When raising a baby for the first time, there are bound to be mistakes made along the way. One of the best ways to avoid these mistakes is by preparing as much as possible and being ready for the unexpected.
When you bring your baby home from the hospital, you are in for a world of feeding, bathing, and changing diapers. A lot of those activities involve the plumbing in your home, and a lot of baby products can create plumbing issues. By being preparing for these plumbing issues, you can prevent them from happening, get them quickly repaired, and ensure that everything goes smoothly during your child's first few years of being in the home.
Baby Changing & Flushing
When a baby goes potty in their diaper, one of your first thoughts will typically be to want to dispose of the diaper as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, diapers cannot be just tossed in the toilet and flushed. Flushing diapers down the drain can quickly cause plumbing problems including clogs and septic issues. Diaper changing extras like baby wipes should also avoid getting flushed down the toilet. If these items are flushed down, then you will need to hire a septic maintenance service for cleaning and repairing your septic tanks and nearby pipes. A special diaper disposal system or the regular trash will work fine for the diapers.
The small size of a baby makes it ideal to bathe them in a large kitchen sink. You have more control over the baby and can easily rinse them off and wash their bodies in the small space. As you prepare your baby for sink baths, it's important to be aware of the drain below them. Leaving an open drain on the sink can allow hair or debris to go down the drain. If your baby has a full head of hair, this can quickly clog up the drain and create issues. If this does happen, a plumber will have to clean the pipes using a professional plumber's snake. You can avoid clogged drains in your kitchen sink by purchasing a drain cover with small holes similar to a window screen. These small openings will let water through while catching hair or other particles. Once the bath is done, you can empty out the drain cover in a trash bin.
Baby Food Disposal
Once your baby reaches 4 to 6 months old, they will start eating solid foods. This is a great way to introduce new flavors and food groups to their mouths. It can also result in really messy meals and a lot of clean-up duties. When clearing off high chairs or table mats, it's important to avoid placing items in toilets, sinks, or garbage disposals. Fibrous foods like carrots and pasta food like rice can all create clogging issues. When too much of this food is placed in the drains, you may need professional services to come and clean out the drains or septic tanks. Instead of going down the drains, these items should be placed in something like a composting bin. Once in the bin, it can be stored and then used as soil for your lawn. It's a great way to help the environment and reduce the waste from your baby.
Baby Oils and Powders
As you care for your baby, there are many types of products you may use to help treat them. Baby oils and powders are often used to help treat their skin. When using these items on your baby, they should be applied in a cool and dry area away from any drains or bathing spots. The oils and powders should not be flushed or put down drains as they can create clogging issues. Both substances can build-up over time and cause blockages to the drainage system and septic tank on your home. If a problem does occur, then you may need a septic cleaning and inspection done to check the condition of various drainage pipes.
Being a new parent comes with a lot of stress as it is. By preparing for common disasters, you can help things go smoothly and focus on raising a very happy baby.
For more information about keeping your plumbing working after bringing a new baby home, contact your septic services company, such as SOS Septic Inc.