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Q&A: Wash baby's clothes before delivery?

Should I wash baby's clothes before she's born? Why? And when should I do it?

Re: Should I wash baby's clothes before she's born? Why? And when should I do it?

The Bump Expert

Yes, you should wash baby's clothes, blankets, and other washable items that will come in contact with his or her skin. It's not necessary that you do it before she's born, but it is recommended that you do it before she wears them. The reason for this is that baby's brand new birthday suit hasn't toughened up yet. Her skin is sensitive and the finish that's put on new clothes to make them look cute enough for you to snatch up can irritate baby’s virgin skin.

But it's not enough to simply load all of baby's gear in the washer and toss in your favorite lavender-scented soap. You should be sure to use a gentle, baby-friendly detergent -- one that doesn't include dyes or perfumes (scents) since those, too, can irritate skin. Whether you use a baby-specific or a gentle everyday detergent that omits these potential irritants is up to you. Either should do the trick. Some mommies double-rinse new baby gear. I didn't and my daughter never balked. But she surely would have if she had irritated skin. When drying gear, skip the fabric softener and dryer sheets, too.

Erika Lenkert

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Generally great advice. Some people even wash new clothes and blankets several times. However you may want to only wash some of them for immediate use. If you got a ton of new clothes, keep tags on some of them and don't wash them until you know you need them. Depending on how big your baby is and what types of clothes you find work best, you may want to return or exchange some (which of course you can't do if you washed them and removed tags).

mowens00 |

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I was going to wash the clothes but I ended up only washing the unisex items. I used all free and clear with a larger water/detergent ratio. I also had to remember to take my bounce bar out of the dryer. I think I may have to go back to the dryer sheets instead of the bar so I don't forget and keep it in with the babies laundry. I'm really excited!

angelproberts |

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why can't you use dryer sheets??

abkeating3 |

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the chemicals used for softening

doro1986 |

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I have ben told (but haven't researched myself) that fabric softeners not only add another chemical to the baby clothing but can increase flamability of clothing and/or negate the flame retardant properties fo cothing/blankets/etc washed with fabric softener. My aunt keeps telling em I have to use softener to make the clothes softer fort he baby but I don't see how adding another chemical to the mix will amke anyhting better. I know some adults who break out if they use fabric softener let alone my little newborns booty!

FirstTimeMommy2010 |

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Just a heads up, if you want to or feel the need to use fabric softener sheets, you can get "free and clear" ones. I use ALL brand for detergent and fabric softener sheets because I have extremely sensitive skin with no problem.

Solbean2002 |

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You can use the dryer balls in place of dryer sheets as well. They're plastic balls covered with bumps that you toss in with your clothes and they fluff things up really nice. You can get them at most stores two for around $10, but I just found them at Menards for $5 for a pack of two.

hockeybride113 |

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I washed only the blankets & outfits that are uni-sex. We're having a girl, but there's always that chance that the ultrasound was read wrong...so anything pink & purple is waiting untill after she's born to be washed.

springbride508 |

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Instead of fabric softener in the wash, I use white distilled vinegar - it doesn't smell up the clothes at all and has the same softening effect as its chemical counterpart. And I hate static cling (which those super-soft, fuzzy blankets seem to build up terribly), so I've been using the free and clear dryer sheets, which may not be as "good" as another alternative, but it's bound to be better than the dryer sheets I would normally use. I have found that those paper dryer sheets (can't remember what they're called right now, thanks to pregnancy brain drain) that are all-natural also work really well at keeping static at bay. But, they're harder to find in my area and time is of the essence nowadays...

wendy611 |

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I definitely think it's a good idea to wash before baby wears, but not too early where you wash it and baby doesn't wear it. I.E. Newborn clothes that baby may not stay in long, things you may consider taking back or selling/exchanging in consignment. Just wouldn't want to wash clothes and then you have a bigger baby or a fast growing baby that won't even wear the clothes that you've washed.

MamiMoore |

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I have extremely sensitive skin so already use all natural products without dyes or scents except some all natural scents, so think baby should be good with what I use. I tried Dreft and thought the smell on that was too much, I could smell it after the clothes were done, where as with my 7th Generation Eucalyptus and Lavender, the clothes come out just smelling clean with no scent left on them. Ms. Meyers makes a line or all natural cleaning products (I have now seen many of them at target) including a version of the paper like dryer sheets (though will agree harder to find these) some are lightly infused with an all natural scent like lavender, but not enough for the clothes to continue smelling that way and helps keep the static down a bit. So I switched back to my normal stuff and skipped the Dreft. 7th Generation also makes a gentile formula and a baby formula without any scent though all of theirs are hypoallergenic and can also find those at Target now, and they have an HE version. Plus I figure with as much time as the baby spends touching other people like mom and dad, should all be using the same stuff, for ease and to keep from rashes as has happened to me. Last note, there are also a couple websites I have seen out there that deal with washing cloth diapers and they have huge charts where they rank tons of different detergents, and you can even send in your specific type if you don't find it and they can add that too the list. Pretty interesting and even if you don't use cloth diapers, figures if it is good and gentle enough for that sensitive area, should be okay for rest.

jaymeA13 |

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i think with my son i washed all the hats mittens gowns and things i thought he would wear after we got home. i used all for baby which isnt sold everywhere and its alls equivalent to dreft which is expensive for no reason. i also bought a big thing of all free and clear and mixed it with the all for baby if you do use fabric softener when you wash rinse the clothes twice or use fragrance free dryer sheets

goodlovelivelife |

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Great advice. I washed all of the things that I could for my daughter (due in the next two weeks). I made sure to stick with one kind of laundry detergent so that if something DID irritate her skin, I wouldn't have any kind of question as to what it is.

