IS it ok to be to clean with ur baby!

Bobbie Jo - posted on 04/13/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )




Well what Im saying is i have a 7 month old baby girl and when she plays on the floor i always wash her off and changer her clothes! And im the same way with my house everything has a place and has to be clean or I just go crazy! If she eats and gets something on her clothes i change her! Just little things like that!


Kahlia - posted on 04/13/2010




A number of reply's have already mentioned that babies and kids NEED exposure to dirt and bacteria to build their immune system. Loads of researchers and scientists agree. You would be hard pressed to find many that didn't. Type kids + dirt + immunity into google and you will find heaps of information as to why exposure is so important.

I am not saying your child needs to look like a grot, I always ensure my daughter looks clean, neat and tidy when we are out (starting to get harder as she gets older!). At home particularly, try not to sweat the small stuff or you will send yourself crazy as she gets older.

Personally, I am far more concerned about my daughters exposure to toxic chemicals in the home. Developing foetuses, babies and children are far more adversely affected by exposure to toxic chemicals than adults for a variety of reasons:

• Babies and children breathe more air, eat more food and drink more water per kilogram of body weight than adults, therefore they are exposed to relatively greater quantities of chemicals in the environment.

• Their still developing immune systems can mistakenly treat the toxins as naturally occurring enzymes or hormones.

• Because children are growing and developing so fast, dangerous cell mutations can multiply at a faster rate. Children are also less capable of detoxifying and excreting chemicals than adults. Their blood-brain barrier is still porous and allows more chemicals to reach their brains

• The nervous system, brain, reproductive organs and endocrine (hormone) system can be permanently damaged, sometime subtly and sometimes not so subtly, by exposure to toxic substances throughout gestation and early childhood that at the same level, cause no measurable harm to adults.

And this is just the beginning! Evidence is mounting as more studies are conducted. An organisation called the Environmental Working Group has so much useful information on their website that I feel every parent should read.

Below is a link to a video entitled 10 Americans. This will change the way you think and the products you use in your home and on your children's bodies

If you use toxic cleaning chemicals in your home, please, please stop and co crazy with some natural ones instead (I personally think they work better anyway). Look for 'green cleaning products' there are heaps out there!

I am sorry to have harped on about this, I am sure you have gathered that I am very passionate about this issue. At the end of the day we all dearly love our children and want to do what we feel is the best thing for them.


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Sarah - posted on 04/14/2010




I read a few posts where people have mentioned having "OCD." Coming from someone who really DOES have OCD & has to be on medication to control it, I can totally relate. (BTW, I am NOT suggesting that anyone who wants their children clean have OCD. There is A LOT to's a very in depth disorder!) So please, no one take that the wrong way.

My son is almost 7 months old & I've really had to fight to control my obsessions about him getting germs and playing around on the floor etc. When he was first born I wouldn't take him anywhere or let anyone touch him for fear of them giving him the flu. If our dog licked my son's hands or face, I would freak out and run and get a washcloth and soap and wipe him down. When my husband got home from work I would NOT let him even touch my son until he took a shower. Now that my little boy is almost 7 months, I have begun to lighten up a little bit. I still don't like him playing on the floor without a blanket. I'm afraid that someone has tracked something in on their shoes & then my son puts his hands on it & then puts his hands in his mouth. I could go on ALL NIGHT about things that I obsess about...but I don't want to bore anyone. :)

My main concern about the way I am is that I'm going to cause my son to fear EVERYTHING in life. And I would hate for him to suffer like I have over the years! That's why I'm trying my best to control it more and to let things go...for his sake!

Cindy - posted on 04/14/2010




It's okay to be clean with your baby, know your baby will never be sanitized (to sanitize means to kill, and your child is a living organism, so you don't want to kill her), just make sure the cleaning products you use aren't harmful to her, and know some dirt won't kill her - unless you shield her from all dirt, then her immune system isn't well formed... I think you may be going a bit far cleaning her and changing her after she's been on the floor - everytime - she should have a lot of floor time by now to develop her muscles and reflexes! Also be cognizant that you're going to be causing yourself a lot more worry AND work on laundry, your water and electric bill will be higher and you're also going to have to spend more on detergent! If she hasn't already started teething, she's going to put her hands in her mouth while she's on the floor, and it IS okay. If she goes to the library, she's going to put books and toys other kids have had in their mouths in her mouth.

Jenn - posted on 04/14/2010




I have to say, there is nothing wrong with wanting you child to look nice and not grubby. However, I couldn't imagine changing my kids clothes every time they play on the floor. My son has always been on the neat side, even as a baby he didn't like his hands messy... my daughter on the other hand could care less... she's almost 2 and still would prefer to eat EVERYTHING with her hands. lol... not that I let her get away with it all the time because I know she knows how to use her spoon.
Some things that I have found help with that are... first off, the regular old bib that covers just under the childs chin doesn't do it for Audrey, so we use the full shirt bib. It wipes off easily and it helps with me not having to spend hours spraying her clothes before they go in to the laundry.
As many other have said it's important for children to be exposed to a certain amount of dirt and it's good for them to know that they can explore in their world without mom getting mad. You sound like you are an extremely clean person and your floors are probably fine for your baby to play on with out having to be changed and unless you are taking her out somewhere that you want to show her off or are having company over it's not going to hurt her to have a little messiness on her shirt. :)
I was a lot more like that with my first too and I think it's pretty common for first time moms :)

Brandi - posted on 04/13/2010




My kids LOVE LOVE LOVE to get dirty. I try to keep their hands and face clean and under their nails clean. But bathtime is at the end of the day, so until then HAVE AT IT!!!!!

