Doing Laundry For Baby
If you have a baby, you likely have a lot of laundry
. Even if you choose disposable diapers instead of cloth, babies still generate a lot of dirty clothes, blankets, and bedding. New moms often have a lot of questions when it comes to what’s best for their new charge, and laundry
is no exception. Here’s a quick guide to help you navigate this new territory.What You’ll Need
All you need for baby is a mild, unscented detergent and fabric softener. Scented products and other cleaning aids like bleach can irritate an infants’ sensitive skin and cause an allergic reaction.
Treat Stains Immediately
While it’s not always practical to wash soiled items right away, it’s a good habit to pretreat potential stains with a mild detergent and cold water until you can wash them.
Follow Care Instructions
Most items will post care instructions on the labels. It’s best to follow those guidelines to get the most wear out of your clothing and baby cradle bedding. Sort the laundry as you would for your own clothing—light colors, dark colors, and whites. Wash delicate items like knits separately. You can air-dry or tumble dry according to the instructions on the tag.
Have A Schedule
Since babies make a lot of laundry, having a regular schedule will help you keep on top of it so it doesn’t get overwhelming. Having a new baby is a lot of work and a schedule will help you feel a little more in control.