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Best Burp Cloths

We tested cloths from Burt's Bees, Aden + Anais, Copper Pearl, and others to find the most protective burpies out there
Best Burp Cloths
By Abriah Wofford ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Sunday May 8, 2022
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Are you looking for a handy burp cloth? We've got you covered. Our review ranks this year's top 9 options. To determine the best, we've researched the market, purchased top contenders, and sent them through extensive testing. A top-notch burp cloth is soft enough for babies' delicate skin and absorbent enough to contain big messes. We also test for coverage and durability to recommend the best options. We focus on these metrics while evaluating the competition. So, whether you need a burp cloth for mealtime or playtime, we are confident that our review will have an option that fits your needs and budget.

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Editor's Note: We updated this burp cloth review on May 9, 2022, with updated pricing and confirmation of product avilability.

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Pros High quality, contoured shape, dual-purposeSuper durable, multipurpose, soft materialLeak-proof fleece core, soft material, cute printsSoft material, organic cotton, durable constructionSuper soft, large size, quick absorbency
Cons Expensive, significant shrinkageShrinks a lot, not as cuteShrinks unevenly, average sizeSmaller size, holds stainsLower quality, thin material
Bottom Line Soft, fluffy muslin cloth that doubles as a bib for mealtimes but is expensive and prone to shrinkingThis durable and absorbent cloth diaper also works great as a burping cloth, but is not as large as othersFleece-lined burp cloth that will block and absorb any mess, but is not as durableButtery soft cloths that are made from super-absorbent organic cotton, but are smaller than averageSoft flannel cloths that are a bit on the thin side, but have adorable prints and a budget-friendly price
Rating Categories Aden + Anais Burpy Bib Gerber Prefold Gauz... Copper Pearl Burp C... Burt's Bees Baby Bu... Hudson Baby Flannel
Absorbency (35%)
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Softness (25%)
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Specs Aden + Anais Burpy Bib Gerber Prefold Gauz... Copper Pearl Burp C... Burt's Bees Baby Bu... Hudson Baby Flannel
Material Cotton Muslin Cotton Gauze Weave Cotton and Polyester Fleece Organic Cotton Jersey Knit Cotton Flannel
Thickness 4 layers 6 layers 3 layers 2 layers 2 layers, doubled up in center
Size 22" x 8" 17" x 13" 20" x 9" 15.5" x 11.5" 19" x 12.5"
Extras Uses snaps to transform into a bib Super absorbent fleece core 100% GOTS certified organic cotton


Favorite Overall Burper


Burt's Bees Baby Burp Cloth


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  • Absorbency 8.0
  • Softness 9.0
  • Coverage 3.0
  • Durability 8.0
Material: Organic Cotton Jersey Knit | Size: 15.5" x 11.5"
Soft
Absorbent
Organic
Small
Slow absorbency

The Burt's Bees Baby Burp Cloth feels like a perfectly worn-in t-shirt but softer, thicker, and super absorbent. They are excellent to keep stashed around the house because they come in handy almost everywhere. Although comprised of only two layers, the thick and heavy organic cotton jersey is highly absorbent and excellent at catching spills or spit-up. Our favorite part is the plush quality feel, as the supple fabric is the perfect weight and texture. The stitching feels durable, and these cloths wash well over time with minimal shrinkage. We also appreciate the organic material, making them ideal for eco-minded parents.

During the initial testing, the Burt's Bees had poor absorption. However, this issue quickly faded after a few trips through the wash. If you want full absorbency right away, we recommend tossing them in with your regular laundry 2-3 times before use. Also, we wish these rectangles were a touch longer. As is, Burt's Bees makes some of the most trim options in this review, and more coverage is good just in case. These few drawbacks are not dealbreakers, and we love using these burp cloths and think you will too.

Most Protective Burp Cloth


Copper Pearl Burp Cloth


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  • Absorbency 9.0
  • Softness 5.0
  • Coverage 7.0
  • Durability 6.0
Material: Cotton and Polyester Fleece | Size: 20" x 9"
Very absorbent
Excellent protection
No-slip from shoulder
Doesn't wash well
Smaller size

Copper Pearl isn't an eye-catching burp cloth, but upon viewing it compared to the competition, we fell in love. This basic 3-layer cloth is thinner than average, but the fabric offers bulletproof protection. A core fleece layer absorbs and wicks away liquids, while the outer material is a soft cotton jersey knit that is smooth to the touch. The extra-long shape of this cloth comfortably fits your shoulder without slipping and provides extra coverage down your back without creating bunched fabric.

