How Many Burp Cloths Do I Need: Buying Only What You Need for Baby

Are you wondering how many burp clothes you’ll need to buy for your new baby?

There are so many items to purchase when you’re welcoming a new life to the family that it can become overwhelming. Is this necessary and how many of each item do you actually need might be questions you have about baby products.

So you may be asking yourself how many burp cloths do I need? And that is a good question. One that this article sets out to answer.

Let’s jump into this burp cloth FAQ.

how many burp cloths do i need

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How many burp cloths do I need

Before we get into the recommended amount of cloths a baby will need, let’s chat about them in general. What are they, what are they made of, what are they used for, where can you find the best burp cloths, and even how to make your own burp cloths.

What is a burping cloth?

Spit up cloths are typically used to clean up spit up from your baby, or can be used to prevent spit up from getting on your shoulder when burping the baby.

They’re typically made from cotton and can be thrown in the washer for a mindless wash, nothing fancy, which makes it easy to toss everything in the wash at once.

Where can you find the best cloths?

Burp cloths are typically readily available wherever baby products are sold. You can find them at your local stores or online. I like to purchase products online as often there are better options, more unique options than in the local store.

I love Amazon, who doesn’t? You can find all sorts of cute and functional spit up cloths online.

Another option for handmade burp cloths would be Etsy. You can find personalized cloths on that website.

Make your own spit up cloths

If you’re a DIY’er and comfortable with the sewing machine, you may want to make your own burp cloths. There are so many adorable fabrics available online to choose from, I’m sure you could make something completely unique and functional at the same time.

What you’ll need when making a burp cloth

  • fabric
  • iron
  • scissors
  • rotary cutter is helpful
  • straight pins
  • thread
  • sewing machine

I’ve seen many people say a nice flannel is what they choose for their burp cloths, not cotton.

I’ve seen it said this helps absorb the spit up better. However, many burp cloths are cotton and I used cotton for my boys and never had a problem. I would research this more if you choose to make your own in order to use the best fabric for your needs.

If you would like to make your own burp cloths I recommend going to Google or YouTube and typing something such as “DIY burp cloths” and see what pulls up. I found this video on YouTube you may find helpful. Simply click to watch.

How many burp cloths do you need

Typically speaking, you’ll want anywhere from 8-15 burp cloths for infants and babies. If I had a baby today I’d choose about 10-15 burp cloths if I planned on doing laundry daily or every other day.

Some babies do spit up more than others but in general babies will spit up frequently, so it is good to have many to grab for. You’ll want them in your diaper bag for when you’re out and about, in the car, and at home. Make the location easy to get to and I’d have at least one on hand when your holding the baby.

Cute burp cloths

There are some really cute burp cloths in the marketplace for boys and girls. I searched for a few that I thought might interest you and am adding them below for your convenience.

If you’d like to do your own searching, you can click here to browse Amazon.

8 pack of baby boy muslin burp cloths

Item details

  • 8 pack of cloths
  • Cotton
  • 20″L x 10″W
  • Variety of designs on each cloth

8 pack of burp cloths for girls

Item details:

  • 8 pack of cloths
  • Cotton
  • 20″L x 14″W
  • Pink themed cloths

6 pack unisex burp cloths

Item details:

  • 6 pack of cloths
  • Cotton
  • 19″L x 9.6″W
  • Unisex colors

Purchasing spit up cloths – wrap up

When buying for a new baby you’re sure to be overwhelmed with the number of items to purchase. While not everything is necessary, burp cloths would be one of the items I’d deem necessary for a new baby.

If you purchase a pack or two of burp cloths, or request them on a baby registry, you should be good to go.

Wrap up overview:

  • 10-15 burp cloths should be a good number to aim for
  • Cotton is a typical fabric of choice
  • Comes in many designs for boys, girls, or unisex
  • Check places like Etsy for custom cloths
  • Make your own if you’re a DIY’er
  • Check places like Amazon for easy buying

Congratulations on your new baby! And happy baby item shopping.

Related reading: How many crib sheets do I need

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XOXO, Nell

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