It is important that the surfaces that baby comes into contact with are hygienically clean. To start with, it’s important to note that cleaning and disinfecting are not the same thing. Cleaning means physically reducing the soils and germs on surfaces using soap or detergent and water, in combination with scrubbing. When you disinfect, you are actually killing germs. By using a sanitising wipe or disinfecting spray on these surfaces, you will help reduce the spread of germs around the home.
In the nursery, surfaces that need to be regularly disinfected include changing tables, mats, and other surfaces or implements that could have become contaminated or that may have been exposed to other bodily fluids. Sometimes this can include floors and walls.
If the surface, toy or other item that you are disinfecting will come into direct contact with your baby, rinse it well with clean water after you have finished disinfecting it.
Remember to wash your hands after cleaning and disinfecting, and especially before touching your baby again.
Strategies for visitors
There are two primary “rules” you should stick to when people come round to see your new baby.
- They must wash their hands thoroughly before touching the baby.
- The visitor shouldn’t see the baby if they have a cold or other illness/symptoms, or if they could be contagious (for example, if someone in their own home is sick). Don’t be embarrassed to ask that they wait until next time.
Using cleaning products
Use disinfectants safely. Always follow the instructions on the product label carefully.
Store products out of reach and sight of children, or safely locked in a cupboard Store products in their original containers and never remove product labels Dispose of empty containers according to the instructions on the label. Never mix cleaning products. Products that are normally safe when used alone may emit harmful fumes if mixed with other products.