The different fabric types on this cloth tend to shrink unevenly, and the material can look rumpled and disheveled early on. Also, it is only average when it comes to absorbency, meaning that it will take a few seconds longer to soak up spit-up and may miss some when cleaning. However, the cotton generally gets more absorbent over time, so this problem might self-correct the more you use the cloths. Overall, we love the Copper Pearl cloths and think parents will like the cute patterns and excellent performance.

We feel that the Copper Pearl burp cloth offers the Goldilox of...
We feel that the Copper Pearl burp cloth offers the Goldilox of coverage; not too big and not too small. Just right.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best Budget Burp Cloth


Gerber Prefold Gauze Diaper


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  • Absorbency 9.0
  • Softness 7.0
  • Coverage 5.0
  • Durability 8.0
Material: Cotton Gauze Weave | Size: 17" x 13"
Extremely absorbent
Durable
Versatile
Not as cute
Shrinkage

The Gerber Prefold Gauze Diaper is an excellent multipurpose product. In addition to being a cloth diaper, parents can use it as a burpy, a cleaning rag, and more. The multilayered cotton utilizes a gauze fabric similar to muslin but with a coarser weave. We find this gives an extra level of absorbency and excellent durability. Despite the coarseness of the weave, the material retains its softness and gets cushier after each wash. It is one of the heftiest products in our review, piling on six layers of fabric. We found that liquid is absorbed almost instantly into the material, and very little soaks through to the other side.

Gerber Prefolds have the most significant amount of shrinkage compared to other options in our review, losing nearly 3 inches of length after the first wash. The overall size is slightly smaller than average, so it does not offer as much coverage as you may expect. While these cloths are handy and functional, you don't get the same cuteness factor from the plain white fabric. It is first and foremost a cloth diaper, and that is how it looks. But if aesthetics are not your priority, and you are a fan of multitasking products, this may be the best choice for you.

Although slightly shorter than many burp cloths, the Gerber Prefold...
Although slightly shorter than many burp cloths, the Gerber Prefold Gauze Diaper makes up for it in width.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Great Burp Cloth but Pricey


Aden + Anais Burpy Bib


76
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  • Absorbency 8.0
  • Softness 7.0
  • Coverage 8.0
  • Durability 7.0
Material: Cotton Muslin | Size: 22" x 8"
Dual Purpose
Soft
Contoured shape
Expensive
Shrinkage

While we do not have a hard time thinking of different ways to use our burping cloths, the Aden + Anais Burpy Bib is the only product in this review with an intentional dual-purpose construction. The cotton muslin cloth has a contoured shape that perfectly fits a parent's shoulder and has a hidden snap that allows it to turn into a bib for older babies and toddlers. The high quality of the materials and the simple addition of a snap closure ensure that the Burpy Bib will be a long-lasting product well worth the initial investment. The Aden + Anais is longer than most competitors and offers decent coverage on both front and back without bunching fabric around the neck. There are four layers of muslin, but the fabric's weave is much tighter than some other options, making these feel thicker and more absorbent overall. After a few washes, the absorbency time is one of the best in the group we tested, as is typical of muslin. The fabric quickly distributes liquid, so you aren't left with a single sopping wet spot on your rag.

You may be amazed by the large size when you first get these. However, muslin is notorious for shrinking, so plan to have a cloth about an inch smaller in each direction. We recommend prepping the fabric by running it through 2-3 wash cycles to reach full absorbency potential before using it. One key consideration when looking at the Burpy Bib is the price. It is one of the most expensive options in our review, but we think this cloth's high-quality construction and multipurpose ability make it worthwhile. We recommend the Aden + Anais Burpy Bib if you like the classic muslin feel and value one-and-done products that will be useful for many years.

