How to Wash Newborn Baby Clothes
A ritual many of us expectant parents go through is washing all the clothes, blankets and accessories that have piled up ahead of our little one’s arrival. But where to start, and how do you know you are doing it right?
We’ve put together this simple guide full of tips and tricks for washing your newborn baby's clothes. We hope it helps; let us know what you think or if you have any more questions!
Why is it important to wash your baby’s clothes before their arrival?
Your purchases or gifts can easily pick up dust and dirt between arriving at the store and your home. You can ensure any irritants are removed before they are on your little one’s sensitive skin by washing them.
Where should you start?
First things first, just as you would any other washing, check the garment care labels to see if there are any special washing instructions. For example, some items may require to be hand-washed or to be washed in cold water only. Don't forget to separate darker colours from whites.
Next, it’s time to choose a suitable laundry detergent. Because a baby’s soft and delicate skin is more sensitive to cleaning ingredients, it’s best to look out for detergents free from irritating enzymes, optical brighteners and dyes.
For more information, read our blog on 3 Things to Avoid in Baby Laundry Detergent.
What temperature is right?
While it might be tempting to wash newborn baby clothes at the highest temperature on the garment care label, 30 or 40 degrees is absolutely fine to remove any lingering dust or dirt. It’s also a lot kinder to the environment and your power bill!
The only exception here will be if the item is heavily soiled, as the higher temperature will help ensure all bacteria is removed in the cleaning process.
Should you use a fabric softener?
For the first wash, a fabric softener is not always necessary; however, as you will soon find out, these clothes will spend a lot of time in your washing machine!
A fabric softener can help prevent the fabric from becoming itchy for your little one’s skin. Just check the label before using, as some baby clothes have a flame-resistant coating that can be damaged.
Like your baby detergent, look out for products that are specifically designed for sensitive skin.That’s it! Now you have all the information you need to get the first wash underway! Learn more about our Laundry Lover baby detergent here.