It can be difficult for new parents to navigate the ins and outs of all the things more experienced parents tell them they’re going to need. To help you out, we’re gathering some of the most frequently asked questions about popular baby accessories; today, we’re looking at burp cloths.
Like bibs, whether you’ll need burp cloths, will be able to get by using the towels and washcloths you already have, or won’t need anything at all depends on your little one’s individual development. Some babies rarely spit up at all, while others not only do that but drool a lot, and all that spit isn’t good for their skin or clothes! If you find your child does need something to keep the mess at bay, burp cloths are a worthwhile investment; they’re softer than towels, making them better on baby’s skin, and can be repurposed as cleaning rags once your child outgrows them.
Cloth diapers are definitely built to be super-absorbent, and can be a better deal for your money than buying specific burp cloths (so can cutting up a flannel receiving blanket, for that matter). They may not be as cute as burp cloths or even towels, but when your little one is spitting up constantly, you may find you don’t care about the looks of the thing you’re using to clean that up so much. In the right mom circles, Gerber diapers even come better recommended as burp cloths than as diapers. Just make sure not to mix burp-cloth diapers with bottom-covering diapers!
Once again, it depends on your little one. If your child doesn’t spit up often, you might be able to get by with only a few, or none at all. If they spit up or droll regularly, though, you’ll need a lot more – especially if you don’t want to do laundry all the time. Unfortunately, there’s no way to say for sure until you start to learn baby’s habits.
Most baby stores, or big box stores like Walmart or Target, will have your back, whether you’re buying specific burp cloths, cloth diapers, washcloths, or blankets to do the job for you. If you’re particularly creative and have the time to sew, you can even buy soft fabric and make your own burp cloths. Some hospitals may provide you with one or two burp cloths at the time of delivery, or if you need to make a return visit with your baby, but these days that’s not a practice you should count on.
That’s up to you and your comfort levels. As long as you’re washing everything in hot water, the mess will be sanitized and won’t be a problem on your burp cloths afterward. On the other hand, if the thought of washing baby’s butt coverings in the same load as something that’s going to be near their mouth is too gross for you, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with washing the two things separately.
In theory, there’s nothing wrong with doing so. Like baby blankets, burp cloths are lightweight enough that they won’t block baby’s breathing. Not all parents are comfortable leaving something like that in the crib during naptime or overnight, though, so use your personal judgement, and watch how your little one tends to sleep – if they constantly put the cloth or blanket over their face, it may be safer to remove it.
If you’re planning to grow your family, hold onto them for the next kid. It’ll be one less thing you have to buy all over again! Otherwise, the soft material that makes a burp cloth great for cleaning up baby spit-up and drool also makes them excellent cleaning rags.
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