Baby arriving? Detox your home now!

You’re sharing a house with loads of harmful substances, so make sure it’s safe before bubba joins the household.

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Having a baby is surely a joyous milestone to be celebrated. And after raising that glass of grape juice — alcohol is out of the question — it’s time to check off that long to-do list!

Besides getting all your necessities — a crib, bottles and diapers — don’t forget to pay attention to your living spaces. Indeed, ridding your home of dust, dirt and household items that may contain unsafe materials for baby will keep allergens at bay and ensure that your little one grows up happy and healthy. As your vulnerable newborn can fall sick easily, guarding his developing immunity is vital!

If you have a pet dog or cat, you may want to get fixtures like a gate or net to keep them out of the nursery. Don’t let the pet lick your child’s body, as that will spread harmful bacteria. Ensure your pets are clean and well-groomed at all times to prevent worms, ticks and fleas from entering the home.

If you are wary of conventional cleaning materials sold in the supermarkets, you may want to use natural cleaning options like baking soda and vinegar.

 

Thankfully, sprucing up your home does not mean remodelling it with Extreme Makeover fervour. Even better, you can rope your hubby in to take charge of these simple home improvements! Here are quick and easy but important fixes to carry out…

1. Purify the air

WHAT You shouldn’t wait till Singapore’s caught in the thick of the seasonal haze before installing an air purifier at home. If you or your spouse suffers from chronic conditions like asthma and allergic rhinosinusitis, bubba is also predisposed to developing these health issues as well.
DO THIS Installing an air purifier with a HEPA filter will remove dust and pollutants that are invisible to your naked eye. Dusting and vacuuming the floors regularly can also prevent harmful dust particles from being inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Ideally, do this at least two to three times a week ― if cleaning is a regular part of your weekly routine now, it’ll become less of a chore once baby arrives. Use microfibre cloths, which are more efficient and effective in catching dirt, grime and stubborn stains without leaving unsightly scratches. Don’t use a feather duster as it’ll just spread dust around.

2. Say no to harsh cleaning chemicals

WHAT While bleaching your floors at home can wipe out bacteria and viruses, these harsh chemicals can also be bad for baby’s soft skin. Cleaning supplies that are loaded with chemicals like phthalates and ammonia can spell serious trouble for bubba. Ammonia, for instance, is a strong irritant that can cause breathing issues. Phthalates may lead to birth defects, developmental disorders and reproductive issues.
DO THIS Shop for eco-friendly cleaning products. If these hypoallergenic and fragrance-free cleaners are good for the environment, they are also good for bubba’s health, especially since these should cause fewer allergic reactions.

If you are wary of conventional cleaning materials sold in the supermarkets, you may want to use natural cleaning options like baking soda and vinegar. This natural combination absorbs odours and removes stains effectively without the negative health effects of artificial cleaners.

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