Do you iron all your children's clothes? And what is appropriate clothing for winter?

(69 Posts)
olaybiscuitbarrel Sun 09-Dec-12 20:58:12

Please be honest. I don't, but it is the subject of some 'discussion' in the family. She's only 3, so not at school - obviously I will iron her uniform when she does go, but at the moment its not unusual to go through 2-3 outfits in a day, and I really didn't think it mattered a jot that her clothes were not ironed at this age!

I think I dress her pretty nicely, all clean, no stains or holes, not too small etc, but am I a bad parent for not ironing her things?

Also at issue is what she what do your pre-schoolers wear in winter? I send her out in either trousers (jeans mostly) with a vest, long sleeved t-shirt and jumper, or leggings with a vest and a dress on top with a jumper, and a coat, hat, gloves and boots.

I'd love to hear what others do just so I can see whether I'm in the wrong or not!

dishwashervodkaanddietirnbru Sun 09-Dec-12 21:02:49

I only iron the kids school uniforms and dh's shirts - everything else is put away unironed - I never ironed any of their stuff when they were younger. The outdoor clothing sounds fine too.

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Sun 09-Dec-12 21:03:34

I don't iron anything for anyone in this house. My husband irons his work shirts.

My son, who goes to preschool, wears his uniform to school and then jeans and t-shirt after or on weekends.

stargirl1701 Sun 09-Dec-12 21:03:36

Dear god, no. I barely iron anything. Layers are good in winter.

onedev Sun 09-Dec-12 21:06:16

I iron everything! Can't help it as my mum always did so don't think about it!
Your winter clothes sounds about right to me. Would also have hat, scarf & gloves obviously.

FergusSingsTheBlues Sun 09-Dec-12 21:07:02

I iron everything, even underwear and sheets, but i dont actually know anybody who irons that much so doubt its really a big deal. I do think it finishes off an outfut properly though and hate it if any of us go out looking remotely rumpled.

GregorSamsa Sun 09-Dec-12 21:07:19

Are you joking? Life is too short to iron.

If my kids want their school uniforms ironed, they're welcome to do it themselves (they are older, in fairness). A 3yo doesn't give a stuff whether her uniform is ironed or not, just hang it out or pull it out of the dryer, give it a good shake, fold it, and away you go.

You need to lower your standards very quickly, that way madness lies.

olaybiscuitbarrel Sun 09-Dec-12 21:07:50

Phew. Glad there are other parents as slack as me grin

I was rather shaken by the whole discussion actually, I felt like I was on another planet from the person I was talking to, who seemed to be suggesting that everyone my DD came into contact with was secretly horrified by my lack of ironing.

Do you have tumble driers?

3b1g Sun 09-Dec-12 21:08:05

I don't iron any of the children's clothes. Or anything at all, in fact. DH irons his work shirts. DS1's shirts are non-iron, the other three children have polo shirts as uniform which don't need ironing. No one has (so far) made any comments about us being a creased or crumpled-looking family.

MousyMouse Sun 09-Dec-12 21:10:53

a) no. I don't iron anything at all strategic dryingall the way.
b) socks (maybe 2 pairs if really cold) thick trousers, vest + jumper (maybe a t-shirt as well)

housesalehelp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:11:35

all sounds fine - we iron DS1 school uniform as it too crumpled otherwise - but otherwise not any of the DC's clothes

dishwashervodkaanddietirnbru Sun 09-Dec-12 21:14:10

no I dont use a tumble drier as the clothes get hung on 2 clothes airers to dry. I only use the drier bit of my washer/drier when i really have to e.g. puke/pee incidents. Shirts and polo shirts get hung on hangers and are hung from the airer to dry a bit less crumpled.

Roseformeplease Sun 09-Dec-12 21:14:18

I iron absolutely nothing. I own an iron, in case of emergencies, but probably use it once a year. Uniforms don't need ironing nowadays and my husband has non iron shirts. If he wanted them ironed he would do them himself. Life's too short.

sunny177 Sun 09-Dec-12 21:15:55

I don't iron anything apart from shirts or things really crumpled. As long as they are clean and fit properly as soon as they start to wear it the creases drop out anyway! I also dress my dd who is 2.5 exactly as you've said you dress your dd. I find if you dry carefully or use tumble dryer the creases are limited anyway! Hth grin

MousyMouse Sun 09-Dec-12 21:15:58

for outdoors coat (have nice double layer ones, fleece inside, rainproof outside), hat, scarf, mittens (not always worn, as dc can be stubborn).

first rule of parenting: don't give a rat's arse about what others think/say.

