How many burping pads do I need? (2024)

When putting together your baby shopping list it’s hard to know what and how many of each item to buy. How long they will last and when they should be replaced? Here we discuss how many burping pads you need and much more.

How many do Ineed?

This will depend on the quality, how much your baby spits up and if they suffer reflux. Starting off by buying 6 good quality cloths. This is so you can take some to the hospital, and spares for when you get home. Also, a few more as a backup if the others are in the wash. If you find that your baby spits up a lot you can always buy more.

How many do you go through aday?

Some babies will spit up and drool a lot. Especially if they have reflux. In this case, you may go through up to 6 a day. Others may not make a mess at all. So you won’t need them. It will also depend on the quality of the materials and how its made. Good quality materials like cotton will last longer. And you will not have to wash as frequently. While cheaper and less absorbent ones will need to be cleaned more. This is because less absorbent cloths will stay wet as the moisture sits on top.

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How often should you changethem?

You should change them once they are wet or covered in spit-up. Our handmade burp cloths are designed so you can use one side, and then flip around to use the other. Meaning you could use them a minimum of two times. But if your baby doesn’t spit up a lot you may be able to use them up to 10 times before washing.

We recommend using them for no more than a day. And they should be washed at the latest the next day. If you use them for longer or do not wash them frequently, there is a chance mould will start to form. Moisture from the spit-up is the perfect breeding ground for this.

When should they be replaced?

You shouldn’t need to replace them. Good quality ones are designed to last for years. Meaning you can utilize them until your newborn doesn’t need them anymore. But if you start seeing black spots on them this is a sign of mould and should be replaced straight away.

How long do you use them for?

This will depend on how much drool and spit-up your baby produces. On average you will be using these for the first 6 months. Once finished, you can store them for later children. Or you can use them as a teether, washcloth or small towel. There are many other applications for spit-up rags once you’ve finished with them.

How can I make them lastlonger?

Making them last longer can be difficult. But it’s best to follow the manufacturer’s care and maintenance suggestions. You should reduce the number of times you wash them. Don’t use as much detergent and never dry clean.

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How many should I bring to the hospital?

When packing your hospital bag you should pack at least 2. Hospitals in Australia don’t provide them so it’s important you pack some for your stay. The last thing you want is to change your clothes after a little bit of spilt milk.

What else can I useinstead?

You may prefer not to buy them at all. Or you would like to wait to see if your newborn spits up and drools a lot. In this case, there are alternatives to burping pads. Including washcloths, towels, bibs and diapers.

We hope this article has helped you to decide how many you will buy. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.

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This article was written by Luisa Figueroa. She is the designer and maker of the My Little Love Heart range of spit-up rags.

How many burping pads do I need? (2024)


How many burping pads do I need? ›

How many burping cloths do I need? It depends on how often you think you will need them. If you are not sure, it is always better to have too many than not enough. Most burp cloths come in packs of 12-24, so you should be able to find a pack that fits your needs.

How many burp cloths will you need? ›

If you are wondering, 'how many burp cloths do I need?' It depends on how often your young one spits up, the number of feedings(which are unnumbered as they are still breastfeeding), and how often you want to do the laundry. But anywhere between eight to 14 burp cloths is a good number to have for a single baby.

How many burp cloths should I put on my 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.

What are the measurements for burp pads? ›

What is the standard size of a baby burp cloth? Most burp cloths are around 15 -22” in length and 10 - 15” in width. They are this long so that they offer as much coverage as possible and also drape over the shoulder without falling off.

How long do you use burp cloths for? ›

Babies usually need burp cloths for as long as they're fed by bottle or breast. It's different for every child, but they get most of their sustenance from milk until about 12 months of age. While many children continue drinking milk after their first birthday, they may not still need to be burped each time.

How many burps are enough? ›

Try burping your baby every 2 to 3 ounces (60 to 90 milliliters) if you bottle-feed and each time you switch breasts if you breastfeed. Try burping your baby every ounce during bottle-feeding or every 5 minutes during breastfeeding if your baby: tends to be gassy. spits a lot.

How many burp cloths do I need in my diaper bag? ›

Pack one or two burp cloths or even washcloths for your baby's spit-up, or for wiping up spills. Bottles and feeding supplies. If you are using them, pack baby bottles and other feeding supplies like bottle nipples, pre-made formula (or powdered formula for mixing later), or a portable bottle warmer.

Can you reuse burp cloths for a second baby? ›

If you are expecting a second baby and want to know if you can reuse your burping towels, the answer is yes you can.

How many things should I have on my baby registry? ›

First-time-mom baby registries typically include between 100 and 120 items. This should be more than enough to cover everything you will need for your baby. Because with any type of baby registry, the aim is to only get things for your baby that you will actually need and use.

What is the best fabric for homemade burp cloths? ›

Flannel – As well as being soft and warm, flannel is breathable. And it is more absorbent than any other material. Muslin – This is an eco-friendly material that is soft and gentle on the baby's skin. Ideal for wiping away drool and spit-up.

What size are DIY burp cloths? ›

First up, you're going to cut out two pieces (a front and back) of your fabric out into a rectangle. You can make these whatever size you want, but for these I cut them out 10 inches x 20 inches, which is a great size for a burp cloth.

Can you use tea towels as burp cloths? ›

Tea Towels – You can use a tea towel instead. They are a good size and absorbent. The main negative is that most are pretty ugly.

Do I really need burp cloths? ›

Are burp cloths really necessary? It depends on your individual situation. If your baby spits up a lot, then you will want to have some burp cloths on hand. They can also be useful for cleaning the baby's face and mouth, and for protecting the furniture from getting messy.

What kind of burp cloths are best? ›

The best fabric for burp cloths is one that's soft, absorbent and fast-drying. If in doubt go for a burp cloth made from natural materials like cotton or muslin.

Do I need to wash burp cloths before use? ›

Pre-washing doesn't mean you have to wash and dry every single onesie, burp cloth, and towel before the baby is born. Just make sure to wash baby clothes or linen before you use them. Tip: Pre-wash baby clothes in phases, starting with items marked in sizes newborn through 0-3 months.

How often should I change burp cloths? ›

Meaning you could use them a minimum of two times. But if your baby doesn't spit up a lot you may be able to use them up to 10 times before washing. We recommend using them for no more than a day.

How many washcloths do I need for a newborn? ›

It never hurts to have one more baby bath towel than you need on hand. If you make your baby's bath part of your daily routine, five towels are probably plenty—as long as you launder them frequently.

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