You thought you had laundry figured out, didn’t know? Not so fast! Being a parent means laundry becomes a whole new ball game. Here are some baby laundry tips that every mom and dad should know.
1. Don’t go crazy about stains – Your child is going to wear those clothes for maybe a month. That’s what, two, maybe three wears? If a stain doesn’t come out, don’t worry because you won’t be seeing it very long.
2. Use a gentle detergent – Babies have super sensitive skin, especially during the first few months. Don’t try to clean anything of theirs with your regular household cleaner, or you’ll irritate their skin. Ideally you want something fragrance-free so you know exactly what’s in it.
3. Wash before wearing – Whenever you or someone else buys your baby clothing, wash them before you put them on your child’s skin. Who knows what they came in contact with at the store?
4. No fabric softener – Soft sounds great, but the chemicals in these products can irritate your child’s skin. Just skip them entirely.
5. Pre-treat stains immediately – It’s inevitable that your baby will get food, liquids, and bodily fluids on their clothing. There’s no avoiding it. As soon as it happens, strip the clothing off your baby and rinse the mess away in cold water. This also prevents the stain from setting. Then pre-treat it with a stain remover. OxiClean Baby Stain Remover is one of the best. Or simply fill up your skin with water and add a few spoonfuls of laundry detergent. DO NOT dry the garment until you are satisfied with the stain.
6. Wash right away – As soon as you have enough laundry for a load, throw it in the machine. Every once in a while you’ll have a day where your kids goes through four or five outfits. (This is common when they start solid foods – messy eating and messy diapers.)
7. Don’t lose socks – It’s a myth that socks are eaten by the dryer. It’s actually the washer. Socks are small and get thrown up over the lip of the rotating tub. If you opened it up, they would be hanging out beneath the drum. Baby socks are smaller, so they are even easier to lose. Put them in a mesh bag so they get cleaned but can’t sneak away.
When it comes to laundry, what’s your best piece of advice?
Written by Cindy Perry, Inventor of the pello, Luxe Floor Pillows
Cindy, a Texas girl, put herself through college working at a children’s library and sewing at night. When she met her husband and had her two boys, she decided to stay home to care for them while designing window treatments and bedding.
When Cindy’s first son was learning to sit up, he would always fall through the pillows she set around him, hit his head, and cry. Besides, setting her child down on the hardwood floors on just a blanket always seemed so cold. Using her years of sewing and design skills, Cindy took inspiration from a woman in her breastfeeding class and got to work. With some scrap fabric and a few tweaks, pello was born! pello is a luxe floor pillow that helps children feel safe, warm and protected.
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