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What are the best burp cloths & bibs?

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Initial post: Jan 31, 2012 3:26:31 PM PST
sara says:
I am in the process of registering for my first baby. And I have no idea what is good. I am not looking for the most expensive stuff, I am looking for practical stuff that works. So what bibs do you like? What kind of burp cloths? And how many do I need?

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 3:50:08 PM PST
TW says:
For burp cloths, I love the basic Gerber cloth diapers that come in packs of a dozen or so. You should have enough with one pack. They are bigger than regular burp cloths and absorb more. We used them to tuck under baby's chin when bottle feeding, to catch drips when nursing in the early days, and of course to protect our clothes from spit up, drool and other fun baby stains. Cheap and much more useful than the pretty ones!
Gerber 12-Pack Diaper Birdseye Prefold

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 1:20:10 PM PST
diasha78 says:
The best bibs that I have found are Bumkins. Everything washes off them and they dry super fast.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 1:40:04 PM PST
My daughter has reflux and I am an expert on this subject. Trust Me!

Carter's bibs are amazing! They have 2 layers of fabric and a waterproof layer in between. They fasten on the side of the baby instead of the back which is much easier to deal with. We go through about 7 bibs a day and these work the best. They will be too big for a newborn, but will fit around 6 weeks or so.

The best burp cloths I have found are right here on Amazon. They are the 3 pack by green sprouts. They are big, soft and super absorbent. I have 9 of them that I wash every 3 days and they have been holding up great for the past 4 months!

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 3:31:55 PM PST
Momma says:
Carter's bibs, for sure. Soft, waterproof, side velcro. Look for the ones with the TERRY cloth tops, because they grab liquids faster than the stuff that looks like t-shirt fabric.

Hemp Babies burp cloths are by far the best, thirstiest stuff ever. So thirsty they function like waterproof pads. But they are a bit expensive, so second best is cloth diapers. Last I bought them Gerber had two textures, one loose and gauzy and one stiffer and tighter. You want the loose and gauzy kind.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 6:06:00 PM PST
Sterving says:
i have been using baby bjorn bibs. amazing. 2 have baby never spit up so there was no need for cloth bibs or burp pads.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 2:31:28 PM PST
PenName says:
I have several bibs that have the newer kind of small fine velcro that isn't as scratchy on babies neck as the typical older style velcro. Most of those bibs are one-offs though. Does anyone know what bib brand/product has the newer kind of velcro? Or anyone know of a bib brand that uses snaps instead of velcro? Baby is teething now and needs a bib constantly or is always wet!

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 5:44:02 PM PST
It amazes me how much actual "burp" cloths cost! They also tend to be on the small side, and the whole purpose of using them is to keep yourself clean! I'm telling you, cloth diapers are the way to go. As the first mom said, they are bigger and more absorbent! If you want something cute, you can also go with receiving blankets. I fold mine into fours and get quite a bit of use out of just one. Good luck to you and congratulations on the babe! Being a mom is the greatest!

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 12:55:07 AM PST
S S says:
Check out for great burp cloths, you can get wonderful chenille backed LARGE burp cloths made for you in any fabric you choose basically - the chenille is super absorbent and soft. They go for about 5$ each but are worth it. They can also double as a changing pad, or even a lovey. If you find a seller you like they'll usually work a deal for multiple orders as well. - You can also find beautiful prefold-style burps there, but I never liked the folded style of burp cloth (like the gerber variety).

If you need to be frugal cloth diaper inserts work great - Kushies brand were great - they're a pad shaped cloth crazy absorbent. They double as a wonderful night-time nursing pads.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 8:28:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 14, 2012 8:35:53 PM PDT
mr "Houston" says:
Being a new mom myself, I would suggest the following based on my experience over the past 5 months
1. I was expecting a 6 pounder but ended up with a 8.5 pounds baby :D. So, new born size was not exactly fitting him.
Diapers :- The hospital had started him on size 1 pampers swaddlers. They were a bit loose but they worked well.I kept him on that for about a month or so ( I don't remember how many diapers I went through in the first month.But I am guessing something about 200 because we would go through atleast 10 diapers a day). I moved him to size 2 and still is in size 2 currently at 5 months.( Will move him to size 3 after a couple of weeks).I went through almost 4 containers for size 2 diapers which contained 242 diapers each. I ordered pampers swaddlers on amazon all through. They are the cheapest on amazon and don't forget to clip the coupon from pampers available right on the page.I was offered amazon mom eventually because I had signed up for amazon prime membership. Now I am debating between cruisers and swaddlers for size 3. (He is in a cruiser as I am writing this).

Wipes:- The hospital used a kind of wipe which you had to wet before using it. My son got a rash from those wipes so I started using pampers sensitive hypo-allergenic wipes. They work the best for us. They clean up any left diaper cream also. I ordered these on sams club website as it was cheaper there. But amazon had a sale a week ago on the wipes and I have stocked up on those.

