to not separate new born clothes?

(61 Posts)
mindthegap01 Thu 06-Feb-14 20:50:48

I never gave it any thought before, but a couple of people were surprised that I don't wash my baby's clothes separately from mine and DH's. AND I use fabric softener. Am I normal? What do other people do? Thanks!

abear Thu 06-Feb-14 20:52:11

I always did the same as you

IneedAwittierNickname Thu 06-Feb-14 20:53:04

I.never separated them either, and used fabric softener. Dc are 9 and 7 and perfectly fine.

If I had separated out baby.clothes,.I'd have hav to run a machine that was only half full most of the time!

I didn't separate but I have to use sensitive stuff and no conditioner or delicate 6 foot martial artist DH comes out in hives.

brettgirl2 Thu 06-Feb-14 20:53:30

so did I (although rarely use fabric softener). I am a bad mother though wink.

SoonToBeSix Thu 06-Feb-14 20:54:09

I washed all clothes together but used fairy/ Persil non bio and comfort pure softener.

VelvetStrider Thu 06-Feb-14 20:54:49

shock Do you not hand wash them in pure organic mineral water sprinkled with petals from endangered orchids?

Tut tut. Bad mother.


cogitosum Thu 06-Feb-14 20:54:50

I don't separate I wash all of ours in nonbio and comfort pure.

KingRollo Thu 06-Feb-14 20:55:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

cogitosum Thu 06-Feb-14 20:56:26

Also I thought this would be about whites and colours and I don't separate them either. I've only ever dyed one of ds's vests accidentally.

Janethegirl Thu 06-Feb-14 20:56:43

I never separated my dcs clothes either, other than by 'whites' or 'colours' and I always used fabric conditioner.

Mrswellyboot Thu 06-Feb-14 20:57:26

I was ph them all together but use fairy. How long do they recommend you use non bio for with a baby ?

callamia Thu 06-Feb-14 20:57:29

I use Eco non bio stuff for everyone, and the only things separate are nappies. My husband is a sensitive type, so I've been using gentle stuff for ages anyway.

I also sometimes use an eco-whitener in there shock

MistletoeBUTNOwine Thu 06-Feb-14 21:01:34

I wash all together with non bio, separate whites and colours though, and use fabric conditioner shock

I washed mine in angel's tears and dried them with the gentle beating of doves' wings. Doesn't everyone? shock

mindthegap01 Thu 06-Feb-14 21:23:34

Ha! Thanks all, good to see I'm a normal bad mother like everyone else wink

I use non-bio all the time anyway due to DH's delicate skin (big strapping engineer type usually smelling of petrol).

MrsOakenshield Thu 06-Feb-14 21:28:47

I did as DD had eczema as a baby. Now I just use Fairy for all of us - expensive but the one time I swapped to something like Persil non-bio it flared up again immediately. I also find with Fairy that fabric conditioner isn't necessary.

I use non bio all the time and no fabric conditioner anyway, the only thing I separated was the nappies.

tiredoutgran Thu 06-Feb-14 21:36:55

lol, LO is now 3 and his clothes are still washed separately to his 3 sister's, and in turn theirs are washed separately to ours and mine and DH's are again washed separately to each other. I am also odd about underwear not being washed with other clothing - I think I am to blame for my life being so complicated!

drspouse Thu 06-Feb-14 21:45:00

We wash them all with Eco balls, together, except for nappies which the nappy company says will DIE if you use ecoballs. So we tried about 5 powders and eventually found one that doesn't give DS a bright red bum.

Then one lot of the nappies stopped absorbing AT ALL and the nappy company said "you've used the wrong powder" "you mustn't use nappy cream at all" and "yes we know we advertise them as useable by more than one child but we didn't mean you could expect them to last for more than a year".

Tots Bots easy fit V3 by the way. The older V2 are still fine.

DoJo Thu 06-Feb-14 21:46:04

Not washing underwear with other clothing? I would run out of pants in about a week if I had to wait for a full load of them!

