Being a first-time mother is such a wonderful feeling because nothing beats a mother’s love. It is so heartwarming because of the series of milestones you get to see and prepare. From the moment it starts to crawl, say its first word, play his/her toys, and celebrate birthdays.
But in exchange, being a first-time mother will change your life drastically but not in the wrong way. Your schedules will get more hectic, and you will spend most of your time taking care of your baby. It requires 200% of your attention, and you will never understand a single thing I said above until it happens to you.
One big baby task you need to learn to correctly take care of your baby is to wash baby clothes. I know, I know you might wonder if it differs that much from the conventional laundry.
But trust me, there is much significant difference from baby laundry to traditional laundry. Why? Because your baby’s immune system is still developing, infections and diseases can easily penetrate the body of your baby at any time and from anywhere.
One of the most over disregarded germs is surprisingly located in the clothing of your baby. The baby’s exposure to that particular germs is more severe than you think, which is why mothers like you should be stricter and articulate with their baby laundry.
But don’t worry because, in this article, we are going to learn (in a step-by-step guide) what first-time moms should remember in washing baby clothes. I genuinely hope that you’ll gather the knowledge needed at the end of your read and apply it to the next batch of your baby laundry.
Baby Laundry Precautions
If you are a new or soon-to-be parent, you have been hearing countless safety concerns regarding babies. It is always the safety of the food, baby crib, and toys, but more often than not, baby laundry knowledge is not part of the discussion.
Nothing can go wrong; it is more like a modification in your conventional laundry. Keep in mind that the precautions listed below are absolute and will never be subject to change, so do your best to internalize it and apply it in your next baby laundry.
Here are a few precautions to take while doing baby laundry
- Do not use fabric conditioner or softener.
- No chemical detergents
- Do not use strong fragrance detergent during laundry.
- Always follow the garment label.
- Dry the clothes in the sunlight
- Do not use drying paper.
- If allergies occur, always consult a Doctor on standardized requirements during baby laundry.
- Always double rinse
- Always wash nappies separate from the clothes.
- Always wash the garments of your baby separate from your garment.
Hand Washing Baby Clothes
Hand wash is the most reliable way of cleaning the garments of your baby. Yes, it requires much effort and demands a lot of time. But better safe than sorry, right? First-time moms are having a hard time washing their babies’ garments, so here’s a chronological process on how to properly hand wash your baby’s clothes.
- Step 1: Wash and disinfect your hands. Our hands can be the source of bacteria, so we better wash them with water and soap solution and disinfect it with alcohol or hand sanitizer.
- Step 2: Separate the nappies from the baby’s clothes.
- Step 3. Separate linen, sild, hand-sewn, and christening gowns or polo.
- Step 4. Make sure the temperature of the water is around 35 degrees Celsius. That is the optimal temperature when doing any laundry.
- Step 5: Use eco-friendly or non-chemical detergent.
- Step 6: Pre-soak the baby’s clothes with soap. Add a half cup of a baby or mild detergent and soak it there for 30 mins before putting it into the washing machine. This step helps stain removal and whitening for white clothes.
- Step 7: Always double rinse. It minimizes detergent residue. Detergent residue is harmful to babies because it can irritate sensitive skin and trigger allergic reactions.
- Step 8: Bask the clothes under the sunlight.
Trusting the Washing Machine
“Is it okay to wash the garments of a baby in the washing machine?” is seemingly a circulating question often asked by first-time moms. The answer is yes.
Although it is highly recommended to hand wash your baby’s garment, it can sometimes be tiring and time-consuming. Using a washing machine to do your baby’s laundry is perfect for an always-on-the-go mom.
- Step 1: Separate your clothes from your baby’s clothes. Wash your baby’s clothes first before you wash yours. Never mix them in a single batch.
- Step 2: Separate nappies from the baby’s clothes.
- Step 3: Check the water temperature. It must be around 35 degrees Celsius.
- Step 4: Pre-soak the baby’s clothes with soap. Add a half cup of a baby or mild detergent and soak it there for 30 mins before putting it into the washing machine. This step helps stain removal and whitening for white clothes.
- Step 5: Always double rinse. It minimizes detergent residue. Detergent residue is harmful to babies because it can irritate sensitive skin and trigger allergic reactions.
Perhaps you’ll resort to this way if and only if you don’t have the technical know-how on how to do hand wash laundry or for some reason there is no washing machine in your home.
- Step 1: Find the nearest and most trusted commercial laundry shop, like Liox Laundry, and ask if they have a laundry service for babies.
- Step 2: Always triple-check their detergent. It must be baby detergent, and look for the label that says “very mild.”
- Step 3: Don’t include hand-sewn garments, silk, and a christening gown.
- Step 4: Separate clothes with unique types of deposits such as poop and vomit. Suppose the stain is not taken, then laundry it again because bacteria and germs can permanently stay on that unique stain.
- Step 5: After the laundry, always check if it is clean, soft, and fragrant.
- Step 6: If allergy occurs, then consult a doctor.
Baby laundry isn’t as different as conventional laundry. There are just tweaks because we treat the garments for babies more delicately. Now you learn the different ways on how to wash your baby’s clothes. You can now practice and master it in no time. Toodles!