Originally Posted by MsMystie3k
Hypocore, I'm considering do this because I have become a germophobe since having my baby and I would like to keep in on his play mat while he is in the crawling stage - I feel like I just can't keep the carpet and floor clean enough, as we had freerange chickens and a dog who was no doubt tracking all manner of cooties in the house.
Ah. I'm of the mind that a little dirt won't hurt anyone. None of my 4 kids have ever seriously been sick and the oldest is now 27.
I decided quickly that I wasn't going to spend my time constantly cleaning or worrying about things being perfectly clean when I could be spending that time playing with my babies instead. I'd much rather spend my time teaching them how to explore their surroundings safely and helping them learn social boundaries as they grow and explore.
Things I thought about....even if I kept her in her playpen she'd throw things out and they might get dog hair on them. That means I have to give her something new each time or wash what she threw out. Would I rather spend all that time chasing and cleaning or would I rather sweep/mop really good right before she played and not worry about one or two stray hairs I missed and be able to roll on the floor with her?
It reminds me of the 'story' about pacifiers.
With the first baby pacifiers are immediately picked up off the floor and boiled to sanitize.
With second babies pacifiers are merely run under the faucet before being putting back in their mouth.
With the third baby, the pacifier is wiped on mom's pants and puts it back.
With the fourth baby mom pops in it her mouth then back in babies.
With the fifth baby mom just pops it right back in.
There is some truth to it. haha
Also, regarding the chickens/dogs...unless you have thoroughly cleaned all the furniture, doors, cabinets, clothing and shoes etc., there will always be germs on them from the animals. Dog dander floats in the air. Feet walk on the floor then get pulled up under us so germs transfer to clothing and furniture. Doors and cabinets get brushed up against by the animals. And so on. So the floor is only one part to think about. And if the animals are still in the house, this set up will get brushed up against, your child may get their hands on the animals through the bars and the germs will still be there.