Burp cloths:- Burp clothes never stayed tucked around his neck when feeding him from day 1. So I bought the neat solutions bibs on amazon which are amazing till today for liquid feeding. See my review for them.

Diaper rash cream:- Haven't yet found the dream match. Desitin maximum strength seemed to work. Trying to see if any other natural creams like burt bees or calendula will work.

Body wash:- same thing as diaper rash cream. Used cetaphil. Dry skin. Switched to aveeno creamy baby wash. better now.

Massaging oil:- Jojoba oil.Didn't work for dry skin. Almond oil.Thumbs down. Caster oil for hair. Thumbs down again. Olive oil finally worked.

Body cream :- cetaphil - didn't help dry skin. aquaphor - heat bumps. vanicream - heat bumps. went back to cetaphil. Bought it in sams club

Bottles:- I was very particular about using only glass bottles. I did my research and found evenflo to better since they are tempered glass and harder to break. I bought 6 4-ounce bottles and used them with NUK narrow neck nipple.Don't ask me why but it was really good. Now I am using born free 9 ounce bottles with nuk medium flow wide neck nipples.The reason I switched to born free was because they will fit in my avent bpa free microwave sterilizer. I would suggest ditch the 4-ounce and get the 9 ounce directly. Evenflo is available in many stores. Born free cheapest in BRU n nipples on amazon. Go with the slowest flow nipple only for both narrow and wide neck NUK nipples. First years breast flow didn't work. He was choking on them and could drink from them easily!

Breast pump:- I bought a medela pump in style advance. It was just ok. Friend loaned me a ameda truly yours - amazing. I would suggest ameda as you can control both suction and speed while in medela there is just one control.Evenflo glass bottles fit the medela pump. I bought the medela in BRU when on sale.

Bottle Brush :- I used BRU brand but found munchkin to be the best.

Bottle Stand :- Munchkin(Walmart).

Swaddling/Receiving blankets:- The carters blankets are tiny and based on my experience they look old and tattered in just month. I bought 100% cotton blankets in gymboree (2 of them) when on sale for about $12.00 each. And for almost similar price, I bought swaddling blankets on swaddle designs website when they were on sale. These have stood up the test of time and washing and look brand new even now. I would say buy about 6 carters receiving blankets and 3-5 of others.

Fitted sheets:- Pottery barn kids. 2 sheets 100% cotton. Look brand new even after them everyday. No loose threads or lost stitching.

Clothes:- I would suggest buying front open clothes initially because it is easier for us to put it on them when they are tiny.I bought about 5 front snap full sleeved new born size white color shirts from carters. 6 0-3 month size half sleeved onesies. 6 0-3 months sleep and play. These lasted me for about 2 months. I would suggest buying a sweater in case it is a winter baby. I bought sweater onesie(carters) and regular sweater (children's place).
When buying onesies, try to find the ones with new born sleeve which you can fold over there fingers. It helps when you don't trim their nails or when its too cold.

Socks:- carters ( 6 pairs).

Mittens :- My baby never kept them on. We tried socks. They gave him rash. Finally 100% cotton cloth tied over his fingers worked well.

Pacifier:- He never took it.

Nail trimmer:- I bought the safety first sleepy baby nail clipper. the one with the light right here on amazon. It is good.

I also bought nosefrida for the colds (knock on wood I didn't have to use it so far).

Oh I wrote the entire story without mentioning the main thing you have asked!

For burp cloths, don't even bother with the carters or gerbers or any. They are tiny and don't absorb at all.
Go with gerber cloth diapers or the BRU burp cloths. I do his laundry twice a week and go through about 6 bibs and 3-4 burp cloths every day. I use the bibs exclusively for feeding. Burp cloths are for feeding and for the occasional drool wiping also.

My friend swears by the aden and anais bibs. They remind me of old cotton clothes we have back home. (Those bibs are made in India and the kind of cloth they use for the bibs and burp cloths is basically cotton cloth washed multiple times). Of course they are super absorbent. I used the same material for making mittens for him:)

I have about 15 bibs ( big and small) and 15 burp cloths.

Sorry about the lengthy post but hope it helps :)

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 8:59:20 PM PDT
Tommee Tippiee bib's were awesome for me, they have this great little extra padded band around the neck that catches any excess that dribbles out of their mouth, and they haven't met a stain that wouldn't easily wash out and my little one is 6 months and doing baby food and carrots, squash and sweet potatoes love to stain everything they touch. As for water proof bib's I recommend carters all the way!!! They are the only ones I have found that the back doesn't feel like they were made from a tarp:):) last little bit of mommy advice about something I couldn't have lived without with both of my boys...BIZ laundry pre-treater!!!! It saved many of outfits for me!! It worked better than clorox 2 and oxi-clean put together. I added a scoop to every load of their laundry I did. It never bothered either one of their sweet soft baby skin either, and I still used dreft as their main detergent. Almost every outfit made it from the older brother to the new baby looking brand new, and dry as few outfits as possible in the dryer!! Lessen the chance of the stain setting in and keeps them from shrinking too:):) good luck and best wishes for the new baby on the way!!!!!!

