Anna, our fearless co-founder, is expecting her first baby in June so we’re a little obsessed with babies at Red Land Cotton right now.
We even created an entire line, The Baby Nadine Collection, for our little bundle and so other mothers can feel confident in the linens snuggling their own little ones.
This baby bedding, like all of our products, is American made and 100% cotton, which comes from our farm in North Alabama. We even introduced 2 new color options perfect for baby – Fairfield Pastel Pink Ticking Stripe and Fairfield Pastel Blue Ticking Stripe.
So once the bedding is selected and the baby is here, you have to care for it – the infant AND the linens. :)
That’s what this post is all about - the best practices and the no-no’s of keeping your baby’s linens clean and smelling fresh.
1. Poo-Poo on Polyester
Sorry. We’ll blame our giddiness for the poor baby humor. :)
What we really mean to say is – buying cotton is the first step in caring for your baby’s bedding.
See, cotton doesn’t hold odor like polyester and other materials do.
Cotton is a natural, yet durable fabric, making it ideal for when it’s time to remove stains. And where babies are involved, there are lots of times for stain removing!
Our Baby Nadine Collection is 100% cotton (our own cotton, of course!), even down to the batting in our quilts. Polyester or cotton blends are most often used in quilt batting, but not with our bedding.
2. The Proper Fit
As a bedding company, we cannot stress enough the importance of the proper fit for your baby’s crib sheet.
Once the crib sheet is on, it should fit tightly on the mattress, no excess fabric.
We’ve done everything we can to ensure a tight fit; our fitted crib sheets have elastic that runs the entire perimeter of the sheet.
3. Bring On The Stains
Well, not really. I mean - stain removal is not a lot of fun. But, we are confident that our cotton sheets can handle it!
First, pre-treating and soaking are vital to stain removal. The quicker you tackle the stain, the less work you do to remove it. We recommend The Laundress's Stain Solution and their All-Purpose Bleach Alternative for stain removal success.
For most stains and especially because we’re talking about bedding for a baby, a detergent with enzymes is the best; it’s a more natural solution.
For pre-treating, use a toothbrush to apply a paste made from The Laundress's Stain Solution and All-Purpose Bleach Alternative and then let the dirty thing soak. And FYI, the enzymes found in these cleaners naturally break down protein, fat and oil particles in stains, much as enzymes break down these compounds inside our own bodies.
For tougher stains, rinse off any pre-treatment left after soaking; do so by using a powerful water spray, such as your faucet turned on full blast, and with the stain face down. The power of the water can help break off clinging particles. Then, pre-treat and soak the bedding again in clean water. Repeat until you’re satisfied that the stain has been removed.
We've partnered with The Laundress to offer products gentle enough for a baby but strong enough to knock out tough odors and stains. The Laundress is an American company dedicated to cleaning laundry with naturally-derived, plant-based formulas. (Y’all, their detergents use enzymes as cleaning agents.)
We’ve used their products for our “grown-up” beds for a while and really like them! Here are our recommendations for the ultimate baby linen care set:
4. Read The Labels
We all know reading labels is important so this is just a reminder you may need when the baby fog sets in.
As discussed in the previous section, look for detergents, pre-treaters, etc. with enzymes. For example, The Laundress notes protease, amylase, cellulase, and lipase as enzymes used in their detergents. (You see why we just keep writing "enzymes.")
And know, many traditional fabric softeners use chemicals to coat the fibers and break them down to make for softer clothes and bedding. We all love the soft feeling…but not with the thought of those chemicals next to our baby’s skin (or our own!). Not to mention the tole it will take on your fabric! Dryer sheets and most chemical softeners coat the surface of the fabric with a thin layer of lubrication. It makes the cloth feel soft and smooth and yes, it reduces static too. BUT it makes the material less absorbent (one of cotton's best attributes) and it weakens the fibers making your fabrics more susceptible to wear and tear. That's why the ONLY softener we will recommend are those by The Laundress because they are free from the chemicals and heavy on the smart science of plant-derived softeners (canola-based), mineral-derived cleaning enhancer (calcium chloride), essential oils, and fragrance.
5. More Sheets Please
We’re being real here. You need more than 1 fitted sheet for the crib.
When your little one soils the sheet in the middle of the night, which totally will happen and most likely during the deepest sleep you have had in weeks, it’s heaven to simply slip on another fitted sheet. Pre-treat the nasty sheet in a soak until morning.
And back to bed for you and baby!
Of course, that’s assuming your little one is as ready for sleep as you. :)
We're excited around here for ourselves and for you. Having a baby, whether it's your first or fifth, is a big ole deal.
Our goal is to offer bedding for your baby (or grandbaby, niece/nephew, godchild, etc.) that gives you peace of mind. You know where it's made, what it's made of, that it cleans well AND that it still looks and feels great!
You are welcome to shop online or visit our store in Moulton, Alabama where we sell our bedding as well as laundry products from The Laundress.
And, let's us know if you have questions.
Store Location - 558 Lawrence Street Moulton, AL 35650