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Whether you are formula-feeding or nursing your newborn, chances are that you have been covered in spit up once or twice. Or in my case, constantly! It can be really frustrating and sometimes really scary. To add insult to injury, so many burp clothes aren’t worth anything and don’t help keep you or your baby clean. I set out to learn everything I could about spit up and to find the best burp cloth possible! If you’re concerned about how much or how often your newborn is spitting up, you’ll want to read this.

When I asked my doctor about it recently, I was told “spitting up is normal” and “you just need to push through this it”. What?! I was looking for a solution and I sick of changing my son’s clothes countless times a day – not to mention my own. Okay, if I’m being honest, I eventually gave up changing our clothes… shh.

First, let me say that my first son had “projectile” spit up. It was impressive. Four years later, though, when I had my second, I somehow forgot all the tricks I’d learned! So, I did some research and talked to my son’s pediatrician and nurses, and here’s what I learned:

1. Breast milk vs. Formula

Some breastfed babies will spit up more, or have digestive issues, as a result of their mother’s diet. This is usually related to some form of dairy sensitivity. Very often breastfeeding moms will try to alter their diet when they encounter this. When that doesn’t work, some pediatricians or friends will recommend switching to formula. The reality is that very few babies actually have this sensitivity and removing all dairy (and sometimes soy) from your diet will not only make breastfeeding very stressful on you, but also have little impact on your baby. Before altering your diet or switching to formula, it’s definitely worth doing lots of research! One great resource is this article from KellyMom.com.

 baby spit up tipsIf you are considering switching to formula to reduce spit-up, there’s something you should know…

Since breast milk is digested more quickly than formula, babies often spit-up less when drinking it than they would if they were drinking formula. This, I guess, is because it’s digested before too much of it can be spit up! I’m glad my doctor explained this to me because in an attempt to reduce the spit up, I was considering switching my son to formula! I guess it would have had the opposite effect I was looking for! My breastfed son still spit up a lot, but would probably have spit up more if I had switched him to formula. Are you nursing and looking for some tips and advice? Check out my posts full of breastfeeding tips and information!

2. Diaper Cloths as Burp Cloths

 My first son was a “projectile” spitter-uper! There was absolutely no way to contain it. In fact, sometimes he’d be leaning back in his swing, vomit, and none of it would touch him! (it has even BOUNCED off of me a few times!)

With my second baby, there was hope! He would spit up a ton, but it was still just ordinary spit up (meaning, it wouldn’t be able to go from one side of the room to the other!). I worried, though, because it seemed like he was spitting up SO much. It would just run off the burp cloth and on to his and my clothes. Despite buying every basic and “specialty” burp cloth I could find, nothing worked. Finally I found what I was looking for! Enter the Gerber Diaper Cloths… that’s right, DIAPER CLOTHS!!


gerber burp cloth diaper cloth spit up
If you’re looking for something organic that might be a bit softer, then these look great too! (But I used the Gerber ones…)
spit up diaper cloth burp cloth
I’d heard that diaper cloths could be used as burp cloths but of course didn’t think that they’d be superior to products labeled as “burp cloths”. Boy was I wrong! It makes sense that they’d work great though. Diaper cloths need to be able to hold the baby’s pee right? Their job is to absorb liquid and they do such a great job! Better yet, these diaper cloths are cheaper than most burp cloths. That’s right, better AND cheaper!

If you’re looking for a good burp cloth, I definitely recommend trying them! At under $20 for 10, it’s a great deal because 10-20 will be all you ever need! I wish I had purchased these first and not wasted money on all the other burp cloths I tried.

 3. Waterproof Pocket Bib

 Have you ever thought “he just spit up everything he ate!”? That’s what I thought for weeks. I’d call my pediatrician multiple times a week saying that I thought he was spitting up “too much” and was concerned that he might have an issue and need medication even though he was gaining weight really well! (above average actually… yeah, he’s was chubby baby!)

The doctor reassured me multiple times that it probably looked like a lot more than it was because it was running vs being contained (this was before I discovered the diaper cloths). He recommended that I take an ounce of milk and pour it on the counter to see how far it spreads. So I did… but I still wasn’t convinced.

spit up tips pocket bib
Finally it occurred to me… Get a pocket bib! The great thing about using these occasionally is that the spit up pools in the pocket and shows you just how much your baby is really spitting up! It’s a little tricky to use if you are nursing but

with a little trial and error I made it work. Once you see just how little you little one is REALLY spitting up, you’ll know whether it was all of his meal or not (and be able to better articulate how much it was to your doctor if you do feel like you need to call them!)

Once your newborn stops spitting up, and you don’t need these pocket bibs anymore, just put them away until they start eating solids.

If you are concerned about spit up then I hope you will find these tips helpful! If you have any other tips, feel free to post them here as comments. Thanks for reading!

Excessive spit up tips and information for newborns and babies! Read this to learn what all new moms need to know including what the best and most absorbent burp cloth is! Repin for later as a great reminder when you worry about how much your baby is spitting up! You don’t need to prevent spitting up … it will pass!
Excessive spit up tips and information for newborns and babies! Read this to learn what all new moms need to know including what the best and most absorbent burp cloth is! Repin for later as a great reminder when you worry about how much your baby is spitting up! You don’t need to prevent spitting up … it will pass!
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