Having a baby inevitably means having doubts. And many of them end up showing up at times you never imagined they would. The various issues that arise when we think about having a baby may sound not so common to other people, but to mothers it really makes a lot of sense. This is what happens, for example, when a mother wonders about the effects of the fabric softener on the baby’s clothes.
As much as this may seem like a less relevant question to many, it can help prevent many types of problems common between mothers and babies. But for you to better understand the importance of this issue, it is first necessary to understand how babies’ bodies work.
The younger a person is, the more sensitive their skin is. This is because when we are born, many of our body functions are not yet complete and the skin is no different.
A baby’s skin is not used to the various types of agents in the world outside the womb , both natural things like pollen from flowers, for example, and artificial things like cleaning products. It is for this reason, in fact, that many mothers are concerned when it comes to washing their babies’ clothes.
Softener on Baby’s Clothes Does it really hurt?
The most recommended is that you do not use fabric softener in your baby’s clothes. This is because, even though the products are not very harmful, the baby’s skin is very sensitive and can end up getting irritated. What should be done, then, is to wash with neutral soap, always very well and pay close attention when drying to make sure that no soap residue is left in any clothes.
How to Wash Baby Clothes?
In order to clarify this doubt that is many, we have prepared a step by step on how to wash baby’s clothes safely, that does not cause any kind of irritation and that keeps the little one with a great smell, of course.
Step by step:
- Where to wash?
- Which products to use?
- How to wash?
- How to dry?
Where to wash?
What you have to know, first of all, is that baby clothes should be washed separately from those of anyone else who lives in your home. This means that you need to provide an exclusive container to wash these parts.
As we said earlier, it is recommended to use only neutral soap. The use of fabric softener on baby’s clothes can cause minor allergy problems, so it is not recommended. Even though there are exclusive softeners for babies, neutral soap is still the best option, especially for newborns’ clothes.
How to wash?
Inside the exclusive container for baby’s clothes, you should soak the clothes for about 15 minutes and then scrub them with mild soap. Pay attention to places that are stained or have been exposed to some type of dirt for a longer time.
Hand washing baby’s clothes is more recommended than washing in the machine, however, if necessary, check that there is no residue from any other product so that baby’s clothes are not affected.
How to Dry?
After washing, make sure that no soap residue is left on the clothes. Extends in a cool place or in the sun. Old people say that clothes that stay serene can cause colic in the baby, but this is just another old legend, it has no proof whatsoever.
How to pass?
Many mothers find it unnecessary to iron their clothes, but this procedure is important so that you can check that the clothes are really clean, and the temperature of the iron helps to keep bacteria away.
You can iron your clothes normally, but be careful not to put your baby in too warm clothes.
When to Start Washing Baby’s Clothes?
There is no right time to start washing your baby’s clothes. If they are not very dirty, there is no reason to start washing, but they usually end up getting dirty, mainly because of the regurgitation of milk or leaking diapers. When you feel that your baby needs to repeat the clothes, it is the right time to start washing.
However, if you want to start using fabric softener on baby’s clothes, it is recommended that you do this only after your first year of life. This is the time it takes for your skin to get used to it and not be irritated by contact with certain chemicals.
Still, it is necessary to pay attention and use only specific products for babies , as softeners of other types can cause irritations or allergies in your child.
Using fabric softener in baby’s clothes is just one of several issues involving the sensitivity of babies’ skin and the various types of allergies that can end up affecting the little ones.
It is necessary, from time to time, to review everything you know about these matters, especially when babies start to grow, their bodies start to change and, consequently, the ways in which you deal with it will also change.
This is a fleeting doubt, but it will end up turning into several other doubts that will guide you along your path as a mother . And that is a positive thing, as this is how we evolved as well.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.