How to Separate Baby Clothes For Washing

When your baby starts wearing clothes, they’ll often be dirty from crawling around and playing. Clothes can get especially grubby when they’re wet from a diaper change or bath time. Keeping your baby’s clothes separate from other laundry helps keep their outfit changes simple and reduces the risk of clothing getting dirty again right away. Keeping baby clothes separate also makes it easier to wash them later. In this article, we’ll outline the easiest ways to segregate baby clothes for washing and give you some practical tips for separating your little one’s wardrobe.

Separate Baby Clothes For Washing

Have A Separate Clothes Hamper

For Baby Clothes A clothes hamper is a practical way of keeping baby clothes separate. This will make it easy to store and find baby clothes when it’s time to wash them. It also helps you avoid having your baby’s dirty clothes on hand, which can lead to accidental soiling of other laundry or surfaces in the home. It’s easy to get started with a basic hamper. You can opt for a wire basket hanger if you want something that’s inexpensive and easily storable, or find more creative solutions, such as building a wooden hamper with drawers. Another option is buying an updated version of your standard laundry bin with compartments for each type of clothing. These types of bins are convenient for sorting and storing different pieces of clothing separately from one another.

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Fold Items In Separate Sorters

Folding your baby’s clothes by category helps them stay organized. By folding items into separate stacks, it’s easy to find the right set of clothes in a hurry. This also helps with laundry day because you can just throw everything straight into the washing machine.

Hang Dry Towels And Robes

Hang dry towels and robes on a hanger or over your shower rod. This keeps the colors, prints and designs of your baby’s clothing intact.

Don’t Put Tops And Bottoms In The Same Bag

It might seem like common sense, but many parents forget to separate the tops from bottoms when packing laundry, and this can lead to a laundry room disaster. It’s best to pack clothes by type of clothing. For example, if you have one shirt for your baby and three shirts for your toddler, pack those three shirts in one bag and put that bag in your trunk or car. If you happen to have a whole bunch of baby clothes in your closet that look the same, it’s best to separate them out by season or occasion like holiday outfits or daily wear.

How To Sort Shirts From Pants

The easiest way to separate baby clothes is to put them in a laundry bag. If your baby has shirts and pants, there are two ways you can do this.

You can use one of these methods:

1) Place the shirt in one side of the bag and the pants in the other.

2) Place the shirt on top of the pants. Both methods work, but we recommend using method one because it’s easier to see what’s inside the bags.

How To Sort Out Undies And Undershirts

Typically, you’ll have at least a few sets of undies and undershirts for your baby. But if you have more than six outfits, it can be tricky to figure out which ones go together. One easy way to do this is by sorting them by color. If you don’t want to mix up the colors of your baby’s clothes, use a laundry sorter to separate them in color. If you have trouble figuring out which outfits should go in with others, use washable markers to mark each outfit so that they can be easily sorted for washing.

Wrapping Wearables And Infant Shoes

Ideally, your baby’s clothes should be separated by type. For example, you could separate the baby clothes into wearable clothing and infant shoes. To keep things neat, you can fold each type of clothing in individual piles. This is a great way to store them until they’re ready to put in the wash. To make sure you don’t mix up any outfits, label the piles with different markers or labels. You can also use different colors if you want to break things up even further.

Wrapping Toys and Playtime Activities

Wrapping toys and other playtime activities is a great way to keep your baby’s clothes separate from the rest of your laundry. These items can also go in a designated toy box, which makes it easy for you to find them later. Some parents use a mesh laundry bag with a drawstring that can be attached to the bottom of the hamper. This allows you to easily remove and replace any cloth items as needed without having to unwrap the entire hamper. If you don’t have a mesh laundry bag or don’t want one, simply fold your baby’s clothes into three sections, then wrap each section separately by folding over one layer of clothing and tying off the top with string or ribbon.

Wrapping Burp Cloths and Other Mitts

Baby clothes that have been in contact with food, like bibs and burp cloths, should be wrapped in a separate bag or container to avoid getting stained. Wrap the cloth in a piece of tissue, place it into a plastic bag, and then put it back inside the box the clothes came in. Babies often lose their pacifiers and bottle nipples while they’re wearing them. If you don’t want to wash them before putting them away, try removing the nipple from the bottle and wrapping it separately with tissue.

Wrapping Hats and Boot Covers

Babies can often become a little clumsy and drop things. This is especially true when they’re learning how to walk and run. To protect your baby from injury, you should wrap their hats or boot covers in a bag before putting them in the washing machine. If you don’t have a bag, you can use an elastic band to hold the hat or boot cover in place before it goes into the washing machine. The elastic band helps keep the item from getting snagged on other items during the wash cycle.

Bottom Line

Separating baby clothes for washing makes it easier to keep your little one’s wardrobe neat and tidy. It also helps reduce the risk of clothing getting dirty again right away and keeps their outfit changes simple. The easiest way to separate baby clothes is by using a laundry hamper with a divider. However, these are often quite bulky and difficult to move around (especially if you have multiple children), so they might not be practical in every home. A more compact option, but one that still separates the clothing well, is to place a line of laundry baskets next to your washing machine or use step stools to reach the top row of the washer without stepping on too many garments. Another good option is to create a small space in between each basket or hamper by placing them on top of each other. This will make it easy for your baby’s clothes to remain separated from the rest of your laundry until they’re ready for washing. It’s also important that you have enough space in your washer for all of your baby clothes at once, as well as enough space in dryers for drying them all out together afterwards. You should also consider buying an extra-large or even a jumbo load size washer when you buy new appliances if you don’t already have one installed or know that there is plenty of room in yours!


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