The Aden + Anais Burpy Bib has extra length that offers a lot of...
The Aden + Anais Burpy Bib has extra length that offers a lot of protection down the front and back.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Compare Products

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Score Product Price Our Take
76
$22
Top Pick Award
Soft, fluffy muslin cloth that doubles as a bib for mealtimes but is expensive and prone to shrinking
74
$13
Best Value Award
This durable and absorbent cloth diaper also works great as a burping cloth, but is not as large as others
71
$22
Editors' Choice Award
Fleece-lined burp cloth that will block and absorb any mess, but is not as durable
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$25
Editors' Choice Award
Buttery soft cloths that are made from super-absorbent organic cotton, but are smaller than average
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$10
Soft flannel cloths that are a bit on the thin side, but have adorable prints and a budget-friendly price
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$23
Large, light, and airy cloth that has a multitude of uses, but not the most absorbent
53
$27
Organic muslin and comfortable contoured shape, but made with lower quality
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$20
Slightly rough but extremely durable cloths that will last many years
40
$15
Price reflects quality in this affordable but flimsy muslin cloth

The fabric of the Burt&#039;s Bees burp cloths drapes easily over the...
The fabric of the Burt's Bees burp cloths drapes easily over the shoulder and stays put.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Why You Should Trust Us


Senior Review Editor Abriah Wofford leads this review of the best burpees. With 7+ years of professional childcare experience and many more years as the oldest child in a family of 6 kids, she uses her baby knowledge to inform testing processes and product selection. Abriah has been a part of the BabyGearLab team since 2015, and during that time, she has extensively tested and analyzed hundreds of baby products. Expert help from 6-week-old Noah was key to our burp cloth testing process. He helped us explore each cloth's performance in real-world situations and messes.

We researched and closely examined the pros and cons of the...
Our research was supplemented by real-life use with 6-week-old Noah.

Analysis and Test Results


We tested four main performance metrics: absorbency, coverage, softness, and durability. Examining these factors helped us select the best products for burping babies.


Value


Burp cloths come in handy all the time so you can never be too well-stocked, and because you will be using and washing your cloths frequently, durability is the key to making your purchase worthwhile. Our favorite affordable burp cloth is the Gerber Prefold Gauze Diaper; the sturdy woven fabric is super durable and has outlasted many other options in our homes. The low price and high durability make them an excellent choice for anyone on a strict budget. If you have a bit more to spend, Burt's Bees cloths are cute, durable, and fall in the midrange in terms of price; plus, they are soft organic cotton.

The Copper Pearl was able to absorb and retain a very large amount...
The Copper Pearl was able to absorb and retain a very large amount of liquid.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Absorbency


While burping cloths can be fantastic for multiple uses, their primary purpose is to catch and absorb spit-up and keep it from reaching your clothing. Therefore, the ability of the cloths to absorb liquid is one of our key metrics. The material type and the number of layers of each product contribute to the overall absorbency level.


One of our favorites for absorbency is the Copper Pearl. It has a fleece inner core that makes it one of the most absorbent options in our review. Built for being absorbent, the Gerber Prefold is also a top performer, letting hardly any liquid through the numerous layers of gauze weave fabric. Both products earned a 9 out of 10.

The Hudson Baby Flannel burp cloths have extra layers of fabric sewn...
The multiple layers of fabric in the Gerber Prefold Gauze Diaper...

Some cloths are large enough to fold multiple times if you need extra absorbency. Although the Milkbarn Organic earned one of the lowest absorbency scores with a 3 of 10, it can be folded and manipulated to suit your needs. Others have the folds built-in with numerous layers of fabric sewn together in the center, like the Burt's Bees and Hudson Baby Flannel Burp Cloth. This type of construction provides more absorbency where you need it most while reducing bulk around the edges. The least absorbent product we used is the Comfy Cubs Muslin Burp Cloth, which earned a 3 due to the loose fabric weave.

The fabric of the Burt&#039;s Bees is some of the softest in the group.
The fabric of the Burt's Bees is some of the softest in the group.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Softness


Burp cloths will touch your baby's skin multiple times a day. Cozy soft fabric can help prevent irritation or rashes.