3b1g Sun 09-Dec-12 21:17:23

OP, my best tip would be to learn to stop caring what other people think. Unless they are offering to come and do your ironing for you, do they really have any say in the matter? This works for other areas of housekeeping, also parenting and even life in general.

2kidsintow Sun 09-Dec-12 21:18:32

I only iron stuff that looks particularly creased when it is taken out of the drawers in a morning. On average I find I need to switch the iron on for 5 minutes, twice or three times a week at most.

If the way my DDs come down dressed at the moment, suitable clothing for winter includes shorts, thin leggings and t shirts. A frequent refrain in this house is "Go back and put something warm on, it's December!" And it isn't as if they are dressing like that because they are warm as the heating is kept quite low here.

Beamur Sun 09-Dec-12 21:20:55

I do iron all of DD's clothes (or my Mum does...)
I can't say I've noticed any children whose parents are derelict enough not to iron - because I don't look that closely at other peoples clothes grin
As long as said child is warm and reasonably clean thats good enough. Layers are the way in winter. My DD likes to dress in dresses/skirts rather than trousers, so tights/leggings/vests first, then tops, dresses and extras if needed like socks and cardigans. Coats then add hats/gloves etc as weather dictates

pepperrabbitanddesultorytinsel Sun 09-Dec-12 21:23:30

I iron only in an emergency, Very Careful Folding is my mantra.
Sometimes my DC do look a bit crumpled, I honestly can't get worked up about it!
DH irons his own shirts with a very bad grace.
2 of my DCs simply do not feel the cold and I struggle to get them to dress as I consider appropriate, the other one would wear woolies and vests all year round.
As long as you know she is comfortable at whatever temperature then I really wouldn't worry.
IMHO those people who iron all the time are wasting valuable MNing time grin

olaybiscuitbarrel Sun 09-Dec-12 21:23:34

Thanks for all the comments.
Generally speaking, I don't care about what others think...but this was put to me in such a strong way, by a close family member, that it really shook me up, and I needed a reality check to find out whether what I do is normal.

I'm very glad to see that it does!

YoHoHoAndABottleOfSherry Sun 09-Dec-12 21:24:54

I iron nearly all my DC's clothes, but I am well aware that most people think I am totally bonkers for doing so.
I just can't quite bring myself not to do it blush.

Mine wear tights rather than leggings - I have it in my head that leggings are summer wear, and my DC wear a lot of polo/roll necks under their jumpers, because then they don't need a scarf (scarves not allowed at school because of the strangulation hazard, apparently). Mine also wear knee length socks with trousers in cold weather, they always get cold feet when they are in ankle socks.

3b1g Sun 09-Dec-12 21:28:33

In my opinion, giving people unsolicited advice on clothing care (especially if it implies their child isn't presentable enough) is worse than any amount of unironed clothes. Did this family member mean to be so rude? hmm

olaybiscuitbarrel Sun 09-Dec-12 21:32:49

Yes, 3b1g, I think she did. Probably a whole load of stuff there that I should be posting in Relationships about...

3b1g Sun 09-Dec-12 21:42:33

I'm sorry to hear that. It just reflects badly on her though, so try not to let it affect you too much (I do realise this is easier said than done).

TwoHats Sun 09-Dec-12 21:44:16

I ironed some name tags into DS's school uniform, apart from that I last used the iron in about 2003 (ish). I think DP used it once for a job interview in the intervening years...

Anyone who notices, and cares enough to judge, someone else as crumpled really needs some more hobbies and interests.

emalushka Sun 09-Dec-12 21:52:48

No, very rarely iron. Not even school uniform. The only thing my iron get used for is Hama beads. Which seems to be everyday at the moment!

