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Burp Cloth vs Wash Cloth? Its all a piece of cloth... what's the difference? Read below to know what makes burp cloth different from a wash cloth.

One common question most parents have while choosing baby products is how different burp cloths and washcloths are? If you have checked out both these products, they are kind of similar to each other. Both burp and wash clothes are flat pieces of soft fabric that come in different colors.

What do these actually do then?

The answer is simple – A burp cloth is used to catch spit-ups when babies burp. A washcloth is used to dry the little one after a bath. A burp cloth is usually thicker and smaller in size than a washcloth.

What to look for when you buy burp and wash clothes?

Here are some of the common questions you need to ask when you buy both burp cloths and washcloths.

  • Are they skin-friendly?
  • Are these fabrics non-toxic and hypoallergenic?
  • Is the fabric absorbent?
  • How ethically responsible is the brand that creates the clothes?
  • Are these soft on the baby’s skin?
  • Do these fabrics get softer with every wash?

Do these look like too much to ask a seller? Definitely not! When you buy burp and wash clothes from random brands, there are high chances these clothes cause rashes and infections in the skin of the little ones or end up becoming rags after just a couple of washes.

Why do you need a burp cloth?

How to use burp cloths


Babies burp a lot. In fact, it is recommended that you watch out for the burp after a meal to ensure the digestion process is happening right. Burping is the release of trapped air from the food pipe and this comes out through the mouth. In this process, babies who are majorly on liquid or semi-solid food can spit back some of the content of the stomach with the burp.

This is completely normal and expected too. Some babies spit more than others and are called ‘Happy Spitters’. Having a burp cloth in hand can be a perfect way to wipe off the spit after a burp. Burp clothes absorb the spit and contain it.

It is a common practice to put the burp cloth on your shoulder before you lay the baby over to burp. Really absorbent clothes ensure not a drop of spit goes out-of-control.

Apart from burping, how else can you use a burp cloth?

  • Clean your baby’s face, hands, and other parts of the body quickly
  • Use as a bib
  • Handle runny nose and coughs
  • Use as a placemat
  • Moisten with water and use as a wet wipe

Make sure you throw in a couple of burp cloths into the baby bag when you step out. Have a clean cover or a small pouch to store used pieces of cloths in. It is also a good idea to carry a burp cloth in your pocket so you can quickly catch unforeseen spits.

Naturescuddle’s burp clothes are so fluffy and soft that you will want to bury yourself into them! These are made of 100% organic cotton and use eco-friendly dyes.

Why do you need a washcloth?

How to use wash cloth

Washcloths are usually used to dry the little one after a bath and are very similar to towels. Washcloths are big enough to wrap the baby in and these are extremely absorbent that you don’t have to do anything except slightly dab the cloth over the skin to dry off excess water.

Washcloths are very commonly used in all households. If you notice though, these towels get rough after a couple of months of use and start hurting the sensitive skin of your baby. Pick up 100% cotton and knitted terry clothes to prevent this from happening.

How else can you use wash clothes?

Now, wash clothes are very versatile. You can use them in so many ways when you have a baby at home.

  • A belly warmer
  • Moisten with water and use as a wet wipe

It’s a good idea to have a folded washcloth in your diaper bag to use when needed. Otherwise having 3-4 wash clothes at home will ensure you have a clean fabric to dry your little one every day.

Do you really need separate piles of burp cloths and washcloths?

Using the same cloth for cleaning spit-ups and drying your child’s skin may not be a good idea because spit-ups smell and create stains on the burp cloth. Using separate clothes for cleaning spit-ups and food spills and washing these separately too is a good idea.

All of Naturescuddle’s burp and wash clothes can be machine washed in gentle cycles. Using natural and mild detergents on these clothes improve their life and keep them soft.

For more details on burp cloths and washcloths, visit our website or contact us so that we can help you choose better.


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  • Mansi Singh

    Thanks for sharing such great information about muslin burp cloth now I can handle it easily, the conditions where I was lagging.

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