Okay, so here’s a confession. I think my baby, as beautiful as she is, is a germ magnet. This morning I watched her drag her fingers along every surface she could reach, and then put them in her mouth with a gleeful smile on her face! Then, as I changed her nappy, she made sure she could touch every inch of her changing table, before taking her dummy out and rubbing it on to the mat for good measure. Just to make doubly sure that if there are any germs around, she’s got them. Now, I do follow her around with Milton anti-bacterial wipes, but it seems this is not enough. So far this year we have had two tummy bugs, two colds, an ear infection and a cough. The poor little lamb has probably forgotten what it feels like to be healthy!
I’ve looked up some advice for keeping germs at bay, and I’ve found loads of interesting products, from antibacterial blankets to fabric solution (check out the links below) but I’ve also found that there isn’t a magical cure. Short of disinfecting my baby every second step, I’ll never keep her completely clean. For now, Freya will always walk into the toy kitchen at the baby centre and proceed to “eat” the fake food, she’ll always want to share her teddy with her new playmates, and she’ll continue to learn-by-touch. All I can comfort myself with is that with each illness and infection, she is building up her immune system. Maybe we’ve just got to patiently wait for it to catch up…what do you think?
You can buy Milton Antibacterial Surface Spray from Mothercare, (£1.99) to use around the high chair, changing table and on her toys – with the comfort of knowing it’s a stong cleaner which is safe for the baby too.
If you want to make sure her clothes are super sparkly clean and infection-free you can even buy Milton Antibacterial Fabric Solution (£5.49 1l) It’s an extra cost but it does mean you don’t need to put your wash on a high temperature.