by Staff Writer
Your little bundle of joy deserves the cleanest possible baby bedding. Not only is clean baby bedding more attractive in your nursery, but it can also be healthier for your baby. Washing baby sheets and blankets frequently can help prevent illness and skin irritation from dirty bedding. Ensuring that you clean your baby bedding properly can be intimidating, but there's no need to panic. Take a look at the hints below to learn how to wash baby bedding.
Remove all the bedding from the crib: You'll want to wash everything in the crib. Depending on the type and style of your crib bedding, this may include untying the crib bumper, removing the bed skirt and taking the fitted sheet off of the mattress.
Place in washing machine: Place all baby bedding of similar colors in your washing machine. You may need to wash more than one load to adequately wash the nursery bedding. If your baby bedding includes pillowcases and shams, remove those and place them in the washing machine as well.
Add detergent: Make sure to add a small amount of a mild laundry detergent that is specifically formulated for baby laundry before beginning the wash cycle. Too much detergent or too harsh detergent can fade or wear the crib linens and can cause skin irritation as well.
Choose water temperature: When you're choosing settings for the wash cycle, consider warm or hot water, as it will help better disinfect the baby bedding. The more soiled the sheets are, the hotter you will want the water to be.
Dry the bedding: Once the baby bedding is washed, it's time to dry it. If you're using a clothes dryer, avoid scented dryer sheets, as they can irritate baby skin. You can also air-dry the bedding using a clothesline. To prevent mildew, make sure the sheets are completely dry before putting them in the crib.
Replace the bedding: After the baby bedding has finished drying, properly replace all pieces in the crib. If your baby is 12 months old or younger, you should only use a fitted sheet in the crib. Older babies can safely sleep with additional sheets, blankets, bumpers and pillows.