Nesting is a term we always hear towards the end of pregnancy. Sure, you get the crib set-up and pick the perfect rocking chair. But then you see it: the pile of gifts. It's time to wash, fold, and organize. What no one tells you is how long it will actually take you to sort and organize the different sizes of teeny tiny baby clothes.
While prepping for baby, I never really thought about the cleaning side of things. Sure, wipes and hand sanitizer were obvious purchases—but what about cleaning supplies? Could I use the same products I've been using for years? What really needs cleaning? Trust me, you’re going to clean the obvious things, but I bet you never saw yourself wiping down the wooden spokes of the crib (what if she chews on them? Where have they been?). How many times will you mop the floor? Every time you walk across it? So, I did some research, got some free samples offered through local baby retailers, and found some of my now favorite baby-safe cleaning supplies:
- Natural is best. Trade in Lysol wipes for a spray bottle with 1 part white vinegar and 3 part water and a cleaning cloth, which works just as well as a natural disinfectant. I never thought about wiping down the baseboards in my apartment until I thought of my little one crawling on the floor. Vinegar definitely comes in handy!
- Newton Crib Mattress. Okay, yes, I work for Newton Baby. But, now becoming a mom, I can't express enough the ease of cleaning the mattress. You can zip the cover right off and throw it in the washing machine, and you can even rinse the core in the shower! Because I don’t have a machine in my apartment, having a back up cover on hand for quick changes seems like the only way to go. I always believe in "one on the bed one in the wash" motto, anyways.
- Dreft. There are many options in baby laundry detergent on the market, but I chose to go with the classic Dreft detergent for baby laundry. Look through the options and find the one that is best suited to you and what you think is safest for your little one.
—Krystal, Newton Baby Customer Care Manager