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Can you put baby clothes in the washing machine?


It's easy for a baby to go through a few changes of clothes (not to mention diapers). But is it safe to toss everything in the wash?
It's easy for a baby to go through a few changes of clothes (not to mention diapers). But is it safe to toss everything in the wash?
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If you're a new or soon-to-be parent, you've (hopefully) been exposed to the many safety concerns regarding babies, and you know what to do: Back is best, bumpers are questionable, no blankets for the first year, no toys that can fit in a teeny-tiny throat.

But laundry? If ever there were a seemingly harmless process, it's washing clothes. Water, cleanser, some effective drying method -- what can go wrong?

Most of the time, nothing. Washing baby clothes is not a complicated process. It may not, however, be the exact same process you use to wash your clothes. Babies, and especially newborns, have some specific needs that can affect the way you do their laundry.

First, let's be clear: This is not something to lose sleep over. All it takes to ensure a baby-friendly wash is a bit of knowledge, an eye to labels and perhaps a few extra minutes.

To begin with, the basic question of technique: Is it OK to just throw those onesies in the machine?


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