Burp Cloths

In Clean, Feed, Wear by Kari

If you don’t know yet – you will find out very soon: babies are kinda messy. Messy on top and messy on the bottom. This post will briefly address the “messy on top” issue.

The reality is, you’re going to go through more wipes, rags, paper towels and burp cloths than you can imagine. You don’t need to overthink this, just keep lots of them and keep them handy. Ultimately, which burp cloths you go with are a total personal preference. Here are just a couple things to think about:

  1. The bigger the cloth, the better. The more they cover you, the less messy you get.
  2. I’m also a fan of things that can be used through transition or that become other things. For example, I really liked the (unfortunately more expensive) Burpy Bib by Aden and Anais which serves as either a burp cloth or a bib. Be on the lookout for these at stores like TJ Maxx or Marshalls. I did find some at Marshalls once for only $6.00 each. Otherwise you can expect to pay anywhere between $7.00-11.00 per burp cloth bib. Unless you are super crafty and can make your own. I do love the cotton muslin.
  3. You will want a decent number of burp clothes. Actually, you can’t have too many. They seem to disappear, and if you have a baby who spits up a lot, you could easily go through many in a day. Consider getting enough Burpy Bibs for one a day and also get some cheaper ones.

I was fortunate enough to have friends and family who made me some great burp clothes from fleece fabric in the baby section at a fabric store. If you’re crafty, you might want to try that route. Here is an example of a pattern with a great shape to try if you want to attempt to make your own.

Finally, Chris thinks someone needs to develop a hydrochromic burp cloth – one that changes color when wet. He wasn’t a big fan of reaching for the nearest cloth only to be met with the slimy remnants of the previous wipe-job. As far as we know, these do not yet exist. All you can do is grab for another one. 🙂