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#1 of 14 Old 03-16-2001, 06:15 PM
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Ok ladies now that I have started getting the baby's room ready what do I do about the clothes that I already have?

Do I wash them in Dreft of something like it?
Do I wash them in what I use for my clothes?
Is Liquid softner okay?

What should I use?
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I wash everything of Emily's in Dreft -- before she was born and now. Regular detergents are too strong for baby's skin and softeners have too much fragrance. Until I stopped nursing, I also washed my tops in Dreft. I have checked the contents of the "generic" brands of baby detergent and they list fragrance in their ingredients, therefore I have just stuck with Dreft. If you have a Target store by you, I have found their prices to be the best and they also take coupons.
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I used dret the first time before I brought Austin home!! And then i realized that the clothes aren't as soft if ya don't use softner.. so to see if he was going to be allergic.. I just washed a few onsies in a load of my clothes and used softner.. he wasn't allergic.. now I just use the detergant I use for my clothes do I don't have to spend even more money!

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I also used Dreft for the first few months. After the first big box ran out, I started using regular detergent. I only use Tide Free and Bounce Free, so there wasn't alot of difference.

But it just seemed right to start out with Dreft.
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Well I feel like a horrible mother because I only used Tide! My boys did fine with it though.

I hate it when you figure out stuff you should have done way after, and when it's too late!!

Not much help here Tricia, but I have heard very good things about Dreft.
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I just stuck with Dreft because Emily has sensitive skin -- she has gotten a couple of light rashes from things, so I haven't taken a chance with other detergents yet.
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I never used Dreft on any of Christian's clothes. At the grocery store I went to when he was just born it was almost 9.00 so I had to pass. I have to say that the grocery Store we went to was really expensive on everything

I read in the What to Expect The First Years that if you use liquid soap it will work just as good because the stuff does not stick to the clothes. We just used the stuff with no fragrance. Christian never had any problems with it.

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With Kayla I used Dreft for about the first six months, with Alyssa I used one box and then with Jordan I have only used Tide. All the kids get sensitive and dry skin from me but we have more of a problem with liquid detergent and the Tide seems to work great and I think it gets the clothes cleaner.
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I use Purex. I never wash Austin's clothes in with ours. He has never had a problem with the detergent or softener.
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I figured that since I was allergic to frangrences and used stuff like Tide-Free, the babies could too. Finding a softener that I could use has always been tricky. I thought that the kid could suffer. I was not going to buy special stuff for her/him and have someone like DH or MIL mess up my clothes. None of the kids have suffered, though I can tell when MIL comes in and does my laundry for me!
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I've never used anything other than the regular family liquid laundry detergent and never had any problems with them. If either of my girls had sensitive skin, I'd do things differently. But, since they don't, I might as well get them used to "our world" early.
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Dreft and Bounce Free - from day one and still using them both. Ryan and I have a swim class and I usually throw my swimsuit in with his clothes and the Dreft is very gently on the suit too! A little hint for when that bundle arrives and starts staining those clothes - Clorox 2. I kept a little squirt bottle with a 30% Clorox2 & 70%water solution in the nursery. As soon as I removed stained stretchies and onsies I would squirt some on the stain and place them in the hamper. Regardless of when they were washed the stain always came out.
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We were told to use Baby Soft or Ivory Snow for babies.
When that bottle is done, you can switch to the detergent you use for your clothing.
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Yeah, I used Dreft for the first time . . . it worked pretty well . . . i thought.
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