Forget the Burp Cloths – Get Cloth Diapers

When my wife and I were expecting our first child, we did the requisite registration at Babies R Us for all the essential supplies. When we hit the burp cloth section, my wife snatched the scanner out of my trigger-happy hand. I was about to learn something handy, and more importantly, cost-effective.

As with anything baby-related, parents (and grandparents) are suckers. If it can be monogrammed, color-coordinated, or bought in matching sets, you better believe there are countless people ready to lay down their cash. It is certainly no different with burp clothes.

You can buy every kind imaginable at your local baby store. The most expensive are around five dollars per cloth – that’s five dollars for something that will wipe up regurgitated breast milk and formula. And yes, I thought the same thing.

The solution is simple: Buy cheap cloth diapers. I’m not talking about the pre-cut cloth diapers that mimic disposables, but rather the old school rectangular swatches of fabric. I believe Gerber calls them “Flatfold Gauze Weave Diapers,” though I was unable to find a good link. We got a couple dozen of these, and basically kept them everywhere. Not only were they dirt cheap, but super absorbent – just getting them near the spit-up was enough to make it disappear.

If you have a baby with an inclination for spitting-up, keep your world dry with cloth diapers!

Categorized as Parenting

By Chad Norman

Chad is a marketing and branding strategist, proven leader, speaker, founder, and author. As COO of Catch Talent, he leads day-to-day operations including finance, human resources, marketing, and communications, as well as directs all employer brand client deliverables. Prior to Catch, Chad was VP of Marketing & Communication at SPARC, he served on the senior leadership team and lead marketing and communication strategy across all products and services. At Blackbaud, the leading provider of nonprofit technology solutions, Chad managed digital marketing and online training teams. In 2016, Chad founded DisruptHR Charleston, a bi-annual gathering of HR professionals for a night of networking and Ignite talks. His book, 101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits: A Field Guide, was published by Wiley in February 2012. Chad has presented at dozens of industry events including SXSW, SHRM, DisruptHR, IHRIM, NTC, DMA, AFP, and BBCON and has lectured at Wake Forest University, Indiana University, University of Michigan, College of Charleston, and The Citadel.

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