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There are lots of things that remind me of having a small baby. The theme tune of Waybuloo. Walking past the church hall where Baby Sensory classes are held. The music that our baby monitor plays to soothe a child to sleep. The smell of fresh laundry. I cuddled my friend’s seven month old son today and he smelled of washing powder. It immediately transported me back to a time when we seemed to be endlessly washing baby clothes. Our washing machine often got a thrice-daily workout as we laundered muslins, vests, babygrows, bed sheets, t-shirts, pillow cases. You name it, we laundered it.
I distinctly remember walking into our kitchen one day (where our washing machine and clothes dryers live). My daughter must have been only a week old, and the warm damp air hit my face. It smelled – and felt – like an actual laundry! It was the strangest sensation, but no stranger than the whole new reality of being a mum to a tiny, wrinkly, yawning baby.
Another memory that always comes back to me is laughing to myself that our laundry had done from being lots of dark loads – jeans, black tops, dark dresses, black gym gear – to whites and pale pinks. Our drying racks were fit to burst with white muslins, white sleepsuits, pale pink sleeping bags, pale pink vests. We were those totally stereotypical parents of a daughter who had pale pink ‘everything’.
Now, our laundry drying racks look very different again. We’re back to the jeans, the gym clothes and our (nearly four year old) daughter’s wardrobe is filled with bright fun colours. Yes, there’s a bit of pink there, but there’s also red, green, purple, blue…
When we became parents, we suddenly became aware of the type of detergent we used in our washes too. We went from buying the cheapest brand (or the one on offer) to buying Persil non-bio and Comfort Pure fabric conditioner. I even had to explain to Mr P what ‘non-bio’ meant. It was important to me that we protected our little baby’s sensitive skin. And we still use it, four years later. I’m happy to admit that I’ve forged brand loyalty with a fair few products that I started buying as an expectant and new mum. One of the things I love about Persil is their link to Tommys and their #Mums4Tommys campaign.
Tommy’s funds medical research into the causes and prevention of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth, and provide a free information service that educates all parents-to-be about health in pregnancy. What’s totally brilliant is that Persil non-bio and Comfort Pure will donate a total of £100,000 to Tommy’s to support their research. You can look out for special signage pairing Persil non-bio 25w/ Comfort Pure 42w products at your local ASDA stores from August 23rd.
In the meantime, we’re going to carry on dressing our three-year-old in bright clothes and doing fun things that get them mucky! Isn’t that what life is all about?
• This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.