Your bundle of joy deserves nothing but the best of your love and care. New parents should be aware of certain dos and don’ts in baby care to avoid unnecessary worry over your child’s well-being and comfort.
Washing baby clothes the right way is essential to caring for your baby. Keep in mind that baby’s skin is sensitive. This will help you understand why we need to take extra care in washing baby clothes.
Here are important tips to keep in mind when washing baby clothes:
- Separate soiled cloth diapers from other baby garments. In the same manner separate the coloured fabrics from the white ones. Keep a bucket or pail for storing soiled cloth diapers, with all soiled matter sprayed off the cloth diapers. Make sure to wash cloth diapers every two to three days.
- Pre-treat stains caused by urine, fruit and vegetable purees and other stubborn stains by soaking them in hot water with chlorine bleach. Alternatively you can treat the stain spots by mixing 1 part water and 1 part vinegar and applying it to the affected area.
- Liquid detergents are preferred over powdered detergents due to better solubility. Make sure that these detergents are marked “gentle “ or “fragrance-free” or “unscented”. As a rule of thumb, it is best to go with products marked “fragrance-free”. It means the product is literally free of any fragrance. “Unscented” detergents may still contain a whiff of mild scent to cover faint odours caused by stain. Detergents similar to Tide Clear or Method will do. Stronger, perfume-infused detergents can irritate baby’s skin and cause rashes. It is NOT recommended to use fabric softener, as they leave residues that can irritate baby’s skin and cause uncomfortable rashes. Instead of using fabric conditioner, ironing baby clothes is a better alternative. It ensures smoothness in fabric at the same time it also kills stubborn germs and bacteria.
- Wash baby clothes separately. Do not mix them with your laundry. This will help in preventing the spread of contaminating substances that we adults might be immune to. As always, we need to take extra care when it comes to our babies.
- Follow the instructions on how to measure the right amount of water and the right amount of detergent as indicated by the detergent product.
- Rinse baby clothes thoroughly. Ideally, rinsing them twice is good enough. To be very sure no residue is left, a third rinse can wash it off.
- You can use the dryer in drying the baby clothes off, but if you have time it is best to use a clothes line and dry the baby clothes under the sun. Sunshine kills bacteria and naturally disinfects laundry. Sunshine dried laundry also smells fresher than tumble-dried clothes.
- Ironing baby clothes is essential in ensuring germ-free baby clothes. It also naturally softens the fabric making it comfy enough for baby to wear.
- Smile and enjoy the rest of the day with your baby with a job well-done.