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Some children have sensitive skin and need special soaps and detergents for several years, or even forever. But many do fine with adult formulas right away and never need special brands. Start by testing one piece of clothing to see if your baby's skin reacts. However, pediatricians say that even babies with sensitive skin don't necessarily need baby brands. Perfume- and dye-free adult detergents work just as well and let you wash everyone's clothes together. --Michelle Crouch
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