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did ypu wash new baby clothes?

(40 Posts)
ditsydoll Fri 26-Apr-13 13:26:08

Will be packing my hospital bag this week and have bought some new white packs of vests etc..
Should I wash them before use?
Did you wash every outfit before your baby wore it?

ditsydoll Fri 26-Apr-13 13:27:09

Sorry for typo in the thread title.

Bunnylion Fri 26-Apr-13 14:08:11

I'm washing everything.

I don't usually when I buy stuff for myself but as the baby's skin will be a lot more sensitive to mine I think it's worth doing. I want to avoid any skin/allergy reactions. You don't know what the factory's wash them in before sale.

lljkk Fri 26-Apr-13 14:08:56

Nope, nothing ever unless it was 2nd hand & came dirty.
I think most people do wash, I think people just like the idea of it.

Pascha Fri 26-Apr-13 14:11:26

I did and still do but experience with needing new clothes quickly whilst out shows it doesnt make a blind bit of difference really. Its still nice to do though.

Pascha Fri 26-Apr-13 14:12:40

Dont open all the little baby stuff, in case you have a ginormobaby and need to exchange for bigger size wink

AuntieStella Fri 26-Apr-13 14:15:48

I think I did this for first DC, and maybe the second. Definitely didn't for the third (who had quite a lot of new stuff - I found things survived one baby's worth of strange exuded slime, but not two).

ThedementedPenguin Fri 26-Apr-13 14:16:29

I didn't wash anything new but I washed everything that was second hand.

Yes you should wash them.
When they're in the factory they're treated with chemicals to make them stay crease free, and it can be nasty to brand new skin.

And there's nothing lovelier than seeing all the tiny things hanging on the line smile

I'm saying nothing. The last thread about this went mental.

Meringue33 Fri 26-Apr-13 14:18:09

No, always though that was overkill. We had so many gifts some were grown out of unused and can be sold/ passed on.

AuntieStella Fri 26-Apr-13 14:19:44

A thread about washing went mental ?!? shock

Discogeek Fri 26-Apr-13 14:25:20

I never washed anything last time & I won't be this time. I didn't even realise it was something people did! I despise every aspect of laundry so do the bare minimum at the best of times, there's no way I'm making more work for myself smile

Ooh there was a thread about this that was literally posters screaming/how people should not be allowed children/chemicals that would injure etc ok slightly over exaggeration but you get the gist grin.

I did with my first, she was a whopper so had lots if beautiful clothes she couldn't wear and that I couldn't change/return. With my son I didn't bought only 0-3 and had to go shopping in way home from hospital as being only 8lb13 nothing fitted so straight from packet to on him.

This time around just too much already to do with working/3 and a 6 year old to be bothered worried about it grin

knittingirl Fri 26-Apr-13 14:31:06

tbh haven't made up my mind yet, will probably partly depend how much time I have on my hands over the summer. But I really don't want to end up with clothes I can't return that don't fit!

And I remember the last thread on this too lol...

Steffanoid Fri 26-Apr-13 14:33:01

I have done like a previous poster purely because I like seeing things hanging on the line and then folding them all and putting them away, they look so lovely

Carrielou i bet we were on the same one - i was freaked right out and seriously confused!

Yep auntiestella as carrielou said it went from i do/i don't to ''you are bringing deeeeeeath to your chiiiiild won't somebody thiiiink of the cheeeeeeeldren'' within 30 odd posts shock

I might have to try to find the thread again now, one poster's husband was some sort if chemical scientist then other posters shouting get down about what he had said it was farcical! We should start one on 'washing newborns with cotton wool and water v baby wipes' to get same sort if reaction wink

notso Fri 26-Apr-13 14:37:20

I did but only for something to do while start-of-labour-spotting.
The outfits we were given afterwards I didn't, most of them were only on for about an hour before getting poo or sick on them anyway!
Somethings do smell chemically when new but washing powder is also chemically it just smells nicer.

rowtunda Fri 26-Apr-13 14:48:02

I washed the first things we bought for DS (before he arrived) once he was born I was a bit busy to be washing already clean clothes! Doubt I'll bother for DC2

WaitingForMe Fri 26-Apr-13 14:55:29

I washed everything. I just loved handling all the tiny things and imagining an actual baby wearing them.

slightlysoupstained Fri 26-Apr-13 15:09:35

I didn't. DP did all the newborn stuff washing. We only washed a few outfits for the first few days before the birth - figured we only needed enough to last as long as it took for DP to pop into supermarket on way home for more of the appropriate size, stick a wash on, and dry them.

Have always washed any of our clothes that are in direct contact with skin before first wear, so seems sensible to do so for baby, esp as they suck on their hands/sleeves/etc.

slightlysoupstained Fri 26-Apr-13 15:10:44

Waiting I got a bit freaked out by how big the newborn outfits seemed compared to my belly! Now they look tiny.

kalidasa Fri 26-Apr-13 15:24:09

Basically no. I bought almost everything second hand and only washed a few things (in fact everything was perfectly clean but in a couple of cases I just didn't like the smell of the powder/fabric softener so washed them again). I didn't wash any of the handful of new things either.

But then I never wash new clothes before wearing either whereas I know some people do.

80QuidYoniJob Fri 26-Apr-13 17:16:15

I did last time and I will this time too.

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