Babies are messy. It’s a fact.
When there’s burping, feeding, or drooling involved, you might be surprised by how much mess can come out of a tiny person.
What’s the best way to deal with it?
Look no further than the humble burp cloth.
If you’ve been shopping for your baby, you’ll already know that you have a lot of products to choose from.
Even something as simple as a square of fabric could have you asking yourself what kind of burp cloth is the best? or, how many burp cloths do I need again?
We’ve got you, mama. Let’s start with the basics.
In this article 📝
- What is a burp cloth?
- How many burp cloths do I need for a newborn?
- How often should you wash burp cloths?
- What’s the best material for burp cloths?
What is a burp cloth?
They swallow air while they’re drinking.
Too much air in their tummy is uncomfortable, and they will let you know about it.
Burping babies during or after their feed lets them get rid of the gas, but it’s hard for them to bring up the air without also bringing up some of their milk.
By the way, spitting up is normal, temporary, and very rarely indicates that something is wrong.
When baby belches get wet and sticky, enter the burp cloth.
Consider it protective wear for you and your little one to keep the spit-up off everyone’s clothes, out of everyone’s hair, and as far away from your furniture as possible.
How many burp cloths do I need for a newborn?
How many burp cloths you need depends on two things:
- How often your little one spits up
- How often you do laundry
Generally, though, you’ll need between eight to 14 burp cloths so you don’t get caught short.
Lots of mamas like to have a clean burp cloth for every feed, and even a spare just in case.
Newborn babies usually feed between eight and 12 times a day.
Even if they don’t spit up every time, that’s a lot of burp cloths.
And how many burp cloths do I need for twins?
Generally, parents of multiples don’t find that they need double or triple the number of cloths because their children can share, but you’ll probably still want to add another pack or two to your baby registry.
If you still can’t believe how many burp cloths you’ll need, consider this: burp cloths are a super-versatile baby item to have on your parenting utility belt. They’re great:
- To wipe the drool when your baby is teething
- To wipe their hands when they start eating solids
- As an emergency bib when you’re on the go
- As a thin summer blanket
- For games of peekaboo
So even if a dozen cloths seem like a lot now, you’ll probably find more uses for them than you think.
How often should you wash burp cloths?
Everything that comes out of your baby’s stomach can stain a burp cloth.
So how often should you wash your burp cloths to keep them fresh and clean?
Basically, every time the cloths are used, they should be washed.
If you want to remove the stains, use a product on the dirty area and rub the stain before you wash them.
Then dry them outside or on a low heat in the dryer.
Remember that burp cloths will spend a lot of time in contact with your baby’s face.
Lots of parents prefer to use a mild detergent that’s suitable for babies’ sensitive skin.
What’s the best material for burp cloths?
Depending on the time of year your little one arrives, you might prefer to use burp cloths that are either thicker or more breathable.
Summer babies might find it less sweaty if you use terry and cotton knits, but flannel is a good option for the colder months.
But as long as the material is soft enough for your baby’s delicate skin and durable enough that you can keep using it throughout the first couple of years of their life, you should both be happy.
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