Pack and play are an extremely efficient equipment that can keep your babies safe and in comfort without your continuous attention and monitoring. Whatever is associated with babies needs to be regularly cleaned as babies tend to spit, poop and urinate frequently causing disturbing smell and possibility of disease causing organisms if not cleaned properly.
Here we would talk specifically about pack and play and understand how to clean pack and play and keep them hygienic and full of fragrance. Deodorizing the pack and play and getting rid of all the baby smell is a task because the foul smell is nasty enough to be removed with plain cleaning.
Cleaning Techniques Of Pack And Play
If you have purchased a new pack and play, then just lay it open for some time in the air and sun, so that the typical new stuff smell goes away. You do not need any cleaning for a newly purchased pack and play. But when it comes to the re-use of an old pack and play stored for a long time, then you need to get rid of the smell by cleaning it.
Initial Cleaning Process For Pack And Play
To begin with, you can clean the pack and plays by soaking it in the mixture of a detergent, vinegar, baking soda and hot water for some time. Once it is soaked for a considerable time, you could rinse it off and then allow it to dry under the bright sunlight for almost a day so that the complete moisture goes away. Please ensure the moisture part as even slight moisture present would lead to development of disease causing microorganisms.
Regular Cleaning Of The Pack And Play Mattress
Babies generally keep spitting on the mattresses and it has a typical smell that if not cleaned regularly would become permanent in the mattress and would gradually become so disturbing that you would have to ideally remove the mattress and replace it with a new one.
To avoid that, you can follow some cleaning methods regularly so that the foul smell does not get a chance to become permanent. Use of vinegar has proven successful in getting rid of many kinds of bad odors, so you could try cleaning or soaking the mattress in the vinegar solution before cleansing it.
Wipe and Deodorize
For poop or urine smell, you will have to clean or rather rinse the mattress but for spitting, you could wipe it off with the wipes and then put some fragrance sprays and lay it under the sun. Generally, by this method, you can get rid of these smells if done may be once in two days or so.
If your problem of foul smell is still not solved, then you can use baking soda, scrub it on your mattress and then leave it for an hour in air before rinsing it. Baking soda is a very strong chemical that can fight such bad odors and will not have any bad impact on the baby.
When you look from the baby’s perspective, the bedding, mattress and pack and play should smell comfortable and also some feel of you parents being around there. Deodorizing the pack and play by sprays or regular cleaning is all good and should be done almost daily to maintain that soothing aroma.
But along with that you can place your clothes and stuff it around the sleeping baby so the baby can feel your presence. This, if done regularly can help the baby adapt sooner to the pack and play environment.
Regular Cleaning – An Important PointerWhen you clean the pack and play after a long time, you need to soak it in the hot water with other ingredients so that you get over the stains and the smell accumulated in it for a long period of time. But if you are washing it regularly then you should wash it with cold water as prolonged use of hot water would make the mattress weak and would not last for the time it was made to do so.
We all know that cleaning pack n play on a regular basis can be a hassle, so if you're busy or I suggest you get a pack n play mattress pad that fits, you can take it off and wash it whenever your baby gets dirty, so you don't have to unpack and wash the mattress.
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