[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Anyone who has begun weaning their little one can sympathise that it gets MESSY! But what about cleaning your baby before mealtimes?!
We should always wash our own hands before eating and babies’ hands are no different... especially once they are old enough to start eating, crawling and getting into all sorts of mischief! Hand washing is the simplest, yet most effective, way to stop the spread of bacteria and therefore keep our babies safe and protected from unnecessary illnesses.
For some tips on washing your baby’s hands; including the logistics and what to use on the baby's skin, I’ve answered some of the common hand washing questions below….
How should you wash your baby’s hands?
1. At the sink
One of the most straightforward ways to wash your baby’s hands is of course to hold your baby over the sink, balancing them on your knee and washing their hands with soap and water as you would your own (being careful not to press little one’s tummy into the sink whilst doing so).
2. Using a soapy washcloth
If the logistics of holding your baby up to the sink isn’t for you (especially when your baby is little!), then you can also apply soap to their hands using a dampened soapy washcloth instead, using another dampened with just water to wipe away the soap.
3. Use a bowl of soapy water
You can also put the bowl of soapy water in front of your baby; which is arguably the most fun way of handwashing for a baby! Use a cloth to make sure you get in between all of their fingers, and then use a damp cloth to clean off the soapy residue.
What to wash their hands with?
Soap and water are always best to wash hands with… regardless of age!
However, if you’re worried that your regular kitchen soap might be a little too harsh for your baby’s delicate skin, then you can always use some of their regular body wash instead! Truth is…. anything soapy will do the job when it comes to handwashing!
What about when out and about?
When out and about, always stick to using soap and water wherever you can.
If there is no soap and water available, hand sanitiser may be used but make sure you rub it in until completely dry. You can buy alcohol free sanitisers but if using any alcohol based hand sanitisers, make sure you keep your baby’s hands well moisturised as these can be a little harsh for your baby’s delicate skin.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]