Your baby might be a cute little angel, but you know just how much of a mess they can create in a matter of seconds and how difficult it could get cleaning it all up. While eating, your baby has a knack for getting food all around and when it comes to burping the baby, they tend to spit out their food and saliva everywhere. Merely holding a baby could even sometimes feel like having a bomb at hand; you never know when they will erupt and ruin your favorite clothes. But how many burp cloths do you need?
A burp cloth comes very handy as it makes things so much easier. Burping your baby after a meal becomes less messy thanks to a quality burp cloth. It is also much easier to clean up after feeding or burping a baby when you use a burp cloth. Now, let’s get started on the details about burping; how to do it, when to, and how many burp cloths are required.
BURPING (OR WINDING) A BABY
Burping a baby is physically helping the baby expel air swallowed while feeding; from inside the tummy. You can do this by manually manipulating the baby into an optimal position that puts gentle pressure on their back and belly. While doing this for your baby, you must be prepared for the damages they might wreck.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO BURP A BABY?
When a baby is feeding, they can easily swallow air along with the milk into their stomachs and won’t be able to get rid of these trapped air bubbles all by themselves. This happens often with a lot of babies, especially newborns less than 3 months old. If a baby is not burped, the baby would feel bloated and could eventually vomit. A baby needs to be burped in order to relieve the pressure in its stomach and make sure they aren’t experiencing any pain or discomfort.
WHAT IS A BURP CLOTH?
When burping, babies often regurgitate food and spit it out. Babies also tend to drool a lot. This is quite normal but it could be a bit annoying when you are carrying your little angel and suddenly your cool outfit gets covered in vomit. This is where the burp cloth comes in. Before burping your baby, you should have a burp cloth ready to catch any undesirable fluids.
A burp cloth is different from a bib, in that a bib’s purpose is to catch drool and food particles that fall from the baby’s mouth while the baby is eating. A burp cloth is a cloth used to wipe up regurgitated food when winding or burping a baby after its meal.
If you are burping your baby over the shoulder, you should cover your shoulder with the burp cloth and if you are burping your baby over the lap, you should cover your lap with it. This will safeguard your clothes and give more confidence to your movements. Instead of taking the chance to have to go home and change, it becomes simply a matter of drawing out a new burp cloth. A neat and efficient way to keep both yourself and your baby clean and happy.
Criteria to Look For In Burp Cloth
The major criteria to consider when choosing a burp cloth for your baby includes:
- Softness: You need to pick a burp cloth that is very soft and gentle on your baby’s face. Since you will need to wipe the baby’s face and body with the burp cloth very often, a light and soft one is highly recommended. It will keep your baby happy and prevent any bruises on its skin.
- Size: A burp cloth should be able to cover your shoulder completely and a little of your back and chest. This is because your baby could easily dodge a burp cloth that is too small and still end up spilling food all over your clothes.
- Absorbance: An absorbent material is necessary for a burp cloth to be an effective shield for the person holding the baby. The whole point of a burp cloth is to absorb. A baby will spit out varying amounts of thick and thin liquids and so, the burp cloth has to be capable of absorbing it all. Therefore, the absorbance quality of the burp cloth is crucially important.
HOW MANY BURP CLOTHS DO YOU NEED?
Perhaps you are preparing for a baby and are about to go shopping. You wonder just how many burp cloths you need to have since filling the house up with countless burp cloths is ridiculous. However, you remember the fact that when it comes to burp cloths, it’s better and safer to have too many than too few. The number of burp cloths you will need would depend on how often you feed your baby and how often you intend on washing the burp cloths. You want to have just the right quantity.
If you would be feeding your baby 6 times a day, it’s safe to assume you would be using 8 burp cloths every day (an additional 2 for incidents between meals). Say you wash the dirty ones every night and leave them to dry the next day, it means you will be needing about 16. What happens if you cannot wash them for a day or two? You’ll need an additional day’s supply.
You will require a figure around that of twenty-four (24) burp cloths. Feel free to scale that number up for safety and note that you might find that you or your baby has different needs so be prepared to adjust the number of burp cloths you have.
CAN YOU REUSE BURP CLOTHS?
Once or twice is fine if you are still comfortable with using the burp cloth. However, using a burp cloth repeatedly without washing it could be very detrimental to your baby’s health as a used burp cloth would encourage the accumulation and growth of bacteria and fungi that could infect your baby. You should NOT use a burp cloth that has remained dirty overnight. That’s simply asking for trouble.
A lot of nasty skin infections could result from using a dirty burp cloth to burp your baby. Also, you must always remember that your baby is likely to put the burp cloth in his/her mouth. To avoid digestive and respiratory sicknesses for your baby, you want to make sure the burp cloths you are using are fresh and clean.
WHAT IS THE BEST MATERIAL FOR A BURP CLOTH?
There are no rules for what can be used as a burp cloth. A burp cloth doesn’t have to cost you an arm. You could easily order some well-made and affordable burp cloths online or pick them up at the baby’s aisle in the local convenience store. Sewing or embroidering burp cloths for your little one can also be fun. Cotton, muslin, and flannel have proven to be great materials for making burp cloths.
HOW TO BURP A BABY
It is recommended that you burp your baby right after each meal. Remember to support your baby’s head and keep his/her spine straight while doing this. It will make it easier for the air bubbles to come out. Here are some of the most popular burping positions that can help your baby:
- Put the baby on your chest with the baby’s head resting on your shoulder. Support the baby’s head with one hand, if it’s necessary to keep the baby’s spine as straight. Rub the baby’s back gently with the other hand until the baby burps. Walking around while doing this might also help.
- While you are in a sitting position, lay the baby on your hip facedown. Support the neck and head with one hand and be careful not to put any pressure on the baby’s neck. Pat or rub the baby’s back gently with the other hand until the baby burps.
- Sit your baby on your hip facing away from you. Support the head and neck with one hand to keep the baby’s spine straight. Rub the baby’s back gently while leaning the baby forward slightly.
ARE THERE ANY DRUGS THAT CAN HELP?
Yes, there are medicines that can help the tiny air bubbles merge into bigger air bubbles to make them easier to expel. An example of these medicines is Infacol. Infacol is a specially formulated medicine that can be used right from birth that helps relieve wind. It contains simethicone (or simethicone), which is an anti-flatulence medicine that helps with trapped wind, bloating, and colic in babies.
Infacol can be applied as a liquid with a dropper which makes it very convenient for you and your baby. It works within 30 minutes and is very safe with no side effects. However, an allergic reaction is possible so you have to carefully watch for any signs of a reaction in your baby.
Signs that your baby is reacting to Infacol include:
- Swelling of the tongue, mouth, lips, or face.
- Rashes or hives
- Red, swollen or blistered skin
If you are not sure whether it is safe for your baby to use Infacol, you should consult your physician.
You should have about 24 burp cloths. Try to keep more than half of them clean at all times. You should also keep a few burp cloths in your bag wherever you go and in your car if you drive with your baby often. This will make sure you’re always prepared for feeding and burping emergencies.