When I found out I was having a baby boy, I was so excited! I wasn’t sure how I would handle a boy, being the girly-girl that I am, but it has turned out to be better than I ever imagined….and a whole lot messier! I’ve found the stereotypes about toddler boys and how messy they are to be entirely true! My son basically rolls in the dirt every chance he gets (and eats it too unfortunately!). I can pretty much guarantee that wherever I take him, he will find a way to get dirty. I think I can count on one hand the amount times he’s been able to re-wear an outfit a second day without me washing it.
Dressing a toddler is just as fun as I thought it would be. Ok, not the actual part where you put the clothes on them, but the buying/putting outfits together part. With all the adorable kids clothes out there, I find myself getting more excited about choosing my son’s outfit than I do my own. But because he gets his clothes dirty all the time, I’ve found I have to take more care when washing his clothes so they stay nice. Here is what I do to keep my toddler’s clothes looking clean, smelling fresh, and making sure they don’t wear out quickly:
1. Choose a powerful laundry detergent.
I’ve been a Tide girl for a few years now and there is just something about it that has me hooked and refusing to use other brands of detergent. I have only had to do a pre-treatment/pre-soak ONCE to get out a food stain, other than that Tide gets the clothes clean. That’s pretty amazing considering how dirty my son gets!
2. Use fabric softener.
Think of it this way: Shampoo keeps our hair clean, but it takes conditioner to restore softness and prevent breakage. And like our hair, our clothes need more than just washing to stay their best. I’ve only been using fabric softener for a few years and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to realize the importance!
3. Wash on Cold.
I wash all my sons clothing on cold, with the exception of his pajamas & socks. When I wash on cold I never worry about his clothes shrinking or fading in color. Kids already grow out of clothes too quickly, no need to accelerate the process, right?
4. Hang dry.
Hang drying clothes takes maybe a minute longer than throwing everything in the dryer, but the results I’ve seen have are worth it. No matter the quality level of the clothing, I still think hang drying clothing will keep it in it’s best condition by preventing shrinking, color fading, and pilling that can happen with drying on high heat. I use this inexpensive drying rack.
Totally KIDDING! Ain’t no mama got time for that 😉
Just because you have a messy toddler doesn’t mean they have to look like a mess all the time!