The birth of a baby represents a giant change in the parents’ lives. In addition to increasing the number of joys and satisfactions, it also expands the list of responsibilities, duties, and even in the month-end accounts; and all this reflects on the cleaning of the house. After all, he needs full-time care, including with his room, which must always be kept clean, airy and organized.
Mops and soft-smelling products for the floor are essential to keep the baby’s room sanitized, in addition to the classic vacuum cleaner, which although very efficient, is usually very noisy, which scares the child. But to escape the basics and ensure your child’s health and well-being, we decided to go further: come with us and check out some tips that will make your life easier when cleaning!
Get the baby out of the room
Initially, the most important. The first tip is to leave the little one away from the room when you are cleaning, as they are very sensitive to smells and dust. This sensitivity causes them to develop allergies early when continuously exposed to this type of material.
Therefore, after cleaning the environment, wait at least 30 minutes to bring the child back to the room, or until the smell has completely dissipated.
An organized calendar makes life much easier in the long run. This also includes cleaning the baby’s room. Leave the windows open constantly to keep the room airy and eliminate any accumulation of dust that may exist in the corners and surfaces.
It is also good to remember to have places reserved for each object, in order to avoid leaving things lying on the floor. Many moms choose to leave dumpsters scattered to discard non-reusable items, such as baby wipes, for example.
Remember to take some time to remove this trash daily, as well as organize all the toys. Also try to set aside a day of the week to clean up in the newborn’s room, using a microfiber cloth all over the space (avoid using brooms, as they usually raise dust).
Get your kids involved in chores
Many experts agree that there are countless benefits to children who get involved in daily chores. This makes them grow without ignoring their home activities, makes them more responsible and careful with their things, since they know that a little cleaning will stay with them.
However, don’t give them too heavy chores, like washing dishes or sweeping the floor. Gather the idea of the timeline above and create a schedule of daily or weekly tasks. In one day they collect the clothes or change the bed linen, in others they keep their own toys.
We created a small table to help you designate the right tasks according to age:
- From 2 to 3 years old:At this age, the child can start to store his own toys, take his plate off the table after meals, and even put the dirty clothes in the basket;
- From 4 to 5 years old:Make the bed, fold and store your clothes, help dust off small surfaces and water the plants;
- From 6 to 8 years old:Wash the dishes, take out the garbage, learn to use mops and vacuum cleaners, take care of the plants;
- From 9 to 11 years old:Clean furniture and mirrors, change bed linen, help wash the dishes;
- From 12 years old onwards:Clean bathrooms, put clothes in the washing machine, wipe the floor and take care of the younger siblings.
Prevent them from coming into contact with chemicals
As we mentioned, children tend to have several problems with allergies during the first years of life. This fact, coupled with his great curiosity and propensity to put things in his mouth can cause very big problems if there is no control over the chemicals used at home.
Still on allergies, it is recommended to change the crib pillows every 6 months, as they are the perfect home for mites and other organisms that can irritate the child.
Another problem found to explain allergies is the so-called “hygiene hypothesis”, which attests that contact with bacteria in the first years of life increases children’s immune defenses and reduces the risk of allergies. Due to the fact that many parents worry about their child not coming into contact with dirt, children end up not developing their antibodies as they should, and end up having allergic problems throughout their lives. So letting your child get dirty is also important !
Be very careful when using buckets. Something that many people do not think will happen and that unfortunately cause many early deaths, due to drowning in buckets. They usually end up happening in a silent way, the most common cases in children aged 1 to 4 years are drowning in buckets and basins, from 4 years of age more drownings are recorded in open water and pools.
Bet on creativity
It can be a hassle to make children, with all their hyperactivity, commit themselves to some tasks that they do not judge as very important. Only parents know the sacrifice it is to convince little ones to brush their teeth at the right time or to organize their toys after using them, even more accustoming them to do this every day.
Then bet on creativity again! Foam soap dishes tend to be much more attractive and curious to children than the old bar soap, as well as personalized toothbrushes and toothpaste make toothbrushing more interesting for them.
Accept the limitations Take the
burden off your back from having your home always impeccable, especially with the arrival of a child in the world. Of course, it is recommended to have a clean and well-maintained residence, but only as far as possible. It does not cover too much of itself, after all, it will only increase your stress, and more important than that charge is to enjoy every minute with your child.
A clean and comfortable home is essential in raising our children, but we must not forget that they need to develop and enhance their immune system. Therefore, it is natural that he gets dirty from time to time or has occasional contacts with dust and other dirt!