Baby laundry.
June 12, 2009

Last Saturday, my in-laws delivered six enormous boxes of hand-me-down baby clothes just in case we didn’t want this child to spend the first year of his or her life running around naked.  We.  Were.  ECSTATIC.

Although, let’s be honest, naked babies are pretty damned cute.  The general public probably wouldn’t start stabbing their eyes out with pitchforks if our baby was bare-assed for a few months.  I don’t know about you, but when I see a naked baby, I coo and swoon and my ovaries sing and…well…let’s put it this way.  Sometime in October, I SAW A NAKED BABY.

I posted this image from my pregnancy here last week.  Not only is it one of my favorites, but I have also received quite a few questions about it.  On Monday, I will post a tutorial showing how I processed it.  Just like last time, the screenshots will show up in my Design Column.

At any rate, Donald and I were both overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of hand-me-down goodness, so we decided to fish out JUST the white onesies and a few pairs of socks and leave the rest to be sorted until after the baby is born.

We have since run – and I shit you not – FIVE large loads of laundry.

It doesn’t sound that impressive to say that we’ve run five large loads of laundry, but our washing machine is huge and baby clothes are tiny.  It takes a good seven million tons of white onesies to fill up our washing machine, and do you know how many onesies that is?  A LOT.

Sadly, we forgot to wash the white onesies with long sleeves while we were at it.  To be fair, I live in Los Angeles County and it’s not like we’re expecting chilly weather in July.  The kid will probably come out with a sunburn, look at Donald and say “DUDE!” so long sleeves are not likely going to be necessary.  But you don’t wash seven million tons of white onesies because they’re necessary and the baby will die without them.

You wash them because they’re ridiculously cute.

This is the original of the image shown above =)

Well.  That and JUST IN CASE.  After all, you never know when a blizzard will hit southern California.  And when it does, I WILL BE PREPARED because I’ll have ten dozen white onesies with long sleeves at my disposal.

What?  It could happen.

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  1. By kbreints on June 12, 2009

    Oh no. Believe me. you will go through SEVERAL a day…SEveral meaning like 6+ for sure.

    How wonderful to get baby laundry done! I loved washing minature clothes!

  2. By Katelyn on June 12, 2009

    Used clothes are the way to go for when they’re tiny.  We bought a “lot” of newborn clothes off craigslist for $25, best thing we ever did.  Tons of onsies and pj’s and burp clohes.  I never realized how expensive those were.  Basically between that, and the all the gifts we received we’ve bought Brooklyn a total of like, three outfits, ever.  And now that I"m sewing her “special” dresses….

  3. By Allison on June 12, 2009


    I love hand-me-downs. Especially when they are so little. When Alex was born I had a BUTT LOAD of newborn size clothes. But when he was born? He didn’t fit into newborn sizes. We went right into 0-3month, of which, fortunately, I also had a butt load.

    And you never know when long sleeves will come in handy in July in LA ;)

  4. By erin on June 12, 2009

    The Kiddo has SO MANY cute clothes.  People apparently cannot resist buying cute baby girl clothes and have given us so many.  (I wonder if this would be the case if we had a boy?)  She has more clothes than I do.  I want her to stay small, but I CANNOT wait until she gets a little bigger and can fit into these adorable dresses and onesies and overalls.

  5. By lceel on June 12, 2009

    They have saved you a BOATLOAD of money - mainly because kids never stay in one size very long and their clothing CONSTANTLY needs to be replaced.

  6. By Katie on June 12, 2009

    For some reason, since the Bean was born, I have been obsessed with his body temperature.  I think its cause I read something somewhere about SIDS risks being higher if the baby is hot.  Now, I walk around with a baby thermometer and ice packs just in case.

    I’m totally with you on the “it could happen” thing.

  7. By Crystal on June 12, 2009

    Hand-me-down’s are great when they’re so small. You really only need a few things, because they grow so quickly. And really, in summer, they could just coo around in their diaper and be just as happy, if not more so.

  8. By on June 12, 2009

    HA! You’re talking to a girl that started packing 2 months before moving day….. I know all about “being prepared”. For anything. Even the physically impossible.

  9. By kim on June 12, 2009

    i agree, you’ll be going through them at the speed of light. Just snip off the long sleeves if they get too hot! imagine the next recipient of the pile of those same hand me down’s going wtf????

  10. By Stephanie on June 12, 2009


  11. By Dutch Donut Girl on June 12, 2009

    “The kid will probably come out with a sunburn, look at Donald and say “DUDE!”

    Oh God you make me laugh :)

  12. By violetismycolor on June 12, 2009

    Baby clothes are so cute, because they are so small.  Lucky you to have such generosity thrown your way.  When is that baby due, again?

  13. By Elizabeth on June 12, 2009

    Ah yes, the first of the baby laundry.  Love it!

  14. By MommyNamedApril on June 13, 2009

    how fantastic!  i love hand-me-downs :-)  although, i’ll tell you, as soon as june rolls around, my kids are diaper babies unless absolutely necessary.  they wouldn’t have it any other way!

  15. By Jill on June 14, 2009

    Oh baby clothes.  I LOVE baby clothes.  That was one of the highlights of having a baby for me if you can believe it.  It doesn’t matter to me if the baby ever actually wears the clothes it’s just the washing and the folding of the baby clothes that makes my heart pitter patter

  16. By Julie Rivera on June 14, 2009

    Ah, baby laundry, washed in its own special detergent. I remember the sheer quantity and how horrible it was when my washer DIED, and could not be repaired for three weeks, when my girl was a few weeks old. Lesson learned: put tiny, itty bitty baby socks in a lingerie bag to wash. They are so small, they fit down the drain thing and gum up the works. I am ready this time around!

  17. By Estelle on June 15, 2009

    Oh, naked babies are the best. But gently used baby clothes are great too. Congratulations!

  18. By on June 17, 2009

    Love you shirt!

  19. By Tuxedo on June 19, 2009

    I’d like to buy some ALL baby laundry detergent. What are some stores that sell it? My husband went to the Wal-mart near us and couldn’t find it. Do they sell it at the Wal-mart Super center?





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