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The 4 Best Burp Cloths

We tested burp cloths from Burt's Bees, Aden + Anais, Copper Pearl, and others to find the best
Best Burp Cloths
Our round-up of the top 9 burp cloths is sure to simplify your decision-making process.
Credit: Abriah Wofford
By Abriah Wofford ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Thursday September 15, 2022
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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 babies' 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.

Besides burp cloths, you may want to add other feeding gear to your baby gear arsenal. We've got the inside scoop on the best baby bottle in the business, bottle warmers that make bottle prep easier, the best bottle brush ready to scrub, and much more. Also, check out some of our favorite diapering essentials.

Editor's Note: We updated this burp cloth review on September 15, 2022, with confirmation of product availability and links to related feeding products.

Top 9 Product Ratings

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Pros Large size, very durable, versatileSoft material, organic cotton, durable constructionSuper durable, multipurpose, soft materialVersatile, cute patterns, very softHigh quality, contoured shape, dual-purpose
Cons Rough material, slow absorbencySmaller size, holds stainsShrinks a lot, not as cuteThin, requires folding/layering, expensiveExpensive, significant shrinkage
Bottom Line Slightly rough but extremely durable cloths that will last many yearsButtery soft cloths that are made from super-absorbent organic cotton, but are smaller than averageThis durable and absorbent cloth diaper also works great as a burping cloth, but is not as large as othersLarge, light, and airy cloth that has a multitude of uses, but not the most absorbentSoft, fluffy muslin cloth that doubles as a bib for mealtimes but is expensive and prone to shrinking
Rating Categories Gerber Flannel Burp... Burt's Bees Baby Bu... Gerber Prefold Gauz... Milkbarn Organic Bu... Aden + Anais Burpy Bib
Absorbency (35%)
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8.0
9.0
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8.0
Softness (25%)
2.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
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Coverage (25%)
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Specs Gerber Flannel Burp... Burt's Bees Baby Bu... Gerber Prefold Gauz... Milkbarn Organic Bu... Aden + Anais Burpy Bib
Material Cotton Flannel Organic Cotton Jersey Knit Cotton Gauze Weave Organic Cotton Muslin Cotton Muslin
Thickness 2 layers, doubled up in center 2 layers 6 layers 1 layer 4 layers
Size 19.5" x 13.5" 15.5" x 11.5" 17" x 13" 22" x 22" 22" x 8"
Extras 100% GOTS certified organic cotton 100% GOTS certified organic cotton Uses snaps to transform into a bib


Favorite Overall Burp Cloth


Burt's Bees Baby Burp Cloth


70
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Absorbency 8.0
  • Softness 9.0
  • Coverage 3.0
  • Durability 8.0
Material: Organic Cotton Jersey Knit | Size: 15.5" x 11.5"
REASONS TO BUY
Soft
Absorbent
Organic
REASONS TO AVOID
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 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 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; we love using these burp cloths and think you will too.

Most Protective Burp Cloth


Copper Pearl Burp Cloth


71
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SCORE
  • Absorbency 9.0
  • Softness 5.0
  • Coverage 7.0
  • Durability 6.0
Material: Cotton and Polyester Fleece | Size: 20" x 9"
REASONS TO BUY
Very absorbent
Excellent protection
No-slip from shoulder
REASONS TO AVOID
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.

burp cloth - 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.
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Best Budget Burp Cloth


Gerber Prefold Gauze Diaper


74
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Absorbency 9.0
  • Softness 7.0
  • Coverage 5.0
  • Durability 8.0
Material: Cotton Gauze Weave | Size: 17" x 13"
REASONS TO BUY
Extremely absorbent
Durable
Versatile
REASONS TO AVOID
Not as cute
Shrinkage

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.

burp cloth - 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.
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Great Burp Cloth but Pricey


Aden + Anais Burpy Bib


76
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Absorbency 8.0
  • Softness 7.0
  • Coverage 8.0
  • Durability 7.0
Material: Cotton Muslin | Size: 22" x 8"
REASONS TO BUY
Dual Purpose
Soft
Contoured shape
REASONS TO AVOID
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.

burp cloth - 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.
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Compare Products

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Score Product Price
76
Aden + Anais Burpy Bib
aden + anais burpy bib burp cloth
$22
Top Pick Award
74
Gerber Prefold Gauze Diaper
gerber prefold gauze diaper burp cloth
$13
Best Value Award
71
Copper Pearl Burp Cloth
copper pearl burp cloth
$22
Editors' Choice Award
70
Burt's Bees Baby Burp Cloth
burt's bees baby burp cloth
$25
Editors' Choice Award
68
Hudson Baby Flannel Burp Cloth
hudson baby flannel burp cloth
$10
63
Milkbarn Organic Burp Cloth
milkbarn organic burp cloth
$23
53
Green Sprouts Muslin Burp Cloth
green sprouts muslin burp cloth
$27
46
Gerber Flannel Burp Cloth
gerber flannel burp cloth
$20
40
Comfy Cubs Muslin Burp Cloth
comfy cubs muslin burp cloth
$15

burp 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.
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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...
We researched and closely examined the pros and cons of the different fabrics commonly used for burp cloths.
Our research was supplemented by real-life use with 6-week-old Noah.
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 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.

burp cloth - 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.
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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 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. Both products earned a 9 out of 10.

The Hudson Baby Flannel burp cloths have extra layers of fabric sewn...
The Hudson Baby Flannel burp cloths have extra layers of fabric sewn into the center panel.
The multiple layers of fabric in the Gerber Prefold Gauze Diaper...
The multiple layers of fabric in the Gerber Prefold Gauze Diaper provide enough fabric to absorb multiple spit-up incidents.

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, which earned a 3 due to the loose fabric weave.

burp cloth - 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.
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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, which 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...
We love the soft and cozy feel of the flannel fabric of the Hudson Baby cloth.
The soft and fluffy muslin of the Aden + Anais is one of our...
The soft and fluffy muslin of the Aden + Anais is one of our favorite fabrics.

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.

burp cloth - 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.
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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 Aden + Anais Burpy Bib is thinner in the middle and wider at the edges. The slightly curved shape provides coverage where you need it.
The Gerber Flannel cloth is very wide but very stiff, so the fabric...
The Gerber Flannel cloth is very wide but very stiff, so the fabric sticks out off your shoulder in an awkward way.

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: 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.

burp cloth - 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.
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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...
Although similar in looks to other muslin options, we don't expect the Comfy Cubs Muslin Burp Cloth to last quite as long.
One of the best multitaskers of the group, the Gerber Prefold Gauze...
One of the best multitaskers of the group, the Gerber Prefold Gauze Diaper is also one of the best budget options.

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.

burp cloth - 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.
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Conclusion


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.

Abriah Wofford


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