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Must-Have Laundry Helpers for New Moms

Before the arrival of a new baby, it’s normal for an expectant mother to be infatuated with making preparations for baby’s arrival. This period is often referred to as nesting, and during this time, moms-to-be usually wash, dry, fold, and put away all of the clothing that has been purchased for the new baby. There’s a lot more time to spend fawning over freshly washed and dried baby pajamas before the baby is actually living with its new family. After baby arrives, it’s a whole different story, and most parents are exhausted from adjusting to a new way of life with a new little bundle of joy. Having helpful products at home can make seemingly daunting tasks (like tackling those first few loads of laundry after baby comes home) much more bearable.

Having a good working and reliable washing machine is definitely something you’ll want to have after baby arrives. Babies can make for a lot of dirty laundry, especially in those first few weeks and months of life. Being able to toss dirty and soiled clothing into a load sensing washing machine will save you so much time and money. You may want to look for a machine that has a soaking tray or presoak setting, as you may need to work on getting stains out of clothing (baby’s and yours, no doubt). If you plan to use cloth diapers, you will love being able to just toss the wet clothes directly into the washing machine, instead of storing them in a pail or a wet bag, which can lead to unpleasant odors. Best Buy has a fantastic selection of home appliances, and offers 25% off your first order for new Best Buy customers.

Not everyone can manage to purchase a washer and dryer as a set, though it is ideal. The truth is, you can live without a dryer far better than you can without a washing machine. If you have a clothes line in your backyard, put it to good use. Clothing and linens dried out in the sun and fresh air are magical! If drying your clothes outside isn’t an option, invest in a drying rack. There are many different types of drying racks available. IKEA has unique drying racks for different purposes. You might even pick up an extra laundry bag with stand for just $5.99. Placing a laundry bag in each bedroom of your home, as well as in each bathroom, will make it much easier for you to collect laundry and keep up with it.

Make sure that you have safe detergents that won’t irritate baby’s skin. There are several brands that make special detergents, especially for baby clothes. Keep all detergents, pods, and stain removal products out of reach of children at all times. If you wind up with a stain and you’re in a pinch for a stain remover, try a bit of dawn and baking soda. Just a little paste can be rubbed onto the stain, and then washed out in the washing machine. Never place stained clothing into the dryer- the heat will set the stain, and you won’t be able to work on getting it out of the fabric anymore.

Laundry is a never ending cycle, and the more children you have, the more frequently the laundry will pile up. Many families have to do at least one load a day to stay on top of it. Make yourself a laundry schedule, and try hard to stick to it. If it makes it easier, assign each member of the family a laundry day, and focus on only their laundry on their assigned day. Don’t forget to leave a day to wash towels and sheets, as well as any other linens that may need to be laundered. Keep laundry put away, so you don’t wind up with piles of clothes sitting around your house.

If friends or family come by and offer to help out after you’re home with your new baby, ask them to run a load of clothes for you, or to help fold a basket of freshly laundered clothing. Chances are, they’ll be glad that you took them up on their offer to help.