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Do I need to wash baby clothes before my newborn arrives?

This article is sponsored by Persil No-Bio & Comfort Pure.

The short answer? Yes!

It's important to wash brand new baby clothes to protect your newborn's skin from anything the clothes may have come in contact with.

Before clothes arrive at a shop, they are often stored in big old warehouses that may have a few different bugs and rodents knocking around. It's a possibility that these pests might get in to boxes and on top of the clothes.

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Also, baby clothes are sometimes sprayed with formaldehyde before being shipped, to keep them preserved and looking fresh. Chemicals and pest paw prints are not something you want on your newborn's sensitive skin!

We often get lots of hand-me-downs from friends and family and it can be tempting to skip the wash, but you don't know how long the clothes have been in storage. It's always best to give them a wash anyway.

When washing baby’s clothes for the first time, wash them separately from the rest of the family’s, and use a non-bio detergent that will be delicate on newborn skin, such as Persil Non-Bio. To make the clothes soft, use a delicately fragranced fabric conditioner which is kind to skin, such as Comfort Pure.

This article has been sponsored by Persil Non-Bio & Comfort Pure. Giving fresh and pure results at every wash, while being gentle on delicate skins. Available to purchase in all major supermarkets and grocery stores.

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Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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