To give up on ironing baby clothes before baby is even here?

(78 Posts)
directyourcall Fri 15-Jul-16 13:53:55

Oh my god they're literally impossible to iron. Spent over an hour and only ironed a couple of them. Managed to get them crease free with only a few tears.

Left them on the ironing board yesterday and I've gone to them today and the crease goblin has been and they don't look like they've been ironed at all. I folded them once in the middle, that's it.

Fuck it. I've packed them in babies hospital bag anyway, I'm 39 weeks so it needs to be packed regardless. AIBU to think it's a little bit pointless to try and iron them again? sad I don't want baby to look scruffy but I'm fighting a losing battle here.

CestLaVie93 Fri 15-Jul-16 13:55:37

Oh god no, I don't iron anything. Your baby won't look scruffy, most things will get a mixture a piss/shit/sick on them after 5 minutes. Enjoy your maternity leave & congratulations flowers

Somerville Fri 15-Jul-16 13:56:06

Why would you iron baby clothes??

I really, really don't understand.

My babies never looked scruffy and they never wore anything ironed.

thenewaveragebear1983 Fri 15-Jul-16 13:56:24

Ironing baby clothes? Are you mad?!
Good god woman, go and have a cup of tea and a hobnob

Crunchymum Fri 15-Jul-16 13:56:45

You don't need to iron baby clothes.

I only iron school uniform and things that are uber creased and my kids are 3.8 and 18m

Somerville Fri 15-Jul-16 13:57:07

Do you normally cry over creases? If not, I suspect a bad case of nesting and that you'll go into labour any minute. grin

Lovelongweekends Fri 15-Jul-16 13:57:35

You're supposed to iron baby clothes? I'm on dc3 and have never been near a babygro with an iron in my life!!

JacquelineChan Fri 15-Jul-16 13:57:40

oh i think you have pregnancy hormones flooding through you ! When baby is born you probably won't feel like ironing for the next 2 years at least .

i promise you don't need to iron baby clothes and your little squishy baby will look so gorgeous anyway no one will be looking at any (imaginary!) creases .

FWIW i cried because the kitchen wasn't lime green and painted it new years day while 8 months pregnant . You'll look back and laugh. Promise.

BorpBorpBorp Fri 15-Jul-16 13:58:02

Yanbu. Everyone will be looking at your lovely baby's lovely squidgy face, not at whether their clothes have been ironed.

captainproton Fri 15-Jul-16 13:58:10

Seriously you need to relax on the ironing. As cestlevie says they WILL get a myriad of body fluids all over them, usually within 5 minutes of being worn.

missmodular2 Fri 15-Jul-16 13:58:52

YABU to iron baby clothes
YANBU to not iron them grin

Kenduskeag Fri 15-Jul-16 14:00:21

What sort of utter weirdo irons baby clothes? That's up there with ironing tea towels.

I don't iron anything, baby or otherwise, because I dry it on a line and it doesn't get creased, but even if I did become some sort of mad ironer, WHY would you do baby clothes? They propel explosive yellow poo or cheesy milk sick over everything and go through 6 babygros a day.

directyourcall Fri 15-Jul-16 14:01:37

I wasn't going to bother but after washing things my MIL said I should iron them. My own mother said she never bothered but OH feels I should. I should note that my own mother is a hoarder with a liberal understanding of clean and tidy while MILs house looks like a show home. So I think both me and OH thought it's more normal and acceptable to iron than not.

The new average you made me laugh, I needed that thank you lol

BendydickCuminsnatch Fri 15-Jul-16 14:04:06

YANBU in the slightest. Ironing baby clothes is bizarre behaviour. I don't iron anything except this one shirt I have that dries wrinkled. Everything else I just shake out and hang to dry properly and voila!
Spend time you would be ironing sitting down or doing something you want to do instead smile

TheCraicDealer Fri 15-Jul-16 14:04:09

Right, step away from the iron. What were you even thinking, trying to iron stuff? It’s too tiny and baby will spend most of his or her time curled up anyway. It’ll be covered soon in pee, poo, spit up, vomit and milk- creases will be the least of your worries! You could be doing several outfit changes a day (you and them...), do not be worrying about ironing stuff. Everyone will be looking at his or her tiny little face and hands to be thinking you’re slovenly for not ironing their clothes. No-one will notice.

Sit down, have a cup of tea and a deep breath.

Toocold Fri 15-Jul-16 14:05:10

If your oh feels you should...he should do them! Really not worth it , it's hormones, they make you react in a different way!

queenoftheboys Fri 15-Jul-16 14:05:33

OH feels I should

Well offer him the iron then...

nutbrownhare15 Fri 15-Jul-16 14:07:00

Now is a great time to practice ignoring what your mum and mil think. And to tell your dh that if something is that important then he can do it himself! The only clothes I've ironed for my 1 year old were dresses for a christening and her dress for her birthday party. Life is too short and you really will be too busy once baby is here.

megletthesecond Fri 15-Jul-16 14:09:31

Yanbu. My eldest is 9 and I've only ever ironed his clothes in the first month of school. Then I realised they didn't crease if I hung them up to dry nicely.

Put the iron away.

Sparklesilverglitter Fri 15-Jul-16 14:11:25

Your OH could iron some too if he wants them ironed, they are for his baby after all

Me and dh have ironed some of ours as my washing machine isn't fantastic and leaves a lot creased.

blueberryporridge Fri 15-Jul-16 14:12:07

Step away from the iron, woman. You are clearly at the mercy of your hormones and nesting instinct just now but you need to fight off the ironing impulse.

Baby clothes do not need to be ironed, and you have more important things to do - just now that means trying to relax before baby arrives and, after the birth, it means cuddling your baby (while looking at him/her in complete admiration) as much as is humanly possible. Ironing baby clothes should not feature in your schedule. If your OH want the clothes ironed, he can get on with it. But I bet he'll change his mind once sleep deprivation and 6-8 baby outfits a day kick n...

ErrolTheDragon Fri 15-Jul-16 14:12:09

If your OH feels that the baby clothes should be ironed then by all means let him do it if he wants. You'll probably find he suddenly realises HWBU to 'feel you should' grin

MadameJosephine Fri 15-Jul-16 14:12:43

OH feels I should.

Well then let him do it then!

I very occasionally ironed a little dress if it was a special occasion but otherwise life is just too short! (Little tip, I've found that hair straighteners are very good for getting the odd crease out if needed)

MummaGiles Fri 15-Jul-16 14:13:00

Ironing baby clothes? Take a deep breath. Count to 10. Then say it to yourself. Sounds mad right?

Put the iron down.

FlyingElbows Fri 15-Jul-16 14:16:31

If your oh wants the baby clothes ironed he can go out and find the tiny iron that can do the job! There are not enough hours in the day to iron the amount of clothes a new baby goes through! Put your feet up and tell your oh to jog on.

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