Does anyone else just use the washing machine as a sort of downstairs laundry basket? If I take my socks off and my son decides trousers are for losers whilst we're playing, they just get thrown into the washing machine to wait for the next load to arrive. If I had to separate them out and faff about with working out whose everything is, I would never get a load on. Also, what if a child throws up on you - in my house, everyone's pukey clothes/any tea-towels etc used to mop up the mess/socks of whoever came to help and trod in it all go in together asap to reduce the stench. Would anyone really do them separately? (Not to point fingers, but I am kind of looking at you again tiredoutgran - you are definitely making your life harder than it needs to be, yet I'm strangely intrigued as to how the rules work in practice...! grin).

I'm guessing why your NN is what it is tiredoutgran

tiredoutgran Thu 06-Feb-14 22:00:29

oooerrr.......towels in with clothes - never! The 3 girls stuff is all chucked in together so no problem there, they create enough washing between them! Lots of half loads for my underwear and OH, I have to confess to putting LO socks in with his other clothes though. I also have a 21yo daughter at home and her washing is all done on it's own, although she mostly does it herself. If child was sick on me I would just bung it all straight in, if it got more than me then the rest would have to wait after being swilled off. I do wash the dog and horse towels together though! smile

LondonInHighHeeledBoots Thu 06-Feb-14 22:03:45

DM washed all of my baby stuff (pfb) separately on boil washes with all the hypoallergenic stuff known to man then again on a boil wash with no detergent to get the evil detergent out

By the time she got to dc5, I think its lucky HE didn't get put in the machine grin

Mim78 Thu 06-Feb-14 22:04:53

I thought it was going to be a joke post about separating the newborn clothes from the 0 - 3 stuff in the cupboard/wardrobe. Maybe because I think I have gone a bit far in doing this (am 37 1/2 weeks pregnant so it's time to lose my marbles...)

splasheeny Thu 06-Feb-14 22:06:31

I washed it all together but used extra sensitive non perfumed liquid. Napisan for extra freshness too.

splasheeny Thu 06-Feb-14 22:06:53

I don't know why you would separate?

arethereanyleftatall Thu 06-Feb-14 22:13:03

I've never heard of separating out stuff before this thread. Why would you?
we just put all dirty stuff straight in washing machine and when it's full, it goes on.

Everything gets flung in the washing machine as soon as we have a load (mine, DH, and babies, whites, colours, delicates...whatever.) Am constantly washing so can't be bothered to seperate. We do use non bio though. And I DID separate Newborn from 0-3 months in DD's wardrobe, I found them to be completely different sizes! :-)

purplemurple1 Thu 06-Feb-14 22:21:04

Washed everything together in bio basics powder with some softener its never been a problem.

I did separate new born clothes in the cupboard though!

HopeClearwater Thu 06-Feb-14 22:25:28

Eh? This is madness! Why on earth would you separate baby's clothes from anyone else's? Next people will be filling their washing machine with Evian.

Helpyourself Thu 06-Feb-14 22:25:40

I guess of you use biological detergent for the main wash, it makes sense to separate the baby's clothes. But like most posters here I use non bio for us all.

splasheeny Thu 06-Feb-14 22:37:58

I thought using non bio was standard, why add something that may cause irritation?

mateysmum Thu 06-Feb-14 22:45:11

Not washing towels with clothes tiredoutgran? I can understand it if you want to do a hot towels wash but otherwise doesn't everything get cleaned and rinsed anyway?
I do separate out the dog's rugs and towels though, so I do retain some standards grin

AlpacaPicnic Thu 06-Feb-14 22:47:48

Could I ask a daft question?
Can someone explain to me, In really simple terms, the difference between bio and non bio washing stuffs.
I cannot believe I have got to the age of thirty something and I do not know this.

just bungs a couple of tablets in the machine normally

tiredoutgran Thu 06-Feb-14 22:55:27

mateysmum I think I just have weird perceptions of it all! OH's clothes are often muddy/dusty, mine are too but not to the same level, hence them not being washed together or with the children's clothes. The girls obviously were 'muckier' than the Dgs when he first came to us, he was 12 weeks old but was 12 weeks prem, so tiny, and I kept his stuff separate, it has just stuck I think. I have always washed underwear on it's own, and towels, but I think I have got worse over the last few years, probably since LO came. I laugh about it but really it is a bit of an obsession I think and causes no end of stress, perhaps I need to deal with it! It wasn't so bad when there were just 3 of us but the household suddenly increasing to 6, and then a new baby being thrown into the mix, has made it somewhat of an issue.

