Preparing for your baby’s arrival

Good hygiene for a safe delivery and a healthy home

hygiene for new baby arrival

You’ve lots to plan for your baby’s arrival. Top of your baby checklist will be choosing a name, shopping for baby essentials, and getting your house ready. But what about protecting your baby from germs? Read these tips on good home and personal hygiene to keep you safe.

Good hygiene for a clean Nursery

When your baby comes home, until their natural immunity has developed, it’s important that everything they come into contact with is hygienically clean. This means making sure surfaces are not only cleaned but also disinfected (using a antiseptic liquid) to properly kill germs. Choosing suitable baby essentials will help.

  • Make sure your changing mat is waterproof so it can be regularly cleaned and disinfected
  • Choose toys that are easy to clean
  • Have Dettol Multi Use Hygiene Liquid to hand for wiping contaminated surfaces
  • Choose a cot that is safe and is easy to wipe clean if your baby is sick

Preparing for hospital

A pregnancy checklist will help you stay organised right up to the time you’re ready to go to hospital to give birth. Here are some things to get ready in advance.

For you:

  • Your birth plan
  • Dressing gown, slippers, old nightdress for labour and clothes for afterwards
  • Underwear
  • Toiletries
  • Dettol Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer

For baby:

  • Nappies
  • Muslin cloth
  • Baby blanket
  • Clothes to wear in hospital and to travel home in

Preparing for birth

During birth you and your new baby are vulnerable to germs and bacteria. Good hygiene is therefore vital to keep you both healthy.

For a hospital birth:

  • Keep a Dettol wipes or a Hand Sanitizer near your bed, and ensure that everyone who examines you or your baby uses it
  • Make sure visitors use the Dettol wipes or a Hand Sanitizer when they arrive and leave

With good hygiene as one of your baby essentials, you and your baby can be sure of a healthy start.

Please consult your doctor for your baby care. Tips provided here are of general nature related to routine hygiene only.