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 9:50:17 PM PDT
Oh and you can never have to many bib's:):):):) burp clothes maybe but bib's were bought lots of times in my house:):) join Carter's website so they will send u coupons and sometimes u can find AwEsOmE deals at their outlet stores:):):) in fact sign up for every website u can!!! They all like to send u free stuff and samples!!! Especially planning family(I think that's the name:/) if ur gonna breastfeed they will send u a promo code for a nursing cover, all u have to do is pay the shipping:):) diaper, gerber, any baby food website too. I made a special email address just for all of them too, so they all went to 1 account:):)

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 11:11:03 PM PDT
Luvtoshop says:
Aden and Anais' burpy bibs. They are awesome! Super absorbant burp cloth, that is a bib too, when they begin drooling. I put this on my 2.5 year old when she eats, it's nice and big. Love the double unction of this bib!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 9:14:15 AM PDT
Turacy says:
I would Buy Green Sprouts Waterproof Terry 10 Pk Bibs Green Sprouts Waterproof Absorbent Terry Bibs, Boys, 10 Count

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 6:52:36 PM PDT
Tiger Momma says:
I second Luvtoshop's recommendation of aiden+anais burpy bibs. they're really absorbent, large enough to cover a lot. I have a 6-week old who spits up a lot, and three of these bibs. They go from burp cloth to bib with a simple snap, so they aren't rough on her neck. They're a little pricy when compared to other options but worth it IMO. The more you wash them, the softer they get and you can't beat the shape - coverage without bulk.

I also have a muslin swaddle wrap from aiden+anais and I LOVE it. It's already super hot and humid where we are, and we can use it to protect baby from a draft/sunshine, or swaddle her. It's huge but not heavy, but it does seem to keep her warm when we fold it in half.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 12:28:25 AM PDT
James says:
Check out the products at

These are not expensive but affordable and good quality products only meant for babies

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 1:44:50 PM PDT

We are about to have baby #5, and our oldest is 6, I've been in the burpcloth mode for years...the best are the Gerber terry cloth style. They come in a 6 pack (I've always gotten them at Target). Cute designs, they are absorbent, wash and wear well. For bibs, go with the Carter's ones that velcro on the front of the shoulder. THe snap kind are ridiculous, and the ones that close in back are very uncomfortable for babies!
Unless your baby has reflux (which if you're planning to nurse, you will not likely have to worry about), and as long as you do laundry reasonably often, you will only need about 6 of each, including one to keep in your diaper bag. Whatever you do, don't go by the "baby registry planner" that stores give out, you will NEVER open most of the junk they recommend!! and it's no fun standing in lines to return stuff with a screaming newborn! :)
Good Luck!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 1:45:41 PM PDT
Carter makes the best ones, they close on the front of the shoulder...velcro, though, which really - have you tried snapping a bib on a squirming baby? not easy!! :)

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 4:33:47 PM PDT
For great burp cloths (using regular cloth diapers) go to They have great cloth diapers that are much softer than Gerber. The prices are great and you buy them by the piece and by the size. So you will get what you really want. They ship for Great product and great website.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2012 8:15:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 4, 2012 8:17:09 PM PDT
Congrats Sara on your first baby. Diapers are good to use as a burp cloth....

Hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 8:34:36 PM PDT
Jennifer says:
I agree with other people that have reviewed...i have used cloth diapers that are not pre folded as burp cloths and after a few washings they are super soft and absorb everything. I prefer to use that at home...when i am out and about with my daughter i prefer to use the Tommee Tippee bibs with the extra absorbent neck area. Congratulations!!!! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 7:48:03 AM PDT
P. Foley says:
100% agree!! My mother used them for us when we were babies, and all of us have carried the tradition on. I swear by these.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 7:52:19 AM PDT
P. Foley says:
For burp cloths, go with the advice of the guy who said Gerber cloth diapers. They're cheap, absorbent, easily washable and when baby is older, you can use them for dust rags without feeling guilty. Bibs - try the disposable Pampers ones. They come in a big box and it'll save on your laundry. To be honest, you won't even need the bibs until your baby is in a high chair - until then, tuck the cloth diaper under his/her chin and feed away.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 1:36:48 PM PDT
M. McIntyre says:
Aden and Anais burpy bibs worked best for our son. He had surgery for pyloric stenosis at 8 weeks old, one of the hallmark symptoms of which is projectile vomiting. We went through a lot of bibs his first two months and found the absorbency and size of Aden and Anais to be far superior.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 9:59:19 PM PDT
C. Krohn says:
Babyjar burpies are the BEST! Expensive, but great quality!
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