Jas Sun 09-Dec-12 21:55:52

My iron is almost only ever used for hama beads. grin
DD1 would like her school shirts ironed, but at 13, if she wants them done, she does them herself,so they are rarely done. DD2 does her own at 12. No one else ever has anything ironed. I hang shirts on hangers wet and they dry pretty crease free. (No tumble drier)

Mine are not pre school age and choose their own clothes, but your selections sound fine to me. I used to carry ds' coat, hat and gloves every where all winter at that age. He is now 6 and even his teachers have given up trying to get him to put it on!

BackforGood Sun 09-Dec-12 22:01:35

No, I never ironed when any of mine were 3.
No, I've never ironed school uniforms.
I iron about twice a year - generally only buy clothes that can shake and hang.
Eldest dc (he's 16) tends to leave his clean clothes lying around for weeks days rather than hanging them up, so he then does tend to need an iron so as not to look dishevelled, but that's of his making, and he gets the iron out of his own accord.

BackforGood Sun 09-Dec-12 22:01:59

Oh yes, I forgot, I too do occasionally iron hamma beads wink

LilRosiesMum Sun 09-Dec-12 22:03:14

I never iron anything. Hang school uniform on the airer; lots of the school uniform is space-age non-crease fabric anyway. (sometimes drape the polo shirts on the radiator and call that ironing!!)

Life is too short. I admit my ironing shortcomings in front of mums who I know iron everything. We are just different, but still friends. Just tell the person commenting on your ironing that you must agree to disagree. Also, its not as if your DD or any of her friends care, is it?

Her winter clothes sound completely normal, I guess you can ask whether she's feeling chilly or too warm?

Sirzy Sun 09-Dec-12 22:06:48

I iron clothes, if I can get them hung quickly when out of the dryer i don't but otherwise they look to crease to wear.

He has just turned 3 and most days wears trousers (jeans or cords generally), vest, t-shirt and jumper. If its slightly warmer he will wear a long sleved t shirt instead of a jumper.

CoolaYuleA Sun 09-Dec-12 22:10:21

I iron most of DDs stuff - I also iron all my stuff, but that's just me. I don't notice whether other people iron or not. Either way it's a personal choice.

I fecking loathe doing it though lol! Not enough to stop me though.

Your winter clothes sound fine.

hugoagogo Sun 09-Dec-12 22:19:11

This reminds me of a conversation I had when I was a student with someone I worked with who was absolutely horrified that I did not have an airing cupboard. shock

She was adamant that it was impossible to get clothes properly dry without one and that I was sure to get pneumonia. hmm

You know your'e not doing anything wrong don't you?

We don't iron anything except a couple of my summer skirts which just look awful if not ironed. DD is 2 and the nursery staff have commented on how nicely dressed she is, so I think they haven't noticed or don't think it matters.

Most days she wears tights, long sleeved T shirt and dress. If we are going out she has a very warm coat. She doesn't tend to have a jumper or cardie on when she is inside. I think she is a warm child, so perhaps doesn't need as much as most or perhaps I am just a bit mean. If she is wearing a long sleeved dress or trousers and top then she has a vest on so that she has 2 layers on her top half.

Pyrrah Sun 09-Dec-12 23:19:15

I iron party dresses for DD (3.6) and that is pretty much it.

Polos and jersey pinafores for school so don't need ironing.

I get endless compliments on DD's wardrobe - which is a mix of H&M and eBay bargains (I do like very traditional clothes). In the winter I generally go for a polo-neck top with tights and either a wooly dress, corduroy pinafore or dungarees. Then she has boots and a cardigan and coat if we are going out. DD does not feel the cold (mad child) so generally a big fight about the coat and cardi.

We did get a tumble-drier when DD was born and that does mean a lot less need for anything to be ironed to still look good.

narmada Sun 09-Dec-12 23:31:54

NOno no no no! Ironing is so time consuming. I'd far rather be down the pub/ at zumba/ reading a book. How do working mums find time to iron? I really don' get it it. But I probably am quite slatternly.

Loislane78 Mon 10-Dec-12 09:34:07

No, just no

probably the reason I have lots of time to watch tv hmm

Nope, that's definitely one household task that is not worth the effort!

