Need a burp cloth to catch your baby's messes? We've got you covered. Our review ranks this year's top 9 options. We researched the market before purchasing the most promising contenders for hands-on testing to determine the best. We think a top-notch burp cloth should be soft enough for infants' delicate skin and absorbent enough to contain big messes, like milk dribbles and spit-up. So, while comparing and evaluating performance among the group, we focused on coverage and durability to recommend the best. Our review will help guide you to the perfect burp cloth for your needs and budget.
Material: Organic Cotton Jersey Knit | Size: 15.5" x 11.5"
REASONS TO BUY
REASONS TO AVOID
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 burp 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 laundering them with baby detergent 2 to 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; we love using these burp cloths and think you will too.
Material: Cotton and Polyester Fleece | Size: 20" x 9"
REASONS TO BUY
No-slip from shoulder
REASONS TO AVOID
Doesn't wash well
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.
The Gerber Prefold Gauze Diaper is an excellent multipurpose product. In addition to being a cloth diaper option, parents can use it as a burp cloth, 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.
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 baby 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.
Why You Should Trust Us
Before testing burp cloths, we researched the internet for the best and most popular options available. We selected options based on the materials and the absorption reported by users. We tested each cloth for absorbency, coverage, softness, and durability to determine rank and award winners. We had help from a new mom and her 6-week-old infant, who was key to our burp cloth testing process. He helped us explore each cloth's performance in real-world situations and messes.
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.
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.
Burp cloths come in handy all the time so you can never be too well-stocked, and because you will be using and laundering your burp 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.
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 burp 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.
Some burp 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, due to the loose fabric weave.
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. 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.
The Aden + Anais earned a fairly high score here as 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.
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 burp 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 a fairly high score for coverage.
The Milkbarn Organic is the largest contender 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. The Burt's Bees Baby Burp Cloth is the smallest option in our review and provides the least amount of coverage.
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 top marks 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.
Some options are slightly lower quality and may not last as long. The Comfy Cubs Muslin Burp Cloth is one such product 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.
While any towel can work in a pinch for a spit-up-prone baby, we discovered that an excellent burp cloth works much better if you have the right one for the job. Considering how often you're feeding your baby, we think having a good stash of burp cloths on hand is a good idea. By mixing and matching cloth styles, you can find a solution that best suits your needs and lifestyle. Let our review with insider details help guide your search.