I only have 4 weeks left so trying to get all babys things ready. I'll wash all bedding beforehand but is it really necessary to wash ALL clothing too?? I don't know whether it is recommended or just nice to do.
I think clothing manufacturers use chemicals such as formaldehyde to make new clothes appear more appealing. I think many parents don't want this making contact with their new baby's skin, or at least while they're so tiny.
I have just washed all clothes and bedding on a 30 degree fastwash in non-bio just to get rid of any chemical nasties. Not a great deal of hassle really.
I'm currently in the process of washing my baby clothes with non-bio. I wasn't going to bother, but this morning I realised most of my baby clothes have been sitting in a drawer for a long time and need freshening up. I am only washing vests, baby grows and my blankets. Things like little outfits, hats and gloves I haven't bothered with.
I washed everything when it was new just to remove any chemical or 'shop dirt' and have only recently stopped (DS is 19 months). I have sensitive skin so didnt want to risk having a newborn come out in a rash.
If you dont want to wash everything i would recommend just washing clothes that are direct on skin - vests and babygrows.
I've washed stuff I've bought from a friend (most of it brand new, the rest worn maybe once/twice) and a couple of shop bought things like towels and blankets, but haven't bothered with the rest just put it all away, will be washing all the new bedding though, nothing worse than cardboard-y bedsheets lol
I washed all my new baby (pfb) 's clothes and bedding etc. . I did it for the reasons everyone has said, chemicals, sensitive skin etc. But a lovely secondary benefit was that it gave me a reason to admire all the teeny tiny clothes and get really excited and realise that we were having a brand new baby!! I still love seeing all of DS's clothes hanging on the line
Have washed everything that's been donated or bought on eBay. Of the New stuff I've washed the bits and pieces that are in the hospital bag. The rest is still tagged and bagged in case we have misjudged size so it can be returned or exchanged. If it's the right size though mum is primed to run it through the washing machine for when we get home. I wouldn't normally care on adult clothes but I think for the first few months I want to be careful in case little one has inherited either eczema or psoriasis from us.