Will you wash your new baby clothes?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-22-2011
Will you wash your new baby clothes?
Sun, 10-16-2011 - 9:39am
Just wondering who's going to wash the clothes prior to the baby coming and what's ur reasoning for it?


iVillage Member
Registered: 11-05-2004
Tue, 10-18-2011 - 2:37am

Yup washing everything and actually as I type this my washer is full of baby pink girl goodness!! :) I do it because I LOVE for them to be nice and soft and not have the crispy new feeling, PLUS I just absolutely LOVE the smell of the baby dreft. :)


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Registered: 05-04-2011
Mon, 10-17-2011 - 3:12pm

Anything that wasn't already ours, yes, because as pretty much everyone has said, who knows what's on it!

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-20-2002
Mon, 10-17-2011 - 12:27pm
Yes, I'll definitely wash everything before he wears it. Clothing companies put sizing-chemicals on their fabrics to help them keep their shape on the hangers in the store, so that should definitely be cleaned off before getting into contact with new baby skin.
I'm in the process of clearing out the nursery, so once the closet is clear I'll be able to wash and hang up all the sweet clothes!

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 10-17-2011 - 11:20am

Yes, I will. We got a ton of clothes from a friend so I'm in the process of washing all of that using Target-brand Dreft. I'll also wash any clothes we get, unless we decide to return them only because we really did get tons of hand-me-downs. I did buy a few new things for him that I've washed as well. I washed the hand-me-downs just so I know they've been washed (even though I'm sure my girlfriend did already) and the new ones I washed because I've always heard that's just what you do. :smileyhappy:

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Registered: 04-12-2010
Mon, 10-17-2011 - 1:17am
I have washed everything. All the store bought stuff was clearance so cannot return it anyway. However 90% of the clothing is yard sale/thrift store. I wash them just to make extra sure they are baby skin safe. Plus I am a team green so all clothing is gender neutral to start out with so no need for returns in that respect.


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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2011
Sun, 10-16-2011 - 8:32pm
I did! I've only washed up to 3 months at this point though...I figured I could do the bigger sizes as needed.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-25-2003
Sun, 10-16-2011 - 7:19pm

Yes, for sure!



iVillage Member
Registered: 08-26-2010
Sun, 10-16-2011 - 4:09pm
Absolutely! I'm maybe a teensy bit germophobic... Ok a lot. And I bought all clothes on clearance that I cant return anyway. Lol
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-18-2011
Sun, 10-16-2011 - 2:34pm
Definitely wash clothes prior to the baby wearing them. If you are worried about returns, wait til baby gets here.

You should actually wash all clothes before use (even yours!). Chemicals are frequently used on clothing (for mildew resistance, anti-wrinkle, even shine!) and they can accidentally come into contact with chemicals used for pest control, etc while being manufactured, stored or shipped. Of course there is also the issue of being handled in store, etc.

Baby skin is so sensitive anyways, no sense in taking risks of rash/irritation.
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Registered: 12-09-1999
Sun, 10-16-2011 - 12:34pm
I'll wash anything used or not from Kohls. I'm not washing the Kohls stuff in case I need to return it. We've seen his junk twice now so it should be safe but you can't be 100% certain till you've got them in your arms. I figure it's safe to wash the stuff I can't return because, if we can't use it, I'll just give it away.