Saturday, July 2, 2011

** This post is about preparing for Bennett.  If you would rather not read, I understand. **

Answer some questions for me - please?

This whole wash the clothes before the baby arrives thing - is it necessary?  I did it before Charlotte was born, but then she never wore them so I ended up with tons of clothes, no tags and no receipts.  Plus, so much of what I had was past the acceptable return window I couldn't return them anyway.

Not like I've kept a record of receipts this time around, but I do know they are all floating around in the nursery somewhere ... although for quite a few things I'm already past the return window.  Every time I think about washing the clothes and putting them away I hit that huge "what if" wall.  How awful will it be to have bins of boy and girl baby clothes shoved away in the attic?

The nesting mama in me, who has really asserted herself of late, wants to cut tags, wash clothes, fold and put away clothes and blankets, have everything organized and ready, but the practical side of me isn't so sure now is the right time.  Which leads me to another question: If I washed them now would it be too soon?

One more question: I washed the crib sheets, receiving blankets etc. before Charlotte was born.  Do I need to wash them all again?  They've been sitting in drawers in the nursery for over a year, surely they don't need another wash ... ?

Reading over this I realize how absolutely inane and inconsequential of a post it is, but my brain is in overactive prepare for baby mode and I can't turn it off. Part of me wants to only wash the clothes for the hospital, but the controlling side of me who is slightly obsessive about things being in their proper place wants everything prepared for Bennett now.  And for some reason delivering in a hospital in another city is making me feel more anxious about having everything washed, put away, organized, and ready for a newborn.

11 comments:

  1. I don't have a rainbow, but I too did the clothes before Jack arrived, I think around week 34/35.

    My plan, should we get our chance, would be to re-wash everything: bed linens, receiving blankets, etc. Just because of dust, and you want freshly washed stuff.

    I also plan to wash my car seat covers, and the lining of my bassinet portion of my stroller, since Jack slept in there.

    As for clothes, I washed Jack's nb-3 month old stuff. I don't regret that. Sure I have little boy stuff I can't return, but in all honesty, I had stuff with tags and receipts and I couldn't bring myself to return ANY of them. Plus, in those first few days, they go through a ton of clothes and you will not be in any shape to wanna wash 'em. :)

    Can't believe you are getting close enough to be thinking about this stuff! :)

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  2. I would probably not do the washing this early. I would rather have things more freshly washed. Also, it's hard to know what size your baby is going to be and how fast he'll grow after he's born. My first one was in preemie/newborn clothes for a couple of months, and my second was growing out of those things before we got home from the hospital. And both were born on their due dates! So I would sort the clothes for washing (based on color/fabric just like I would later) and have them ready to go into the wash, but only have a few outfits and all your pajamas/onesies washed and ready to go before you hit your due-window.

    As for the linens and things that were washed before, I would probably re-wash them (but not this early), but if they smell OK and aren't dusty I might not. The main thing about washing stuff before using it the first time is that they use a lot of formaldehyde in textile manufacturing and you want to make sure that doesn't get on your baby.

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  3. I did the washing before Otis as well, but won't be doing any washing this time around - partly superstition, partly "just because" -- the experience of anticipation is so different when you've lost your firstborn. I jokingly tell my bff (who will be flying down and spending ten days with us both before and after my scheduled c-section) that her job when we go to the hospital for surgery is to bring everything up from the garage/basement, wash what's needed to be washed, set up what needs to be set up, etc. But there's an element of truth in there - I just can't get past how hard it was to take everything down last time and don't want to be coming home empty armed to a house full of baby stuff again this year.

    But I think if you have the urge or desire, then by all means, go ahead. I would likely rewash the sheets but that can likely be done even the day/days you come home if you needed to; same with the clothes, other than the ones you plan to pack in the hospital bag...if you want to do it early, I think I'd do it closer to week 36 or so, so that everything is freshly washed.

    sending much love as you get closer!

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  4. I was advised by my midwife to wash all new garments before the initial wearing as most commercially manufactured items will still be tainted with finishing dyes and detergents. A good hot wash helps to remove pesticide residue, formaldehyde, and other such unpleasant junk.

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  5. Wash them, or don't wash them. Wash them now, or wash them later. Do it yourself, or get a friend/family member to help. None of it really matters, just do what feels right to you. I pre-washed all of the stuff I had pre-washed for Hope when I was about 35w preg with Angus. It felt like a huge, stupid leap of faith, but the sun was shining, I knew I'd get it dry and I figured, it needed to be done if he was going to live on us. And he did. If he didn't well, it would have felt just the same way it did with his sister. But it wouldn't have changed anything.
    I understand the dilemma and I just want you to know there is no easy or right or wrong answer. Just do what you can, ask for help when you need it.
    Much love to you.
    xo

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  6. I do not have this issue because when we lost Charlotte, I had washed all the clothes but they were hand-me-downs from her big sister Lorelei. Since I am having another girl I will re-wash everything again but they the same hand-me-downs.

    If I was in your position I would pick out a few favorite items that would last you first day home so that you or your husband could wash the rest the day you got home. I would feel the same way as you, like I was sort of jinxing something by washing everything.

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  7. Angela- I just washed the newborn cloths I am going to use right away. I am on the fence about washing new cloths too. But I did the NB ones. I will just wash as needed is what I am thinking. IDK...

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  8. I think it's smart to have clothes washed before baby comes home. I had everything washed and in the closet by size. 0-3, 3-6, and 6-12. (don't need much 0-3 stuff) I did it pretty early too, probably about 30ish weeks. I would personally re-wash the crib sheets and receiving blankets. But I am a clean freak. :)

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  9. I think it's smart to have clothes washed before baby comes home. I had everything washed and in the closet by size. 0-3, 3-6, and 6-12. (don't need much 0-3 stuff) I did it pretty early too, probably about 30ish weeks. I would personally re-wash the crib sheets and receiving blankets. But I am a clean freak. :)

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  10. I was advised by my midwife to wash all new garments before the initial wearing as most commercially manufactured items will still be tainted with finishing dyes and detergents. A good hot wash helps to remove pesticide residue, formaldehyde, and other such unpleasant junk.

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  11. I would probably not do the washing this early. I would rather have things more freshly washed. Also, it's hard to know what size your baby is going to be and how fast he'll grow after he's born. My first one was in preemie/newborn clothes for a couple of months, and my second was growing out of those things before we got home from the hospital. And both were born on their due dates! So I would sort the clothes for washing (based on color/fabric just like I would later) and have them ready to go into the wash, but only have a few outfits and all your pajamas/onesies washed and ready to go before you hit your due-window.

    As for the linens and things that were washed before, I would probably re-wash them (but not this early), but if they smell OK and aren't dusty I might not. The main thing about washing stuff before using it the first time is that they use a lot of formaldehyde in textile manufacturing and you want to make sure that doesn't get on your baby.

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thank you!

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