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Many parents do not hesitate to buy expensive outfits for their children, but washing them properly is difficult. Babies’ skin is 5 times more sensitive than adults’, so any small mistake in the washing process can cause unpredictable consequences. The article below will guide you How to wash baby smocked clothes in the right way. 

Some principles to know when washing children’s clothes

Smocking is a technique that helps keep your baby’s outfit from being boring. They’re beautiful and make great accents, which is why they’re so popular right now. But before washing any baby smocked suits, you need to respect some basic guidelines below to keep your child safe as well as prevent the clothes from being damaged.

How to Wash Baby Clothes

Use specialized laundry detergent

Conventional detergents always contain some type of chemical ingredient that can be harmful to children’s skin. Your baby’s delicate and sensitive skin can be allergic when exposed to these chemicals. Especially with smocking clothes, the places where the fabric is folded often store a lot of detergents that cannot be completely cleaned during the washing process.

Therefore, Parents should learn how to use specialized laundry detergent for baby clothes in the first few months. The problem here is that it is not easy to find them among hundreds of detergent brands on the market. Prioritize colorless, fragrance-free laundry detergents and fabric softeners.

Do you know about natural detergents for babies?

There are a few natural detergent products for children that I highly recommend to parents. These are special detergents designed specifically for baby’s sensitive skin without containing any fragrance or chemicals. Some products are perfect for sensitive skin with plant-based and organic ingredients. Others are very effective at fighting stains thanks to their non-toxic ingredients and quadruple enzyme formula.


For more details about these types of products, you can leave a comment below the article, I will respond immediately because actually stating their names right in this article is not by our policy.

Should baby smocked clothes be washed before first use?

The truth is that you should wash all baby items before first use: smocked suits, blankets & other washable items. Because a baby’s delicate skin can be harmed by any type of material (even forgotten product tags, labels, etc.). If you continue to wash your baby smocked clothes before use, it will be a good chance to eliminate any kind of harmful material.

May you interested: How are chemicals on clothes entering children’s bodies?

How to wash smocked baby clothes step by step?

Step 1: Follow the instructions on the tag or label

Mothers need to carefully read the instructions on the product tag or label. Some smocked baby clothes may not be suitable for machine washing. The instructions can tell us about the washing temperature, the right wash type, how to use additives, and proper drying and ironing instructions.


Step 2: Separate clothes by type before washing

When preparing to wash children’s clothes, mothers should sort them by light and dark colors to avoid color fading. Also, always remember to wash cloth diapers separately to balance the washing drum of the water.

Some children’s outerwear, especially those made from delicate fabrics, require a gentle washing process. Therefore, do not use the “strong wash” mode for these types of clothes to prevent any possible damage.

Step 3: Empty all pockets of the suits

It is recommended to check the pockets of children’s clothes before washing to prevent any foreign elements or objects from interfering with the washing process and potentially damaging the clothes. Children often have a habit of storing various items, such as small objects, in their pockets, and it’s not uncommon to find missing items there.

Moreover, cleaning out children’s pockets facilitates the washing process, making it easier and safer overall.


Step 4: Choose the right detergent

There is a whole science behind choosing the type of baby detergent. It’s advisable to try out one or two baby detergents for your baby’s smocked clothes, keeping an eye out for any signs of irritation or changes in your baby’s skin. If your baby experiences itchiness or skin reactions, you should switch to another baby detergent.

I faced challenges with my detergent not being suitable for my baby’s smocked clothes and I had to use double rinsing clothes until my little girl one-year-old

Thankfully, several popular brands are offering natural and organic baby detergents, such as Green Shield Organic Baby Free and Clear Laundry Detergent, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Laundry Detergent, and Seventh Generation Baby Natural Laundry Detergent. Liquid detergents are generally preferred over powder ones as they tend to rinse out more completely and are more convenient to use.

Step 5: Pre-treat stubborn stains

Most children’s laundry detergents do not work well on wounds. Therefore, the sooner mothers need to treat the wound, the better the results will be. This sounds simple, but in reality, not many people can do it, because mothers are always busy with paying taxes or breastfeeding. The solution here is to always have good instant wound-removing cleaners in your home. Using a little alcohol cleaner can be a good solution. Additionally, you can learn how to treat wounds using a reasonable domestic clothing budget and oxygenated bleach.


In addition, dealing with odors from children’s clothes is also an issue that many parents are concerned about. However, drying and drying clothes at low temperatures will solve this problem.

How to dry baby smocked clothes properly?

How to dry baby smocked clothes properly

Smocked baby clothes are often prone to wrinkles, making them uncomfortable for babies to wear. So moms, do you know how to dry baby smocked clothes without shrinking?

  • Prioritize drying baby clothes in direct sunlight instead of using a dryer.
  • In case you must use a dryer, use a gentle or low temperature setting.
  • Take baby clothes out of the dryer while they’re still a little damp, then dry them in sunlight. Or spread them flat to dry.


Washing smocked children’s clothing is not simple but also not easy. There are some outstanding notes you need to keep in mind. The most important thing is to use a detergent that is suitable for your baby’s sensitive skin. It’s best to wash them in cold water and dry them in natural light. With just a little care, you can keep your baby’s clothes clean, fragrant, and safe.


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