This post was sponsored by Mediagistic. As always, all opinions are completely my own.
When I first became a mom, the thought of all the places that a tiny baby could contract germs would drive me mad. I would worry about people touching him without washing their hands first, his dummy falling on the floor, unsterilized bottles, and much more. Now that he is a bit older, though, things are different. He’s running around outside, wanting to touch everything and dropping his dummy all the time. That’s why I’ve decided not to worry about germs anymore.
Letting Go of Germs
Okay, maybe not worrying at all is an exaggeration, but I have learned to let many things go. First of all, when I was young, I was outside all the time with friends and family. Did we get dirty and touch things we probably shouldn’t have? Yes, very often. But were those moments much more fun than playing inside where everything might be clean? Obviously! Kids need to explore and have fun outdoors without a crazy mom chasing them around and preventing them from picking up each and every germ.
Second, when my son started daycare after turning 1 year old, I realized that worrying about germs was kind of a waste of my time and energy. Let’s face it. A daycare full of little kids basically equals a lot of germs. So yeah, I can worry all I want, but he’s probably going to catch quite a few colds because some of the other kids at daycare have been sick. Let’s just say we’re helping him build up his immune system.
Finally, with an overactive toddler, it’s almost impossible to control everything. Even if you keep an eye on him most of the time, this little guy escapes and makes his own plan. So yes, even if I did want to control him all the time, it’s simply impossible to make sure that he doesn’t put his dummy back in his mouth after it fell on the floor or that he doesn’t eat the food he finds under the table because I didn’t get the chance to vacuum after breakfast. Or that he doesn’t drink the bathwater because obviously the most fun thing to do when taking a bath.
Some Things I Still Do to Control Germs
Although I decided to let go of all the worrying about germs, I obviously did take some measures in my home to make sure that we could at least prevent some unnecessary germs. For example, when the little guy started crawling, we decided to take our shoes off at home in order to keep the street dirt outside. Although he doesn’t crawl anymore, we still put on flip-flops or house shoes when we get home just to keep it a bit cleaner. Also, we use natural air purifiers to keep the air clean and remove dust and other pollutants from the air.
How do you deal with kids and germs in and around the house?