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!