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The real dirt on baby clean

As soon as your baby can pick things up, she’ll start to put anything and everything into her mouth. But what’s really dirty, and what’s just kind of gross?
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When it comes to dropped pacifiers or food, forget the five-minute rule: Any transfer of germs, dirt or what-have-you happens on contact. But should you freak out if a pacifier or banana hits the floor? Depends on where it’s dropped.

The reality is that germs are everywhere. If someone with a cold sneezes or coughs, the germs can land on surfaces and be spread to baby’s nose, mouth or eyes by touch. The good news is you can protect your baby from infection by:

  • Washing your own hands often
  • Keeping shared toys and surfaces clean with a ten percent water-and-bleach solution or other disinfectant
  • Using sanitizing wipes or changing pads on public surfaces – for instance, on shopping-cart handles and public changing tables

If you’re at home, a quick rinse of the food or binky to wash off lint and germs is probably all you need to do. But if the pacifier falls on the floor of a rest-stop bathroom, you might want to take it out of circulation until you can fully sanitize it by boiling it for 15 minutes.

But don’t sweat the dog slobber: Your baby can’t catch any parasites from dog toys or a quick lick on the cheek or high chair tray. If you let your pooch clean your high chair or dishes after a meal, it doesn’t hurt to rinse the baby’s tray and dishes thoroughly in warm, soapy water or in the dishwasher, though.

An article from the HUGGIES® Brand

  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 6reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This is definitely a great article to send over to new moms and dads! Thanks for posting :) November 10, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Babys drool is a natural disinfectant. so I don't worry too much about germs. certain things though are just too gross to think about their little mouths touching like our shoes. My little one loves to try and chew on our shoes, she thinks shes a puppy. but its helps to know that God made a way for babies to be safe just in case they put something in their mouths that is horrible. July 27, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My son is almost 9 months and I have not been sick since I got pregnant and he has never been sick. washing hands is number one! I also wash all his toys with the same wash I use on him once a week. I put all his toys in the tub get a soapy wash cloth and go to town. I wash his stuffed animals in the washer, in a pillow case for all others who didn't learn that trick from mom.I also have started washing my sons hands after we are outside playing and crawling around on floor.I also take my own toys to the doctors office this might be a little on the paranoid side but you figure most people are they because some one is sick. May 21, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by It is very true, germs are everywhere. You can not protect your baby from every germ short of having them live in a bubble. Washing your own hands is and was a top priority for me. Most first time moms are a bit OCD to begin with so you will probably over sanitize. Just learn to relax, but do wash you and anything that falls to the ground. November 12, 2012
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