Bios have enzymes which break down biological stains such as food and therefore get stains cleaner. The enzymes are killed at high temps (higher than 40) so only any use for low temp washing. It used to be thought that the enzymes were more likely to cause eczema, so people with sensitive skin stopped using them but there isn't actually much evidence to support this apparently. I've stuck with non bio for years out of habit, but use bio for bad stains. DD and I have sensitive skin and bio doesn't affect us but perfumed things sometimes do, so we use non fragranced detergent (I hate the smells anyway)

I am a terrible mother - I separate lights and darks but that is it, everyones goes in together - I use the cheapest Tesco value bio washing powder and softner AND I chuck a bit of BLEACH in the light wash... we all have skins of rhinos :D

What? Is this a thing? I would have done it for PFB because I was in a constant state of panic back then - but I'm on baby number 3 now and I barely feed him.

AlpacaPicnic Thu 06-Feb-14 23:27:10

Thanks whoknows....

So, let me think about this...
Bio stuff is a bit stronger but you need a colder wash or it kills the cleaning stuff.
Non bio stuff is gentler but you can use hotter water.
If that right? Or so completely wrong that I have to hand in my 'adult' card?

TheDetective Thu 06-Feb-14 23:31:55

I do separate washes for DS2. Only because his stuff would be utterly ruined otherwise.

Soft babygrows and vests? Baby clothes are fairly delicate - or mine are! I have had too many things ruined. So now everything is washed inside out, buttoned up, and in delicate bags.

I wish it wasn't. But I'm not having them ruined well, at least by the washer anyway!.

By the way - it's not my machine - I'm on machine number 4 in 10 years. They've all ruined baby clothes in their time hmm angry.

I'm used to it now though, he's 14 months. He's got some toddler clothing now, which is more robust, so I guess when all his clothes are like that, I'll put them in with everyone else's washing.

Ive never noticed baby clothes ruining any quicker than anyone elses... honestly they seem to last longer as less wear and they don't do a lot in them. Most of DC4 clothes have been through at least 2 other DC and they look near new.

Are you buying paper baby clothes :D

FredFredGeorge Fri 07-Feb-14 00:18:16

There's not a lot of point using fabric softener with baby clothes (all it does is make the clothes last longer which isn't an issue when it's grown out of so quickly) so it is a bit of a waste using of conditioner using it on the babies stuff.

We did separate, but only with all the other clothes that we also wash without softener (sports clothes, which you don't want conditioner in as it limits "breathability".)

legoplayingmumsunite Fri 07-Feb-14 00:21:18

Only some PFBs get their clothes washed separately. All other children survive having their things washed with adults and other children's clothing.

TheDetective Fri 07-Feb-14 01:04:29

Nah, Next/Mothercare mostly, some supermarket - which wash terribly.

He didn't wear much in the way of denim. Lots of cardis and babygrows til walking, only now is he wearing more hardwearing stuff.

DS1 had similar - with similar problems, and that was 12 years ago. Although I really can't remember what I used to do about washing his. hmm

scantilymad Fri 07-Feb-14 05:26:05

We have one pfb and I vaguely remember doing his laundry separately for ooooh about two weeks. Then I just sort of forgot and now his clothes at chucked in with ours (non bio and fabric softener).

