From the first minute you learned you were expecting, you began to think about germs. They're everywhere, and if you aren't careful you can end up becoming obsessed over that thought. The arrival of the baby brings another fresh wave of fear. What about the germs that is on the baby's toys? What about his or her clothing? Are there germs in the bedding, or in the dirty diapers? Of course there are, but driving yourself crazy about it isn't helping the situation, either. Using common sense and not obsessiveness is the key to protecting your baby from germs.
Your friends may tease you about your obsession, and even go so far as to say that germs are essential in building a strong immune system. This is actually true by the way, and any doctor will attest to that fact. While all this is factual, that doesn't mean you should expose the baby to any unnecessary germs. Mother Nature will take care of that, by providing all the germ exposure your baby will need.
You basically need to keep your newborn away from possible sources of germs such as the family dog, dirt in general, and public places such as changing tables in rest rooms, and so on. The only thing that you will have no defense against is other people. Keeping the baby away, or limiting contact at first is about the best that you can do, but sometimes contact with others cannot be avoided.
People love to hold and cuddle a newborn, and this is where babies pick up many germs. The only thing that you can do is to ask everyone to wash their hands before holding your baby. Some people may take offense at this, but remember, it is your baby you are protecting. If you aren't able to limit contact, request that people refrain from touching or kissing the baby's face. Cuddling is fine as long as the face isn't involved.
It is a good idea to carry hand sanitizer with you at all times. If you meet someone who wants to hold the baby, you can always ask them to use the sanitizer first. Most people will understand and be agreeable. Carry baby wipes with you also, so that you can wipe the baby's face and hands after someone touches him.
It's a given that you should always keep your baby away from anyone who is sick. Be aware of anyone who sounds as if they have a cold or the sniffles. Don't be afraid to ask them if they are, or have been, ill. You are only protecting your little one. Make sure your child has all the vaccinations required, and keep them up to date.
While you want to avoid being obsessed with germs, you do want to ensure that the area the baby plays in is kept clean. Using disinfectant spray is fine and very effective when eliminating germs. However, you want to make sure that the baby does not come in contact with any household cleaners. Rinse toys and other objects that the baby may place in his or her mouth with warm water to wash off any cleaners that might of come in contact with those toys.