Babies have underdeveloped immune systems especially if they were born sick or premature, meaning they need a higher level of cleanliness around the house. When they get a little bit older and start to crawl and touch everything around them this becomes even more important. Indeed, many babies also have sensitive skin making good household hygiene vital.  

Everyone in the house should wash their hands! This is important to protect the baby’s immune system. Remember to do so before touching the baby, after changing nappies and following a trip to the toilet. 

 You do not have to be the perfect home cleaner to be a good parent. Doing the basics to ensure good hygiene and keeping the environment safe and protected for your child is about doing what you can. Prioritise the baby’s health and welfare and both you and your child will be just fine. 

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