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Cleaning Tips For New Moms: What To Do When Your Precious Newborn Makes A Mess On Your Carpet

From the overwhelming feelings of love and pride to the unyielding exhaustion, the first few days with a newborn are filled with amazing highs and lows. However, what you might not have anticipated are the bewildering, stomach turning substances that could come out of something so precious. Don't spend what little free time you have cleaning up newborn stool and spit up and instead, follow these simple tips to help save your carpet – at least until your baby is a toddler:

Cleaning Up Meconium

Otherwise known as that gooey, nasty stuff you were shocked to find in your newborn's diaper, meconium is, according to Health Central, made up from a combination of mucus, amniotic fluid and a slew of other unpleasant substances.

Although your newborn's stools will begin to normalize after four to five days, dealing with the meconium can test your patience, especially if this sticky substance lands on your carpet.

When it comes to eliminating meconium stains from your carpet, speed is critical. Here are a few rug cleaning tips to help get rid of the meconium quickly:

  • Scoop up as much of the meconium as you can from the carpet with whatever is handy, such as a baby wipe or a piece of paper towel. Pay attention to not rub at the stain, which will only work it further into the carpet.

  • Cover the stain with a healthy coating of baking soda and allow it to soak up whatever is left for about 20 minutes. Run the vacuum over the baking soda once you're finished.

  • Create a mixture of white vinegar, water and dish or laundry soap. Dampen the corner of a rag with the mixture and begin to dab at the stain. Continue to re-moisten the towel and dab at the meconium stain until it's completely eliminated.

  • Once the stain is gone, dab at it for two or three minutes with a rag dampened with plain water. Allow the area to air dry.

If your rugs are made from a finer, more exotic material, such as silk or wool, test the white vinegar the edge of the carpet. If no staining or discoloration occurs, go ahead and use the tips presented above. However, if the vinegar damages the carpet, or you don't want to take a chance, contact a professional before attempting to use any products.

Baby Spit Up and Your Carpet

The first few days and months home with a newborn are generally spent attempting to nap, changing diapers and feeding your little one – a lot. You've resigned yourself to living with the spit up stains on your clothing, but unfortunately, you can't simply toss your carpet into the washer.

Luckily, it only takes a few minutes to get rid of those pesky spit up stains from your carpet and rugs:

  • Dab at the spit up stains with a clean rag. If the stain is older, use a blunt object, such as a butter knife, or plastic scrub brush to carefully lift the dried spit up from the carpet.

  • Dampen the area with a few drops of white vinegar. Quickly pour two to three tablespoons of baking soda directly onto the vinegar. The chemical reaction between the two will begin lifting the stain from the rug.

  • Let the vinegar and baking soda mixture work its magic for three or four minutes before dabbing at the area with a damp rag. Continue to dab until the stain, vinegar and baking soda are completely eliminated.

Bringing home a beautiful new baby is an exhilarating experience, that is until you realize the mess they will make. However, with the right tools, cleaning products and some quick thinking, you can clean up any kind of mess your baby can – and will – make!