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Do I need to wash my baby's clothes with a special detergent, or is regular detergent okay?

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May 29, 2015

I just had a baby shower and received lots of adorable clothing. Should I buy special baby laundry detergent to wash it with? Can I just use regular detergent?

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I would do so for the first year since their skin is so sensitive. Some adults are prone to skin irritations with regular detergent, so to be on the safe side, I would use Dreft or another Baby detergent for 6 months, at the very least.

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For newborns and babies. I would suggest you use dreft for babies at first. The baby might have an allergy reaction to the liquid detergent. The detergent that we use for us is too strong for newborns skin. When they turn 1 or 2 then you can try your detergent that you normally use. Also, wash separate from your clothing.

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regular detergent or hypoallergenic to prevent exposure to too many chemicals

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I have three daughters myself and I never used the expensive baby detergent myself. Now if your child does seem to have a reaction then yes, I would suggest using Dreft Laundry Detergent as my nephew has very sensitive skin. Just make sure you are fully drying the child after baths so moisture doesn't collect either, this can also cause irritation. Good Luck.

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User in Portage, IN
Oct. 21, 2017

You need to buy special detergent for baby clothes because regular detergent is too harsh. Your baby skin is very sensitive and you don't want to have your baby get a rash.

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Allergies are so commen today, I would use "Dreft"

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Baby skin is new and sensitive. Dont use anything with harsh chemicals as the baby can break out or get an allergic reaction. I found dreft to be full of fragrances, so the best one is seventh generation. Dont wear perfume around a new baby either as this tends to do the same. Opt for cottons, not polyester clothing for them too.

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I bought the free and clear detergent. It gentle enough for the babies and its better for you as well.

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I'm a mother of four and found out that it is very important to wash all you baby's clothes and blanket ect. In special detergent made for babies. Their skin is a sensitive that regular detergents made to be hard on dirt will effect them. I recommend Daft detergent found in pretty much every store and isn't expensive. Good luck and enjoy your new bundle of joy.

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As long as your baby doesn't have sensitive skin, using your regular detergent should be fine.

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use dreft or ivory snow specially made for little ones. I would use it until they are 5 years old. I have used it for my own kids and no rashes or irritations.

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For the first 3 months of my daughters life, I used dreft. Honestly, it is too expensive for me. I tried using "all free&clear" for her since that is what I use for my fiance and I.. It is working perfectly fine. She has sensitive skin and she has not broken out with the All Free & Clear at all!! I love it!

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I always used regular detergent with no extra dyes or lye in it. Dreft is my "baby" soap of choice. Not sure if that is classified as baby soap but it is very simple.

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Your choice I used tide an had no issues with my kids clothes. I just preferred using tide cause I wanted their skin to be use to the laundry soap. We never had draft or other stuff when I grew up.

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A baby's skin is and can be very sensitive. A lot of detergents have harsh chemicals and fragrances that may irritate your baby's skin. It is best to use hypoallergenic detergents and or those that are made for baby clothes like ¨Dreft¨ or ¨All baby liquid detergent¨

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Baby detergent usually omits unnecessary fragrances that may irritate sensitive skin. Another way out of this is to make your own laundry detergent using borax, baking soda, and soap.

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Yes I really think, that it is advisable that you use a detergent that Will not hurt your babies gentle soft skin. From my experience, when My babies were from infants to toddlers, I always used a different Kind of detergent for them. I hope that this helps in your decision.

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You don't necessarily have to, but if your child is experiencing allergic reactions to regular detergent then you should look into something more gentle for his/her skin.

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When it comes to New Borns, their skin is pretty sensitive. When my niece was born last year, my mom washed her clothes separately from everyone else's and with a baby detergent. I suggest you go with the baby detergent to be safe. No one wants to see their precious new bundle of joy all red and/or bumpy. Hope this helps!

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Use Dreft or Ivory Bar Soap.

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Regular detergent is fine. In case the baby has sensitive skin you can use half the amount of detergent you'd normally use, or you can wash them once with detergent and then do an extra rinse or wash them once more without (so that as much of the soap as possible will be rinsed off).

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I would use baby detergent the first year

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For the newborn clothes I'd wash it with hypoallergenic detergent, just in case! Down the road you might find yourself using the regular detergent and your baby's skin will be ok but for the first time mum with a newborn a rash can be a horrifying experience.

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I used Dreft, and other gentle cleaners when my children were babies. in addition to their sensitive skin, I was concerned about maintaining the integrity of the clothing that was flame retardant. ( see instructions on manufacturer's label).

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For the first year I used unscented ALL and after that used regular Tide.

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I always used all free and clear, u can even use on your own clothes it doesn't leave them with a fresh clean smell but babies have very sensitive skin and most detergents will irritate baby, at least for the 1st yr I would try to use some allergies free

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I would definitely use a special detergent only because babies, especially newborns, have very sensitive skin. Detergents with lots of fragrance and chemicals can irritate that sensitive skin. I would buy a fragrance free and organic detergent to use for baby clothes.

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Infants yes, toddlers no and yes as long if the detergent don't have perfumes in them

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I feel like you should use snuggle baby care detergent , they also have other detergent for babies. Using regular detergent can break their skin out.

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I used Dreft or all natural with my 3 children . My pediatrician told me the less chemicals the better.

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I was told that you should buy special baby soap for baby clothes but now a days it is very expensive. My suggestion is buy a detergent that is dye free and fragrence free just for baby clothes.

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There are so many Free and Clear detergents on the market, so there are more to choose from than just Dreft, which used to be the only one on the market. I agree with the other posts about minimizing the baby's exposure to harsh fragrances and chemicals.

