One of the questions I received after last week’s ‘by request’ topic of the ‘5 second rule’ was: how often should baby’s toys be cleaned.
There are no rules on how often you should wash your toys, just whenever you can or remember. As my baby’s is prone to possetting, I often have to wash toys that are soiled. This also applies the times when your little one is recovering from illness. Toys that are exposed more to the elements, e.g. those you take out with you, might need a wash more often.
The best way to wash fabric based toys is in the washing machine. Small plastic toys, such as shapes from a shape sorter, can also be washed this way simply by putting them into a laundry bag. If you have a dishwasher, you can also wash plastic toys without electrical components on a normal cycle. Or simply run a bath for your toys with some dishwashing liquid, pat dry with towel and then leave out to air dry.
Another idea is to rotate your toys, i.e. don’t keep all the toys out at once. And whenever you’re ready to rotate them, wash those that you’re about to store away, so that you always know the toys you have in storage are clean.