New Parents Guide To Baby Laundry
1. Treating stains while you’re out
The mater of the fact is, your baby is going to get dirty when you’re outside, too. No matter how small they are and how safe you keep them close to you or in the stroller, they’ll find a way to make their clothes dirty. The most common way this happens is that the baby spits up or gets dirty from milk or formula if you’re feeding them outside.
One way you can prevent clothes stains is by putting a bib on your baby. It will be much easier to clean the bib when you’re at home and keep the clean clothes than to have to wash the clothes every time you go out altogether. Still, this won’t prevent stains entirely.
As it’s important to treat stains right away, you should make your own to-go pre-treater with just the laundry detergent and a small spray bottle as your assets. Decide how many individuals bottles you want and make a 3:1 mix for each bottle. There should be three parts water and one part detergent. The bottles should be placed in your purse, the diaper bag, glove box, and even next to the changing table. This way, you’ll have a quick solution for any emergency stains, no matter where you are.
This will help the clothes stay clean and make it easier to remove the stains when you actually get home. Once you’re home, you can simply toss in the laundry and wash it. Saving your clothes from damage and stains has never been easier. In the long run, this makes the clothes more durable and saves you money on clothes shopping until your baby grows out of them.
4. Cleaning up poop
The least favourite part of parenthood is dealing with your child’s poop and pee. These are normal bodily functions that your baby can’t yet control, which is why you need to make sure they’re clean at all times. No matter how normal poop is, it’s still very unhygienic and can make your baby very sick. Diapers won’t always prevent poop stains from happening, especially since newborns have the tendency of nervous tummies.
To remove poop stains, you should fill your washer tub or a large bucket half full with water and add a few tablespoons of laundry detergent. A quarter to half a cup of colour-safe bleach should also be added to the solution.
The clothing should be soaked for thirty minutes. Then, simply fill your washer with the warmest water your settings allow and add some additional detergent. Don’t be afraid to repeat this process as many times as it is necessary. Don’t put the clothes in the dryer until you’re completely satisfied with the stain remover.
5. Preparing the clothes before the baby comes home
If you’ve bought your new bundle of joy some clothes, it’s also important to wash them before the baby wears them for the first time. Many baby clothes are sprayed with formaldehyde before shipping. This chemical ensures that the clothes look new and unwrinkled when they arrive. Unfortunately, that can also cause severe irritations as the baby’s skin is still too sensitive.
Put the new clothes in the laundry basket and get them ready for a thorough wash. To wash the clothes, it’s necessary to use safe detergent which is free and clear. That means your baby’s skin won’t get irritated from the chemicals the fabric has absorbed because free and clear detergents are clear from these.
Skip fabric softener as it can reduce the effectiveness of the flame retardancy and can irritate your baby’s skin, too. In addition to washing the clothes, you also need to wash anything that will touch your baby’s skin. This includes your own shirts, blankets, and bedding.
6. Removing stains
When the baby comes home, that’s when taking care of the laundry becomes more challenging. As we all know, babies aren’t the cleanest of humans and they’ll often get dirty. Whether it’s formula or spit-up, it shouldn’t stay on the baby’s clothes for too long. Things that help with your baby’s hygiene can also leave stains. Of course, lotions, powders, and oils come to mind first.
Removing stains right after they happen is imperative for securing the quality of the clothing and preventing the stain from setting. You can do this by rinsing the clothes in cold water straight away. Soaking your baby’s clothes in a laundry pre-treater and stain remover is also a good idea.
The pre-treater can be bought or made at home. Simply fill up the washer half-full with water and add a few tablespoons of detergents. The clothing should soak for about half an hour. Then, fill a washtub with warm water and even add some additional clothes so you can run a full wash cycle. For stains, it’s better to use liquid detergent than powder.
As you can see, the question of baby laundry isn’t all that simple. Your little one is very sensitive and new to the world, so you have to make sure their skin is well-taken care of. You don’t want to risk allergies or any other types of provocations to the skin, especially when we’re talking about a newborn. Taking care of a new baby primarily means ensuring they’re safe and happy in the environment you create for them. Every responsible parent knows this.