Although I will confess to still organising drawers and wardrobe on a sized by month system. (Right to left in the wardrobe if you really want to know.)

drspouse Fri 07-Feb-14 08:06:43

I have noticed baby clothes shrink quite a bit and no, it's not the baby growing - seems to happen after the first wash. I think it's partly that it's more noticeable. All our hand me downs are smaller for the same item/brand though, and I think it's just too many hot washes, as our clothes donor doesn't use a dryer.

There is no difference in delicacy, that's just bananas, they are all made of the same fabric as toddler and adult clothes.

PumpkinPie2013 Fri 07-Feb-14 09:14:29

I don't - just because I have terrible eczema so can only wash my clothes in fairy nom bio anyway so I just use it for all three of us.

MatryoshkaDoll Fri 07-Feb-14 09:27:27

I washed mine in angel's tears and dried them with the gentle beating of doves' wings. Doesn't everyone?

Yep this is what I've done since DD was born. I thought it was normal?

Melonbreath Fri 07-Feb-14 09:30:53

If there was a terrible poo explosion dds things would be washed separately with a couple of tablespoons of napisan.

Never separated anything, although I only ever use non-bio powder and no conditioner. I never washed brand new clothes before wear either. Or sheets before use. And I only washed second-hand stuff before use if it was actually dirty.

WhereIsMyHat Fri 07-Feb-14 09:33:14

How could you, your poor baby!

Only joking,baby clothes have had no special treatment here. I use the same biological (!!!) powder and fabric softner for everyone.

SomethingkindaOod Fri 07-Feb-14 09:37:13

I did this with my eldest, in fact I went a little OTT in the first few months after he was born, everything sterilized and washed with the purest stuff available etc. it lasted until he was around 3 months old. 13 years and 3 children later everything gets bunged into the washer together! grin

StuckOnARollercoaster Fri 07-Feb-14 09:40:15

Now can you get angel tears and doves in aldi? wink

Only separation here is by colour - darks, brights and whites. Will throw towels into those loads as well. Unless there's something delicate in there we do at 60 with non bio, no conditioner.
I know it's bad for environment but have been recommended that while we try to sort out DDs eczema in case she is reacting to dust mites which are only killed at 60 and apparently they exist even in a relatively clean house.

GiveTwoSheets Fri 07-Feb-14 09:41:29

I washed my babies clothes separate although i could of washed them on my own tears amount of crying i did over the washing as baby was continuously sick.

Always use soften as I'm a loon who can't touch wet washing otherwise

Pascha Fri 07-Feb-14 09:46:28

Ha. DS1 got his stuff washed in non-bio and pure conditioner as a baby. DS2 gets his chucked in with everything else washed using whatever's on offer at the time.

Can't remember the last time I even bought non-bio.

I wash towels and bed sheets separately but otherwise everything gets shoved in together, regardless of colour, washing requirements or owner!

wonderingsoul Fri 07-Feb-14 09:49:10

up will a year i alwasy put just babys clothes together.....

i dunno why.. just seemed liek the right thing to do .. but i fyou think about it it doesnt really make much differeance does it?

wonderingsoul Fri 07-Feb-14 09:51:49

i never washed new clothes ethier.. unless they where second hand from some oen i didnt know.

but surely the reason they tell you to do, is becasue of the chemaicals that are psrayed on it to keep them crinkles and clean free is the same stuff they use with dead bodys?

or has some had me going.. for like 7 years?

ChunkyPickle Fri 07-Feb-14 09:56:57

Never separated them. I do separate whites though (or at least I try to) because they seem to become instantly grey if not (even with stuff I was sure was colourfast).

I tend to wash towels and bedsheets separately, but that's because I wash them hot and sometimes add a bit of bleach (if I've been less than careful with the colour separating for instance). It's not a firm rule though.

I use bio liquid (the nice smelling stuff) and can't be bothered with conditioner.

ChunkyPickle Fri 07-Feb-14 09:58:03

Oh! Except! DS2's skin reacted to something in mothercare babygrows so I had to wash all of those before he could wear them. Most of his other clothes were second hand though so I don't know if it was just something about mothercare or about all new clothes

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