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January 10th, 2008, 08:53 PM
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I didn't know that blankets and baby blankets needed to be sanitized. I thought that our babies are born with our immunities to our home?
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January 10th, 2008, 10:07 PM
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I had never heard of this either...I washed a pile of receiving blankets before Amelia arrived, and they were wrapping them around us before we were ever out of the birth pool. But, I guess having them all wrapped up does keep them from getting dusty and whatnot before the birth...?
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January 11th, 2008, 12:56 AM
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They don't need to be sanitized, at least not for a homebirth
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January 11th, 2008, 09:43 AM
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I'm not sanitizing either. I thought one advantage of home-birthing is that you and your baby are already used to whatever germs are in your own home, so there isn't a need for such. Of course they'll be washed, but I think that's all that you need to do.
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January 11th, 2008, 09:57 AM
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We "sanitized" the towels & such that were used at birth - and basically the only reason (which we got from our MW) was so that we knew they were washed/dryed when there were no colds/germs or dust gathering on them. We washed them, dried them, kept them in the dryer an extra 10 mins on high, and then bagged them. This way they werent gathering dust/allergens, didnt have lingering germs or anything, and could be used on open wounds (tears, umbilical cord, etc) if needed.


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