Since newborn babies are susceptible to germs, they need to be protected from getting infected at all costs - most so during these trying times of the coronavirus pandemic.
You need to protect them by keeping them away from the public and cleaning and disinfecting their personal effects effectively. It's vital to do both cleaning and disinfecting of these baby items so that if cleaning with soap and water doesn't rid them of all the germs, disinfecting or sanitizing will kill those remaining germs.
It also provides extra protection against infections. However, you need to know how to properly clean and disinfect in order to protect your little one from the germs. Baby’s toys, clothes, feeding items and gear are some of the newborn baby's essentials that required to be disinfected. Below are the different ways you can clean and sanitize your newborn baby’s toys, feeding items and gear.
Let’s start with how to clean and disinfect the newborn feeding items:
How to Clean Newborn Feeding Items
The newborn baby's feeding items can include the bottles and the pacifier. The pacifier is not really a feeding item, but since it goes in the baby’s mouth and the baby sucks on it, we shall categorize it as one.
- The first thing you need to do is wash your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water.
- After that, take apart all the bottle parts - caps, nipples, rings, and valves before rinsing them under cold or warm running water along with the pacifier.
- That done, you’ll now go on to wash the items in a clean container specifically used to clean newborn feeding items with soap and warm water.
- Use a brush meant for only cleaning feeding items to scrub the items.
- Rinse the items again by holding them under running water while paying particular attention to the nipples by squeezing the water through the holes to ensure they get clean.
- After that, allow them to air-dry on an unused and clean dish towel to avoid transferring germs to the baby items.
With a dishwasher
Follow the same steps used to clean newborn feeding items up to step two when you finish rinsing under running water. After that, put the different bottle parts in the dishwasher to wash with hot water soap. Remember to place the small feeding items in a mesh laundry basket or a closed top basket to stop them from going through the filter. Then, drain the water and rinse before going on to use a heat drying cycle to not only dry the items but also kill more germs.
How to Disinfect Newborn Feeding Items
If you used a dishwasher with a heating drying cycle or a sanitizing setting to clean the baby feeding items, you could skip this step. But if you used your hands to clean the items, here is how the CDC recommends that you should disinfect feeding items while at the same time you follow the item’s manufacturer instructions:
Boil: You should boil the newborn feeding items and the pacifier for 5 minutes in a pot full of water. Use clean tongs to remove them.
Steam: When steaming, you first need to place the disassembled bottle parts and pacifier in the plug-in steam system or microwave. And then, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for sanitizing and drying the items.
Bleach: Mix 2 teaspoons of unscented bleach solution in a gallon of water and after, soak all the bottle parts and the pacifier for 2 minutes or more. Then, use tongs to remove the sanitized items, and put them on clean, unused dish towels to air-dry before you store them. If you're worried about the sanitizer affecting your little one for you didn't rinse, don't be because the bleach will dissolve as it dries and not harm your newborn baby. Otherwise, if you decided to rinse, the germs could be transferred back onto the items.
How To Clean And Disinfect Baby Toys
Before you clean baby toys, first separate the washable and non-washable toys. Because the way you clean stuffed or fabric toys differs from the way you clean plastic and rubber toys.
For stuffed or fabric toys: With these plush toys, using a washing machine that has a dryer can cover both the cleaning and sanitizing. Just make sure that you use warm water and that you run the machine in gentle mode to avoid spoiling the newborn baby toys. And to further protect the toys, place them in a pillowcase before putting them in the washing machine.
For plastic toys: Just use water and soap to scrub them clean and then rinse them under running water before placing them on a clean towel to dry. To further kill the germs on the newborn baby toys, you can spray them with a disinfectant or soak them in a bleach diluted solution, and leave them to air-dry.
For Rubber toys: These newborn baby toys can also be hand cleaned with soapy water to rid them of germs while protecting their texture. Before washing them, soak them for a while so that the soapy breaks down the dirt on them. Use a sponge to wash them, and after, use a vinegar-soaked toothbrush to further rid them of any remaining germs.
How To Clean And Disinfect Newborn Baby Gear
Infant car seat: You can opt to throw the seat padding in a washing machine if you don't mind the time-consuming process of putting them back on. However, if you do mind, you can use a compressed air-duster to dislodge dirt from its crevices and use a toothbrush to scrub off grime before using a bleach soaked sponge to clean it.
Baby carrier: It’s best to hand wash it with soap and water in order to avoid destroying the straps and fasteners. And after, put it in a bleach solution to remove any lingering germs and dust mites before hanging it to dry.
Baby stroller: The stroller handles tend to get pretty dirty because you use them to push the baby around. So to clean them with ease, you can use disinfectant wipes. But also, spraying the handles with a disinfectant and wiping them with paper towels can work pretty well.
Crib mattresses: A Firm mattress, unlike a soft one, will help your newborn baby to sleep better. It is important to clean and disinfect your newborn baby's Crib mattresses to prevent infection. If your newborn baby’s crib mattress is waterproof, all you’ve to do is clean it with baby wipes. Or if you feel that’s not enough, you can use soapy water and a clean cloth to wipe it. However, if the baby has a fabric-covered mattress, you'll have to use a mixed solution of hydrogen peroxide and dish soap to clean it with a sponge. Subsequently, to disinfect this newborn baby gear, wiping down with disinfectant will do for the waterproof mattress. For the fabric-covered mattress, spraying a disinfectant and letting it sit will do the job.
Changing pad cover: Since you use it to change dirty diapers and dirty clothes, this item needs a regular thorough clean. Use warm soapy water to clean it (if it's made of cotton, and afterward, soak it in a bleach diluted solution to disinfect it. For the waterproof covers, it's as easy as wiping them down with a soapy sponge and after, with sanitizer.
Plastic diaper pail: An all-purpose cleaning soap can suffice to clean the pail and rid of both the germs and smell. And to disinfect this item, a wipe down with a bleach or disinfectant will suffice.
With all that, you can now worry less about your newborn baby getting infected from their belongings. And consequently, delight in parenthood because you know how to kick the germs to the dirt.