annieandnel2010 |

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Yes, wash all of her clothes. I'm 35 weeks and I've washed all of her clothes, sheets, blankets, washable toys - anything that will come in contact with her skin - with Dreft. I'm also going to wash the clothes I will wear in the hospital (nursing tops and robe) in the pediatrician recommended Dreft detergent so my clothes won't irritate her skin. Considering washing our bed sheets in it too in case she comes in to our bed while breastfeeding.

queentbone |

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Yes you should wash everything that the baby contacts.. I am 34 weeks and my DH is doing the laundry for me. We have bought Sensitive Skin baby laundry detergent from Amway. It smells just like a baby without the harsh chemicals.. it is also very safe to use in HE washers.. Thanks

vsjroberts |

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I washed two loads of clothes yesterday. I did use Dreft, but I also used half a Gain dryer sheet in the dryer with them. Now I've read this stream I think I need to re-wash/dry everything with no dryer sheet!!! Wow! Baby's not even here and I don't know all this stuff!!?

Babyville |

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I am pregnant with my 2nd little boy and am 6 months but everything I had in storage from my 1st son is already washed, and put into storage tots until we set up the nursery. I have read and even our pediatrician told us with our 1st child that using fabric softener of any kind removes the flame retardant from the clothing. Infant/toddler clothing and bedding are mostly made with a flame retardant built in and the fabric softener removes it so your childs clothes will catch on fire quicker in the chance of a incident. Where i live Dreft and Baby All are the only 2 detergents that are made specifically for baby. we always use Baby All since it is about $8 cheaper than the Dreft!!

lilbeavsmama |

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Dryer sheets and I believe fabric softener says right on it. "Not for use on children's clothes or sleepwear as it may reduce flame resistance"

fbrent87 |

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I'm 34 weeks pregnant with my first child and bought Charlie's Soap on Amazon after reading all the great reviews. I originally bought it to use with the cloth gDiapers we're going to use, but I've started using it on all the laundry, even mine and DHs. It cleans everything without leaving any residues or smells, so I know it will work well for baby's clothes. I've read that even the detergents "made for baby" i.e. Dreft and other sensitive formulas from big brands (Tide, All, etc) have more chemicals than you would believe. This is a link gDiapers had on their website to a site that did a lot of research into detergents and has a list of many of them, so it makes choosing one a little easier: http://www.diaperjungle.com/detergent-chart.html

jennacelestea |

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As far as fabric softener... ALL makes a free and clear version of their fabric softener now. I'm debating whether it's a good idea to use it for my little one or just stick to detergent...

JerseyGirl1324 |

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What IS the deal with Dreft? It's all marketing, folks. It's pure detergent with tons of fragrances. There is nothing special about it. It drives me crazy to see so many people buying into the whole racket. That smell everyone raves about? It is perfume, and that's a huge irritant to babies with sensitive skin. If your baby doesn't have sensitive skin and you have the money to spend on fancy detergents, then by all means go blow your money on Dreft. If you want something more healthy for your newborn, try a natural cleaner like Nellies or Rocking Green.

Mommy2Ciara2007 |

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Definitely wash some outfits and bed sheets. I made a mistake and washed everything I received as gifts. Some of these she has already outgrown and we haven't have a chance to wear it.

nghithy |

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I am just beginning the washing project. I read about Ecos being great for Baby clothes and our clothes! Best part it was only $12.99 for the huge bottle at Sam Club.

MamaBeads |

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Definitely wash everything from clothes to the infant headbands.Although some of the clothes might shrink you can never be too sure about their whereabouts.Well at least that's what i do with every piece of clothing line a buy.

elliotfoster |

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I washed everything newborn and 0-3 months. I probably could have saved some tags and exchanged later, but I am a single mom and I'd rather safely have more than enough outfits without having to worry about laundry. 99.7% of all his clothes were gifts and hand me downs from his nephew who is now a year old. If I don't end up using everyhting (especially the NB sizes), that's okay..they will be hand me downs to the next cousin/ nephew/ brother who needs them or get donated to the womens shelter or st. vincent de paul!

bexram |

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rotary joint |

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HUGE SUGGESTION!!!! Do not use dryer sheets for any newborn. We made that mistake with our second son. Our son never cried and one day he just didn't stop crying for hours, we didn't know what to do. Until I finally realized that the onesie he had on was the one that I personally had removed the dryer sheet from. I will never do that again... TOUGH LESSON LEARNED.... As soon as I removed the onesie and bathed him he was super fresh. My poor little man...

Chichi109 |

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We got a ton of clothes, blankets, sheets and washcloths at the shower that I am going to wash. Most did not come with gift receipts and I can't figure out what store they are from so there's no point in saving them to return/exchange. All but a few are 0-3 and 3-6 so baby won't grow out of them right away. At least, I hope! The NB size items I am only washing one to start - her coming home outfit. After that I can wash the rest or exchange if I need to.

oneyedsally |

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I'm 34 weeks and I'm washing all the baby clothes I have now, as well as blankets, sheets, and my SO's and my clothes. :)

Jennyaxe |

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Is it okay to use sensitive skin dryer sheets? It says for sensitive skin and no dyes or perfumes. My baby isn't due for another month and a half, but been washing the hand me downs from my 2yr old son. should I re-wash the blankets before I use them for NB?

MommysLittleMonkey |

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I washed all of our baby's clothing, bedding, towels, wash cloths, etc. a few weeks before he was born! I use the Honest Co. laundry soap that is free of dyes, perfumes and harmful chemicals and to keep them soft, I use the plant based dryer sheets from the Honest Co. as well! It was tricky at first, because I felt like the clothes didn't smell "perfume-y" like my clothes do when I wash them! But that is actually, exactly what you want for your newborn's sensitive skin!

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