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Within the first year, I would say use snuggle baby care.

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I would use Dreft or any other baby detergent. They don't contain a lot of the "chemicals", dyes and fragrances that infants may have an allergic reaction to.

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If your child is on you and they are not having an allergic reaction then it's fine to wash their clothing with the same detergents you use. Yes babies are sensitive but unless they break out from being held, laying on your bed or coming in contact with anything that has been washed with regular detergent then it's completely fine! Dreft is super expensive and you find that it's a new mom go to product because you're super nervous about everything. If you really are worried just buy a detergent that's "free and clear". What you should get is a nose frida! That's going to be your life saver when your boo boo gets sick and congested! It seems gross but it works like a CHARM!

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They do make a few "baby detergents", as mentioned above, but they can get a bit pricey. Babies under a year old do have especially sensitive skin, but using any brand FREE of dyes and perfumes are just fine- you can often find many like this for very inexpensive at Walmart or Big Lots :)

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Unless the baby shows an allergic reaction to the detergent you use I'd think it was fine to just use that.

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I actually use melaeuca laundry soap. It is all natural and you just use like a tiny tiny amount because it is concentrated. The container lasts a long time :)

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Because he or she is a new born you have acclimate. I recommend DREFT laundry detergent, which is specifically made for new born children.

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Yes I really think, that it is advisable that you use a detergent that Will not hurt your babies gentle soft skin. From my experience, when My babies were from infants to toddlers, I always used a different Kind of detergent for them.

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special laundry for little one good luck. . Is necessary.thanks alma

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In my opinion regular detergent is fine to wash baby clothes. Buying speacial detergent is waste of money and makes no difference.

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User in Goshen, IN
May 2, 2017

I agree, get a baby detergent or a hypoallergenic detergent. I would also suggest that you rinse the baby clothes twice, and I use vinegar to make sure there isn't a lot of soap residue left in the clothes. Baby is going to be hot during the summer anyway so you will be dealing with heat rash. Instead of buying baby corn starch at the store get a regular box of corn starch from the grocery store and use a shaker, like the cheese shaker you see in pizza restaurants to shake the corn starch on baby. it's cheaper and you don't have to worry about baby being allergic to the scent. I also think you need to consult your baby's doctor and see what they say about the recommendations we've made. Congratulations!

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User in Tulare, CA
May 2, 2017

Use Dreft detergent and rinse the baby's clothes 2x's. Do this for the 1st year.

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User in Euless, TX
May 2, 2017

It is always best to use baby detergent when your baby is little. This is due allergies, not knowing what your baby may be allergic to at the beginning. So it is always better to stick to baby detergent, there many different brands that make baby safe detergents.

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I would wash them with a mild detergent that is chemical free,perfume free. I think All has one. Use a fabric softener as well. I prefer Downy, but it does have a smell. I would continue this until the child is a year. By that time you will know if it's ok to throw it in with everybody else's stuff!

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No definitely not regular detergent! They male detergent for baby clothes! I cannot remember exactly what it is called, but you could use ALL FREE AND CLEAR. My dermotolost recommended it for my new born babies! It is amazing! I've been using it for years! It is completey hypoallergenic, dye free & perfume free! I swear by it! I recommended it to all of my friends that are new mothers and they loved it! Babies just have very sensitive skin!

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A detergent that is mild, free of allergens and dies, like Dreft or free and clears.

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User in Evans, GA
May 2, 2017

Regular detergent is fine.

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User in Casper, WY
May 2, 2017

I used regular detergent. Never had a problem.

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Yes you need to was the baby,s clothes with a special detergent

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I would be very careful with scented laundry detergent especially when the baby is very new - My family had a history of asthma and my husband'e family had allergies. I washed the babies clothes in an allergen free detergent - and I still use a scent free laundry detergent for my clothing still.

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You can use regular detergent. The do however make detergent for babies clothes and for sensitive skin. You might want to use one of those to wash the babies clothes seeing as, most babies skin is extra sensitive.

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It depends on your preference and on the sensitivity of your baby's skin. Some moms will only use a special detergent for their baby's clothing. As long as your baby does not have a reaction (redness, or a red bumpy rash) to the detergent you can use any type you would like.

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First three months definitely there should be special baby laundry detergent.

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There are several hypoallergenic detergents available. I've always had great results w/ Arm & Hammer which offers a hypo alternative. I agree w/ J.J. & Jessica. Just as w/ foods for a baby, it's much harder to determine if reactions are allergic or another condition, illness, etc. I took the safe bet w/ all 3 of my children & used as much natural & hypoallergenic products possible through their 1st years. Ultimately, it's the dyes & fragrances that cause reactions w/ skin & respiratory. It's also good to reference your pediatrician on preventative practices.

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User in Tampa, FL
May 2, 2017

There's detergent that is baby sensitive, I would look into that just to be safe, you don't know if your baby will catch a reaction to the feel of the materials

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User in Napa, CA
May 2, 2017

I just buy any detergent that is odor/perfume free. Just in case your little one has sensitive skin.

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Hello, Dreft Baby Detergent is your best option You can google it and print out coupons. BJ's also carries it and has coupons. However if that's not an option you should use a detergent with no dyes or perfumes. ALL Free & Clear Detergent. Is a good brand. and just either use half the amount or put through extra rinse cycle. If clothes are Moistened with baby spit up. soak immediately so not to stain.

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You should definitely use organic, baby detergent. At least for the first year. In addition, it is best to switch to organic baby wash and skin products as well. Just to ensure you are providing the best possible option for your little one. I personally use this brand https://wotnot.com.au/collecti... and it has proven to be quite reliable.

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