To sanitize and disinfect your baby’s toys is something you mustn’t ignore, especially during this pandemic. Considering the virus’s spreading method, cleaning the toys is a major precaution to keep your baby safe and healthy.
When you buy your precious baby the colorful toys, expensive or modest, make sure to maintain it’s cleanliness. You should sanitize and disinfect your baby’s toys, so the baby stays safe and healthy.
As a mom, it’s essential to take guidance from an expert about parenting. And when you do, it shouldn’t skip the toys. Not only because you’ve paid for it, but those tiny models can bear health deteriorating particles. Your baby may fall sick playing with those.
An infant is more susceptible to catch infection than an adult. And speaking of infection, toys come across all types of germs that inadvertently get into your kid’s system, causing infection.
Thus, your number one priority as a parent is to keep your child’s toys free from germs, at least until they’re mature enough to learn about dust and germs.
So, you better know how to keep your baby’s toys clean. You can sanitize and disinfect them with some tips and tricks. Read on as we’re addressing just the things underneath.
Why Do We Need to Disinfect Our Baby’s Toys?
Handing out a new toy to your baby puts a smile on your baby’s face, but that precious smile may fade in no time. The reason is infection inhabiting that toy.
So, what to do? Will taking away the toys from a kid’s life be a solution to this problem?
Know this, toys prove to be educating in many ways, and it will be a crime to deprive your child of these valuable possessions.
All you need to concern about is to wipe them clean regularly. Obviously, your kid can’t do this, which is why you’re the one who’s responsible for taking care of those unclean toys.
Your bare eyes may often lure you into skipping the cleaning schedule, convincing you that those are already clean enough. Don’t make that mistake because that silly mistake of yours can harm your child’s health severely.
You may regret it later. If something happens to your child due to playing with the contaminated toys, you may not be able to take things back. So, why not take some precautions?
Naturally, your baby isn’t able to realize the value of cleanliness. As a parent, you must make sure of it. When your baby follows you doing something frequently, he/she will try to slip into your shoes subconsciously. Babies love to imitate their elders, so who could be the best ideal to follow than a parent?
Below are some tips you may apply to maintain a germ-free toy zone for your child:
1. Don’t Let Toys Remain Scattered on The Floor
A house with a child is always a mess. And you, being a parent, should always check where the toys are. Usually, the toys scattered on the floor for a long time contain most of the germs.
The messy toys are exposed to dust and particles on the floor. Ensure you sweep the floor, carpet, and mattress, especially when your baby’s about the play with the toys.
Consider the scenario when one of your family members with a cold might see the toy lying on the floor and pick that up to put it elsewhere or in its designated place. There’s a high risk that the person would transmit his/her virus to the toy.
2. Make Sure of Both Toy and Baby’s Safety
Ensuring your baby’s health doesn’t count your baby’s safety only; it’s about maintaining the baby’s playing gears too.
Buying fewer toys is prudent. Avoid small toys since they’re hard to clean, and things may worsen if your baby swallows one of them in your absence!
Try newer but safer types of toys, so your baby doesn’t bore him/herself by overplaying with the old ones.
If your baby’s toy collection is big, your cleaning duty expands! So, be a clever mom and buy those easy-to-clean toys!
When you buy toys for your little one, the baby crawls its way to the toy and grabs it. The baby might even slip it into their mouth, making way for the virus to get into the system.
You might undermine this risk, but it has the possibility to sicken your baby severely, especially if your baby isn’t vaccinated yet.
There’re some solutions to this problem. One of them is to have a corner in the baby’s play zone for toys. Sanitizing that one particular corner once in a day is much easier.
The safest option is to arrange separate shelves for toys. Keep a cloth-piece to clean the toys before giving them to the child. Sanitize the shelves and toys weekly, or at least once in a month.
Don’t skip these practices because these small precautions can save your child from lifelong diseases.
3. Dry out The Bath Toys
You should sterilize your baby’s bath toys.
The bath toys may include small ducks, colorful plastic models, or the baby’s favorite Toy Story miniatures.
If the toys aren’t waterproof, they can easily soak the dirty water as the baby bathes and plays with them. And there’s no stopping your playful kid from mouthing them and getting sick afterward.
After every bath, wrap around the toys with a clean and dry towel. Keep them that way for a few hours before handing them to the baby. Your kid may start a tantrum, but manage to divert its focus until the toys dry out perfectly.
