Will you/Did you wash all baby clothes before your baby wears them?

posted 2 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Will you/did you wash all baby clothes before wear?
    Absolutely! : (59 votes)
    77 %
    Nah, why bother? : (7 votes)
    9 %
    Sometimes yes, sometimes no : (11 votes)
    14 %
    Other, I’ll explain in comments : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    1060 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    I washed all the clothes before putting them on my daughter. I like them to be prewashed. I still do now that she’s two. I usually do for my own clothes as well. 

    Post # 3
    3333 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    I washed everything! Blankets, towels, clothes, bibs and stuffed animals. 

    Post # 4
    5425 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I voted sometimes yes, sometimes no because my toddler insisted on wearing her clothes that she got for Christmas. All of them. Immediately. It was pretty funny.

    But when she was a baby, I washed everything first. Now that she’s a toddler, I’m more lax about it.

    Post # 5
    1205 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015 - Malibou Lake Mountain Club

    zoraneale :  i washed everything. just in case there were any chemicals that keep them folded at stores, or if it was touched with hands that were sicky or with icky stuff lol. 

    Post # 6
    718 posts
    Busy bee

    I prewashed for the first six months. When she started crawling about, there wasn’t much point. 

    Post # 7
    516 posts
    Busy bee

    Definitely in the newborn phase I did with a gentle detergent suitable for babies. 

    Post # 8
    1798 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I did for the first year, with the exception of fancy dress or outfits purchased on an emergency basis to replace soiled items.  Now I only wash them first if they look big and I want them to shrink a little.  Some baby clothes actually shrink quite a lot, so if you want to know what size it will end up being, wash it.  My daughter is 16 months.

    Post # 9
    242 posts
    Helper bee

    I didn’t know this was a thing until recently (currently 10 weeks pregnant), but my mother mentioned it, and it makes sense for newborns. You don’t know what chemicals are on them, or if they’ve been preworn and returned, etc.

    Then I found my cat napping in the bag of soft, new baby clothes (not a ton of things, just a few onesies we got at Christmas), so they’ll definitely get a nice washing before they’re put on our little critter.

    Post # 10
    1665 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    This might be because I grew up in Africa and have seen abject poverty… But no. This is a first world problem if I’ve ever seen one! 

    I will not be pre-washing all of my baby’s clothes. If they have a reaction to something they wear, I might reconsider it but until then, I’m not creating any extra work for myself.

    Post # 11
    194 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: Backyard

    I do, but I also wash all of my own clothes before wearing them as well. I have fairly sensitive skin that can react badly to certain products and figured that since we’re related and all, it’s quite possible that the wee one might have a similar problem.

    Post # 12
    9388 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Dd is 2 and I still prewash pretty much all her clothes. If you’ve ever worked retail and sorted clothes…sometimes your hands would be black by the end. I mean let’s be realistic, most clothes are made in china and shipped over here, it’s not exactly a perfectly clean environment. Plus some fabrics can release formaldehyde.

    Post # 13
    1974 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

    I am we aren’t pregnant yet but I’m planning on washing  all of the baby’s clothing. I do that to all of our clothes also.

    Post # 14
    104 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2020

    No I think it’s ridiculous. What a waste of water and electricity. 

    Post # 15
    1572 posts
    Bumble bee

    Probably because Fiance is a bit of a germophobe, and puts whatever new stuff I buy straight in the wash – clothes, underwear, linens, towels..

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