Most pediatricians will tell you that extreme germaphobia is not a good thing. Kids and adults need some exposure to germs to build up a natural, healthy immune system. Of course, there is a limit to the number and types of bugs we need to encounter. Good handwashing is a great start but for the best protection (think germ-riddled shopping carts), you may want to keep a package or bottle of baby-safe surface disinfectant in your bag. The products below are formulated using natural, plant-derived ingredients, making them non-toxic and generally non-irritating for even the most delicate skin that the formula might contact. It’s a small extra step that may keep you out of the pharmacy and the pediatrician’s office any more than necessary this winter.
CleanWell Disinfectant Spray & Wipes
, $7.99/set, cleanwelltoday.comDapple Surface Wipes
, $3.49, dapplebaby.comDapple Pacifier Wipes
, $2.99/10 wipes, dapplebaby.comThe Grime Fighter Surface Wipes
, $5, babyganics.comThe Germinator Alcohol-Free Hand Wipes
, $2.49, babyganics.comEarth’s Best Nursery Wipes
, $6.70/2-pack, earthsbest.com