Awaiting the imminent arrival of our bundle of joy! My current dilemma is, should I do as the packaging says and wash ALL our baby's clothes before s/he arrives, or just rip open packaging and dress baby???
I saw this topic come up on another website once - a lady who makes baby carriers said that every few carriers she has to go and wash her hands, because the residue left on the fabric during manufacture would accumulate on her skin and feel horrible.
So yes! <must remember my vow to always wash all new clothes. oops!>
Manufacturers add chemicals to all clothes (adult and baby) prior to sale to keep them unwrinkled and neat in the packaging and on the hanger. Often formaldehyde is used to treat clothes that have to be shipped a long way to prevent mildew. Formaldehyde resins have a very sharp odor and can also cause allergic reactions. Definately definatley wash - this is not an urban myth !
Wash also - but I agree with Tillyscoutsmum, dd2 was 10 lb 9oz and non of the newborn clothes fitted her.
We also knew we were expecting a girl with dd1, but after I'd lovingly washed, ironed and hung all her new little pink vests, pink sleepsuits etc on hangers, all I heard was stories about how people found out at the scan they were having a girl/boy and then it turned out they were ended up with the oppostite. All I could think of was all of the pink clothes in the wardrobe.