A good night’s sleep is very important especially for babies. Infants need sleep for growth and development. However, there are some factors that may hinder or interrupt your child from sleeping soundly at night or during nap time. As a mom, you don’t want your child to be interrupted from his/her sleep not only because you are concerned with your baby’s development; but also, your baby’s nap time serves as your rest hours. Most of us take this free time to do other chores around the house or simply relax.
Anything can distract your baby from sleeping soundly, which includes loud sounds, hot room temperature, and smelly pillow cases. Not only are unwashed pillow cases smelly, but they are also a home to bugs, dirt and germs. Cotton is absorbent to your baby’s saliva, milk, and body waste. If not washed regularly, germs may cultivate in his/her pillow case and cause your infant skin irritation or other serious diseases.
To prevent such health problems, here’s a guide on how to wash baby pillow case:
- Remove the pillow case from the pillow. Inspect for rips at the seams. If there’s any, make sure you sew them first before proceeding to washing them.
- Apply stain remover to the stains. Let it sit on the stained area until the stains are gone.
- Put the pillow case in the washer with the rest of the laundry.
- Always use a mild baby detergent for baby items. These detergents are free of harmful chemical ingredients found in regular detergents.
- You may put fabric softener sheets to make your baby pillow cases softer and more fragrant. This helps induce sleep. However, make sure the fabric softener does not contain synthetic fragrances or perfumes. Always go for natural, non-toxic products for baby clothing and accessories.
- Dry the pillow case if you are sure that there are no stains left on the fabric.
If the pillow case comes with special washing instructions, make sure you follow it carefully.