You may give him/her another toy, feed the favorite food, or play it into sleep.
Washing and drying the bath toys is crucial since their wet surfaces may contain the draining water’s dirt.
A quicker way of drying the toys is by using your hairdryer. Thus, you will get the toys clean and ready for your baby to play with.
4. Wet-wipe the Battery-toys
Whether your kid has it or not, plastic battery-toys thrive in the market. About three-quarter of the toys in the market consists of battery-toys. And most kids love to play with these toy types, especially the ones with remote-controllers.
The problem is, babies find it amusing to bring out the batteries and lick them. Batteries have harmful chemicals, and they may cause itches, rashes, bumps, etc. to your baby’s delicate lips, tongue, and mouth.
The solution to this is to cover the battery section with scotch tape or plastic tape. Thus, they’ll not open the lid and, therefore, no chance to put batteries in their mouth.
You can’t sanitize and disinfect these toys simply by washing them.
- Step-1: Take a wet towel and soak it in liquid soap.
- Step-2: Wipe the surfaces of plastic cars, robots, boats, etc. with that towel.
- Step-3: Do it 4-5 times to make sure the dirt is gone.
- Step-4: Dry them out and let your baby play with them.
Put the batteries aside while wiping them and see that water doesn’t get inside the toys’ body.
5. Warm Water is Better for Rubber and Silicone Toys
Rubber toys are safer for your baby to play with compared to plastic toys.
Rubber toys are softer to play, but harder to sanitize! Because of having a sticky surface, rubber toys are arduous to make germ-free.
Cleaning a rubber toy with a piece of cloth may not be the best solution here since rubbing off the upper layer would be ineffective and time-consuming.
What you can try instead is:
- Step-1: Take a jar or a container; large enough to contain the rubber toys.
- Step-2: Fill it half with water.
- Step-3: Whirl some good detergent powder in the water: 2 tablespoons.
- Step-4: Plunge the rubber toys into the mixed liquid.
- Step-5: Keep it that way for an hour.
- Step-6: Take the toys out after an hour, and let them dry in the sun.
Remember, warm water will produce a better result than cold water as the harder specks of dirt are easily washable with hot water.
You may rub the wet toy with a sponge so you can reach most of the curves in it.
6. Fabric Toys: Quickly Dirty, Easy to Wash
Fabric toys are comfortable for your baby and prove ergonomic when it comes to washing them! Fabric toys are washable, just like your regular clothes.
Fabric toys get dirty faster, unlike regular toys. Make sure your kid doesn’t play with them more on the floor. The playroom, bed, or the couch could be a safer place to play with fabric toys.
If you allow your baby to play with the fabric toy on the floor, you have to clean it more often.
One way to sanitize and disinfect the fabric toys is using a washing machine:
- Step-1: Round up the fabric toys you want to wash.
- Step-2: Put them inside pillowcases for protection.
- Step-3: Set them inside the washing machine.
- Step-4: Set a slow cycle, slow spin, and warm water function.
- Step-5: Bring them out after washing, use your hairdryer to dry them at a low-heat setting.
Make sure to detach any batteries from the toys before throwing them into the washing machine.
If your washing machine is out of order, apply hand-washing as below:
- Step-1: Use a clean cloth after dipping it into a washing solution, water & soap mix, or water & baby-shampoo mix. It’s better if you find a scent-free solution.
- Step-2: Wipe over the entire body of the fabric toys. Give some extra effort to the buttons and the small plastic areas, if any.
- Step-3: Dip that cloth-piece in clear water or use a different clean wet-cloth. Then rinse the toy to wash the soapy materials completely.
- Step-4: Dry them with a dryer for speedy drying and fluffing the toys’ furs.
7. Wash the Dolls but Mind the Hair
By nature, baby girls fancy dolls more than the boys. So, if you have a baby girl, this one’s for you.
It essential to maintain the hygiene and health standard of the doll. Many girls develop an obsession with the same doll as they develop a special place for that plaything in their hearts.
Washing the dolls is quite similar to the ones mentioned above for fabric or plush toys.
- Step-1: Feed the dolls to a pillowcase and tie up its opening.
- Step-2: Set the washing machine on slow spin and cold water.
- Step-3: You may use soft liquid soap.
- Step-4: Bring out the pillowcase after washing, untie its mouth, and take out the dolls.
