Baby burp cloths may not be an exciting purchase, but you might just be surprised by how invaluable they can be!
Not only will you use them for what feels like a million times a day to wipe babies sick and drool, but they can also prove useful for other things too. Once they’ve exceeded their use as a spit-up cloth, they can be repurposed in a huge number of ways. Here, you’ll discover some awesome inventive uses for baby burp cloths to ensure you get the most out of them.
Did you know burp cloths make an awesome cleaning tool? Whether it’s wiping down surfaces, cleaning up spills, or polishing – they can be used to clean the entire house. What’s more, unlike the majority of actual cleaning cloths on the market, these are totally re-usable. Just stick them in the wash to get them clean again.
So, they could save you a lot of money in the long-term and prove useful all around the house.
As burp cloths are designed to be ultra-absorbent, it’s unsurprising they make excellent towels. Now, obviously you’re not going to be able to use them to towel yourself off after a shower, but they could be used for drying baby, or even drying your hands.
3. A Soothing Diaper Rash Cloth
One of the more unique uses for burping cloths is to use them to wipe baby’s bottom when they have a diaper rash. Diaper rashes are pretty common, and they can be really uncomfortable for your little one. Standard wipes can actually sting, so swapping them for an old, damp burp cloth could be much nicer for baby.
Damp them with warm water and use them to wipe baby’s bottom after changing. This will soothe and clean the skin without causing irritation.
4. Place Mats
Another unusual use for old burp cloths is place mats. Once your little one reaches that dreaded toddler stage, you’ll quickly discover mealtimes can get extremely messy! Using the burp cloths as place mats can help to control spills. They’re especially great for using when your toddler is eating liquid-based foods such as soup.
As an additional benefit, you could also use the burp cloth as a bib, preventing the need to change your toddler after they’ve eaten (it’s more common than you might think).
5. Changing Pad
When it comes to changing baby on-the-go, it can be pretty stressful. You usually need to rely upon those disposable changing pads sold in local stores. While these are pretty absorbent and extremely useful, it can prove costly if you’re out with baby quite a lot. This doesn’t just potentially harm your wallet, but it’s also not great for the environment either. Burp cloths can prove to be an excellent alternative.
They’re so absorbent and they can simply be washed in-between uses. Just be sure to wash them separately from baby’s clothing!
6. Pet Cleanup
If you’ve got pets, burp cloths can also be great at cleaning up their mess too. You can place them under food and water bowls to catch any potential spillage. Use them to wipe away mucky pawprints and potentially clean up hair into a pile ready to be picked up.
Another pet-related use for burp cloths is to tie several of them together and use them as a pull toy for dogs, or a toy your cat can chase around.
7. A Comforter
All babies have their own personal favorite when it comes to comforters. But what if their favorite blanket or toy isn’t available? Burp cloths can prove surprisingly great at comforting your little one temporarily. You never know, they may even become so attached to it that it becomes their new comfort blanket.
8. For Runny Noses
Your baby may have stopped drooling a lot, especially after they’ve finished teething, but you can bet their nose hasn’t stopped! Runny noses are really common in babies and toddlers and it can prove surprisingly expensive to keep buying and using wipes or tissues. The absorbent nature of burp cloths makes them awesome for runny noses.
So, like the changing pad idea, this one is also great for both your wallet and the environment.
Due to their size and absorbency, burp cloths can make excellent washcloths. Whether it’s for yourself, or baby, they can be used time and time again. They even prove invaluable for cleaning up those dreaded poonami’s!
Finally, it’s quite common for parents to use their old or spare burp cloths as diapers. They’re not far off the same design as cloth diapers, so using them as an alternative can be cost effective and convenient. They’re guaranteed to be gentle on baby’s skin, but you will need to wash them frequently.
These are just 10 inventive uses for baby burp cloths. There are so many ways these incredible cloths can be repurposed. Why not try out some of the ideas above, or share your own tips for alternative ways to use them below.