use a nail brush. Keep NatraSan in the nursery close to the changing table and spritz on your hands before changing the nappy. Especially in the early weeks, babies can pick up infection – for example infection in the umbilical stump affects around one in 200 newborn babies. Clean, disinfected hands will mean less chance of passing on harmful bacteria.
- When visitors call
When friends and family come to call, encourage them to wash their hands before holding your baby. And if they have coughs, colds or any kind of bug, politely ask them to postpone their visit until they have fully recovered. If in doubt, you can always add an extra layer of protection by asking them to spray NatraSan on their hands. They might think you’re over-cautious, but that’s better than coping with a newborn baby with a cold!
- Keep baby close
Many studies have shown that keeping your baby close to you promotes health and wellbeing for both mother and child. Skin to skin contact immediately after birth is a well-established principle, and it’s increasingly thought that ‘wearing’ your baby in a carrier or sling has many benefits, helping to relieve colic, support bonding and promote physical development.
We hope our tips will help you to enjoy this precious time and minimise additional stress in those early days. If you have any questions about NatraSan, see our FAQs and if you’d like to try NatraSan for yourself, it’s available to purchase here.