How to control germs in the nursery area

When planning the nursery for your baby it is important to have a plan for germ control. Germs from diaper changing, viruses, and bacteria can make your baby sick. Keeping things as clean and disinfected as possible will reduce the chances of your baby becoming ill.

Chlorine Bleach is one of the best disinfecting solutions to use in the nursery. It eliminates such germs such as E-coli, salmonella, and staph. Chlorine bleach also kills bacteria faster than other disinfectants. The only draw back to using chlorine bleach is the strong odor.

Disinfecting the changing

The top of the changing table should be cleaned at the end of each day. If using the changing table for more than one child, it should be cleaned after each child is changed. If the top of the changing table is made of vinyl you can wipe it off with a disinfecting wipe. If you have covered the top with sheets or blankets you should wash these items every day.

To prevent the spread of germs in the nursery, you should always wash your hands thoroughly after each time that you change your baby. If you don’t have a sink in the nursery you can use a disinfectant hand sanitizer. In order for handwashing to be effective in reducing the spread of germs and bacteria, it needs to be done properly. Hands should be lathered up with soap and water and rubbed together for at least twenty seconds. Be sure to wash under fingernails too. After thoroughly washing hands, rinse well. Always use a clean paper towel to turn the faucet off.

Disinfecting the diaper pail

The diaper pail should be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day. After emptying the diaper pail, pour a gallon of water and ¾ cup of bleach into the bottom. Use a brush to wet all sides and surfaces. Allow the surfaces to stay wet for about ten minutes. Rinse and let air dry. Place a clean bag in the diaper pail and put the diaper pail back into the nursery. Wash hands thoroughly.

Bedding, sheets, and blankets

The bedding in the baby’s crib or bassinet should be changed each day. After removing sheets and blankets, wipe the crib mattress with a disinfectant wipe. There are many brands of disinfectant wipes available in most grocery stores. Wipe the crib surfaces too.

Cleaning germs in the air

To clean and disinfect germs that may be in the air, spray a disinfectant spray such as Lysol into the air at the end of each day. Be sure that the baby is not in the room when you spray so he doesn’t inhale the mist from the spray.

The nursery toys

Toys that are kept in the nursery and played with by the baby should be cleaned and disinfected weekly. To do this wipe toys with a disinfectant wipe or solution of one quart water and two teaspoons bleach. Wet surfaces and allow to soak for ten minutes. Rinse thoroughly and air dry.

Light switches and doorknobs

Light switches and doorknobs can transmit bacteria from person to person too. Wipe light switches and doorknobs at least once a day with a disinfectant wipe and allow to air dry.

Cleaning floors and carpeting

If you have carpeting in your nursery it should be steam cleaned about once a month. If you have vinyl flooring or linoleum you can wet mop the floor with a solution of one-gallon bleach and ¾ cup bleach. Allow the solution to remain on the floor for ten minutes.

Rinse and allow to air dry. Open the window in the room and allow to air out before bringing the baby back into the nursery. If you don’t like the strong odor caused by using chlorine bleach, there are many products available that can disinfect without the odor of bleach. Be sure that the cleaner that you choose is a disinfectant.

When coming up with a plan for germ control is very important to remember to never mix cleaning products.

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