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 # 16
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    6940 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’m due in April and my plan is to prewash most of the newborn – 3/6 month items that will get worn soon. I’ll keep the bigger stuff unwashed until it’s time to wear it, and then I’ll wash those. I don’t want to wash too early in case sizing is off I want to sell/exchange the bigger stuff.

    I pre-wash my own clothing before I wear it, unless it’s something like a formal dress or item that’s harder to clean.

    Post # 17
    Member
    912 posts
    Busy bee

    I didn’t with either of my kids. I also didn’t use special baby detergent on their clothes. 

    Post # 18
    Member
    2541 posts
    Sugar bee

    Yup! Will be washing all of his clothes in the next week or two as we get closer to a delivery date. Who knows who has touched it, worn it, what warehouse floor it has laid on… we wash most everything before we use it though, even for ourselves, with the exception of coats. 

    That, and I want to smell clean detergent and baby smell when I snuggle my baby, not stale mothy never been washed smell. 

    Post # 19
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    9813 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I usually try to wash most things before wearing.  I washed some newborn and 3mo clothes.  Don’t bother washing anything bigger than that.  You might need to return or exchange it.  And if you have a lot of new newborn/3mo clothes, only wash a handful of items.  Same reason, so you can return or exchange if you need to.  You have PLENTY of time to wash 6mo clothing, don’t go overboard here.

    Post # 20
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    2858 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    It kind of grosses me out to think of all the baby clothes sitting in dusty old warehouses…being touched by god knows who.

    Post # 21
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    3067 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    Also another consideration, if you’ve ever worked retail at some point, you most likely know what some customers do or have done that is pretty disgusting (infant sections no exception).

    Having experienced and having heard about some things, I would wash all clothes beforehand even for myself but especially a baby.

    Post # 22
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    156 posts
    Blushing bee

    zoraneale :  my family is superstitious so I’m not supposed to buy anything or celebrate until the baby is born. I have no idea what I will do other than ask a friend to bring a baby outfit to the hospital. But I think washing an outfit is probably a good idea bc of germs.

    Post # 23
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    518 posts
    Busy bee

    Also I’ve heard that you should definitely wash underwear before you wear it because of the chemicals and dyes in underwear, so it makes sense to wash clothes for young children before they wear them.

    Post # 24
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    308 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    zoraneale :  I wash all of our clothes before we wear them, myself and husband included. My husband has sensitive skin and can’t wear clothes without washing them first, it seems as though LO will have the same issue. I can wear them right out of the store, but I don’t unless I have to. I just think about all of the people who touched it before I put it on. Yuck. 

    Post # 25
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    7732 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I did for all the early infant clothes (0-6 months). But my daughter is now 11 months and it not as big a deal now that she is a germ magnet and trying to eat dog food off the floor.  The only thing is a lot of clothes can shrink, so washing them can be helpful.

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