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Don't laugh at me for asking
How do you wash baby clothes? I have that sanitize cycle on my washing machine which I heard is what you should use to wash baby clothes. Now, if I use that cycle wouldn’t that shrink the clothes? Also, what about detergent, did you use the same one that you use for your clothes? If you bought a special one which one did you buy?
we already use a natural detergent since DH has some sensitivities, so that's what I am using for baby clothes. But Kaiden hasn't arrived (obviously ) so I hope it works for him too. IDK about the sanitize cycle, I know my next washer will have one! but I was just going to use that for the cloth diapers.
i use sensitive detergent for my lot anyway so adding baby stuff was no harder.
i use boil wash for nappies but normal clothes i just put in a standard white wash unless they are pukey or other end messy
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I always washed them normally...lol. As far as detergent, I use the color/perfume free detergent for myself, since my own skin is sensitive, so I just use that for Erin too, and always have. I actually have more sensitive skin than she does.
I use All Free and Clear. It was the cheapest of all the free and clear ones. I just wash them on the normal warm cycle. I don't even know if my washer has a sanitize cycle! Anything that has been pooped on, I soak in a bucket with this Oxy Clean baby stuff I found at BRU.
I started with Dreft.....BUT at 10.00 a bottle, I don;t use that anymore ...lol
I buy the Arm and Hammer for Sensitive skin...more for the cloth diapers......I have on occasion used our detergent for some of her things also, like burp cloths and bibs...and we have had no skin reactions.
I would suggest any type " Free" detergent for the clothing.
I had the same question when I had my first one. I used Dreft because my son has sensitive skin, and I heard that with babies you should use a milder det. I always wash his clothes seperate from anything else. Oh, and I stopped using the Dreft this year, he is 18 mos. now and I haven't had any problems. As for the sanitize cycle, it helps if the baby wets his pj's or bedding, but I wouldn't say you have to use it all the time. Regular cycle, hot water would be good. My sanitize cycle goes for an hour and a half! I just can't do that all the time.
I bought some free and clear all for the babies, but since we were only taking one or two things at a time to the hospital those things got washed in with our regular detergent. It didn't bother them so now we aren't even trying to seperate them out.
Also a good note, most baby clothes are 100% cotton and will shrink ALOT. Even some of the preemie clothes shrank too much for us to use on a 4 pounder.
With Sophie (my 4 year old) we went out and bought dreft and washed all her stuff in it until she was about 6 months. Well with Ellie that all fell by the way side. I wash her clothes in the same stuff I use for everything else(generic costco brand liquid soap in my High Effeciency Washer). I do wash her stuff seperate though, and we have not had any problem. I always wash on cold so as not to shrink anything.
Well, I don't know what you are really "supposed" to do, but after reading a lot of BTDT mom's advice on my DDC, I decided to buy the free and clear detergent and wash all of our stuff in that. Also, I use the gentle cycle for all baby stuff, but I use the normal temps as I would at any other time.
I probably screwed up the temp thing and will be sorry once he gets here and nothing fits because I shrunk it all.....
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I have been use dreft..I got some from the baby shower..Nathan generates at least 3 loads a week, and I still have some left in that one bottle that I got. My SIL uses the arm and hammer free and clear and no problems. I think I will be using that as well, I guess the most important part is free of perfume.
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