The immune systems of newborns are still developing, so a clean room is essential to keep disease-causing germs away. Here are a few ways to keep the nursery a safe place for baby, without placing enormous cleaning demands on time- and sleep-starved parents.
Place only necessary furnishings in the nursery to reduce the number of dust- and germ-gathering items in the room.
Fewer items also means the room will be easier and faster to clean.
Clean the diaper changing station with non-toxic disinfectant cleaning supplies after each use.
Empty and disinfect the inside and outside of the diaper pail daily to stop the spread of germs.
Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners in the room.
Opt for natural cleaning products instead.
Launder sheets and mattress pad in hot water and mild detergent when they become soiled or at least once a week.
If the mattress is waterproof, disinfect it each time you change the bedding.
Dust windowsills, shelves and other furniture in the room once a week with microﬁber cloths that trap more dust than traditional cotton cloths.
Don’t use a feather duster, which only moves around dirt. Change air ﬁlters every few months to reduce dust and allergens.
Vacuum floors often.
Use a vacuum with HEPA filtration that removes more dust than traditional cleaners. Before baby arrives, have carpeting steam-cleaned or consider installing ﬂooring that is easier to keep clean.
Keep pets out of the room to limit germs, hair and allergens in the nursery.
Choose machine washable decorations when possible. Items that can’t be washed should be taken outdoors and shaken to remove dust. A little time in the sun also helps disinfect the items.
Most germs are spread by contact.
Keep disinfectant wipes handy and clean often-touched items such as doorknobs and crib railings regularly.
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