It's no secret that babies are very messy sometimes. What you may not know is that some burp cloths are too small or non-absorbent, so they don't keep you and your baby clean enough. A cute burp cloth is nice to look at when you pack it in your diaper bag, but if it just allows baby's lunch to roll down the back of your freshly washed shirt, those good looks aren't worth much.
Here are some great burp cloth options that really work. They come in a range of prices and styles to... meet any baby gear budget. Not sure what makes a great burp rag? Check out "How to Choose the Best Burp Cloths."
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These cute burp cloths are made of several layers of super-soft, super-absorbent muslin. They're curved on one side so that you can easily lay them over your shoulder while you're burping baby. The fabric is really sturdy, so it holds up nicely through lots of washings, but it also gets softer over time, so it feels nice on baby's skin. There are snaps on this burp rag so you can fasten it around your baby's neck and use it as a bib, too. Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs cost about... $12 for one or about $20 for two. They come in several themes and colors. I still carry one of these burp rags with me to clean up my toddler after lunch.
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These square burp cloths measure 23 inches across and are made of GOTS certified organic cotton muslin. They're simple but effective, and attractive to boot. The fox and buck patterns are incredibly cute, but there are several other patterns available. Check out the elephants, whales, hedgehogs, rose flowers, and hummingbirds. They come in sets of two, and they're coordinated in shades of blue, gray, orange, purple and rose.
03 of 06If you like bright colors and bold patterns, you'll love these cool burp rags from Baby JaR. Available in dozens of patterns and colors, from trucks and whales to flowers and paisley, Burpies are made of thick, soft cotton. They measure 14 inches by 18 inches, so they're big enough to cover your whole shoulder, but also the right size to tuck under your baby's chin during meals. Baby JaR Burpies come in packages of three for about $35.
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It might sound silly to a non-parent, but prefold diapers make fantastic burp cloths. After all, their main purpose in life is to absorb! Gerber birdseye prefolds are one of the best inexpensive options for burp rags. They're big enough to cover a lot of your clothing, they're practically indestructible, and they soak up plenty of baby yuck. You can even find them in different colors. At under $10 for a package of four, you can't beat the price on these if you need to buy a bunch.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
05 of 06These flat cloth diapers are a blend of hemp and organic cotton that absorbs incredibly well. They're 27 inches by 27 inches when folded out, which is big enough to cover even the largest manly shoulder, or you can fold them in half for an extra thick absorbent layer. This type of fabric is durable and dries really fast, so you can get them through the laundry in a hurry. Hemp Babies Little Weeds cloth diapers cost about $7.50 each. You might be able to find them in a six-pack for a little... less per diaper.
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Burp Catcher burp rags are designed with a pocket at one end. This pocket isn't for storage, though. It's made to hang open so that it catches any mess before it runs down your back or onto the floor. Burp Catchers are available in soft flannel or squishy fleece. The fleece version costs about $12 for one, while the flannel version costs about $12 for two. Both styles wash up easily and fit nicely in a diaper bag.
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