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 to washing your newborn baby 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. By washing them, you can be sure any irritants have been removed before they are on your little one’s sensitive skin.
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. Then separate darker colours from whites.
Next, it’s time to choose a suitable laundry detergent. Because 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 Look Out for 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, we have found 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 would 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 very 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!
To prevent the fabric becoming itchy for your little one’s skin, a fabric softener can be a huge help. Just make sure you check the label before using as some baby clothes have a flame-resistant coating which 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 (of many 😉) underway!
Learn more about our Laundry Lover baby detergent here.