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Perplexed by the challenges of being a new mom, many women focus entirely on their new bundle of joy, and don't spend much time sweating the small stuff. This can include anything and everything from a pile of dirty laundry to whether or not the bed has been made.

An important tip for new moms is to wash all of your baby's new linen, clothing and towels before using them for the first time. Not only will this ensure that everything smells delicate and fresh, it will also rid the materials of any chemical residue. Before baby clothes, accessories and linen are shipped off to their respective stores, they are sprayed with a protective spritz of formaldehyde that protects the fibres from the elements and pests during shipping. To ensure that your baby's skin is not irritated by harmful chemicals and rough fibres, run their new little wardrobe through a warm wash. Use a laundry detergent that focuses on stain removal as this will result in clean and delectably scented, soft fabrics.

We understand that getting into the rhythm of caring for a new baby can be challenging, which is why we've compiled a helpful guide on how best to wash your new born baby's linen and clothes. If you're feeling a little frazzled and need some reliable advice, take a peek at the following:

Getting Through the First Wash

From the moment that you and your little one arrive home, your laundry hamper will begin to fill up. Although it can be overwhelming, getting through the first wash need not be an impossible task. It is important to be prepared for a number of stains that will find their way onto a variety of different items, blankets and linen. Before your little bundle of joy arrives, ensure that you arm yourself with a number of intelligent detergents (especially liquids) and pre-treatments. As the washing accumulates, separate the stained items from the rest of the bundle and let them soak. Once they've soaked for 30 minutes to an hour, pop the rest of the washing into the machine and complete the cycle.

Bid Farewell to Tough Stains

Proteins and residues from creams and oils will find their way onto all and any types of clothing, blankets and linen that you use for your little one. The trick to removing all types of new-born-baby stains is to treat the stain as soon as it happens. This rule even applies to new moms who happen to be out of the house and away from the washing machine. To beat tough stains when you're out of the house – mix a small amount of detergent with some water and place into a spray bottle. If and when the mess occurs, (ensure that you have a change of clothing or a spare blanket) treat the stain immediately with the detergent. Pop it in a plastic bag and soak it when you get home.

Be Cautious of Tips and Tricks

New moms are often told that the best way in which to get rid of stains is to mix up a concoction of bleach with vinegar or ammonia. This tip is, however, a disaster waiting to happen as the combination of chemicals can create toxic fumes that are dangerous. It is always important to do some research regarding various so-called 'tips and tricks' before putting them to the test, especially when a new born baby is part of the equation.

Although overwhelming, dealing with soiled clothing and linen does not have to be a dubious task. Focus on the wellbeing of your little bundle of joy and the rest will all fall into place.

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