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Did You Wash All of Your Baby's Belongings?

Did You Wash All of Your Baby's Belongings?

Motherhood and all the dirty wash that comes with it have made me long for a house with a laundry room! But, back in my pre-baby days, tossing stuff in the washer and dryer was more of a twice-weekly occurrence. Though lots of mamas-to-be clean all of their impending baby's belongings before their first wear, I must confess I never did. And, my kids never had any skin issues or irritations to show for it. Once they wore or used an item, I did launder it with a non-toxic detergent specifically for babies. Did you clean before or after?

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EvieJ EvieJ 7 years
I'm with teh above posters who wash everything for anyone before it's worn. I wash my clothes and my husband's clothes before we wear them, so I certainly did the same for my wee baby.
vmruby vmruby 7 years
Yes I did....... every single baby item (clothing or otherwise) that could possibly be washed was washed before she was born. To this day I still don't put anything on her that's new unless it has been washed first.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 7 years
I do but I wash everything before it we wear it. I don't like the fact that anyone could have tried on the clothes at the store. Granted babies don't try stuff on but I also think about how many people probably touched the clothes and so everything must be washed. I also buy a lot of clothes from garage sales so of course I will wash those first.
fashionista119 fashionista119 7 years
Yes, but I do that whenever I buy new clothing, towels, linens, etc., for my Son, Husband or me. Its gets any chemicals/store smells off, and cleans germs from anyone who stocked/handled the items. Plus, some stores end up with stock all over the floor (Old Navy is awful for this, there is ALWAYS stuff on the floor, gross!) and I don't want to wear something that has been on a public floor.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
yeah.. i left out the whole i plan to wash it before the new baby wears it part, just not before it comes so i can gauge a size we need. We wash her clothes first becuase they do smell pretty checmically, but at nearly 2 sometimes she gets to wear something if it doesnt smell bad before its washed. She loves clothes and gets really excited to wear things.
katedavis katedavis 7 years
I washed everything and whenever I thought about getting lazy and putting something new straight into the closet and I would smell it and it inevitably would smell "chemically" and into the hamper it went.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I washed everything and folded it nicely or hung it up.. and when i came home from the hospital I had to pack everything back up in its packages, get the receipts and return it all. She wore 3-6 months home from the hospital so all of the newborn and 0-3 month clothes had to be returned. It sucked horribly because the majority if our winter clothes, onesies, and sleepers were all the small sizes. I had one sleeper and a pack of 3-6 onesies for that first week until I could hobble from the car to one of those mechanical carts to return everything. This time around not only am i NOT washing anything, but we aren't buying more then one package of each size, and probably no newborn. The doctor swore up and down she would be a little baby, but i knew better.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
Yep. I washed every stitch of clothing and any washable pieces from toys, bouncy seats, car seat, etc. I also wiped down the non-fabric pieces of any baby gear I bought from garage sales. I think it was more a way to focus my nervous energy than because I thought things actually needed it.
schnappycat schnappycat 7 years
Yes, mostly. I was planning to be more lenient about it (as well as the use of the free and clear detergents), but my son has eczema, so his skin is very sensitive.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I did, partly because we got a lot of stuff from my sister in law, so it ad been laying aroung for 3 years and I was told you had to...So as a first time mommy I wanted to do everything. Now that I have to wash a load a day, that might just change due to laziness...
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