Shopping for little things is part of what makes parenting awesome. Aren’t those tiny boots adorable? And look! What do you think of these pom-pom caps? Sure, you want to spend a fortune on every little outfit, baby hygiene products and nursery accessories but do you really need them?
Okay, maybe you have to spend a lot on clothes and accessories. But when it comes to infant care products, you don’t really need to fill your shopping cart with much. Less is best. Your baby has a unique, sort of addicting scent that would make you forego those fragrant powders, lotions, soaps and shampoos that other people might go gaga over.
So what do you really need in your baby’s cabinet? Here’s a list:
You have to start with the most basic infant care products like cotton balls. I know you, might be rolling your eyes and thinking “those are not super important” but that fact is, they are.
For the first few weeks of life, your baby won’t need baby wipes to clean his tender tush. A cotton ball dipped in plain water is the best and the most effective way to do it. You can also use cotton balls to clean your baby’s eyes. It is not recommended to use other swabs to clean the eyes because they’re not safe to use on your baby; what with pre-loaded chemicals and such.
Does your baby have cradle cap? Then your doctor might recommend the use of baby oil. You can also use baby oil to give your newborn a message.
Baby massages are very effective in calming newborns. Tummy massages additionally help improve digestion and provide comic relief. However, make sure to cover up your baby after using baby oil because oiled-up babies can be quite slippery.
Baby Bath Needs
When it comes to baby’s bath needs, the shorter the ingredients list, the better. You don’t want to overload your baby with chemicals in soaps and shampoos, right? Skip the fragrances. They only do more harm than good.
When your baby is ready, look for hypoallergenic as well as alcohol- and fragrance-free baby wipes. Baby wipes are very useful when traveling and for hand washing on the go. You can also use them to clean up leaky diaper spills and spit-ups on clothes.
Doesn’t stock up on baby wipes though, because finding what works best for your baby is going to take some time. What if your baby is allergic to certain brands and you’ve already bought a year’s worth? That’s hard-earned money down the drain.
If you want to go green, you can opt for reusable cloth diaper wipes.
An Infant Baby Care Kit
An infant baby care kit would include grooming products like baby nail clippers or scissors, wide-toothed baby-sized comb, and soft baby brush.
Why do you need baby nail clippers? Because your baby’s fingers are so tiny, you risk cutting through them when you use the adult-sized clippers. When buying baby clippers, go for those with rounded tips for added safety.
Meanwhile, the comb and baby brush will come in handy if your baby was born with a head full of hair. You can also use them to brush off the softened cradle cap after using baby oil on it.
Child Care Tips on Hygiene
Washing and Bathing
Have you ever wondered why most babies cry during bath time? Maybe it’s their way of telling you that you don’t really need to give them a bath every day. Every other day bathing is actually Okay for babies. Shampoos and other skin care products are not even needed in the first few months. Bathing baby in plain water and cotton pads is enough.
But when you are giving baby a bath, pay careful attention in and around the skin creases like the neck, between the fingers, toes and the underarms.
It doesn’t matter if your baby has cloth or disposable diaper on because nappy changes should be done frequently – either after defecating, urinating or both. You are doing this because you want to save baby from sore skin and foul smells around the nappy area.
When cleaning baby girls, always do a front to back motion to prevent the contamination of the bladder and urethra from the bacteria coming from feces. Dry the creases around the area and apply Vaseline to prevent sores.
Good Hygiene Starts from You
Where else can your child learn good hygiene if not from you? So before you touch the baby after feeding him, after a nappy change, after going to the toilet or doing anything that could potentially mean dealing with germs, wash your hands with a good antibacterial soap.
Air Purifier for Baby Room
In addition, it is your responsibility to maintain a clean home but you don’t have to clean the home from top to bottom every day. You just have to know where to pay particular attention to – like the areas that harbor bacteria and germs the most including the kitchen and bathroom. Make it a point to properly clean the things that have a lot of contact with food, bodies and hands like glassware, cutlery and tables and so on.
You don’t need a lot of chemicals to maintain a clean home. Hot water with detergent, along with a good disinfectant will be more than enough.
Lastly, don’t forget to clean your baby’s toys thoroughly! Babies love to put anything into their mouths and toys are often the closest things they can reach. Use a good disinfectant that is also safe for babies. Wipe the hard plastic toys and rinse them well. Plush toys, on the other hand, can be thrown into the washing machine.
Caring for your baby can prove to be a tedious task but it’s all going to be worth it!
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