Stroller wheels are usually covered in tons (and we mean TONS) of germs, bacteria, and chemicals that can be a risk to everyone in your home but especially to little ones under the age of two. Babies and tots have a weaker immune system and are much more susceptible to germs, making it that much easier for them to get sick (sick baby = no fun at all). Babies and toddlers also happen to be extremely active and curious. They crawl around on the floors of our homes, tasting every toy and left over crumb they can find along the way. They’ve probably sampled some delicious things like the sole of your husbands shoes, the stale, dust covered cheerios that rolled under the couch last week, or even a stroller wheel left by the front door. Gross! Babies get into EVERYTHING. It’s our job (and it’s a tough one at that) to keep our home as germ free as possible. So what’s a mom to do?
How to win the germ battle:
· Leave your shoes at the door
· Cover up dirty stroller wheels
· Wash your hands and babies hands as often as possible
· Use chemical free/baby friendly cleaning products to wash away the daily yuck that can live on toys, floors, high chairs, strollers, tables etc.
· Pick one day a week to thoroughly sanitize your children’s toys and books. (Mommy Tip: Use plain vinegar as a non-toxic, safe solution to killing 99% of germs and bacteria. Dislike the smell? Add a few drops of lemon or lavender oil to a spray bottle of vinegar.)
What your up against:
· Traces of viruses including E.Coli, influenza, & coliform
· Chemicals such as petrol fuel, pesticides, fertilizers, lead, & coal tar
· Germs from animal excrement, saliva , dirt, mud, salt, & sand
It’s a germy world out there but no need to panic. Taking simple precautions at home can really help you tackle the germ battle. And remember, you can’t kill them all ,so try to find a balance with cleaning and sanitizing and just know that some sneaky germs will still linger…and guess what… that’s OK!!
Sierra & Effie