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Newborn Checklist: How Many Burp Cloths Do You Need?

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In the first months of pregnancy, it’s normal to feel nervous and excited. Building a baby registry is an excellent way to take a task off your to-do list and feel more productive. As you scour your favorite apps and websites for the best products, you’ll find that you need to register for popular baby essentials such as newborn clothes, bibs and burp cloths. While you may be able to imagine what your infant needs or the different types of baby clothes to have, it’s a little more difficult to decide how many of each item you require.

Burp cloths are one of the most overlooked items on an expecting mother’s wish list. Most new moms underestimate how many they will need, especially in the first year of baby’s life. In this guide for new moms and expecting mothers, we’ll explain how many new burp cloths you should put on your registry—and why. We’ll also share our experience on what makes for the best burp cloths and how to care for them. Since you won’t be registering for the wrong number of supplies, your family and friends can focus on additional must-haves, such as a crib, a car seat and diapers. Being strategic about your feeding accessories will also help you save time and money once your baby is born!

Putting the Right Number of Burp Cloths on Your Registry

Most baby registries feature four to six burp cloths, or an average of two packs. Our rule of thumb is to double that. Register for 10 to 12 cloths in various patterns or colors. The soft material is excellent for everything from gently wiping a wet chin after a feeding to sopping up drool.

If you buy ones in a hue other than white, they’re less likely to stain. Plus, having a ton on hand will keep you from having to do endless loads of laundry. Expect to go through at least one cloth per day, if not more. It’s also nice to have extras to keep in your car or diaper bag.

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How to Care for Burp Cloths

Stains from formula, breast milk and baby food will quickly discolor your burp cloths. Use a three-step process to ensure they stay fresh, vibrant and clean. Before you place the garments in your washer, spray them with a stain fighter. Find a product specially made for babies. Apply a liberal amount of the spray to the blemish and then rub the material back and forth to coax the stain out. Once the discoloration loosens a bit, let it sit for five to 10 minutes.

Fill your washer with warm water on a delicate cycle. Use baby-safe detergent. Add the burp cloth with the remaining stain fighter still on it. Once the cycle is over, allow the garments to hang outside or pop them in the dryer. If you use a machine, ensure the heat is on a low setting. This will keep the material from shrinking. Fold them in half or in quarters and place them in a convenient spot, such as on your diaper changing shelf or by your breast pump station.

Choosing the Best Burp Cloths

While your baby deserves the softest material against their skin, you need durable and long-lasting infant supplies. Registering for quality burp cloths from a trusted baby brand will ensure your little one is comfortable. It’ll also help you save money in the long run. If you’re looking for baby girl burp cloths, you’ll find our designs in sweet pink, whimsical flowers and polka dots. Our baby boy designs are also quite diverse. Have some fun with grey and white stripes, teddy bears or blue elephants.

Consider selecting different multipacks for various needs and seasons. Flannel burp cloths are excellent for the cooler months of the year, while terry burp cloths are plush and help to eliminate moisture. Cotton knit designs are popular because they feel great and are easy to clean.

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Helping Baby Thrive with the Right Supplies

Before you knew you were going to be a mom, you didn’t realize how many questions you would have during your pregnancy! Now that you know the answer to “how many burp cloths do I need?”, you can move on to more important subjects. The quicker you master your baby registry, the easier it is to devote your time to your birth plan and your nursery goals. Most importantly, you will have more mental space to focus on your self-care!