New parents are full of concerns about what regular household activities may pose a threat or present problems for their newest family member. At some point the question about the best ways to wash baby clothing will arise.
by: Kirsten Hawkins
New parents are full of concerns about what regular household activities may
pose a threat or present problems for their newest family member. At some point
the question about the best ways to wash baby clothing will arise. Parents typically
ask whether there is a certain type off detergent that they should use, whether
it is safe to wash baby clothes with the rest of the family’s clothing and what
special steps should be taken with cloth diapers if they are being used.
This is a valid concern. It is not atypical for certain detergents to irritate
the skin of adults and older children, so it is certainly feasible that a baby’s
tender and sensitive skin can be easily irritated by harsh detergents. There are
several detergents on the market that are supposedly intended for baby’s clothing,
but there is not much difference between them and other mild detergents. The best
choice for parents to make in this area is to purchase mild detergent that is
free from added colors and fragrances and wash the clothing in that. If the baby
does develop a rash or seems to be experiencing skin discomfort of any kind, the
first thing to do is consult the family pediatrician. The doctor may simply recommend
that a different detergent be used, but will also be able to determine if there
is a more serious problem.
Washing Baby Clothes with Family Clothes
Some parents feel that the baby’s clothing needs to be washed separately from
that of the rest of the family. The rationale for this is that the other family
members’ clothing could somehow taint or contaminate the baby’s. There is no reason
to worry about this and it is perfectly safe to wash baby’s clothes and bedding
along with everyone else’s. The exception to this rule is cloth diapers. If parents
are using cloth diapers and washing them at home rather than using a diaper service,
they must be washed apart from everything else.
brands that are on the market. For families that choose to use these, however,
there are some special considerations. The most sanitary way to utilize reusable
cloth diapers is to contract a diaper service. This will take away the hassle
of washing the diapers at home and ensure that the replacement diapers are sterile.
For families that choose to wash at home, the previous paragraph details that
they should be kept separate from all other laundry. Storing the diapers until
wash time must be done as sanitarily as possible. This means rinsing the cloth
diaper in the toilet to remove solid wastes, then storing it in a pail until it
is time to be washed. The pail should be covered to prevent odor and lined with
a disposable or washable liner. The pail, lid, and liner should be cleaned whenever
the diapers are and the soiled diapers should be washed at least twice weekly.
About The Author
Kirsten Hawkins is a baby and parenting expert specializing new mothers and single
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