washable toys (dolly, etc)
covers for swing and carseat
Cloth toys that were packaged so that they were not touched by random people in the store (all the Gymini toys, etc) were not washed. I try not to buy toys that can't be laundered or washed. I believe most items I listed have instructions to wash/sterilize/launder them before first use. The ones that don't really need to be washed, like the carseat & swing covers, I washed anyway because I like to remove the sizing and the plasticy smell from the packaging.
I washed clothes and blankets, and sterilized pacifiers and bottles. I don't wash toys. I also didn't wash carseat/bouncy seat/etc. covers that were on items we bought new. I did wash covers on things we got used (stroller, swing).
I am pretty laid back about dirt and germs. Kids are going to put stuff in their mouths. The dog is going to lick the baby, no matter how careful I am. The pack and play has become a very expensive cat bed, not matter how much I shoo him out of it.
So far...I laundered in Tide Free with no Downey:
(As soon as we determine the baby is not allergic to regular Tide or pink Downey, that is what we are switching back to using.)
All clothes/bibs/blankets/cloth diapers/towels and washclothes
Boppy Cover (got it used)
Carters stuffed dolls that came with some blankets
I put the bottles/nipples/pacifiers through the dishwasher on a regular cycle with our dirty dishes. That's how they will get cleaned the rest of the time, so it doesn't make sense to me to do anything different with them now.
I didn't launder the stuffed animals or bouncy seat/swing/car seat/stroller pads or my slings. I want to keep them looking nice as long as possible. Honestly, it never occurred to me to clean the toys, especially since most are still in their packages anyway. I probably will just rinse the teethers since my guess is that they will hit the floor pretty frequently anyway. We'll cross that bridge when the time comes.
Last edited by mommydearest; 12-27-2006 at 10:05 PM.
Mommy to Abby ~~ 1/24/07
Foster Mama to Medically Fragile L ~~ 4/4/09
I washed all fabric items-clothes, blankets, bath items, seat to the swing, seat to the bouncer, Boppy covers, etc. Ran all bottles, pacifiers, etc. through the dishwasher. Did not wash stuffed animals. Now, I have to say that I can't remember the last time I washed something before I gave it to DS.