Instagram mom blogger Priyanka shares with Pregnancy to Parenthood why she prefers pre-washing baby clothes.
It is always a good practice to wash new baby clothes before letting your baby wear them, as this helps to remove any chemicals or dyes that may have been used during the manufacturing process. These chemicals can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions in some babies. Additionally, new clothes may also have dust or other particles that have accumulated during storage or transportation, so washing them can help to remove these as well.
Since my son is born I have always pre-washed his clothes before he wears them.
I have my own concerns and reasons for it – Why pre-wash baby clothes?
- New clothes are handled by innumerable people. From a retailer to fabric dealer to color dye work to the manufacturer,clothes are way dirtier than we think new ones to be.
- Extra dyes in clothes can be seen while washing some colored clothes for the first time. Washing such clothes can help us get rid of these harmful dyes and reducing the risk of skin rashes.
- Textile industries use chemicals on clothing like color-fasteners, softness enhancers, stain – repellents, waterproofing chemicals and other chemical treatments which cause hypersentivity reaction on the skin of the baby.
- Last but not the least, dust mites, molds or bacterias – Pre washing baby clothes can help us get rid of these nusiances.
Pre-washing can be done using effective detergent or laundry disinfectant to get rid of all allergens. If you or your child have known allergies though, choose a detergent that won’t harm both your sensitive skin and clothes’ fabric.1. Gentle baby clothes laundry detergents – Mama Earth’s plant-based laundry detergent ,Chicco Laundry Detergents, Dreft – Laundry Detergent
2. Laundry Disinfectant – Detol Disinfectant Liquid , Clorox Laundry Sanitizer
I always prefer to pre-wash new clothes with a disinfectant.
Yes, people don’t pre-wash new clothes for obvious reasons and it is absolutely fine to do so cause it may just boost the immune system as well.
Another way to avoid skin problems due to clothes is to choose baby clothes made from natural fibers such as cotton, linen, or bamboo. These materials are less likely to cause irritation or allergies as compared to synthetic materials such as polyester or nylon. Also, make sure to avoid baby clothes that have a tight fit around the neck, waist, or wrist, as this can cause friction and lead to skin irritation.
It’s also important to keep an eye on your baby’s skin and look out for any signs of irritation or rash caused by new baby clothing. If you notice any such symptoms, its best to consult with your pediatrician. They may be able to recommend a cream or ointment to help soothe the skin and may also be able to recommend a particular brand of baby clothes that is less likely to cause irritation or skin allergies.
When it comes to winter wears, I do not always wash the sweater or jackets as I make my son wear a vest and brief, thermals, and tee-shirts. This one is just my opinion about pre-washing baby clothes as I always think precautions are better than cure. I would love to know how you all manage your baby’s new clothes and also if you have any extra laundry tips for me.
Overall, as moms, we want to do everything in our power to maintain the wellbeing of our children. We can assist to make sure that our tiny ones remain safe and comfortable by being thoughtful about the clothing we buy for them and by looking out for any symptoms of skin irritation.