Q&A: Should I wash new baby clothes before use?
Do I need to wash new clothes before letting my children wear them? I've heard that sometimes clothes are treated with chemicals; but I've also wondered if it is just a waste of time, electricity, and water to wash perfectly clean (and brand new!) clothes before dressing my little ones.
Many clothing manufacturers may treat clothes with chemicals before shipping to prevent wrinkling or mildew. As a rule of thumb, washing new clothes before you wear them is probably a good idea. It will not only remove any possible chemicals, but also remove dye that could come off on your skin.
Babies especially have very sensitive skin so laundering the clothes before they wear them is highly recommended. If an item of clothing has dye that may run, it is usually recommended to launder it separately. (See 5 Steps to a Greener Nursery for more advice on keep Baby chemical free.)
Comfort is another reason that new clothes should be laundered. Not only will remove any possible chemicals, but also the clothes will be less stiff and more comfortable for your little ones. No complaints or fussing over itchy new clothes! So although you may be doing an extra load of laundry, the benefits will be worth it.