I can't remember what we did with my daughter's birth re: the baking of linens. I think we might have baked them, but I'm not positive.
I've heard since that it's unnecessary, but I did wash everything in hot water before packing it away for the birth. I'm wondering if I should clean the supplies a little more with the oven thing.....
BTW, my house is not particularly sanitary, so I'm thinking that maybe it's silly. There are drifts of dog and cat hair under the furniture, and sand tracked in daily by the kids.
Momma to DD (12/04) and DS (11/09) .
I survived 16 mos! Ask me about breastfeeding a baby with posterior tongue tie, high palate, and weak oral motor skills- whew!
Now things that are meant to go in their mouth (artificial nippes and toys)... I'd sanitize those.
This Mommy and Military Daddy are loving their son.
DS born Dec 2010 Pregnant with #2, having another !
I've never had to bake the towels/blankets, but I think they would get thrown in the dryer to warm them up if it was cool in the house.
My MWs have used a heating pad to warm blankets in the room during the birth. That worked quite nicely and no one had to run to the kitchen - or risk catching the towels on fire.
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.
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