For Allergies With Baby Laundry
So you're having a baby. You think you've thought of everything, but
at the same time you're terrified that you've missed something. Here's
one thing you may or may not have thought of: laundry. Yes, you know
that you will have more, but have you considered the basic differences
between your baby's laundering needs and yours? If you regularly use
perfumed detergents, bleach, or fabric softener, your laundering habits
may need some reform.
Gone are the days of washing clothes just because they smell. Your baby
is going to burp up stuff you've never thought of, and your laundry
piles are going to skyrocket. This is only one new concern, however,
since your baby's skin is much more sensitive to chemicals than you
and your spouses’ grown up skin. Laundering the baby's clothing in detergents
that are free of perfumes and dyes is one quick way to help ensure that
your baby does not get unnecessary discomfort from irritating chemicals.
There are detergents formulated specifically for babies, but for the
most part as long as you stay away from perfume and dye heavy products,
your baby should be just fine. There are of course rare cases in which
the baby has specific allergies, in which case it is probably best to
find one brand that works for your baby's skin and stick with it. Unfortunately
for your baby, this may mean a short trial and error process. As with
food allergies, just keep a keen eye out and make sure you seek immediate
medical treatment when you are concerned about anything.
Another thing that is important when laundering baby clothing is to
make sure that you launder any cloth diapers separately. If you are
using cloth diapers, you may think of the obvious reason: these items
of clothing are obviously much more soiled than the average baby clothing
item. It is best to launder these items twice: once in bleach with a
double rinse, and then a second time with just vinegar during the last
rinse cycle. This is important because not only is the baby using these
items a lot more frequently (so they get a lot more wear), but also
they are the closest to the baby's very sensitive skin. So making sure
that cloth diapers are as allergen free as possible is a key factor
in keeping your baby comfortable and happy.
The last item on our laundry agenda will keep your laundry service or
electric company well fed, and you plenty busy. As your baby quickly
outgrows each new item of clothing, and a new one needs to be purchased
to replace it, the new items should all be washed before being put on
the baby. That includes outerwear and bath accessories, but is especially
important for things that you buy a lot of, like undershirts, socks,
and onesies. The first couple of months are particularly crucial in
determining what kind of laundering ritual is best for your new addition.
This is also a time in which you will be getting used to a lot of specifics
about your new baby. Make sure no matter how you launder your baby's
clothes, you keep a good eye out for possible allergic reactions and
rashes. A comfortable baby is a much happier baby.
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