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One of my ‘new’ friends that I have made since I moved to Bristol is having another baby (any day now) and I’m very, very excited. This week, I went over to see her and we sat for a while in her garden, with lines of tiny baby clothes swaying in the breeze above our heads. Washing baby clothes, even if they are brand new, just before your baby arrives, is a parenthood right of passage, isn’t it? It’s sort of like bunting, announcing your colourful excitement and anticipation for what’s to come.
Like my friend, I was this sort of expectant mother, impatiently washing and refolding, enjoying the unfamiliar smell of a different washing powder and Fabric Conditioner. I’d always used non-biological powders before, but never thought about how Fabric Conditioners can affect Sensitive Skin, but fortunately I found out before I washed any of my baby clothes.
The thought of hurting any part of my baby, who I was yet to meet, really concerned me, so I actually didn’t use Fabric Conditioner at all on her clothes until she was around six months old. It’s difficult to describe, but she felt so pure and fresh and clean and, well, new, that I almost didn’t want anything to spoil her! Washing became less of a chore and seemed to have more of a purpose, and, honestly, as she’s got older and her clothes have got steadily dirtier from days at nursery and experimental meals, washing is an essential now! And her clothes have got brighter and brighter!
I began to use Persil non-bio when Tibbs was born, and when I decided to try a fabric conditioner, I chose Comfort Pure. They go together well. I do some grocery shopping online, but I go to our local ASDA in Bedminster when I have a ‘big shop’ to do. Basically, it has a LOT of parent child car parking, I love browsing the George clothes, always a bargain, and secretly, I enjoy the music they play! And, like most regular supermarket visitors, I know their layout, and I know where to find stuff without really thinking too hard.
This week ASDA is selling exclusive #Mums4Tommys #CollectiveBias packs of Persil non-bio 25w and Comfort Pure 42w together, in aid of Tommy’s. Tommy’s funds research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. Tommy’s also (which I think is slightly less known) provides information for parents to be, offering a pregnancy line phone service for any questions or reassurance. The Tommy’s phone number fridge magnet was the only thing I kept from my initial midwife’s information pack.
My sister also recently completed an open water swim to raise money for Tommy’s and I’m a huge supporter. It felt good to be giving something to others whilst I was shopping for my own baby’s needs. As I wait for news of my friend’s new arrival, I’m sitting here looking at my own big pile of washing and wondering how much more there’ll be tomorrow, and remembering the first time I hung out my girl’s little clothes on that windy April day last year.