Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Clean Overalls



About mid-March I had a little panic attack. I realized that Jude's arrival was a bit closer than I'd realized. May 16 is coming quickly and I'd rather not pack for the hospital and put the bassinet in order after my contractions begin. I made a list of 'to-dos' and have been faithfully checking them off ever since.

Check List Item for the Week: wash Jude's newborn wardrobe

I heard somewhere that you are supposed to wash baby clothes in special detergent. I walked the aisle at Wal-mart hoping a mom would appear on the aisle to give me advice.

No one came.

I spotted Dreft. It has a baby on the cover so I felt relieved.


I picked it up and gasped at the $15 price tag.

I bought it anyways and started my first load of baby clothes yesterday. Dreft smells just like a clean baby. I wanted to bury my head in the pile of clothes after I'd washed them.

The container said that I should wash his clothes in Dreft until he is 18 months old. Is that true?

If so, I should buy some stock.

13 comments:

Lee said...

I never used Dreft. I just used fragrance free regular detergent. I believe it was Cheer. I have to buy the High Efficiency stuff anyway and I'm not sure if Dreft even has that option. Now that you've told me how it smells, I might have to use it for this next baby though!

julie said...

i do love the smell of dreft! i use it when they are super little and then after the first 4-5 months i gradually switch to what i use for everyone else which is fragrance free. and lee, dreft does come in high efficiency!

julie foreman

Kimberly Kitchens said...

I have always used ALL Free and Clear for my baby clothes. We continue to use it b/c my husband has lots of allergies to dyes and fragrances and Genesis has sensitive skin. It is much cheaper and you can usually find it on sale or find a coupon.
Enjoy the preparation for little Jude. I always think that it is so fun getting everything ready and packing for the hospital.
Don't hesitate to call if you ever have any questions. Also, tell Mr. Jude now that he can't make his arrival unless I am working! I so hope that I get to take care of him in the nursery!

Spencer and Kari said...

I used All Baby (that I found at Big Lots) at first, but now I just use either All Free and Clear or Country Save (what I use to wash cloth diapers because you have to use special detergent). I ordered the Country Save off Amazon in bulk with free shipping. I meant to ask if you decided to use cloth or not.

Emily said...

Oh, heavens to betsy, I've never used any kind of different detergent for my kids' clothes at any point in their lives. Some babies do have sensitive skin, but I don't think that's the norm, mine have never reacted to the cheap Purex I use. I really think most of it is a marketing ploy. I don't think that most babies are going to explode into a rash if clothes washed in regular detergent touch them... if so, then they would react to the clothes we wear when we hold them! I'm sure it does smell wonderful, but I just can't pay $15 for good smells... I'd rather slather them in baby lotion (um, the kid... not the clothes!) and then inhale! =) I've always just done their laundry together with ours, so much easier. But enjoy the sweet baby smell!!!

Brandi said...

I used Dreft at first, but it was kind of pricey. I am using Baby Magic right now because it was on sale at Babies R'Us. Can't wait to meet little Jude! By the way, there is an awesome consignment shop at the corner of Cannons Lane and Frankfort called Buttons, Bows, and Britches. They have a ton of little boy stuff! I have found Isaiah entire wardrobes there for really cheap. :)

BrandAshley said...

I use All Free & Clear. I don't think Dreft is necessary. :)

Catherine and David said...

Laura, you may already be doing this but I thought I'd mention it anyways---I hang up my baby's good clothes to dry so they won't shrink---at first, it is helpful to be able to shrink onesies, gowns, etc. in the dryer so they don't swallow your newborn; but, once baby is wearing "normal" clothes, hanging them up to dry makes sizes last a lot longer. Baby clothes are so much fun....I never could have imagined how fun it would be to dress up my baby boy. Have fun preparing for your little one!!

greatishisfaithfulness said...

I'm with Emily. I've never used anything special to wash our babies' clothes. Shoot, by the time you have 3 (and another on the way), you're lucky to even HAVE the time to wash their clothes!

Josh and Kacie said...

Honey, you are about to be a missionary. Take everything with a grain of salt and realize nothing HAS to be done a certain way. Your baby will be fine. You'll be lucky and blessed if you even have a washing machine overseas and it's all ok.

In Definition said...

girls. i feel a GREAT sense of relief after reading these comments. it is indeed good news that i don't have to use it for the next 18 months.

i'm pretty sure advertisers love new moms like me:)

linz said...

heh heh i totally thought you like HAD to use special detergent too... :)) good to know!

The Cherry Blossom Travellers said...

I NEVER used the stuff. It's just a ploy!