Washing Your Baby’s Garments: The Dos and Donts

It is perfectly normal for a parent to worry about her delicate newborn, from the water that she drinks to the detergent used for her clothing. This may sound like an exaggeration but it is actually a valid concern, and one that may actually affect a child’s growing up. Some detergents may contain harsh ingredients not suitable for baby’s delicate skin and this may result to rashes and other skin irritation.  Certainly you do not want your very cute baby looking very red and spotted, correct?

Some companies have taken advantage of these worries from parents and have come up with a product that is supposed to be specially made for baby’s clothing. I may be a bit old school, but I don’t find significant difference between these special detergents and other ordinary mild detergents. So, if you do not want to spend more money to wash baby clothes (who does?), you might want to try out some mild detergents that are fragrance-free and without any coloring or bleaching powers. Do not go washing all of your baby’s clothes in one go, however, and check first if your baby will have some negative reaction to his newly washed clothes. At the first sign of rashes or irritation, you should consult your pediatrician to recommend a detergent, as well as check your baby’s skin. This is not a normal occurrence, however, so do not fear trying out those regular detergents first.

Now the next question that comes to mind is if baby’s clothes should be washed separately or will it be okay to wash them with other adult clothing. Strictly speaking, it is perfectly okay to mix baby’s clothes and those of other family members, so long as you have established that your baby has no aversion to your regular detergent. However, you may still want to wash your baby’s clothes separately simply because those are assumed to be less soiled than the other contents of your laundry basket and therefore will require less or softer, wash. Washing them separately might protect your baby’s clothes from tear, thereby keeping it in pristine condition as long as possible.

And for those who are still using cloth diapers, these definitely need to be washed separately and at the soonest possible time. For cloth diapers that may contain solid waste, it should be rinsed immediately and kept in a dedicated bin until laundry time. Remember to inform all your family members that this particular bin should not be used for anything else, and it should also be regularly washed, too.

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