How to Clean Newborn Toys
We all want to protect our most cherished items – our home, our family, and our newborn baby. And while you can’t always ensure that your home, your family or your baby will be protected from dirt and germs, there are things that we can do to ensure that the greatest threat to their health – a dirty toy – can be cleaned and sterilized. Newborn toys can be a great educational addition that help stimulate your baby's mental and physical development. However, once your baby has played with them they may become contaminated with germs and bacteria.
Let’s check how to clean each different kind of newborn toy.
We definitely recommend wooden newborn toys. These toys are safer than plastic because they do not contain BPA or bisphenol-A which is considered as a hormone disruptor. Additionally, wooden newborn toys or any wooden toy for that matter is better for the environment because wooden materials are renewable and sustainable resources.
When cleaning wooden toys, you need to understand that wood is a porous material which means it will absorb moisture and water. This is the reason why you should never soak or submerge your toys in water or any type of liquid cleaning solution. Otherwise, you will end up with swollen or deformed toys. Also, when moisture is trapped inside the pores of the wooden toy, it could be a source of mould.
Use a spray bottle when cleaning wooden newborn toys. Spray occasionally while wiping with a damp cloth. Control the amount of cleaning solution so as not to drench your toy too much. Make sure to remove excess cleaning solution from the toy to not leave a residue. Dry overnight or under the sun. When sun drying, do not leave your wooden newborn toys for long because it will damage their paint finish.
Soft ToysSoft toys like dolls, stuffed toys and plushies are usually made from fabric and fabric can get dirty real quick. Check the label on the toy or the care instructions on the packaging to determine the best way to clean your soft toy. If your toy is machine washable, it is recommended to use mild detergent that is suitable for babies. Additionally, make sure to check for missing buttons and loose threads.
Although we always recommend choosing wooden toys over plastic toys, many parents are still buying the latter due to the convenience of cleaning them. Busy parents always choose something that they can easily clean because of their limited time. These toys come in a wide range of designs, forms and sizes. Plastic newborn toys could be as simple as a rattle or as complicated as a battery-operated toy that produces pleasant sounds and bright lights.
Clean your plastic toys according to the manufacturer’s care instructions. These are usually included in your toy or written on the packaging. Most of the time plastic toys are dishwasher-safe especially those that are not battery-operated or do not have any electrical parts. Confirm this with the care instructionsand chuck your plastic toys into your dishwasher. When cleaning battery-operated toys, remember to always remove the batteries and wipe them down using a cloth.
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