Baby Care Essentials: A Guide to Cleaning and Sanitizing Everyday Items

Baby Care Essentials: A Guide to Cleaning and Sanitizing Everyday Items


Parenting brings a heightened awareness of cleanliness, particularly in the era of COVID-19. While it's impossible to shield your baby from all germs, maintaining a clean environment is essential. Here are tips for keeping everyday baby items sanitized:

Feeding Items:

  • Baby Bottles and Bottle Brushes: Wash thoroughly after each feeding, considering dishwasher or manual cleaning with warm, soapy water.
  • Baby Utensils: Dishwasher-safe utensils can be hand-washed or sanitized after every use.


  • Clothes: Regular washing, especially after each use, is recommended, using baby-friendly detergent.
  • Bedding: Launder sheets and mattress pads weekly, or more frequently if diaper leaks occur.

Baby Gear:

  • Car Seats: Follow the manual for washing instructions, including the insert and regular spot cleaning.
  • Strollers: Fabric inserts can be machine-washed, and stroller handles should be regularly disinfected.
  • Baby Carriers: Most are machine-washable; check labels for specific cleaning instructions.
  • Shopping Cart Hammocks and Cart Covers: Machine wash on gentle cycles; frequency depends on personal preference.


  • Teething Rings and Pacifiers: Sanitize daily, especially if dropped or exposed to germs.
  • Bath Toys: Rinse with hot water, squeeze out excess, and allow them to dry after each bath to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Plastic Toys: Wash with warm, soapy water or dishwasher-safe toys when visibly dirty or if in baby's mouth.
  • Plush Toys: Check care labels; machine wash on gentle cycles when dirty or monthly, especially if regularly handled or sucked on.

Maintaining cleanliness in these everyday items contributes to a healthier environment for your baby.

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