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before s/he wears them for the first time?

I know everyone washes all the newborn clothes before the baby wears them. I've continued that & still wash all new stuff before he gets to wear it. But, I was just wondering, when do others stop doing this? Have you stopped yet? If not, when do you think you will?

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I always wash everyone's new clothes before we wear them.
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I wash everything new, for everyone in my family, and always have. I'm not a germaphobe, but I don't know what kinds of chemicals might be on them, or who has been handling them.

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I always wash everyone's new clothes before we wear them.
: I also wash everybody's 2nd hand clothes before wearing them the first time.

The only things I don't pre-wash are underpants that come in sealed packages, and socks and bras (even if they've been hanging on a busy store rack, unsealed). I probably pre-washed the newborn sized socks, since I was washing everything else for baby and it was easy to toss the socks in with the rest of the load- but by the time the baby needed more socks (either becuase she or he had outgrown the newborn size, or because they fell off and got lost and needed to be replaced) I didn't bother pre-washing them.

Oh, and I no longer pre-wash anything of DD1's. She usually washes them herself. So I guess the answer to your initial question is "I stop pre-washing baby's clothes when she starts doing her own laundry. "

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I wash all clothing for everyone before anyone wears it. Often garments have finishing sprays on the fabric (ever wonder why garments are so nicely "pressed" looking at stores?) and since I dont know what/where the articles have been its just easier to wash before hand plus the fabric usually feels better after all that stuff is out of it.
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I wash everything that is new to us before we wear it.

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I wash everything that is new to us before we wear it.
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Me too. Well, mostly everything. DH usually gets sweatshirts and hoodies on his back before I get a chance.

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I wash everything before using it. The fabric has been stored in warehouses with rat poison and treated with who knows what kinds of chemicals.

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I'm hit or miss with this. I'm less likely to wash something I purchase "new" from a store for us or the toddler. Unless I bring it home & am doing laundry right away. On the other hand, I always wash underwear & socks before wearing them. I know, I"m a wierdo.

As for consignment things, usually yes, but just yesterday DS2 puked all over himself and instead of running upstairs to get something new, I threw on the cute outfit I had just got from the upscale consignment shop in our area. I have no rationalle for it really.
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Heck I've been washing most of my own clothing for years before wearing it the first time and I'm a dirty, stinky, sweaty old dude. :-p New clothes almost always seem to have a chemical smell. Plus you can never really be too sure that even packaged "new" clothing hasn't actually been worn and returned by someone, and things I buy on the rack I don't even really want to think about other people trying on when I see some of the other people shopping around me (think shoes, then think of market street in San Francisco!).

I guess I won't be quite as protective when he's getting dirtier than his clothes and I can see making exceptions: like going to a ball game and getting a jersey he'd probably want to wear it right away and I think that would be fine. But as a general policy I think most everything will still be going through the washer first forever.

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I always* do

*unless they are new clothes/pjs for DS and he absolutely HAS to wear them THIS instant

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I wash everyone's clothing before wearing. Never know what happened to it before it got to me!
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Thanks for all the input! You've all sufficiently grossed me out!
Well, not really, but enough that I will continue pre-washing all his clothes. And I'll start washing all mine & DP's too before we wear them. I guess I hadn't really thought to before, but will now.

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I pre-wash EVERYTHING. I am not phobic about germs or "toxins", and I didn't always do this (I used to sometimes wear socks or underwear straight from the store) but then I realized what the manufacturing and supply chain of clothing actually looked like, and how much weird stuff I wouldn't want on my skin was likely to be in new textiles.

And I wash used stuff just because I don't know how it's been stored or washed previously (I don't use fabric softener.) - not because I am really worried about dirt or anything. I figure dirt and germs are the least of our problems.

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I also wash everything, new or 2nd hand, before any of us wear it.

But wanted to add, our childbirth class instructor said we should wash all non-organic cotton baby clothes twice before wearing because of the pesticides.
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I'm with everyone else. I prewash everything. But I have a more immediate reason - I'll get hives if I don't.

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I always wash everyone's new clothes before we wear them.
Yep, all kinds of dyes and chemicals.. loose threads, packing materials, etc.
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New clothes are treated with formaldehyde, which is often called "sizing". It repells dirt, prevents wrinkles and fading. It's a poison and carcinogen. I'm allergic to it and have to wash new clothing and bedding about 6 times before I can touch it w/o having a bad reaction. Darker clothing I may have to wash even more times, as it seems to be harder to get it out.

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New clothes are treated with formaldehyde, which is often called "sizing". It repells dirt, prevents wrinkles and fading. It's a poison and carcinogen. I'm allergic to it and have to wash new clothing and bedding about 6 times before I can touch it w/o having a bad reaction. Darker clothing I may have to wash even more times, as it seems to be harder to get it out.
Yep, this. We have sensitive skin in my family but even if we didn't I would still wash first. Clothes are too rough if they aren't washed first.

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We wash first also, everything, I break out in a rash trying clothes on at the store and I'm intensely grossed out by the thought of chemicals all over stuff.

Even though we have more money now than we have ever had, we buy 95% of our clothes used. Many items at Goodwill and The Salvation Army Store are in excellent condition! Reusing clothes seems quite logical for us. The exceptions are underwear, bras and pants and when I find an occasional super deal on the clearance rack. It's just too hard to find pants for my husband in his waist/length combo.

Used clothes get several cycles through the wash because I can't get rid of that GROSS overpowering scent of cheap fabric softener! My sense of smell is acute and it drives me nuts, makes my eyes water, etc.
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I always wash everyone's new clothes before we wear them.
Yep. I have a friend in the garment industry,clothes can be sprayed with sizing and such so they hang well on the hanger.
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I wash everyone's clothes first even mine (I hate that new clothes smell and feel). And secondhand ones often smell of fabric softener, febreeze, etc. so I wash those too (usually twice).

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I pre-wash everything I buy for everybody, new or used, sealed or unsealed. Even the underwear in the sealed packs--hubby is the only one who does not do this.

I just don't know what went on in the factory that put them there and really, I'm *always* doing a load anyway so it's not really that hard to just toss the new stuff in.

plus with used stuff you don't know where it came from or if it was washed before you got it usually (barring stuff from friends)

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it all depends on your little one.

my oldest (6 years) has sensitive skin, so i still need to prewash her clothes.
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I was everything before it's worn also. For the whole family.
I once had to put a pair of socks on DS moment after we bought them, and I felt really bad, thinking about what kind of nasties could be on them.

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I wash everything new, for everyone in my family, and always have. I'm not a germaphobe, but I don't know what kinds of chemicals might be on them, or who has been handling them.
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I'm a washer...my dh loves to wear new clothing with the sizing still in them but it's chemicals and ick that I don't want absorbed by my kids' skin!!

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Obviously this thread is seriously making me rethink my philosophy on this, but...

I have never pre-washed anything for my kids or my family or myself, nor do I recall my parents ever doing this for us...my mom did wash a bunch of onsies for DD during the first week, but the rest I have just opened up the gifts and put them on her.

I have never had any reaction to new clothes, nor has DS or DH and so far neither has DD.

I have never thought about it before...but I am thinking now.

So...for those who wash EVERYTHING before you wear it, does that go for Dry clean only too? Do you take things to the cleaners before you use them? Do you have quilts and duvet covers dry cleaned before using them?

I seriously can say with all certainty and sincerity this has NEVER occurred to me before now.

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