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October 25th, 2011, 10:25 PM
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Do you/did you use special baby laundry soap? There was dreft back in the day but I could not afford it and just washed all the clothes together.

Is it important to use a soap like dreft? Do you wash all clothes before the baby is born, even new ones?

Help! I feel so unprepared.
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October 25th, 2011, 10:37 PM
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I bought it because I was told I *must*. Then I washed some of his clothes in normal soap and he didn't have a negative reaction, so I stayed with normal Tide. I don't think it matters that much. You can get dye or perfume free of a normal brand if you want to avoid that kind of thing.
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October 26th, 2011, 12:20 AM
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I washed everything in a "baby" detergent. And yes, you should wash new stuff before you put it on her, there is left over dye and such from manufacturing...Here is an article for you:
HealthyChildren.org - Cleaning Baby Clothes
It says I have to register for their website to read the article, do you mind pasting it here for me?


Thank you all for your help girls!
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October 26th, 2011, 06:54 AM
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I washed everything in a "baby" detergent. And yes, you should wash new stuff before you put it on her, there is left over dye and such from manufacturing...Here is an article for you:
HealthyChildren.org - Cleaning Baby Clothes
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October 26th, 2011, 08:03 AM
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I used Dreft for my first child, and then I quickly got over it for my second child. I have too much laundry to be seperating anything. Plus, my daughter was fine with regular soap. If someone gifts it to me I'll use Dreft, but I won't go out and buy it.
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October 26th, 2011, 08:07 AM
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I'm just using Tide - the free and clear type. No reason to have the baby detergent, IMO.
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October 26th, 2011, 08:26 AM
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I've never used the baby detergent. I use whatever I get on sale. Although I do try to get the dye and perfume free kinds.
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October 26th, 2011, 08:55 AM
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It says I have to register for their website to read the article, do you mind pasting it here for me?


Thank you all for your help girls!
hmmm, sorry about that, here's what it says

Cleaning Baby Clothes

Washability is definitely something to consider. Be sure to look at the labels not only for size, flame-resistance, or snug-fitting information but also for washing instructions. Unless you relish the thought of hand-washing a lot of baby clothes and frequently replacing those that don’t hold up well, we suggest you give some serious thought to the durability and washability of the baby clothes you buy—especially your baby’s everyday outfits, Onesies, and sleepers.

Washing. Because newborns tend to have sensitive skin (and because you don’t know who has handled the clothing and with what before it made its way into your possession), it’s generally a good idea to wash all clothes prior to using them. An exception might be outerwear such as coats and jackets that don’t have much contact with the skin (and tend not to wash and dry easily). As a helpful hint, consider putting small items such as socks in a mesh bag for washing and drying and remember to fasten any Velcro tabs (such as on bibs) before tossing them into the fray to avoid snagging other clothes.
Detergents. It is a common recommendation that baby clothes should be washed separately, using special “baby” detergents that supposedly leave fewer residues and are therefore less likely to cause skin irritation. In reality, we’ve found that many if not most parents simply toss their baby’s clothes in with the rest of the family’s laundry without causing any problems. That said, it is worth paying attention to the fact that detergents in general don’t strip away the flame-retardant properties of sleepwear, but soap flakes can. Given that information, you can choose your detergent as we do—buy one that smells good and gets the dirt out, and only feel compelled to invest in a milder “baby” detergent (or hypoallergenic/fragrance-free “adult” detergent) if your baby develops any signs of skin irritation.
Stain removal. The best approach to managing stains made by breast milk, formula, spit-up, or poop is to try wiping or rinsing off the offending substance as much as you can while it’s still relatively fresh. We realize that this may be easier said than done—especially if you find yourself in the middle of a diaper change or feeding with a clothing stain that is settling itself in for the long haul—but if you can remove even some of it with a baby wipe or soak the clothes in some water and detergent, you’ll be glad you did. We also suggest stocking your laundry room with a good stain remover and designating a place for soaking stained or soiled clothing.
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October 26th, 2011, 10:43 AM
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I already use unscented detergent (Tide Free & Gentle) because my son has sensitive skin. Chloe seems to be fine with it.
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October 26th, 2011, 11:39 AM
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While baby is still very little, I do use a free & clear detergent. Eventually I end up using whatever we are using at the moment. I do however wash all baby's clothes seperate. Idk why really, just always have.
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October 26th, 2011, 02:20 PM
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I use whatever we have

If they have a reaction to it, I'd switch to something else.
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October 26th, 2011, 02:32 PM
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We've always used Tide for their clothes and ours. My sister and brother used Dreft with their kids and it never seemed to get the spit up stains out of my nieces' clothes.
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October 26th, 2011, 03:30 PM
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I did and still do with DD but she has skin issues. My grocery store makes a store brand that is about half the cost of Dreft.... I even have to wash my own undies in it because I was getting irritated for some reason.
My freinds daughter also have skin issues and she says she just uses the clear and free stuff.
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October 26th, 2011, 03:31 PM
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I wash all the clothes (even new) ahead of time just because with my son, sometimes if I didn't then the clothing dye would come off on his skin!

I just wash them with everything else though, we only do two loads in this household, darks and lights. So they get separated and washed with everything else with the normal soap. There's really no reason to use the "special" soap unless your little one has sensitive skin.
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October 26th, 2011, 04:07 PM
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Lindsey - Thank you for the article, it was very informative.

And Thank you everyone. I guess I will get washing this weekend.
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October 26th, 2011, 04:48 PM
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I did use Dreft for my older two for the first year....but I bought All Free & Clear this time which was much cheaper...but we normally use tide so we may end up switching to their free and clear detergent....
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October 26th, 2011, 07:05 PM
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I use draft. Partly because I love how it smells and partly just to be safe. Yes wash the clothes before she wears them.
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