How do you wash your baby's clothes?

A step-by-step guide to laundering clothing for your baby.

New mothers are sure to have noticed that your newborn has extra-soft and tender skin that's oh-so-lovely to sniff and cuddle. Naturally, you'll want to keep baby's skin free of irritation, which means being extra careful with laundry for your little one. Here's a handy step-by-step guide to doing baby laundry to ensure your bundle of joy remains clean and free of itches.

1.���� Pre-wash garments and fabrics

Before using anything on your baby for the first time, whether it's clothing, diapers or linens, be sure to give the items a wash to get rid of dust and any other accumulated grime. As a baby's skin is about 20 to 30 percent thinner than an adult's skin, it tends to be more sensitive to irritants, leading to itching or rashes when in contact with dirt or dust.

2. Check the washing instructions

Follow the instructions on the clothing label when washing baby clothing, especially for flame-retardant, wool or cashmere clothing, which come with special guidelines. If there is no recommended temperature settings on the label, you can wash your baby's clothing in warm water of 30 to 40 degrees Celsius to more effectively get rid of stains, dirt and bacteria.

3. Separate your clothing

Baby's clothing should be washed in separate batches according to dark and light colours - just like adult clothing - to prevent dark colours from bleeding into the lights. Dirty cloth diapers should always be washed separately from the rest of your baby's laundry.

4. Treat stains

Before laundering baby's clothes, treat stains to prevent them from permanently discolouring the fabric. Most baby stains, such as food, milk, baby formula, baby creams or spit can be easily removed if you pre-soak the fabric as soon as possible after the staining occurs. Use a soft brush and gentle detergent to brush away the stains before your regular laundry cycle.

5. Use specialised baby detergent

It is advisable to do baby laundry separately from the rest of the family's to safeguard your baby's sensitive skin. Use a detergent that is suitable for babies and young ones and is independently dermatologically accredited. These are milder detergents that are free of aggravating chemicals that can cause allergies, rashes or irritations.

6. Use specialised fabric softener

Sometimes, doing the laundry can leave clothing feeling stiff and uncomfortable to touch. Choose a baby softener like Downy Baby Gentle, which is formulated by a manufacturer with over 80 years' experience in baby products and is dermatologically tested to be suitable for your baby's clothes. With plant-derived softening actives and natural ingredients, you can be assured this softener is safe for sensitive skin. With a long-lasting mild scent that is soothing to both baby and mummy, say hello to baby's always-happy smiles and a good night's sleep.


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