How to wash your baby’s bedding: tips you need to know

Babies sleep up to 18 hours a day, so caring for your baby's bedding becomes increasingly important. Read on for top tips on how to wash baby bedding!

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Before bringing a newborn home from the hospital, creating a safe sleeping environment should be one of the top priorities. This includes washing your baby’s sheets before use with baby-safe laundry products, such as Persil Non-Bio detergent, and a fabric softener like Comfort Pure.

Key steps 

  1. As a general rule, sheets can be washed at 60°, although always check the care label of individual items.
  2. Make sure sheets are thoroughly dried through to avoid mould spores from growing.
  3. Wash bedding around once or twice a week, but always have a fresh set to hand in case of accidents.
  4. For best results, pre-treat stains before putting them in the wash.

Washing your baby’s bedding is one of those everyday chores of parenting, like changing diapers or breastfeeding. While these may seem like small tasks, as parents we want to get them right to make sure our little ones are always well looked after. This article covers everything you need to know from how often to change baby bedding, to  washing baby blankets and other useful tips!

Washing baby bedding

If you’re wondering how to wash baby bedding, the best place to start is choosing an appropriate detergent. As sheets and blankets are going to be next to the baby’s delicate skin for long periods of time, it’s important to wash them in a gentle detergent. Non-bio and hypoallergenic detergents are great options, such as Persil Non-Bio. In the case of fabric softeners opt for products like Comfort Pure, which will help keep sheets soft and fresh.

As for machine settings, when you’re washing baby bedding sets and blankets, always follow the instructions on the item’s label. As a general rule, however, sheets can be washed at a hotter setting (like 60°). Once washed be sure to air dry thoroughly, as this can prevent mould spores from forming.

Washing baby blankets

It’s important to get newborn bedding advice on washing blankets as well as regular sheets. Luckily, most can go in the washing machine but, if the fabric is particularly delicate, opt for lower temperature settings. You could also try putting smaller blankets in a mesh bag, as this will prevent it from snagging on other items in the wash. Always be sure to check the label for tips from the makers, as some materials need to be hand-washed or put on a gentler cycle!

How often do I need to change the baby’s bedding?

It’s equally important to know how to wash baby blankets as the frequency with which to do so! In general, this will vary on things like temperature and type of fabric, but it’s usually worth washing bedding around once or twice a week. Even if the sheets look clean, it’s easy for dust mites, sweat, and tiny spillages to build up. Of course, bigger accidents will mean you need to change the bedding more often, so it’s always worth having a fresh set of sheets to hand just in case! (Pro-tip: a waterproof under-sheet or mattress protector is worth it!)

Removing stains from baby bedding

No article full of baby bedding tips would be complete without some information on stain removal. Babies are messy little things, so it’s likely that bedding will get stained. Don’t worry, most can be easily removed with a quick pre-soak in warm water and a bit of gentle detergent. Avoid scrubbing, as this can damage fabric; simply dab on the detergent and then pop in your regular wash.

Parenting is a tough job, so don’t let washing your baby’s bedding cause any more stress! By using a gentle detergent, and following the item’s label instructions, you’ll be sure to keep your children’s fabrics beautifully fresh and clean.

For more information on the ingredients in products mentioned in this tip, visit What’s in Unilever Products here.

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