Do/did you wash your baby's clothes seperately?

United States
December 3, 2007 11:20am CST
I always did, and I still do. My son is 14 months old. I don't know why I do it, because I use the same mild detergent for him as for the rest of the laundry. I am starting to think that maybe I don't need to separate his things anymore- except maybe the bibs that have food on them. At what age did you or will you stop separating your child's laundry?
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@tryxiness (4548)
• Philippines
3 Dec 07
Well, in the case of my nephew, I am beginning to combine his stuff to the adults laundry. :P
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• United States
3 Dec 07
How old is he?
@tryxiness (4548)
• Philippines
4 Dec 07
He is 13 months old. :)
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@luvstochat (6911)
• United States
3 Dec 07
I always washed my babies clothes seperately I used Dreft on my baby clothes. It made the clothes smell really good. I never washed them with my husbands oily clothes that is for sure.
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• United States
3 Dec 07
My husband's work clothes get washed separately too. I used Dreft once, but didn't find it to be any better than the detergent I use for my clothes.
• United States
3 Dec 07
I washed the kids' clothes separately but only because I did them at a different time then my laundry. Plus it made it easier to sort out. But I never used any kind of special detergent on their clothes (we use All free and clear for everything). I have no problem mixing their clothes in with mine, except for the stuff my kids pee in and leave without telling me (my middle 2 kids wet the bed). Because it smells and makes everything in the wash smell and I have to use special additives to get the smell out. Blech.
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• United States
3 Dec 07
It definitely makes it easier for sorting, his clothes are so small. That is probably why I still separate it.
@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
3 Dec 07
My daughter just turned one and I did a test to see if her skin could handle our laundry detergent about a month ago. So far so good. I was using ALL free and clear separately for her until that time. I still have some left so I'm using it up, but I use fabric softener for her clothes now too. I usually just suggest washing a onesie or sleeper in your laundry soap and then try it out. If it bothers their skin, it won't take long to show. =)
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• United States
3 Dec 07
That's the thing, I have always used the same detergent for my son as for the rest of my laundry, so I know the detergent won't bother him. I do dry his clothes on low, though, because a couple of things have shrunk, so now I just do it all the time. I have never used fabric softener for my son's clothes because it says not to on the package- it can make them less fire resistant.
• United States
3 Dec 07
I have a two year old and a 5 month old and I have never separate there close from mine. I have never had a problem with them.
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@SViswan (12065)
• India
18 Dec 07
I did it till my older son was 3. I use a mild detergent for the baby clothes and I use the same mild detergent for certain delicate clothes of mine. But I never wash them together. Now that I have a 1 year old, I wash his clothes separately too. I use cloth nappies for my son at home and wouldn't want to wash those with the rest of our clothes. I have a separate laundry basket for baby and don't really need to sort when I am doing laundry.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
17 Dec 07
i do...also to conserve on the expensive baby safe detergent...but also because their clothes is so darn little...its too easy for socks to get stuck in things and never see again! i stopped doing it when my son was about 3...but i think this is because we were living in a place with no washer and dryer and i hated going to the laundromat anymore than neccessary, so would just wash it all together at once
@bowtieguy (5917)
• United States
13 Dec 07
We used to wash everything together, of course those were simpler times and there wern't as many thing to consider as there are these days.
@xreesex (117)
• United States
4 Dec 07
I used to, because I used special detergent to wash my son's clothes. But he's 5 now, and so there is no need. I believe I stopped when He was around 1, 1 1/2. I can't recall exactly though.
• India
4 Dec 07
till my baby was one year i wash my baby clothes separetly using mild liquid detergents and then rinsing them off with dettol-to disinfect.
• Indonesia
4 Dec 07
Definitely..I always afraid that something that by accident attach in my clothes would cause to my baby..But I have funny thing happened. I was having a little trouble with taking care my 4 month old baby and taking care of the house at the same time, so I decided to have a maid. I instructed to my maid that she have to wash my baby's clothes separately with others. But one day I found that she washed it together with my clothes. I told her once again about it. But few days after that I even found that my maid wash it together with my bed cover. Oh..my..God..I was so furious..I was so mad at her.
• United States
4 Dec 07
I never separated our son's clothes from ours. I just threw everything in (according to color). I use very little detergent and a mild one at that, so when he was really little I looked for skin irritation. Him not having one, I didn't worry about making laundry (a chore I hate as it is) harder.
• United States
4 Dec 07
My son's only 6 months old now...and I used to do his separate all the time, using the special all natural baby detergents and softeners. Now, I use the same detergents and softeners for myself anyway, so I sometimes wash ours together. His are so tiny, it's hard to make enough for a whole load, so I'll throw in some of my stuff that isn't too dirty! I still use the specials soaps, because I think he may have sensitive skin like I do. I'm not sure if you have a Meijer where you live, but the ones I use are the Meijer Naturals detergent and softener. They make a detergent especially for babies that smells really really good, and a softener that's hypoallergenic and scent and dye free!
@moneyandgc (3429)
• United States
4 Dec 07
I have always washed my children's clothing with mine, except for the intial washing right before they are born. This is when I take the tags off of everything and it makes its own load of laundry. I use the Free and Clear detergent for everyone anyway. While down visiting my parents they had a huge bottle of Free and Clear that had a spout. When it got near empty my dad decided to pour this bottle of blue detergent in it because he really liked the spout on the big bottle. My daughter was about 11 months old and I washed a load of her clothes. The next day I dressed her from something out of that load of laundry and her whole body got red and patchy. This is when we figured out that she is sensitive to other laundry detergents. I rinsed her clothes in hot water 2 or 3 times and re-dried them, then she was fine!
@skinnychick (6906)
• United States
4 Dec 07
Nope never did with either of my kids- though I use All Baby for everyones clothes! It has a nice clean smell to it but it's still gentle!
• United States
4 Dec 07
Since we don't have a washer or dryer, I always take my clothes over to my mom's house. If I'm in a hurry, I will make sure the kids' laundry is done before I start mine. We use the same detergent for our laundry as we do with the kids' clothes. I was always told that it's not the kind of soap, it's the amount of DIFFERENT soaps that is introduced to them.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
3 Dec 07
My daughters clothes mostly get washed by themselves only because hers are not the same colors as everyone else's clothes. I used All Free and Clear on her clothes for the first 3 months, but after that I switched her to regular laundry soap and she never had a problem.
@nica269 (1399)
• United States
3 Dec 07
I still wash his clothes separately. I too use the same detergent and everything else as with our clothes, but I guess I just feel better washing his clothes separately. Maybe because I can keep track of it better. I think i'll keep doing that until he's old enough to wash his own clothes and put it away. I'm going to teach him to wash and put away his own clothes, just like my mom did with me.
@ebsharer (5515)
• United States
3 Dec 07
all laundry soap - all laundry soap on a washer
I did because like you I used a different detergent on my daughters clothing. Once a couple of her things got put into the adults laundry and I realized she was ok with the detergent I started doing them together. I have sooo many clothes to wash I really do not have time to separate hers from every one else’s.
• United States
3 Dec 07
Ive never seperated my childrens laundry from mine. My husbands work clothes get their own load, but everything else goes in together. I dont see the point of seperating them. Its not as if my bigger clothes are going to somehow harm their clothes. The only time they are washed alone is when they were first bought, or pulled from storage.