Although it seems like a simple task, given its size, how baby clothes and sheets should be washed can be surrounded by a lot of uncertainty.
Babies’ skin is very delicate, so certain precautions should be taken when washing their clothes, especially in the first months, not only when separating it from other family members’ garments, but about the detergents used for this. Washing the baby’s sheets must be delicate to maintain the hygiene measures that his body needs.
One of the main questions about washing a baby’s sheets is whether they should be washed before being used, and the answer is yes. If you have bought new sheets, wash them before placing them in the crib since some manufacturers incorporate substances in the fabrics to enhance their appearance. These may be contaminated with some particles that could irritate your baby’s skin.
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Choose the right detergent. It can be a soap for delicate garments, neutral, or especially for baby clothes since these contain fewer chemicals in their composition than normal soap. After 6 months, approximately, you can add other detergents. Avoid fabric softeners, stain removers, or bleach. Its composition is solid and can cause allergies. Also, they are not eliminated after washing.
During the first three months, you should wash the baby’s clothes and sheets separately from the rest of the family. In this way, you will avoid contact with external agents or dirt. In case you do not have this possibility, you can also use protective bags for clothes; This way, you will protect the fabrics that will be in contact with the baby.
Baby’s clothes and sheets are often stained, and removing them can be hard work. It is advisable to soak them with the soap you have chosen and use the pre-wash mode before the normal cycle. This will allow the dirt to be removed more easily.
You can wash both by hand and in the washing machine. If you decide to do it by hand, it is necessary to wash with lukewarm water and pay close attention to rinsing the garments, as there may be traces of soap.
In the case that you do it in the washing machine, use the delicate or wool wash program and the double rinse program. Hand washes sheets that have embroidery, lace, or more delicate fabrics. If you decide to iron this type of garment, avoid very high temperatures.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff