Burp Cloths that Real Moms Will Actually Use

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WHY STORE-BOUGHT BURP CLOTHS DON’T WORK FOR BABIES WITH REFLUX

My little man had some severe reflux when he was born.  I was covered in spit up all day.  So many nights my husband would come home to see me dressed in a tank top and sweatpants.  “I swear I looked nice at one point this morning,” was my usual greeting. After endless tests, we found that his reflux wasn’t causing any health concerns, so we just had to figure out how to deal with the mess.

I learned that boys are more prone to have reflux than girls and many pediatricians say they’ll grow out of it around 6 months.  However, several moms I know, including myself, had kids that grew out of it between 12-18 months.  It just slowly got better over time until it completely stopped.  I also found that it got better once my baby could sit up on his own, but then was worse than ever once he started crawling because he was much more active on his tummy.

We were gifted so many blankets and burp cloths when I was pregnant, but it was the blankets I actually used for burp cloths. When you have a child that spits up in mass quantities, these little store-bought rags just won’t cut it.

If you know an expectant mom, handmade burp cloths would be a great addition to your baby shower gift! Let me show you a quick and simple way to make your own!

HOW TO MAKE BURP CLOTHS THAT ACTUALLY WORK

Once upon a time, I had an Etsy shop filled with sewing projects, inspired by my son’s reflux problem! These burp cloths are super simple, and gift well with matching baby blankets.

1. CHOOSE A SOFT FABRIC

Choose a cute fabric or two! Pick from a soft, absorbent fabric like flannel. No baby wants to rub their face on scratchy stiff cotton.

2. PURCHASE CLOTH DIAPERS INSTEAD OF BURP CLOTHS

Purchase a pack of 3-ply pre-folded white baby diapers. I use these:

3. CUT THE DECORATIVE FABRIC

Cut a rectangle to match the dimensions of the inner panel. Allow 1/2” seam allowance and fold under.

4. SEW THE FABRIC TO THE CLOTH DIAPER

Pin to diaper and top stitch around the decorative fabric.

SEWING TIP:

You can also use a serger on the ends for a more sturdy and finished look. I LOVE my serger because it shortens the steps in most projects:

5. ADD A MATCHING BLANKET

If you purchase a yard of fabric, you can make two burp cloths and use the rest as a matching baby blanket! Serge the edges to finish the blanket or iron the seams and zigzag stitch to prevent unraveling.

NEED A PLACE TO DONATE?

Here are some great places to donate your burp cloths and baby blankets to:

  • Churches
  • Hospitals
  • Pregnancy Centers
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Domestic Violence Centers

Enjoy making things for others? Check out How to Make a No-Sew Baby Blanket.

You are amazing!

8 comments

  1. Three of my five babies had reflux – and after the first one I learned how much better cloth diapers were for dealing with it! Mine were nowhere near as pretty as these are! So lovely!

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