At what age can I start washing my baby’s clothes with regular detergent?
By: Heidi Román, MD, FAAP
It is commonly recommended for
baby clothes and blankets to be washed separately with a gentle
detergent, however, the reality is that this is not necessary for
Even during the newborn period, you can start washing your baby's clothes with the same detergent you use for the rest of the family
(which definitely makes things easier and saves money!). It is also a good idea to wash your baby's
new clothes and blankets prior to using them.
Some babies have more sensitive skin or conditions such as
eczema (atopic dermatitis).
If your baby develops skin irritation that you believe is related to laundry detergent, try using a detergent that is fragrance- and dye-free.
If you are concerned about skin irritation, skip the fabric softener and dryer sheets. These products typically contain fairly potent fragrances and there is some concern regarding their potential for toxicity.
About Dr. Román:
Heidi Román, MD, FAAP is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a pediatrician at Children's Medical Center of Dallas. Dr. Román is passionate about providing high quality primary care for children and enjoys teaching medical students and residents. She is interested in the use of new technologies to improve care and communication with patients and families. Dr. Román blogs about child health, parenting, and medicine at MyTwoHats.com. She lives with her husband and son in Dallas, Texas.