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#1 pinkelephant

Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:09 PM


We're just starting to stock up for baby #1 and had 2 queries:

1. What product do you use to wash baby's clothes, linen etc . Can they not go in the regular wash with our clothes and usual detergent?

2. Also, what do you use to bathe a newborn? Should I get some kind of organic soap or something?

Thanks. original.gif. So much to learn !

#2 mandala

Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:16 PM

I used our normal detergent for clothes - but it's enzyme and fragrance free already.

I used QV Bath Oil for washing DS.

#3 Rach_V

Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:18 PM

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With baby #1, I washed all her clothes using Lux pure soap flakes until she was about 6 months old.
Baby #2's clothes just get chucked in the wash with everything else using regular laundry powder!!
No sign of any skin irritation or anything so I presume it's ok.

As far as baths, water alone is just fine for babies but there are all sorts of bath products on the market. I sometimes use the Curash soothing oatmeal wash, it smells beautiful and doesn't leave bub's skin dry or anything.

#4 Klinkalink

Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:20 PM

Here it's:

1. Thrown in the wash with everyone else's clothes using our usual laundry liquid.
2. Just water.

#5 elizabethany

Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:22 PM

Some babies have sensitive skin, but you won't know until they are born.  I would do the prewash with a woolwash/sensitive skin type detergent, and try your normal detergent on a single load to test after they are born, just in case.  If there is no reaction, you can dump their clothes in with yours and it makes like a lot easier.

With my newborn, I just used water.  It is not like they are crawling through the dirt and they generally don't have greasy hair, so water is fine.  I used Johnson & Johnson bath liquid for shampoo once he realised how to rub food through his hair, but a lot of parents don't like J&J.  There are plenty of gentle soap replacements you can use.

#6 tick

Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:27 PM

QUOTE (Klinkalink @ 20/01/2013, 08:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Here it's:

1. Thrown in the wash with everyone else's clothes using our usual laundry liquid.
2. Just water.

Yep, this exactly.  An extra rinse on the washing machine might be good if you use a particularly stinky washing powder or anything.  

You might start needing a baby wash of some description once they get to the smearing-avocado-in-their-hair stage but before that water does the job perfectly.  Even all that goop that your baby will be covered in at birth comes off just fine with some water and a face washer, no need to introduce chemicals and what not to their virgin skin.  

We sometimes use avocado oil as a moisturiser, when needed.

#7 Isolabella

Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:27 PM

As DH and I already had sensitive skin we just changed the whole family wash to Amolin laundry liquid (now using Purity Sensitive as Amolin no longer available), so bubs things are washed with everyone else's.

Like PP wash with just water or QV bath oil.

My kids all have sensitive skin as their parents do too.

#8 flipped out

Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:33 PM

QUOTE (Klinkalink @ 20/01/2013, 08:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Here it's:

1. Thrown in the wash with everyone else's clothes using our usual laundry liquid.
2. Just water.

This - especially since they are generally snuggled up next to us and our clothes anyway, it didn't make sense to use a different detergent.

#9 Kay1

Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:40 PM

We use Eco Store laundry detergent so the baby's stuff just goes in with everything else. I used Amolin for DS1's baby clothes but don't bother separating them any more.

Bathing I use just water, or a little QV oil if his skin is getting a bit dry. Every now and then I use a little Eco Store wash to do his hair etc. You really don't need any kind of soap.

#10 pinkelephant

Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:47 PM

Ok great! I just use the OMO liquid pods at the moment

#11 icekool

Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

We used Purity or Amolin (they have pics of babies on the bottle). They suck at getting stains out so I usually soak it in nappy san then wash it.
We used Sorbelene wash as all our kids were prone to eczema. And after bathing to moisturize with sorbelene cream.

#12 Mum2TwoDSs

Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:55 PM

We use baby laundry powder and wash his load separately from our clothes.

For bath we use Miessence's Sunflower body wash, a small amount dissolved in warm water.

#13 GoodGollyMolly

Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:59 PM

1. Just chucked clothes in with our normal detergent (OMO)

2. Baby baths- I got so much baby bath stuff at my baby shower I'm still going through it 11months later. And I know you dont really need it as pp have mentioned water is fine. I did like the smell of te johnsons and johnsons bedtime bath (lavender scent).

#14 elizabethany

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:05 PM

QUOTE (GoodGollyMolly @ 20/01/2013, 08:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
2. Baby baths- I got so much baby bath stuff at my baby shower I'm still going through it 11months later. And I know you dont really need it as pp have mentioned water is fine. I did like the smell of te johnsons and johnsons bedtime bath (lavender scent).

I am the same.  Still using the baby shower stuff and DS is two in a fortnight.  Still have an unopened bottle to go.

#15 AliC05

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:11 PM

My DS turned out to have quite sensitive skin and reacted to alot of stuff so:

1. For clothes washing we use Lux flakes - still using them at 19 months - clean pretty well and he stopped getting "clothes shaped" rashes

2. For baby washing - used just water until he was mobile and was actually "dirty" - then used alpha keri wash - we did start with mustela - but his skin reacted to that

#16 lucky 2

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:54 PM


I have moved this topic to the Buying and Dressing for Baby forum.

Kind regards,

lucky 2

#17 lozzylots

Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:33 PM

OMO sensitive powder like everything else but in a separate load.

QV wash for baths, but first few weeks just water. I tried J&J but found it dried her skin easily (but it does smell good!)

#18 Juki

Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:43 PM

1. For the first few months I washed clothes on the slightly hotter stain removing setting until about when the projectile vomiting ended. I just use surf powder.
2. After a bad reaction, swore off Johnson and Johnsons. I use curash body wash (the one with oatmeal) and organic oils if needed as I don't like to use mineral oils.

#19 Feral timtam

Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:51 PM

Earths Choice laundry liquid here with Earths Choice fabric softener. Same as for the rest of the family.

For bathing it was plain water until they started getting dirty then goats milk soap because I didn't see the point in buying another single person product when the soap DH was using was already baby friendly. We did start out with Johnsons and Johnsons baby bath for DS1 but that got binned after I had a reaction to it. Kids are fine with it but it gives me a nasty rash!

#20 mumma_ox

Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:52 PM

I have crap skin, very sensitive, so we make our own washing powder - along the lines of the soap flakes some others have already mentioned.

As for washing baby - up until recently we used plain old water.  Now that the little one is outside playing in the dirt and getting grubby, we use an olive-oil based soap from our local wholefood shop.  It is super gentle and it is smooth as silk.  Lovely stuff.

#21 chickenpants

Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:08 PM

His clothes get washed with the regular powder we use (Omo Sensitive - it's not as perfumed as others) and normally in a wash of their own, otherwise I lose the little bits like socks.

I use the Gaia brand for cleaning & moisturising the little guy.  He gets washed in the shower with me and I use just a little touch of the bath soap on a facecloth to wipe him over. Makes him smell delicious, especially when I moisturise him afterwards.  I've had to bath him quite often lately because he's recently become a mucky eater, getting milk everywhere. Hair, chest, back, hands... he is the dribble king.

#22 Jaelyn123

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:51 PM

I found my LO had very sensitive skin so used a sensitive laundry detergent and had her own loads. Still do at 8 months.
As for bathing I found Gaia baby wash for body and bath good and Natoy's Nature's Bub Baby Oil for massages was gentle on her skin and natural. No mineral oil.
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