While all the products we tested are more comfortable than the average dish towel, we love the organic cotton and smooth jersey knit of the Burt's Bees, and it earned a high score of 9 of 10. The fuzzy soft flannel of the Hudson Baby received an eight and is another favorite. Both burp cloths are gentle enough for comfortably resting a baby's face on while burping.

We love the soft and cozy feel of the flannel fabric of the Hudson...
The soft and fluffy muslin of the Aden + Anais is one of our...

The Aden + Anais earned a 7 of 10 and is the coziest muslin option in our test, getting softer and fluffier with each wash. The muslin on this cloth has a much tighter weave than others, providing a smoother surface and higher absorbency to boot. The least soft option is the Gerber Flannel Burp Cloth, which has a rough flannel material that borders on abrasive, earning it a 2.

The Milkbarn Organic burp cloth offers the most surface area of any...
The Milkbarn Organic burp cloth offers the most surface area of any cloth in our review.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Coverage


The coverage type you want from your burp cloth is a personal preference. Some feel that the more coverage, the better, as you never know how bad a mess can get. However, some parents don't like excess fabric and prefer only to have what they need to do the job.


We discovered that cloths with a contoured shape offer more coverage in the right areas and less bunching and folding for a happy medium. When placed over your shoulder, options like the Aden + Anais Burpy Bib provide more fabric for chest and back areas without excess crowding your neck. The Burpy Bib earned an 8 out of 10 for coverage.

The Aden + Anais Burpy Bib is thinner in the middle and wider at the...
The Gerber Flannel cloth is very wide but very stiff, so the fabric...

The Milkbarn Organic is the largest burper on our list. However, it is only a single layer of thin muslin, so you'll need to fold it if you want something thick enough to prevent leaks. Folding decreases the size significantly but may increase versatility, allowing you to double up certain areas of the cloth to offer the best coverage for you. For this reason, it earned one of the highest scores for coverage: 8 of 10. The Burt's Bees Baby Burp Cloth is the smallest option in our review and provides the least amount of coverage. It earned a 3.

The Gerber Flannel Burp Cloth has the most durable feeling fabric of...
The Gerber Flannel Burp Cloth has the most durable feeling fabric of the bunch, however, it is also quite rough.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Durability


How much use do you like to get out of your baby products? If you are looking for a multipurpose workhorse that you can use through multiple children and various tasks, there's a cloth for that. If you prefer something more delicate, you may sacrifice some durability, but that doesn't mean you can't still get a lot of use out of your burp cloth.


The Gerber Flannel, in particular, uses heavy-duty fabric, has tight stitching around the edges, and is generic enough to fit into many areas of the home. Thanks to its nearly indestructible build, it earned a 9 of 10 in this metric. We also love the Aden + Anais Burpy Bib for its multitasking abilities and sturdy materials. The small snap closure allows it to become a drool or mealtime bib after the baby has outgrown the burping stage. The high-quality muslin does not wear thin over time, making it an excellent choice for those who would like to reuse baby items through multiple children. The Burt's Bees Baby Burp Cloth is a basic cloth that washes well and is sturdy enough to last through multiple children, although it may show signs of past stains. It earned an 8 for durability.

Although similar in looks to other muslin options, we don&#039;t expect...
One of the best multitaskers of the group, the Gerber Prefold Gauze...

Some options are slightly lower quality and may not last as long. The Comfy Cubs Muslin Burp Cloth is one such product, earning a 3 10 for durability. Lower durability is probably acceptable for those looking for only a burp cloth, as any product in this review will likely last long enough to meet this need. However, if your budget is tighter and you need a cloth built to last, the Gerber Prefold earned an 8 of 10 for being one of the most durable and affordable options we tested, which means you don't have to compromise.

A burp cloth is a baby item that many consider absolutely essential...
A burp cloth is a baby item that many consider absolutely essential for the first 6 months, and maybe even longer.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Conclusion


Any towel can work in a pinch for a spit-up prone baby, but we discovered during testing that an excellent burp cloth works better if you have the right option for the job. We believe our tests and analysis can help you find the proper burp cloths for almost any need, but it might mean investing in more than one type. We think it's a good idea to have a good stash of burp cloths on hand for life's little messes. By mixing and matching cloth styles, you can find a solution that best suits your needs and lifestyle.

Abriah Wofford

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