Making sure your baby’s clothes are beautifully clean can often feel like an uphill battle, especially when you start weaning her on to solids.
And it is not just sleep-suits and bibs that you need to keep clean – what about those favourite toys that she insists on putting straight in her mouth?
Here are some top tips on caring for your baby’s belongings:
All major brand detergents are thoroughly tested so are safe to use on a baby’s clothes. Some detergents have been specially formulated for use on baby clothes. Whatever washing powder you use, always buy a good quality brand and check if it says it is hypoallergenic.
You don't need to clean her toys every day - in fact it is better for your baby’s immune system if she is exposed to some everyday dirt and germs. A good test is whether you would be prepared to put the toy in your mouth – if you aren't then get cleaning.
However, if there is an infection in the household such as a cough or cold or a vomiting and diarrhoea bug, then you will need to clean them frequently to prevent the infection from spreading.
Dummies or soothers or pacifiers should be sterilised regularly, even if they haven’t been dropped or touched by anything other than your baby.
Make sure that any dummy you buy is suitable for either sterilising solution or boiling water sterilising.