The Lowdown on Baby Laundry.
Caring for a baby can seem like a daunting task, especially when it comes to laundry. With all the tiny clothes, blankets, and sheets, how does one even begin to tackle it? Here is the lowdown on baby laundry that will hopefully help make the task less daunting.
What’s the Difference for a Baby’s Laundry?
Baby’s clothes aren’t necessarily any different than those of adults, but there are a few areas that require extra attention like:
- Separate Whites and Color Clothes – Separating clothes by color will not only help to keep clothes in good condition but also help to avoid any potential discoloration.
- Pay Attention to Care Labels – Care labels on clothes can indicate instructions for washing, drying, and ironing. Following these instructions can help keep baby’s clothes in good condition.
- Delicate and Hand Wash Clothes – Baby and young children’s clothes tend to be small and delicate and can wear more easily. Washing in a machine as delicate and in cold water is best.
What Detergent Should I Use?
It’s important to choose the right detergent to keep your baby’s clothes clean and care for their delicate skin. Look for a gentle detergent that is specifically designed for babies and young children and is free of harsh chemicals. It’s also important to choose a detergent without any added fragrances, dyes, or preservatives, which could be irritants to baby’s skin.
- Pre-Treat Any Stains and Spills – With all the messy eating, spitting-up, and dirty diapers, stains and spills during baby’s meals are inevitable. Pre-treat any stains and spills with a gentle stain remover and wash as soon as possible.
- Fasten all Buttons and Zippers – To avoid any snagging or tearing, be sure to fasten all buttons, zippers, and tiny bows before washing.
- Hand Wash Delicate Clothes and Accessories – Hand washing any delicate clothes, like those with delicate embroidery or lace, can help keep them in good condition. Hand wash any accessories like babies hats, pacifiers and teething toys with a gentle liquid detergent.
Drying Baby Clothes
After washing, tumble-drying on low heat or air drying is the best option. High heat can also damage delicate fabrics. It is also important to not over-dry as it can cause shrinkage. Additionally, if you have anything that needs pressing, make sure to use the lowest heat setting and use an ironing pad in between the fabric and iron to protect any delicate fabrics.
Tackling baby laundry doesn’t have to be so daunting. With the proper tips and tricks, it can become a fairly simple and straightforward task.