This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMe Media and Dreft.  All opinions are 100% mine.

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Few things are more memorable than actual tangible items. Every time I see the blanket my mom made for my son I get emotional. Or the fuzzy baby overalls that I bought at a resale store, it takes me back 13 years. I want to forever hold on to that feeling and the memories that come to mind when I’m looking at or holding these items. It’s important that I preserve these for years to come.

I actually used Dreft for my son’s clothes when he was an infant. It wasn’t an expensive investment at all. He was allergic to other household detergents and when I found out that Dreft is pediatrician-recommended, I hoped it would be soft enough for my son’s skin. It was, and it did just what we needed it to do, just enough to get his clothes clean without any harsh treatment to the garments.

Now that I sit here looking at his clothes from back then, years later, I am so happy I made this choice. It also made me want to share a few quick tips on how I preserve his clothing for years to come.

Tip number 1. Use mesh laundry bags for clothes not made with 100% cotton. Mesh bags prevent clothes from stretching and ultimately tearing, or from coming undone.

Tip number 2. Separate lights from darks and do not wash baby clothes with anything else other than more baby clothes. You don’t want to ruin your baby’s clothes because someone forgot a pen in a pocket.

Tip number 3. Use detergent made for babies clothing. The mixture in baby detergent is made to protect clothes from regular wear and tear, which ultimately means it lasts longer because it can endure more machine washing. I recommend Dreft. We all know how much babies clothes is constantly being washed. Three or more outfit changes in one day is a lot of clothes.

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Ultimately I want to hand over these baby items to my son when he is ready for his family (if he makes that his choice) so he and his family can make the same tangible memories.

Along with tangible memories I hope to teach him the importance of the nuclear and extended family. Wether they are family by choice or related.

We are excited for Sean and Catherine Lowe and their expanding family. They recently celebrated the soon-to-come addition to their own family with a baby shower in partnership with Dreft.

Reality TV couple Sean and Catherine Lowe celebrate their pregnancy at the Dreft “Loads of Love” baby shower, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in New York.  Visit Dreft.com and the brand’s social channels for more information about the couple’s parenting journey.  (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Dreft/AP Images)

Reality TV couple Sean and Catherine Lowe celebrate their pregnancy at the Dreft “Loads of Love” baby shower, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in New York. Visit Dreft.com and the brand’s social channels for more information about the couple’s parenting journey. (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Dreft/AP Images)

You can also share in the Lowe’s parenting journey via the #Amazinghood hashtag on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter over the next year, or by following Dreft.

From the Juan of Words family to yours, congratulations Lowe Family! It’s going to be a wild ride, in a great way! 😜

GIVEAWAY 

We are also hosting a giveaway of the following items. For your chance to enter, please leave us a comment with your best tip for the Lowe’s on being new parents. Please enter before Friday, May 20, 2016. Good luck!

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