I was always told to wash my baby's clothes before dressing them for the first time, but I never really understood the reason why. There actually is a reason, other than just making them smell fresh.  Most baby clothes are treated with a finish to ensure that they look brand new and unwrinkled when you buy them.  This can be harmful to their sensitive skin!  So wash those baby clothes!  
 
And while we are at it, here are a few other tips and tricks for tackling baby laundry that I've learned along the way.  
 

DETERGENT
 
I'm partial to Dreft, as my detergent of choice.  But any of the free and clear detergents are recommended.  These detergents contain less, or no added fragrance, which can oftentimes be the culprit in irritating sensitive baby skin.
Avoid the fabric softener — both liquid and sheets. Fabric softener can reduce the effectiveness of the flame retardency on baby pajamas and can also irritate your baby's skin.
 

 
 I was given this bar at a baby shower and was skeptical.  But this handy little bar is amazing at getting stains out. You can find it at the grocery store for super cheap and it can get out almost any laundry stain I've ever had.
 

COLOR CATCHERS
 
Let's face it, babies create a TON of laundry.  And when your an exhausted new mom in survival mode, there isn't time to separate colors and do separate loads.  Enter Color Catchers.  Color catchers are disposable sheets which can be thrown into the wash to help absorb any color dye that may leak and stain other lighter fabrics. 
 
MESH LAUNDRY BAGS
 
Baby clothes are tiny, which means they tend to get lost.  Mesh Laundry bags are a must!   These are perfect for holding baby socks, bibs, mittens, and other small things that tend to wander in the wash.