I have officially entered the nesting stage, where I have to wash, fold, and wash everything again in preparation for the new baby coming!
This has to be my favorite time of the entire pregnancy: the belly is "officially" plenty visible, the contractions and persistent kicks from inside remind me of a little person joining our family soon, and the anticipation is real and beyond exciting.
Honestly, I don't know what I like better, being a first time mom and counting days until I get to meet my first "wonder," or having been on that route 6 times prior, and anticipating the arrival of one more little miracle, and now having 6 more very excited little people who don't hesitate one minute to show how much they want to participate in our "baby prep".
I always really want all kids to feel included in every step of our journey to add another person to the family. While I may not be able to take them to Lamaze or Hypnobabies classes, and they can't always help with designing a nursery, I found a way to engage them and make them feel very important (because the task is!) by prepping the layette for the baby. The washing and folding have become almost a tradition. We marked our first batch off the "to-to" list this weekend!
While on the topic of preparation for the baby, I want to focus a little on the importance of Pre-washing newborn clothes and washing in general (it seems to be a very frequently asked question as well). It may seem such an obvious thing, but not every mom knows that it is important to pre-wash baby clothes, even if they are all organic. The dirt, particles, and by-products of production often linger in newborn clothing. 9 out of 10 dermatologists will tell you why it's essential to pre-wash everything that comes in contact with the baby's skin including items like slings, carriers, and wraps.
I always use a formula that is free of dyes, chlorine, phosphates and optical brighteners. A pediatrician mentioned Dreft as their number one choice of a detergent for babies' clothing. We tried it and stuck to it.
Last week I picked up a new baby's personal first container of Dreft Purtouch, a new 65% plant-based, 65% bio-based, certified through USDA BioPreferred program, baby detergent. It's hypoallergenic and very gentle on baby's skin, which is a must for me, as so many detergents, while they perform well, are loaded with chemicals that I want to avoid as much as possible.
One of the other reasons, I like Dreft is their ongoing effort to ease the impact on the environment. Things like 100% renewable wind power electricity, zero manufacturing waste to landfill sites, 100% recyclable bottles are all admirable in my eyes and are a part of the creation of Dreft Purtouch. We are leaving this planet to our children, guys. Caring about it today as much as we can, so that our children can have a good life, is very important to me and our family.
And from a practical point of view... this detergent cleans WELL! You know those milk-stains? (If you are a first-time mom, you'll find out soon!) They get removed from clothes really well! This is another point of the baby-prep pre-wash and "post-baby's-birth laundry" that I forgot to mention: I also pre-wash all my bedding, towels and a few of t-shirts and clothes that I know I will be wearing for the first few days of baby's life during that almost constant mommy/baby time, so that things that come in contact with baby's skin, especially during the first few days, are clean and safe for the little one.
Any of you do a "pre-wash prep" while nesting? Any tips you found to be helpful?
Elia couldn't wait to see what all the fuss was about!
Nadya and Yeva couldn't wait to get started with all the preparations for their new little brother.
And of course Elia had to grab the MOST interesting item there to help.
With a little help, she got the detergent in, and all ready to head to the laundry.
Elia couldn't decide which was more fun, the rotating basket, or putting the clothes into the washer.
Such eagerness to help!
All the girls were excited for a job well done, and the baby clothes were ready to go.
This post was sponsored by Dreft. All opinions are my own.