Playtex recently shared with us some pointers from one of their germ experts, Dr. Benjamin Tanner, on how to help keep a tiny tot’s space disinfected. Check out his helpful advice below:
Maintaining a clean and healthy nursery for your little one can seem like a never ending task. A recent Playtex survey revealed that having a clean and healthy nursery environment is a key priority for 65 percent of moms, underscoring the importance of keeping this special room as sanitary as possible. Here are five simple and easy tips to help parents do just that.
Learn the ABCs of disinfectants vs. cleaners
Cleaners remove soils, but may still spread germs around, while disinfectants will kill germs when used correctly. To use a disinfectant correctly in a nursery, remove your baby from the spray or wipe zone and apply the product liberally. After the label-specified time elapses, wipe off the surface with a wet cloth to get rid of any residual chemicals so your baby’s delicate skin doesn’t touch these chemicals. It’s also wise to disinfect hard floors and vacuum carpets routinely to keep germ levels low.
Know the nursery hot spots
Germ “hot spots” in the nursery are the areas that come in contact with waste in diapers and other body fluids, directly or indirectly. Areas where most bacteria typically gather include the floor, changing table, toys, toy chest and laundry hamper. These spots should be disinfected at least once a day to kill these bacteria. Make sure to focus on these key areas more than others when disinfecting in the nursery, and use a proper disinfectant, not just a cleaner.
Eliminate germs and messes during change time
The changing table is one of the key hot spots, and the place where diaper messes and germs are transferred from the diaper to baby’s skin. Establish a quick, mess-free diaper changing routine to help keep these germs at bay, keeping supplies handy and close by in a dedicated changing area. Get rid of diapers in a hygienic fashion that keeps germs sealed away. (Playtex’s Diaper Genie II Elite