As many new parents discover, a baby means a significant increase in the laundry load. It is often hard to believe that a baby so small could produce so much dirty laundry. In many cases, the cloths are stained heavily from everything from baby formula to spilled medications.
Babies, especially newborns have very sensitive skin. Over a period is six months, the skin gets used to all the friction, dirt and germs that it is exposed to on daily basis. In many cases, babies often develop a reaction that appears in the form f rashes or small pimples. This is quite normal and often goes away after six months. However, one thing that could worsen the situation is the mistake that many parents make.
New cloths bought from a store are often packed in elastic and appear to very clean. Many people just tear open the package and use the cloths. These cloths carry residue of processing chemicals and overtime absorb chemicals from the packaging. The result is the fact that these cloths are not as clean as they look. The chemicals on these cloths, while harmless to adults are enough to damage the delicate and growing skin of the babies.
Experts recommend that all cloths regardless of where you have bought them should be washed to remove the residue. This is one of the most important cloths related tips that could significantly ease the life of parents.
The laundry load of the baby should be separate from the regular load of the house. This is important so that the baby’s cloths might not absorb chemicals and germs from the cloths worn by other members of the family. Our cloths are covered with germs collected during our movements throughout the day. Overtime, we have developed immunity to these germs and hence could wear the cloths without getting sick. However, the baby has no such defenses and could develop a condition as a result if exposure to the germs. Hence, in order to protect the baby, the laundry loads should be kept separate.
Ideally, these should a basket for soiled cloths. May parents just dump the soiled cloths on the floor. This could be dangerous because of the very real possibility of contamination with germs. The basket keeps the soiled cloths in one isolated and easy to manage place. There is no need for spending too much money on the basket. Any dollar store plastic container larger enough to hold a day’s load is all right. For small items such as socks and gloves, a mesh bag is great way of keeping everything together. You cold toss the mesh bag in the machine for washing and drying. This ensures that the baby has matching socks at all times. However, remember to use a clean bag everyday.
Label instructions are one of the most ignored advices in the world. However, parents could not afford to do so in the case of the baby’s cloths. One of the important examples is the baby’s sleepwear. Top rated brands produce fire retardant sleepwear that provides a level of safety to the baby. The chemicals used in coating these sleepwear are easily damaged by bleach and related chemicals. This is just one example of how ignoring label instructions could actually harm the baby.
First time parents often spend a lot of money of special baby safe detergents. Even some experts advise against using common detergents for baby’s cloths for the fear that it might cause irritation or adverse reaction. However, it is generally safe to use common detergent for washing baby’s cloths. If the baby has no allergies to the ingredients of the detergents, it is safe to use the product. For babies with sensitive skins, it is probably a better idea to opt for a baby safe detergent for the first six months and then gradually ease out the use over the next few months.
A significant part of a baby’s laundry load is cloth diapers. It is very important that diapers should be kept separate from the rest of the load. The good practice is to rinse the soiled diapers immediately. This will remove the waste and prolong the useful life of the diapers. Once rinsed, the diaper should be stored in a separate pail. This will protect the rest of the cloths from infection. Many people install a high-pressure diaper sprayer in toilets. This is a handheld spray that produces a powerful jet of water to blast away the waste.
A baby’s laundry requires more attention then the rest of the household’s load. However, this will save parents from many issues later on.