Taking Care of Baby Clothes
One thing parents will always need to be on the lookout for is substances that cause irritation to the baby, or foods that the baby appears to be sensitive to, intolerant of, or allergic to.
With the greatly increased use of chemicals over recent decades, in all aspects of domestic activity, skin sensitivity amongst adults and children has been on the increase. Babies have very sensitive skin anyway, so they are even more vulnerable to skin rashes and irritation.
Despite this, taking care of baby clothes is not much different from the care of clothes for adults, especially those adults with a sensitive skin. There is no need to use a powerful detergent anyway, so if you use a mild detergent, it is alright to wash the baby things with the adults and older childrens’ clothes.
Detergent and Baby Clothes
The use of detergent, though, is a valid concern. Certain detergents do irritate the skin of adults and older children; I know this from my own experience, when a change of detergent has led to all sorts of rashes on my body. So, it is certainly feasible that a baby’s tender and sensitive skin can be easily irritated by harsh detergents.
You will find several detergents on the market that are supposedly intended for baby’s clothing, but there is little difference between them and other mild detergents; it really is just a marketing ploy normally. The best choice for parents to make is to buy a mild detergent that is free from added colors and fragrances, and then wash all the clothing in that.
If you find the baby does develop a rash, or seems to be experiencing skin discomfort of any kind, you can consult the family pediatrician. The doctor may simply recommend you use a different detergent, but they should also be able to determine if there is a more serious problem.
Washing Baby Clothes Together with Family Clothes
Some parents feel that the baby’s clothing needs to be washed separately from the clothes of the rest of the family. This belief seems to stem from the fact that the other family members’ clothing could somehow taint or contaminate the baby’s clothes. There is no reason to worry about this at all, and it is perfectly safe to wash baby’s clothes, and also their bedding, along with everyone else’s. The only exception to this rule is cloth diapers or nappies. If parents are using the traditional cloth diapers, and washing them at home rather than using a diaper service, they must be washed apart from everything else.
Washing Cloth Diapers
There is no doubt that cloth diapers are fading into memory, and being replaced by the more convenient disposable brands which are available. For families that choose to use these, however, there are some special considerations. The most sanitary way to clean reusable cloth diapers is to contact a diaper service. This will not only take away the hassle of washing the diapers at home, it will ensure that the replacement diapers are sterile.
For families that do choose to wash cloth diapers at home, then as previously advised, they should be kept separate from all other laundry. Storing the diapers until wash time must be done as sanitarily as possible. This involves rinsing the cloth diaper in the toilet to remove solid wastes, then storing it in a bucket, or pail, with a lid until it is time to be washed. The bucket should be covered to prevent odor, and if possible be lined with a disposable or washable liner. The bucket, lid, and liner should be cleaned whenever the diapers are washed, and the soiled diapers should be washed at least twice a week.