I’m 35 weeks now and I’ve just washed all of my newborn/ 0-1 mo th clothes. All blankets, towels, sheets, muslins etc- everything I’ll need in the first month that can be washed has been. I’ve used non bio washing liquid and comfort pure. I think the advice is to wash everything but I personally hate the smell of new clothes before they are washed so would have washed them first anyway.
I will be washing all of my newborn clothes as advised to, I don't know anyone who hasn't tbh, that includes all friends and the several baby groups. That being said I'm sure baby will survive if you don't, it's just nicer to have clean clothes for them (lots of chemicals on new clothes)
I've just washed everything I was given brand New, and anything second hand that I felt was maybe a bit suspect (luckily only one or two items) I used the fairy non bio tablets and softener I got as freebies but use whatever it is that Aldi sell usually.
I'd been wondering this too as I don't want to take the tags off and wash stuff that never ends up being worn. I'm a FTM too but have been warned if people buy lots for baby this will happen as they grow too quick, you stick to the basics early on etc.
We washed everything before DS was born, I believe lots of mass produced clothes get sprayed with chemicals to stop bugs etc during transit/storage. They also get handled a lot in the shops, I have never washed my own new clothes before wearing but continue to do so for DS
DD on the way now and will do the same for her too, habit now! I try not to wash things unnecessarily generally though, trousers and jumpers get a few wears which I know some people find mingling!
I washed everything for my first baby, nothing's getting washed for this next one! Although anything that's being reused from last baby was washed before putting it away. I still wash all my child's clothes in non bio.