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Washing baby clothes

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Cnmorgan13 Thu 31-Dec-15 08:30:02

Should I wash all the clothes/blankets etc I've got for the baby? If so, when? And what brands should I use. Currently I use bold 2&1, fairy fabric softener (I know!) and I generally throw in those bead things as well blush Should I be using non bio or bio?

villainousbroodmare Thu 31-Dec-15 08:37:32

I didn't wash anything new, and simply throw the baby's clothes in with ours, 40 degree wash with bio powder and no softener. Line dry. He's fair-skinned and has had no issues.
I think pre-washing of new clothing is unnecessary, but I'm sure lots of people will tell you to use baby-clothes detergent and non-bio etc.

Runningupthathill82 Thu 31-Dec-15 08:45:07

I didn't wash anything new with my first child and I'm not bothering this time round either. Although I have washed the stuff I'm reusing of DSs that has been lingering in the loft for three years.
I wash everything together at 40c on a non bio wash. Doesn't matter which brand, usually use Lidl's own. No fabric softener.

goodnessgraciousgoudaoriginal Thu 31-Dec-15 08:47:11

Just use any cleaner, but skip the fabric softener.

Non bio only exists in the UK!!

I did find it a massive faff, but I did decide to wash any clothes that would go directly onto the babies skin (like the all in ones). I didn't wash things like cardigans which would go on top of other stuff.

IndomitabIe Thu 31-Dec-15 08:48:31

I saw a recent study that showed bio vs non-bio were no different in terms of skin reaction.

I read it somewhere reputable - but one study isn't good science and I can't remember where to share a link. So any non-bio is fine.

I don't think you have to wash new stuff, but I will (and the old stuff we've got stored away) so that they smell 'right' to me (weirdo, I know)!

Junosmum Thu 31-Dec-15 08:52:06

I've washed everything, mainly as I don't like the smell of new stuff, smells really chemically to me. I used fairy without softner, but because I use it anyway as DH and I have reactions to many (but different) brands.

bittapitta Thu 31-Dec-15 08:53:40

No point in washing as it will get dirty and changed (then washed) within a few hours for the first few weeks!

SkiptonLass2 Thu 31-Dec-15 09:17:21

I'd wash it first.

1. You've no idea where it's been sitting in the manufacturing/distribution/retail process. As a student I worked s lot if retail and warehouses were filthy
2. Finishing processes can leave residues on fabric

I just put everything in in a cold setting on express wash, but I wash everything that comes into the house (toys, clothes etc. Hard surfaces get a quick wipe down with disinfectant,)

BurningGubbins Thu 31-Dec-15 09:30:52

I didn't wash anything new either. Someone gave us a box of baby washing powder but once that was finished we chucked everything in together.
My son was in special care for a bit, having come early, and the nurses there told us not to bother with the pre-washing when we rushed out to buy tiny baby clothes because all the newborn stuff was huge on him.

oriG1Nal Thu 31-Dec-15 10:22:46

I'm one the laziest people on Earth, but I always wash new clothes, especially those made in China/South Asia. The clothes are covered in chemicals you wouldn't want sprayed on to your skin. It's really not worth the risk.

Toxins Lurking in Your Clothing!
Toxic chemicals found in branded clothing

skankingpiglet Thu 31-Dec-15 10:23:34

If you've got the time to do it I would as there is supposedly a chemical residue left on new clothes. That said, if you can't for whatever reason, I'm sure it won't be the end of the world. I did it for DD but she was a summer baby so it was washed and dried in no time, she's 18mo now and I don't bother.
We use non bio powder for white and lights and a colour powder for darks. The non bio is purely because DD is in cloth nappies and apparently it really does make a difference to the lifespan of the nappies. She has never had a reaction to either powder, despite most body washes and all bubble baths bringing out a bit of eczema.

toohardtothinkofaname Thu 31-Dec-15 10:28:01

I washed everything but most were hand-downs anyway. A friend of mine said she wished she'd washed the clothes because all the new stuff left fluff all over baby and under his nails, not to mention the chemicals in the packaging!

Jibberjabberjooo Thu 31-Dec-15 10:34:11

Yes I did and still do as they both have eczema. I always use non bio but now that study has come out saying there's no difference.

Joskar Thu 31-Dec-15 10:43:01

The risk of what? What will happen if I don't pre-wash clothes? These "chemicals" are dangerous how?

oriG1Nal Thu 31-Dec-15 10:58:01

You could try reading the links I provided. Or Google

Allergies, contact dermatitis...

goodnightdarthvader1 Thu 31-Dec-15 11:15:35

I'm washing them (new and pre-loved) with non-bio and a "baby friendly" softener (if I didn't use softener, they'd come out like cardboard, high limescale area).

KP86 Thu 31-Dec-15 11:43:58

Goodnessgracious, we don't have bio (as far as I know) in Australia. At least it isn't labelled as bio vs non-bio. All one type.

I did wash my baby's clothes, but after the initial bottle of baby detergent just used normal and in with our stuff or own load if there was enough. Only because it also went in the dryer so easy to transfer if all together.

Georgeofthejungle Thu 31-Dec-15 12:55:49

Ive washed my hospital bag baby stuff in Fairy non bio, no softner and gave it a wee iron. smile I'll wash all my 0-3 the week before I'm due I think and leave washing the 3-6 for when it's needed.

Junosmum Thu 31-Dec-15 14:26:23

Joskar - for me it's that I can smell the chemicals (and I don't like the smell) and if I can smell them then it stands to reason that they'd transfer on to the skin, and I don't want my baby smelling like that!

VegetablEsoup Thu 31-Dec-15 14:35:25

yes, always wash new clothes. with the normal detergent you use anyway. maybe only a few packs if unsure of size.

most clothes are manufactured in warmer cheaper climes and treated with pesticides and fungicides (or they would arrive here full of holes and mouldy), plus you don't know how they are stored here before they get to you. warehouses are dirty places.

Missingcaffeine Thu 31-Dec-15 14:44:52

I washed it all before baby arrived and regretted it as baby arrived early and all the warmer clothes didn't get worn as by the time the weather was cold enough our baby had grown out of them! Wish I'd waited until baby arrived as I could have changed things for bigger sizes if I'd kept the labels on. Also, I used bio shortly after baby was born (accidentally) and baby never reacted, so I continued with bio as it gets things cleaner in my opinion.

adagio Thu 31-Dec-15 15:18:38

I was very smell sensitive post birth of dd1, so have bought surcare fragrance free for dd2 due in a month. Not washed anything yet though grin. As with lots of pp I am vaguely concerned about chemicals and nasties on vests/baby gros etc. This concern faded entirely by the time dd1 got to about 18 months though!
My first was small and remains quite small - we didn't move out of tiny baby clothes for the first couple of months so washing the 0-3 stuff was a complete waste of time and effort. this time I will be conservative and only wash the minimum to keep her dressed until I see how big she is and how fast she grows.

Artandco Thu 31-Dec-15 15:24:58

I would wash before you put them on baby.

But maybe just wash a few newborn babygrows and then 0-3 months incase baby is bigger so you can return unwashed ones if too small

Nan0second Thu 31-Dec-15 15:54:52

I didn't wash and I kept all the labels on. This was brilliant as she got a lot of gifts and Hand me downs and I was able to take stuff back that wasn't needed and swap it for larger sizes!

StellaAlpina Thu 31-Dec-15 16:34:36

I'm going to wash everything in fairy non bio (as DH has excema so that's the only one we buy), I don't use farbic softener.

My washing machine has a 'baby cycle' which I'm wondering whether to case it's like a sportwear cycle and washes everything super hot and ruins it.

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