In partnership with Dreft purtouch, I’m excited to talk about tiny baby clothes today! One of the things I enjoy most during my bouts of pregnancy nesting is preparing everything for the baby. Before both Vienna and Sebastian were born, I remember going through all their clothes and blankets, new and hand-me-down, and organizing by size. Then I washed the smallest sizes that we’d use in the beginning, stack them perfectly in the dresser, and stand back to enjoy the neat piles of tiny pajamas, onesies, little pants, sweaters, socks, and hats.
Why pre-wash clothes that are perfectly new though?
Companies often use an industrial washing machine to preshrink our clothes to make our lives easier but then sometimes manufacturers put other things on it after they’re washed. Babies are sometimes sensitive to the “sizing,” a finish manufacturers put on new clothes to keep them looking nice in the store. Even if your baby’s skin isn’t sensitive to the chemicals and dyes used in manufacturing, the shipping process can be dirty too. New clothes can come in contact with dirt, bugs, and rodents as well as the pesticides to keep them at bay. There’s also quite a few hands that touch brand new clothes, from the manufacturing process to being stocked in stores – you never know what’s been on people’s hands or if they’ve fallen on the floor.
I can’t imagine putting all that on my precious baby boy’s skin, so I try to prewash every fabric that comes in contact with him, from onesies and socks to swaddles and baby gear (the Dockatot, 4moms bouncer, BabyBjorn bouncer, and my ring slings). I make an effort to be mindful of my own clothes too, since he comes in contact with them when I hold him.
I’ve been using the new Dreft purtouch to continue washing Sebi’s baby clothes and blankets – it’s 65% plant-based, hypoallergenic, and made with naturally-derived ingredients to be gentler on his skin. The formula is free of dyes, chlorine, phosphates, ethanolamine, and optical brighteners. And the new scent in Dreft purtouch is their same familiar yummy baby fragrance but lighter. Clothes have only ever come out of the machine in anything less than perfect condition once, and that was because there was a problem with the machine itself. Luke’s Appliance Repair was soon able to fix it so I could continue to reap the benefits of this fantastic product.
I use a regular detergent for my husband’s work clothes, our bedding and towels, etc., but I use the Dreft purtouch for my kid’s stuff. From the very first wash, to every wash thereafter, Dreft purtouch is formulated to be gentler on a baby’s skin while still providing an effective clean.
Dreft has kindly offered to give away a 75 ounce bottle of Dreft purtouch. To enter, 1. Subscribe to Bond Girl Glam, 2. Follow @Dreft on Instagram, and 3. Comment on this blog post with the funniest thing you’ve done while in nesting mode (leave your IG username in your comment). Mine was to replace chipped dishes and missing cutlery back up to 8 pieces each, which is what I bought when we first got married. I don’t know why I thought it was so important to get that done before my second baby came, haha. The giveaway will run until June 7th, 2017, by end of day.
Sponsored by Dreft purtouch. Thank you for supporting the brands I love that make this blog fun to write!