RudolphiaRedNose Mon 10-Dec-12 09:47:46

No! Not even uniforms - just hang up the polo shirts and teflon trousers neat and flat when they come out of the wash, and they really don't need it. The only things I have ever ironed for the DC are things like posh shirts and dresses for weddings/special occasions.

And if life is too short for ironing, it's definitely too short for discussing someone else's ironing/lack thererof. Ignore them!

valiumredhead Mon 10-Dec-12 10:20:35

I fold everything from the drier and I buy Marks and Spencer's non iron uniform wink

SilverSky Mon 10-Dec-12 10:26:39

Smile and nod. Smile and nod.

iseetinselandtantrums Mon 10-Dec-12 10:53:29

Not known for ironing. I might get it out for a tablecloth for Christmas day or I might not.

3b1g Mon 10-Dec-12 14:20:08

Oh yes, I forgot about the hama beads. DD generally only makes hama bead stuff at the weekends and DH irons his work shirts on Sunday evenings, so he irons the hama things at the same time.

pylonic Mon 10-Dec-12 17:35:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ZuleikaD Mon 10-Dec-12 17:40:29

I nearly choked on my tea when I read this thread-title. I'm not even sure where my iron is.

On the winter clothes front, DD (3) wears jeans, a vest, two tops (usually a long-sleeve with a t-shirt over) and a jumper, then has a warm coat (puffa jacket style) or if it's godawful weather then a fleece-lined snowsuit and boots.

Bonsoir Mon 10-Dec-12 17:42:14

I don't iron anything that doesn't need ironing (and I am a dab hand at using the tumble drier and then hanging hot damp clothes to dry, crease-free). In winter, DD wears jeans, boots, a t-shirt and top, with a very warm down jacket on top.

charlottehere Mon 10-Dec-12 17:44:55

I don't iron very much at all, except school uniform if it really needs it. Dh does his work shirts. Life is too short although if I could afford it i would pay somone else to do it

diddlediddledumpling Mon 10-Dec-12 17:50:02

Fantastic! I thought I was in a non-ironing minority, I'm delighted with this thread!

AngelDog Mon 10-Dec-12 20:59:15

Someone was talking to my nearly 3 y.o. DS and mentioned irons, and I had to stop and explain to him what of them was. blush

I don't even do DH's work shirts any more - as he said, by the time he's got to the office, they're all crumpled under his suit jacket anyway.

DS wears cord trousers, vest, long-sleeve t-shirt, jumper (only outside - he won't wear one indoors), warm coat.

AngelDog Mon 10-Dec-12 21:00:00

I don't have a tumble dryer but I do hang all adult clothes on hangers as soon as they come out of the washing machine.

greenbananas Mon 10-Dec-12 21:24:53

Angeldog that made me laugh, you having to explain to your 3 year old about what an iron is smile DS had a similar experience, aged 3, when preschool staff were trying to assess him on his first day (I was watching from a distance). He picked up a toy iron and they asked him what it was, so he shrugged and said "I don't know". They looked at each other significantly and wrote things on their clipboards.

amillionyears Mon 10-Dec-12 21:28:01

Had the same iron for 25 years. Does that give you a clue as to how often it is used?

AngelDog Mon 10-Dec-12 21:29:58


amck5700 Mon 10-Dec-12 21:37:00

Well, i wouldn't go to work in un-ironed clothes so I don't expect the kids to go out in un-ironed things either. That said, my OH does all the ironing grin However, i don't really care what other people do.

The clothes feel far nicer when they are ironed.

Exceptions are fleeces and underwear.

Amount of clothes sounds fine OP

RedTinsel Mon 10-Dec-12 21:39:03

I used to spend all of my Sunday ironing everyone's clothes till I realised that with messy toddlers, the clothes would spend longer on the ironing board than they did on the child. And there's always baskets of clothes hanging around, waiting to be ironed. Neither of my children care about ironed clothes, I don't care about ironed clothes. So I stopped doing it.

My DCs uniform gets ironed once a year when I'm putting the name tags in or I'm fixing the hems.

