Newborns have developing immune systems and sensitive skin which makes them prone to allergies, infections and diseases. While we do whatever possible to keep our little ones out of harm's way, one of the most overlooked factors is baby clothes and how to keep them clean.
Harmful detergents, harsh machine cycles, fragrances and dyes can be detrimental to your baby's health, therefore it is important to ensure that you follow a safe laundry regime when it comes to washing your babies clothes!
Wash the clothes before use
Picked up some adorable outfits that you can’t wait to dress your little baby in? Be sure to wash it first! Baby clothing may contain traces of harmful chemicals, therefore washing it prior to use will make sure to get rid of these toxins and keep your baby’s sensitive skin, soft and supple.
Read the label
Check the clothes label for washing instructions. Using the correct machine cycle, water temperature and detergents will help keep clothes in good condition for longer periods of time.
Wash cloth diapers separately
If you are using cloth diapers, be sure to wash it by itself without mixing it with your baby's other clothes. Empty the poop into the toilet or the bin, rinse with hot water and then wash with a baby safe detergent such as the Rebecca Lee Nappy Wash Powder.
Avoid fabric softeners
Fabric softeners sometimes contain irritating chemicals and fragrances that can be harmful to baby skin. Since fabric softeners are not essential to wash your baby’s clothes, try to avoid it as much as possible to reduce the chances of skin conditions and illness.
Avoid washing your clothes with baby clothes
Prevent the transfer of bacteria and germs from your clothes to the babies by washing your clothes separately.
Wash baby linen on the regular
Pillows, bedsheets and blankets can be breeding grounds for harmful bacteria and germs, therefore it is important to wash the babies linen on a regular basis. Try using hot water when washing, to eliminate germs and bacteria.
Get rid of stains, immediately!
You’ve put your adorable bub in anew dress or t-shirt, and then he/she spits up all over it? Try to salvage the outfit by acting fast! Wipe away the stain as much as possible with a wet wipe, remove the clothes and soak the clothes in detergent and water.
Use a safe detergent or washing powder
Using harsh detergents and fabric softeners can cause rashes and irritation to delicate baby skin. When washing your baby’s clothes, linen and diapers, use a detergent or powder that is specifically formulated to be gentle and safe on baby skin. We recommend using the Rebecca Lee Washing Powder enriched with Vitamin E and Rathmal to effectively remove all bacteria and germs from your baby's clothes.
Clean and safe storing
Once you have thoroughly washed your little ones clothes, be sure to dry, fold and store it in a clean bag or closet to keep it germ free till you need to use it!
Keep your baby away from the laundry area
Soaps, detergents, dyes and softeners are poisonous and toxic, so it must be kept out of your baby's reach. Store your detergents in a cupboard or in a locked container in a place that is not accessible by your child.