Having a great car seat, stroller, high chair and play yard
is essential to a baby registry list. Sometimes, purchasing these pieces for
your little ones can seem like an investment. I know whenever we’ve bought
essential pieces for Soren, my first thought was, “How can I make this last and
stay nice not only for Soren but for future siblings?” Because we all know that
babies are MESSY. It’s almost a rite of passage as a parent to constantly feel
sticky, slobbered on, and have stains everywhere. And I’m sure we ALL avoid
wearing white and purchasing any white furnishing for our homes! I know I do!
;) So, how can we keep baby gear clean and make it last from one baby to the
next? Check out these simple tips on making your gear look like new throughout
1. Use Wipes for
I use baby wipes for EVERYTHING now. Maybe it’s because they
are also within arm’s reach? In any case, wipes are incredibly useful and such
a multi-purpose product. I recommend keeping an extra bag of wipes sealed in
the car, in your kitchen, and with your stroller. If baby makes a mess, use
wipes to quickly get it up, so you prevent staining and dirt build up. Wipe
down straps, buckles, trays, and fabric to quickly clean up small messes when
you’re on the go! You can also purchase saline wipes. These work great too. I
also recommend purchasing a few travel wipe dispensers and keeping them handy
as suggested above.
2. Remember the Power
of a Bib!
Bibs are great for keeping baby’s clothes clean, but they
are also great for catching things that could potentially land on baby gear.
Whether your little one is snacking on the go or eating a meal in his/her high
chair, always make sure to put on a bib. Store bibs on a command hook behind
your high chair for quick access, and always keep a few in your diaper bag for on-the-go
needs! We especially love those waterproof bibs with the catch-all pockets.
They are so easy to clean!
3. Give It a Regular
Be sure to set aside time every few weeks/months depending
on what is needed to take the padding off your gear and run it through a
delicate wash cycle. Let these air dry to prevent any shrinking. Don’t forget
to use a high chair/gear cleaner to really wipe up messes and make sure your
gear is free of anything icky. Maintaining the cleanliness of your gear day by
day in simple ways will make it so much easier to keep up with and clean!