- Step-5: Let them dry.
Be careful about the doll’s hair while bathing them. Dolls’ synthetic hair is sensitive to water. Water may convolute the hair and make it difficult to pull it back straight. You may wrap a nylon cloth around the dolls’ hair before tossing them into the washer.
Another way to deal with the problem is to remove the doll’s original hair and create small artificial hairs or wigs. Thus, you can remove the wigs before washing them with soapy water and place it back after washing and drying.
8. Don’t Wash the Wooden Toys– Wipe Them
Wooden sculptures seem aesthetic to adults, but kids love the wooden figures too!
Wooden toys are safer for babies than plastic toys because of their antibacterial quality. Still, if you’re concerned about your baby’s safety and hygiene, there’s a way to sanitize and disinfect the wooden toys too.
Consider those wooden miniatures as you do for cleaning your furniture. Try the below:
- Step-1: Take a clean cloth-piece and soak it in clean water.
- Step-2: Roll over the wooden toy’s body.
- Step-3: You may use vinegar for its effective washing quality.
- Step-4: Let the toys dry under the sun since sun ray is effective in drying and killing most germs.
- Step-5: Don’t let the toys overdry under the sun as it may temper the color and crack their surfaces.
Never immerse the wooden toys into the water. It may make the toys swell and their colors fade.
Sanitizing the wooden toys proves to be a safety measure since wooden blocks and figures can have tiny organisms inside. And undoubtedly, your little one happens to be the most convenient victim to those organisms.
Those tine organisms may crawl out of their hiding, bite, and inadvertently get into your baby’s system. So, restrain your child from licking or mouthing the wooden toys.
The Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting
There’s a tiny margin between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning allows all the dust to be removed from the toy, while disinfecting is more like getting rid of bacteria or any other microorganisms that are harmful to the human body.
Both cleaning and disinfecting are equally important in terms of baby care. Ignoring any of them can cause significant harm to your little one!
Is It Safe to Clean the Baby’s Toys with Bleach?
It’s better to use bleach to remove germs, but there’s a significant drawback to it.
If you clean a toy with bleach, and immediately after that, the baby puts that in its mouth, then there arises a concern.
Many ingredients in bleach are harmful to the kid’s system. Side effects of bleach in babies are:
- Difficulty breathing
- Wheezing and coughing due to possible bleach poisoning
- Rashes and itches on the skin
- Regular exposure to bleach may cause persistent cold, fever, etc. in kids.
Many suggest that baking soda is a better alternative for disinfecting the toys.
A Bonus Tip: Disinfecting A Child’s Walker
You may wonder how a walker brings about the sanitizing issue to your concern! Trust me; you don’t want to skip its cleanliness.
When your pre-toddler wants to run before it can walk, you buy them a walker. Walker can take your spritely kid anywhere it wants. Your baby will dash from one direction to another on its wheels happily.
When this is the case, you must make time to sanitize your baby’s new wheels, so the kid doesn’t catch any germs. Mind you; the walker’s being grazed by all dust and particles from wherever your baby’s taking it.
Pick a day every week when you will wash the whole walker thoroughly! Then do the following:
- Step-1: Wash the walker seat with a mild soap, detergent powder, vinegar, or baking soda. Rinse with cold water and let it dry.
- Step-2: Remove the fabric seat and wash the plastic area with soap and hot water. Use a damp cloth to wipe it. Let the plastic body dry. Be careful if you want to use sanitizer on it. Check if the sanitizer is approved for disinfecting kid’s toys.
- Step-3: If there’re toys on the walker’s countertop, remove them from the main body and wash them with dish soap and water. You may use approved sanitizer to disinfect them. Make sure you don’t harm any electronic parts of the toys while washing.
- Step-4: Use dish wash for cleaning the grip strips.
Sometimes, it is difficult to wash the walker cloth; it’s also a compassionate part of the walker. Don’t wash it frequently. Try to wash it once a month. You can dry wash the cloth for its sustainability!
No one cares about their baby as a mother does. A mother always makes sure that her baby is safe and sound.
You, being a smart and conscious parent, should maintain the toys well your baby spends most of the time with.
So, why not staying safe in advance! If you have some more tips about cleaning and sanitizing your baby’s toys, then let us know about it. Drop your suggestion and let all mothers know about your thoughts to take care of their babies!