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Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Quick look at the best baby burp cloths

It may not be glamorous, but spit-up, drool, and vomit are a natural part of baby life, especially during feeding times.

Burp cloths are essential for cleaning messes, wiping sensitive skin, and protecting your clothing. They’re one of the staple items you’ll use left, right, and center during your baby’s first year and beyond.

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You’ll definitely want to stock up on these valuable items, and it’s unlikely you’ll have more than you can use. You may find it ideal to have a quality reserve of fresh, clean, burp cloths to prevent and conquer the inevitable messes that await you.

A stockpile stashed in every corner, nook, and cranny will keep you prepared and save you from frequent laundry loads.

How we chose our favorites

We’ve tracked down the best burp cloths on the market today based on popularity, reviews, and recommendations.

We looked for burp cloths that are:

  • made of natural fabric that’s gentle enough for sensitive skin
  • durable enough to withstand repeated use and washings
  • made of high-quality materials with good stitching
  • affordable enough to be purchased as multiple sets
  • large enough to provide coverage
  • absorbent, breathable, and quick-drying
  • comfortable and easy to use
  • stylish enough to brighten your day
A note on price:
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Burp cloths typically come in multi-packs — since parents do go through them quickly! The burp cloths below range from about $2 to $11 each.

Luvable Friends Burp Cloths

The price is right and the quality is on point for these durable burp cloths by Luvable Friends. The 100 percent cotton sets of four are available in loads of whimsical and placid patterns.Each cloth is large enough to provide coverage and you can easily fold it to fit on your shoulder. The cozy flannel fabric has multiple layers that are super absorbent, making clean-ups a breeze. You can also use the cloth as a blanket or crib liner.

Copper Pearl Premium Burp Cloths

With an array of vibrant prints to choose from, these 100 percent cotton burp cloths are easy on the eyes. You’ll likely fall in love with the snazzy patterns and may end up using one as a security blanket.The large cloth covers your shoulders and stays put even if you move. Reviews say they offer superior absorbency with a thick, fleece, middle layer acting as cushy armor to protect your clothing.

aden + anais Burpy Baby Bibs

These soft cotton muslin cloths from aden + anais are available in a multitude of subdued prints. The contoured shape makes for an easy fit over the shoulder while the four layers of absorbent fabric keep your outfit dry.The innovative design transforms the burp cloth into a bib by snapping the ends together. The bib’s size covers your baby’s upper body, which is convenient for feeds as your baby gets older. You may even use it as a cape during haircuts or trims. But note you’ll pay a smidge more for innovation — these are the most expensive burp cloths on our list.

Milkbarn Organic Burp Cloths
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Large enough to cover bigger shoulders, these burp cloths are perfect for daddy duty. The minimal cloths are made of muslin material featuring serene prints that cast a vintage feel.These thin, single-layer cloths are quick-drying, lightweight, and small enough to toss into a bag, car seat, or stroller for life on the go. Getting softer with each wash, you can easily use the cloth as a dish towel or blankie when the spit-up days are done. But, some parents did find that the single-layer was not absorbent enough.Worth a mention, Milkbarn has teamed with Exile International to enhance the lives of women and children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A portion of each sale goes toward supporting local communities in this area.

Hudson Baby Burp Cloths

Available in packs of four or seven, these 100 percent cotton cloths come in plain colors and all types of eye-catching prints. They feature multiple layers that offer top-notch absorbency, and the fabric is soft enough for delicate skin.The cloth fits over your shoulder or can be used under your baby’s chin during bottle feeds. Customers report that these cloths are thick without being bulky, and you can conveniently throw these cloths into your diaper bag without sacrificing a lot of precious space.

KeaBabies Organic Baby Burp Cloths

Focusing on practicality is always a win when you’re buying baby gifts. These KeaBabies burp cloths make a fantastic present option. Available in packs of five, they come in refreshing prints and solid colors with plenty of unisex options for gifts given before the gender reveal.The cloths are packaged in recyclable cardboard that’s presentable on its own, with minimal decorations, or as part of a gift bundle. They’re 100 percent organic cotton, which is soft, thick, and absorbent. Parents love that the cloths stay on your shoulder even if you have to bend forward or reach for something.

Burt’s Bees Baby Burp Cloths

Available in packs of two, three, or five, these fan favorites are terrific for travel. They come in a variety of soft prints and solid colors, featuring lightweight fabric that folds up compactly. You can simply add a bunch to your suitcase or diaper bag, knowing that they’ll be easy to clean while you’re away from home.Composed of 100 percent organic cotton, these cloths are a sustainable, environmentally-friendly option designed to withstand wear, tear, and washings.

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