Erika - posted on 04/13/2010




Well I must say that I'm pretty similar. I honestly think I have a little OCD. LOL! Everyone is different. I was even worse with my son, I didn't want him to crawl on the floor, because I didn't want him to get dirty. I've gotten a bit better now, but I will probably never change. For example, my children are not allowed to touch the ground once they're in their jammies. It's totally up to you if you want to change your daughter's clothes. It's just a lot laundry to do. :-)

Hope this helps a bit.


Kelina - posted on 04/13/2010




i don't think it's a problem until cleaning your house becomes more important than being with your kids. If you want to try and keep them clean all the power to you. I would lose my sanity. My son gets his hands wiped when he finishes eating and rinsed if their too dirty before. Other than that, unless he's destroyed his shirt while he's eating he's in the same clothes from morning till bedtime. I agree with most of the people here. Dirt won't hurt them. My son crawls around playgrounds, malls, even the hospital while my mom was there. HJe's gotten sick but he's a little trooper and even when he was sick didn't slow down one bit. Good luck!

Amy - posted on 04/13/2010




Sorry to tell you but it will get harder and harder to have a clean child or a clean house as she gets older (especially if you have more children). I used to try to have the house clean and tidy but quite frankly as soon as you clean it, it will be messy and dirty within the hour. A bit of dirt is good for their immunity and for preventing allergies. My boys wear the same clothes all day even if they get dirty (unless they get really wet or muddy) - I think you are just making extra work for yourself. The kids don't care and it won't harm them.

Jessica - posted on 04/13/2010




I don't think there is anything wrong with being clean, just remember that getting dirty is half the fun of being a kid. She will get dirty and she will get sick, there will be nothing you can do to stop it... in fact, being too clean can make it really hard one they start daycare/school, they will be very likely to get sick just because they've never been exposed to the small viruses. But I think its ok to be clean, just try to relax a little and let some of the small stuff go, before you know it the messes will be much bigger :) Good luck!

Merry - posted on 04/13/2010




i agree that dirt doesnt always equal bad because every new germ your baby is exposed to and doesnt kill him literally makes him stronger. so uness the dirt could kill him it is benifitial to let him build his immune system. also babies raised with dogs and cats hae less chance of getting allergies, so thats on the line of more exposure less ilness

Kelly - posted on 04/13/2010




I'm the same way I'm very piticular about my kids being dirty its not really about grems its a matter of apperance my kids are always cleanly dressed and I always carry a change of clothes with me so that they can change if they get dirty while we are out its not a vain thing or anything its more of a polite thing for me when i take my kids out i want them to be clean and presentable I'm old fashioned and believe that my kids should be well behaved respectful and presentable when in public when in school my 6 year old keeps his uniform very clean at home he has his play clothes that he can play in and get dirty. My house im very picky about my husband says im OCD about but again im very old fashioned and believe that my house has to be clean and presentable at all times it does drive me crazy and i get worn down with all the cleaning and the two boys but i believe that it helps my boys my 6 year old is very responsible he keeps his room very clean and tidy and helps with his brothers stuff we have a day when we do a top to bottom cleaning of the house this is just me and my crazyness as my husband calls it its all about how you feel about it

Jessica - posted on 04/13/2010




All I know is, if I washed and changed my 10 month old every time he got a little bit dirty, I'd go crazy! I mean I wipe him off after eating (he gets covered in food) or change him if he gets *really* bad, like has a blowout diaper or something, but otherwise I just don't worry about it. Definitely not a germophobe here. If his binky falls on the floor, I just give it back to him.

Our house is always cluttered too though- and THAT does drive me crazy! But it just seems like there's always stuff everywhere, even right after I clean.

Heather - posted on 04/13/2010




just remember a little dirt is a good thing- you want to build up her immune system. i have a sister in law who worked so hard to keep her kids 100% clean and germ-free, and now they get sick all the time since they started preschool, etc.

Erica - posted on 04/13/2010




I think you may be a little over the top but it's your right to be. Unless my daughter poops, pees, or gets food on her clothes she remains in the same clothes all day. It may be easier to just ask people to remove their shoes when entering the room baby plays in!

Brittnii - posted on 04/13/2010




nothing wrong with making sure ur baby is clean from germs. but u gotta let your baby get dirty every once in awhile or shes gonna grow up to be scared to do anything...not saying let her get dirty and stay dirty just let her experiment with dirt or markers and babies are supposed to get messy with food XD

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