Cleanliness Guide for New Parents

The American Cleaning Institute and share advice on how to prepare a clean, safe and healthy environment for infants.

Preparing for Parenthood

New parents need to know that keeping your baby healthy means more than feeding them good food and taking them to the doctor for regular checkups. It also means maintaining a clean, safe environment for them at home and following a regular cleaning routine.

Animated image of mother feeding baby with a bottle.

Maintaining a clean, healthy home

Having a proper cleaning routine can go a long way to keeping your house—and your baby—happy and healthy.

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A young father cleans the kitchen while holding his daughter.

Washing baby clothes, diapers and bedding

Newborns make big messes, so their laundry may require more frequent washing and special detergent for their sensitive skin.

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A laundry basket full of baby laundry and a stack of folded clothes sit on a wooden table.

Bathing your baby

Bathing your baby for the first time can seem daunting, but with the right steps it can be a fun and bonding experience.

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Baby boy being given a bath by his mother in a blue plastic bath bathtub.
Children's playroom with plastic colorful educational blocks, toys, and games spilling out of a bin onto the floor.

Storing items safely

As your family grows, it’s important to make sure your space is as safe as possible.

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A mom changes her newborn baby's diaper on baby changing table.

Changing diapers

These tips can make the diaper-changing process easier and more efficient.

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Baby bottles and nipples sit on a white countertop beside the kitchen sink after being washed.

Cleaning baby bottles

Infants are extra vulnerable to germs, so it’s important to clean bottles properly.

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This information provides a general overview and may not apply to everyone. Talk to your family doctor to find out if this information applies to you and to get more information on this subject.