Tips on How to Conceive a Baby Boy
It’s heartbreaking when your happy, energetic little one become unwell. As parents we do everything we can to try to keep our babies from becoming ill or feeling pain. However, up until 12 months, a baby’s immune system is weak and underdeveloped, which means that they’re more prone to picking up a variety of infections.
Of course, you can’t keep them in a bubble and away from other people who could potentially infect them, but what you can do to protect your baby is practice good hygiene from birth, both in and out of the home.
Germs are microorganisms and are necessary for life on earth. Not all germs are dangerous for babies, but some are more likely to affect them because of their weaker immune system. The most common infections for bubs include colds, flu, thrush, and gastroenteritis.
Here are several simple ways you can protect your baby and family from these infections:
This is the number one rule and should be a priority for everyone. It is the best way to avoid germs being transmitted to your baby from you or others, as the majority of illnesses are spread via hands. This includes washing your baby’s hands. If they’re too young to hold over a sink, you can use a dampened soapy washcloth instead.
Always wash your hands with warm soapy water:
Note: hand sanitisers don’t work as well as soap and water, particularly against viruses.
Whilst young babies are not fully immunised, it makes them highly vulnerable to severe infections. Kissing a baby can spread germs that lead to illness (or worse), so it’s highly recommended that no one kisses a newborn (and that includes their parents, sorry).
Read about the dangers of people kissing your newborn, and the precautions you can take to protect your little one.
Milk is the ideal environment for viruses and bacteria to grow, which is why you need to take special care when washing any parts that come into contact with it. All breast pump parts, bottles, teats, caps, and lids need to be thoroughly washed in warm soapy water and ideally a bottle cleaner to remove all residue, before rinsing in cold water, and finally sterilised.
You don’t need to go overboard and create a super sterile environment in the home, but as babies tend to touch and put everything in their mouth, it’s important to keep a safe and healthy environment for your growing and curious little one. Here are some great tips:
When it comes to their toys, remotes, phones, dummies, teething rings, rattles, play area surfaces, and basically anything they put in their mouth, it’s best to regularly tackle them with a disinfecting wipe or cleanser.
Wipe down the nappy change mat or table with warm soapy water every day to get rid of germs. If your baby is sick or has diarrhoea, use a disinfectant wipe or spray to clean the surfaces.
Always keep a handy pack of cleaning and disinfecting wipes in your nappy bag when you head out. You’ll come across many places that are unclean and potentially harbouring germs that lead to illnesses. Some hot spots include highchairs, supermarket trolleys, public toilets, and baby changing facilities. Disinfecting wipes are also useful for when your baby inevitably drops their toys or soother/dummy on the floor, and there’s nowhere nearby to wash them.