Got a new baby? Congratulations! Now comes the baby carriage, and the cute little shoes, and adorable hats, and visitors, and germs, and doctor’s visits… argh!
Yeah, there’s a lot to think about, but it’s not all scary. Here are some helpful tips of how to keep your new bundle of joy (and trouble!) healthy for as long as you possibly can.
- Try to breastfeed… we’ve heard it before, but research does indeed show that nursing helps improve immunity in your little one.
- Wash your hands before handling your baby (yes, you can carry germs, too.)
- Have all of your visitors wash their hands! That includes your daunting aunt or mother in law who everyone is scared to cross paths with! Do it for your kid!
- Keep antibacterial lotion on hand at all times (especially true if you have handsy little toddlers around the baby).
- Get your school-aged kids to get in the habit of washing their hands right after they come home from school (we all know how clean most schools can actually be)
- If you need to take the newborn out of the house, try to go outdoors versus indoor germ breeding fields (i.e. libraries, indoor mall playgrounds, hands-on children’s museums, etc.)
- Protect the baby by covering their infant baby carrier with a see-through net… Ok, this actually doesn’t do much to keep the germs away. But I’ve seen numerous parents act as if it does.
Good luck and stay healthy!