After Birth

Here’s what you need to know to keep your new baby safe and healthy.elines for advice, but you may also consider the following good hygiene practices.

Your Hospital Stay

How can I keep myself and my baby healthy during our time in hospital?
Make sure that you and your clothes are clean before you go into hospital and mention any illness you may have had to staff. Ensure that you, staff and visitors wash their hands or use a hand sanitiser before coming into contact with you and the baby.

Your Home Birth

How can I keep myself and my baby healthy during a home birth?
Make sure that your home is hygienically as well as visibly clean, by disinfecting as well as removing surface dirt. Also, ensure that you, your partner and the midwife regularly and thoroughly wash hands or use a hand sanitiser, particularly before touching the baby or eating, and after using the toilet.

Protecting Your Baby

What washing powder should I use for my baby’s clothes?
When using a washing machine, don't use washing powders with enzymes (bio powders) or fabric conditioner, as they may irritate your baby's skin. Always rinse clothes thoroughly.
How can I protect my baby from germs?
Make sure that you and any visitors wash your hands or use a hand sanitiser before you touch your baby, and after feeding or changing their nappy. Safely clean and disinfect any areas that your baby will come in contact with and ensure bottles are correctly sterilised.
How do I know if a toy is safe for my baby?
Read labels to make sure the toy is appropriate for your child's age. Try not to buy toys that may have small parts or pose a choking hazard. Remember, this labelling is related to safety/choking hazards, not developmental abilities.