Just like the irritants we mentioned earlier, these detergent chemicals can cause harsh reactions to the skin of a little one. Your child could be fine, but they could also develop a painful rash that keeps them up long through the night. Why take the risk?
Do you really need to wash baby clothes?
You should definitely wash baby’s clothes, blankets and other washable items that will come in contact with her skin. It’s not necessary to do it before she’s born, but it’s a good idea to do it before she wears them. Why?
Is it safe to air dry baby clothes?
High-heat drying doesn’t really have much of a benefit except it’s usually a lot faster. But it’s also a lot more likely to mess up your clothes. If you have something super delicate (like a dress with lace, mesh, sparkles, jewels, etc.), you can always hang it up and let it air dry to be safe.
How often should babies be bathed?
How often does my newborn need a bath? There’s no need to give your newborn a bath every day. Three times a week might be enough until your baby becomes more mobile. Bathing your baby too much can dry out his or her skin.
Should you dry or hang baby clothes?
Vintage or particularly nice baby clothes might benefit from a line dry rather than being tossed in the dryer, as Martha Stewart mentioned, but other than that, it should be safe to dry your baby’s clothes in the dryer. (You might want to use the gentle cycle though.)