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How to clean your baby gear

We know moms are short on time but not on things to keep neat. To help ensure your babe’s valuables are in tip-top shape, here are a few tricks for quickly tidying your main machinery.

Stroller
Make use of that handheld vacuum, and remove all visible food pieces from the fabric (especially the cracks where baby’s back and bottom meet). Dampen a cloth with cool water and wipe away any remaining dust or particles. Add in a mild soap to attack the metal and plastic components, making sure to dry with a separate towel to avoid mildew buildup. It’s important to steer clear of using harsh chemicals on your stroller, as these agents can cause discoloration or the weakening of frame surfaces. Lastly, many wheels can be removed for easy rinsing, and it’s also a great time to check the air pressure in the tires.

Car seat
Start by removing the seat from your vehicle. Brush off larger pieces of food and debris (or give it a good shake), and use a damp cloth to gather what’s left in smaller crevices. Use a mild soap and water mixture to spot clean visible stains. What’s even easier: Some models come with detachable seat covers, allowing you to simply remove the fabric and toss it into the wash. (We recommend choosing both a gentle cycle and gentle detergent to avoid pilling and irritants.) Once dry, consult the user manual to make sure your wee one’s seat is properly reinstalled.

Highchair
If it’s dishwasher-safe, detach the tray and put it straight into the dishwasher. (Make sure your water temperature achieves a minimum of 160 degrees Fahrenheit for proper sanitation.) Otherwise, hand- wash the tray and give the entire structure a good wipe down, paying special attention to creases where food collects (an old toothbrush or soaked cotton swab may come in handy here). Finish up by disinfecting with a nontoxic cleaner, such as hydrogen peroxide or a 50-50 vinegar and water mixture.