(Closed) Did you really wash all the baby clothes?

posted 10 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I always wash all my clothes before I wear them. Clothing manufacturers put chemicals like formaldahyde in clothes to make them lie flat and smooth or hang pretty on the rack. It’s not really stuff you want on your skin.

Post # 5
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree, I try to never wear clothes unless I wash them first, so I would do the same thing for a baby.  Just to be safe, I’d give them a good wash. 

Post # 6
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I washed everything for my kids before they wore them or played with them. You just don’t know what kind of chemicals are on the clothes or how many germs from other people touching them. Not washing could cause serious and/or deadly side effects.

Post # 7
1813 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m not sure she meant to have them wear them w/o washing, just washing them ALL *before birth.  For me, I will mostly have hand-me-downs, so I have washed all of those plus the few things that are new, anything 0-6 months, just bc I wanted to get the dresser organized and didn’t want to mix washed with unwashed. 

If you might want to return the clothes, I would just wash a few NB size clothes, in case baby is big, you wouldn’t even need any NB sizes. Then go ahead and wash a few more 0-3 mos, since you are likely to use most/all of them.  Is that what you are asking?  For some of us, it may just be the nesting instinct kicking in that makes us wash way more than needed!

Post # 8
1391 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I washed all of my daughter’s clothes! There is a great selection of baby detergent at Target for pretty cheap! I worked at Kohls before and sometimes those clothes come in and sit in warehouses and dirty hands are touchin them! Maybe it was more for my peace of mind!

Post # 9
807 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Honestly I washed everything… clothes bedding.. toys everything b4 my daughter was allowed to play with or wear it… Honestly i still do even at almost 7

Post # 10
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I never wear clothing myself before I wash it so I would wash it for a baby if I had one.

Post # 12
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Good info!  I never wash anything before wearing it so I was wondering the same thing.

Post # 13
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

There isn’t formaldehyde in baby clothes…there are strict standards for what is allowed on them, including what dyes can be used for the threads!  The main reason for washing them is to get environmental germs off, not anything from manufacturing.

I washed clothes as I wanted to use them, I didn’t wash them all before she was born.  I had the same reason as you, I wanted to leave tags on in case I couldn’t use all of them.  I found that there came a point where I figured out whether I would have too much/not enough clothes, then I ripped all the tags off and washed everything.  I also DEFINITELY wasn’t going to be returning any clothes after the baby was born for like two weeks, so all the NB clothes tags were ripped off and they were washed right away, LOL.

Post # 14
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I washed a ton of clothes, blankets, wash cloths, etc that I know I will use in the first few weeks and months. I have a bin filled with clothing for older sizes (3 mo +) which I plan to wash as I go along. It took forever to wash the clothes I received before the shower so I decided to spread things out. I find it to be much better.

Post # 15
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I wash everything EVERYTHING before my kids touch it. Even now, my girls are nine and five. Most of my new babys stuff will be hand-me-downs, but I’ll still wash it upon receipt. I use Ecover laundry detergent. Dreft is okay, and usually new moms will get it as gifts or samples, so I use that up, but I prefer Ecover, and it works really well. I’m actually trying to encourage people to NOT buy us too many clothes as gifts, but whatever we do get will be washed right away, and then when the baby is born, we’ll have a “fashion show” and take a picture of him in gifted items to send in thank you cards to the respective givers, and if that’s the only time baby wears those items, I’m okay with that. Whatever I don’t use,  I can pass on or donate.

Post # 16
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Just as a side note too, the baby clothes don’t necessarily need to be washed in baby detergent specifically, a fragrance-free detergent like All Free & Clear would work well too. We already use that one so it will just extend into the baby’s clothes!

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