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Nov 15, 2011 - 19 comments



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I'm attempting to wash the baby's clothes and get them ready this I have a couple of questions for u mummies out there,
1. is it Ok to wash them using our washing machine? "One that had regular detergents used in it"
2. is too early to wash them now? (32 weeks)
3. what detergents do u recommend?

Thanks in advance!

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by Clysta, Nov 15, 2011
1-Perfectly fine to use your own washer.
2-It's never too early to start washing them. :) Then you can rest and relax in the coming weeks before baby is born.
3-I used Dreft personally and I loved it, but some find this expensive. (A bottle for me lasted close to a year, but others with more children go through it faster)

by haz1104, Nov 15, 2011

Thanks Clysta! MIL ruined it for me when she told me I need to get one specifically for the baby!

by heather727, Nov 15, 2011
I agree with Clysta on everything except Dreft.  I personally can't use any detergents with dyes or perfumes and Dreft has perfumes in it.  (This doesn't mean you can't use it - it just means that me, personally, can't)  I just used All Free & Clear (the same detergent I use for the rest of my laundry).  I did, and continute to do, my son's laundry separate from anyone elses.  That way, the grease from my husbands pants after working on the truck doesn't get on my son's PJs. lol

by earthangle, Nov 15, 2011
its fine washing them now and getting them out the for the detergents I used Dreft for the first wash and when my baby was born and he start wear his cloths he had alot of bumps the doc said it was dreft so start using tide gently wash.

by princessren88, Nov 15, 2011
I washed my clothes as I got them starting at 26 weeks and have done like 10 loads in total since then and finally done. So glad I spread it out and started early!! Because as I washed everything I also put it away and organized everything by size etc.. I wouldnt use your regular detergent babies skin are sensitive and could have a reaction so you use the non-perfumed ones like Ivory or anyones without dyes. I use Ivory (for babies) and I LOVE the smell! Special baby detergent can be pricey but worth it if you ask me.

by Lesley27, Nov 15, 2011
i used regular detergent and Norwex (just because i got it free...doesnt have any added chemicals)

On a side note breast fed baby poop is CRAZY to get clean... my advice is to wash it but not put it in the dryer... if the stain is there then put it out in the sun to dry (the sun helps get the stain out) but if you put it in the dryer first the stain will set...

My brain is not working right now, does anyone know if it can be washed in warm or does it have to be cold?? And does anyone know if this works for non breast fed poop stains? (i never really thought about it)

by PetiteWonder, Nov 15, 2011
People told me to get a special one... I didnt but planned to if my baby had sensitive skin..

She has not had a reaction yet...  I use my regular washing machine as well.. I do put the extra rinse cycle on when I do the baby stuff so that it gets rinsed twice just to be safe.. She has not had a reaction yet..

I washed all mine at 34 weeks

by haz1104, Nov 15, 2011

Thanks Ladies, ur input is extremely appreciated. guess I'm gonna use the non perfumed detergents ..just incase baby has a sensitive and the fact that I'm asthmatic makes him prone to getting it too. so to stay safe I'll use non perfumed ones. the reason I asked about the timing is cuz baby's closet is in our bedroom and DH is a smoker. he decided to stop smoking in the house once the baby's here but for now he's still gonna b smoking indoors.

I'm SO lucky to have u Ladies and love u all! :)

by Moma_Cher, Nov 15, 2011
Oh that must do WONDERS for your asthma! (I'm still peeved at him lol). Doesn't he realize the baby is already being exposed through you? Geesh.

Now laundry--- just use a mild detergent and you'll be fine. MIL is psycho lol.


by haz1104, Nov 15, 2011

ROTFL!...  I think he's still in denial that there's in FACT a baby on the way! haha and well said on the MIL department haha.

by Carly1306, Nov 16, 2011
Haha Hala I've got asthma too, and DF is an occasional smoker and I make him go outside. I make him feel guilty about it hehe. Plus I hate the smell he leaves behind after. As long as he's not smoking near babies things then it should be fine. Enjoy doing laundry haha!

by haz1104, Nov 16, 2011

LOL I don't know y I hear "sarcasm" Carly!..hmmm...I have a feeling ur following me SO soon then ull come visit my profile and journals flipping for answers! hahah.."Ahh I can't wait!" ..
the thing is, the whole "ventilation" process in this flat isn't the best..I'm kinda concerned about the cooking smell that for some reason manages to penetrate the doors, ignore the window and escape to the bedroom and living room..!! oh yeah, and it stays for days no matter WHAT I do!! the smoking is very concerning cuz DH doesn't think smoking "outside" is doable cuz its steaming hot in this country almost ALL yr! lol..maybe its me? am I getting too paranoid?..I just hate my asthma and don't want my baby to get that since he has the genes lol.

by Maybe-baby, Nov 16, 2011
You're nesting!! Have another word with him about the smoking if u need to, smoking isn't essential do if he wants to do it, then he needs to accept that it has a consequence...he gets turfed outside!! Lol. I'm not very sympathetic of smokers, I hate smelling of cigarette smoke and smelling it!! ( I live with mother in law until we buy our own house). If we have a baby I will insist she doesn't smoke around him/her if we r still living here or if we are over to visit!!

by haz1104, Nov 16, 2011
ya I am! and its become SO overwhelming especially with very limited support from family..feels like A LOT is pending and I'm starting to freak out. wanted 2b prepared b4 I hit the 36 weeks mark but feels like I'm not gonna b in a million yrs! hehe

by angelbabies, Nov 16, 2011
iv washed all mine already, use non bio wash powder if u want to use fabric softener they do ones for babys like comfort pure etc... :)

by ChitChatNine, Nov 16, 2011
Happened upon your journal and wanted to also mention fabric softeners and/or other additives to be very careful, as they can cause reactions, too.

by Carly1306, Nov 16, 2011
Hala, we are WAY too similar! Even our men sound like it too! Sometimes DF will hint - 'aww it's raining, I can't be bothered going outside' and I just ignore him hehe - thinking to myself 'well don't bother doing it at all then'. I hope i follow you VERY soon too!!

by SunWorshiper_26, Nov 16, 2011
I used all free and clear and the non scented bounce drier sheets. I also only washed baby's clothes in cold water and always use an extra rinse cycle. If your DH smokes please be very careful that non of the clothes are exposed to cigarette smole. Cigarette smoke is highly linked to sudden infant death syndrome even from you breathing it in while baby is still in you. He needs to not smoke around ANY of the baby things, toys, crib, clothes... And always wash at least his hands I not change clothes before touching the baby. Cigarette smoke is VERY dangerous for babies.

by AvVa, Nov 16, 2011
I agree with Sunworshiper, he needs to stop smoking inside now.. he is contaminating all the baby stuff, even if not doing it in the bay's room or wherever the baby's stuff is the ac will ventilate the smoke through out hte house, on the clothes subject, since he is a smoker i would wash and dry the clothes with the dye and scent free detergent and one they are in the closet with al lteh otehr clothes put them by the mount in plastic bags to try and keep the smoke from penetrating them... also about the washing machine... since you do was ur husbands clothes in there with the smoke on them (i did this and there are no smokers in my house) i would put a bit of bleach in the washer and let it run a cycle with hot water while empty... that should get rid of all the residue left from his clothes... do a short cycle though you dont want to waste too much water on an empty washer...

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