My mum and MIL, who are iron a tea towel types, are horrified, but I dont care.

greenbananas Mon 10-Dec-12 21:50:03

My sister irons everything, even all her daughters' knickers and vests. Surely she is mad to do this? She has four girls and they are always dressed beautifully, but I think they would look just as gorgeous if their clothes were a bit creased.

lola88 Mon 10-Dec-12 22:00:54

I iron some of DS's things that need but only on the day he is wearing it i have a small ironing board from ikea that i sick on the table to iron his tops. I also iron 2 of DP's but only of it's for a night out or party and one top of mine because the bottom rolls up for some reason.

DS wears a vest jeans/joggy a long sleeved top and jumper and coat or snow suits no jumper, he's in a buggy so blanket (thickness depends on the day anything froma muslin sq to knitted one) and cosytoe. I'm a cold person so i tend to wrap him up but i have a friend who is always warm and dresses her DD according to what she would be comfortable in i often think her DD must be freezing and she makes jokes about DS being warm enough.

alemci Mon 10-Dec-12 22:05:12

re sister who irons knickers - why ?

olaybiscuitbarrel Mon 10-Dec-12 22:08:32

Wow, just came back to this thread after a long day and I'm amazed at the number of posts. Thank you everyone, I really feel much better to know that I'm not out on a limb with this!
All respect to those who do iron, but I just cannot imagine how I'd find enough hours in the day.

olaybiscuitbarrel Mon 10-Dec-12 22:12:48

Apart from knickers. I really can't understand why anyone would iron knickers.
I do work with someone who irons towels though...

mindosa Tue 11-Dec-12 09:46:56

In winter, they can be in jeans, cardi, t-shirt, boots, warm wool dress etc
Everything gets ironed except for underwear and PJ's. I don't mind ironing as I do it in front of the TV on the one night a week I watch TV.
I also think all clothes look infinitely better ironed.

However I also send all towels, bedlinen and a lot of DH's clothes off to the launderette once a week and his shirts are ironed there so I am no domestic goddess

BuggerLumpsAnnoyed Wed 12-Dec-12 14:02:21

I iron, after my parents looked horrified at how creased CD looked after I moved into a house with an awful washing machine that made everything very creased.

rrreow Wed 12-Dec-12 14:35:05

I don't iron. The only reason I even own an iron is because DH brought it to the marriage grin

amck5700 Wed 12-Dec-12 16:23:43

Fair enough kids clothes not being ironed if you don't want to, but how do adults survive with no ironing? Do you not work or do you tumble dry or do you buy special fabrics or what?.........or do you just stand tall and proud and crumpled? grin

I sometimes think I shouldn't iron my stuff and it would detract attention from my un-ironed face smile

orangeandlemons Wed 12-Dec-12 16:35:00

I used to be a determined ironer. I tried several times to wean myself off. After going through some serious dt's I succeeded. I found it very very hard, and the OCD part of me kept wanting to go back and iron.

But now...the liberation and freedom! I iron practically nothing, and the world hasn't ended. Dd looks no different either....

greenbananas Wed 12-Dec-12 16:43:16

Do you not work or do you tumble dry or do you buy special fabrics or what?.........or do you just stand tall and proud and crumpled?

All of the above smile

Even when I worked full time outside of the home, I didn't iron anything. When I shop for clothes, I think about which ones will wash well and will not need ironing in order to look presentable.

Mibby Wed 12-Dec-12 17:04:06

Only DH work stuff gets ironed here, plus anything 'fancy'.
Two year old DD wears jeans/ trousers, vest, long sleeved top, socks, boots, possibly jumper and thick coat with hood for going out. Or snowsuit if wet/ really arctic

ZuleikaD Wed 12-Dec-12 17:04:25

DH buys noniron shirts and I hang them up and shake them out when they come off the hanger. They look fine when they're on. When I worked in an office I wore t-shirts under suits.

chocolateshoes Wed 12-Dec-12 17:11:30

i only iron DS's smart shirts when he needs them - so not v often. Occasionally I have to iron something but generally avoid it by hanging stuff up. I work and wear (I think) smart clothes but have never got into the habit of ironing and am definitely not going to bother now.

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