Have you ever given a real good look to the areas in your house or things your little ones spend their time around?
Well if you haven’t, be prepared for a few icky surprises you may find when you take a closer look.
As moms, we all make sure to inspect and baby-proof potential hazards around the house, but sometimes we can overlook a few things here and there that can be full of yucky germs and even pose health risks for babies.
Take a look at these 4 germ-infested areas I found after doing some investigation and let me know in the comments if you’ve encountered them before!!
1. The Changing Table & Surrounding Areas
This is probably the first germ-filled place that comes to mind. You go through God-knows how many diaper changes a day, (not to mention the fact that baby may have had a few accidents here) so you expect the changing table to be a bit icky. What you may not know is that it can also be a potential breeding ground for bacteria like E.Coli. True Story!
You might also overlook the things near the changing table that you touch while changing baby and then hand baby to pacify him in the process. Think: diaper wipe containers, creams, the wall and door knobs. Pretty gross if you think about it! Make sure to wipe down all these areas once a day to prevent germs from spreading!
2. The Carpet
No one wants to think about all the dirty feet that pass through the home, baby’s room and therefore onto the carpet. Trust me I’ve been there — my “no shoes in baby’s room” mantra wasn’t strongly enforced nor adhered to, so I had to just deal with the reality that I could no longer just let the little guy roll around and play on the floor without wiping it down or covering it up with a blanket beforehand.
You either have to STRONGLY enforce this one or be prepared to wash the carpet every now and then. TIP: Get a “NO SHOES” sign to enforce your rules.
3. Sippy Cups
YES! Even after you’ve run the dishwasher, mold can still accumulate inside the lining of a sippy cup top and straw! What I found really surprised me the other day, as I decided to take apart a sippy cup…I saw dirt and mold buried under the rubbery top!!! EWW is right! It’s just one of those things you may not notice until doing some close examination.
So remember to hand wash these tops whenever possible using a brush specifically made to reach those out of reach areas!
4. Bath Toys & Stuffed Animals
You’d think baby’s cute little toys would be something you didn’t have to worry about, right? Wrong! Similar to the sippy cup issue, mold can build up inside all those rubbery ducky bath toys that squirt water. Thinks it’s not true? Next time you give your little one a bath, take a closer look at those particular toys with wholes that squirt. Fill them with water and squeeze and you’ll find some black particles spewing out occasionally! Not a pretty sight.
Best way around this is to simply squirt out the excess water from each toy after bath time or cover them up permanently.
Similarly, stuffed animals should be tossed in the washer or wiped down occasionally as they can carry germs transferred from dirty little hands.
Did any of these germ-infested areas surprise you? Please share!
Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported hundreds of thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a blogger and maternal health advocate at MommysBundle.com.