Burp cloths are one of the baby essentials used in cleaning up our babies. It is used to wipe our little ones since they have the tendency to spit up, usually when they are burped. Parents nowadays tend to buy or use any type of soft cloth, but when buying these burp cloths, we should consider 2 things.
First is the quality, it should be soft enough for our baby’s delicate skin. Second, it should provide a strong shield for the person who is burping the baby. Practically, we should look for burp cloths that are soft, absorbent, and large.
How To Use A Burp Cloth
You can spread the burp cloth on your shoulder before lifting your baby up for burping so that it absorbs the spit-ups. Place the cloth in such a way that it covers your complete shoulder horizontally, and runs in the front and back of your shoulder vertically.
For How Long Can I Use Burp Cloths For My Baby?
You can use burp clothes for about six to nine months that is as long as you are burping your baby. Once your baby learns to sit or move around, burping is not required and neither is the burp cloths.
Criteria For Selecting Burp Clothes
The market is flooded with a variety of burp cloths. As a new mother, you may be confused as to what could be the most suitable type for you. Follow this checklist to make selection easy.
Ease Of Use
What use is a product when it is not easy to use? Try the burp cloth before buying, and see if you are comfortable with it. It cannot be so slippery that it would not stay on your shoulder, or so thick that it makes your sweat or feel itchy.
Check The Material And Texture
- Choose cloths made of cotton or some other soft material, which do not harm or hurt the tender skin of your child when his face comes in contact with the cloth.
- The cloth needs to be absorbent so that all the spit sinks into it without rolling down your shoulders.
- The paints and prints on the material need to be waterproof.
- The texture needs to be such that the spit does not get stuck in between them, making it difficult to clean.
Size Of The Cloth
The burp cloth should be big enough to spread across your shoulder, front, and back. You cannot predict where your baby would spit when you are holding him. Therefore, a bigger cloth will be able to field it wherever he spits.
Burp cloths are meant to be reused. They should not only be washable but also able to withstand regular and brisk cleaning. Once washed, they need to dry quickly under any weather conditions.
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