Your newborn will always be a mess of puke and pee. No matter how much you scream at her, she will only return your rage with a toothless cherubic smile and then puke milk all over the place. So woman, save your breath. And keep your baby’s daily use items sanitised, so that your little one does not get infected by germs and bacteria. Because of the constant mess it makes, it is necessary to wash, rinse and sanitise these at regular intervals because everything that the baby uses becomes a breeding ground for germs and diseases at a moment’s notice.
Here are 6 essential things that are used often and it is imperative that you keep these sanitised all the time for the safety of your baby.
1. Feeding Bottles
The dregs of milk in the bottle start to rot within an hour of neglect, and the bottle becomes an incubator for bacteria. To prevent this, sanitise the bottle immediately. Sterilise the bottle by keeping it in a large boiler pot filled with water. Let the water boil for five to six minutes. Turn off the heat and you have a sterilised and safe bottle.
2. Oil cloth
The pee-stained oil cloth needs to be cleaned and changed every day to protect the baby from skin rashes. Add two tablespoons of detergent to a bucket of hot water; the water needs to be frothy. Dip a sponge in the detergent water and wipe the oil cloth with the sponge. Rinse the cleaned oil cloth in warm water and wipe it with a soft antiseptic liquid to sanitise it completely.
This regular workhorse has to be kept cleaned and sanitised every day. Clean and scrub the mud and dirt that the wheels accumulate. If possible, remove the seat and the bassinet and clean and wipe them separately. Rinse the stains and sanitise the fabrics of the seat by cleaning them with an antiseptic soap and liquid. If you want to save yourself the trouble of an elaborate cleaning, then take the pram to the car wash.
4. Baby garments
The baby will burp, spill, and vomit milk, will pee all over his clothes. Baby garments are the best incubators for bacteria. To get rid of these germs, wash the baby’s garments in warm water (as the heat helps to kill the bacteria) mixed with antiseptic and antibiotic soap as suggested by the paediatrician. Do not wash the nappies and diapers along with the clothes. Wash them separately as they are more prone to bacteria on account of being stained with pee and poop. Use of baby detergent is the best option to clean and sanitise the baby garments.
5. Baby utensils
Place the baby utensils in a boiler pot filled with water and put the pot on boil for five to six minutes. Make sure that the utensils are way beneath the surface of the water and there are no bubbles of air. Turn the heat off and let the water cool, you can then take the sterilised utensils out.
6. Mummy breast pumps
Sanitise the pumps every day. Rinse the different components of the breast pump like the breast shield, tubes and connectors in cool water to remove the traces of breast milk. Wash the parts in warm soap water. Use a dish detergent powder or a product that is more specialised like the soap for removal of breast milk by Medela that removes all the stubborn dregs of up to 3 days.