It’ll be five months of spitups, drool and other bodily excretions this week, and I decided to take a tour of the top drawer of the changing table, where the various didn’t-quite-cut-it burp cloths serve out their eternal time outs. You see, while I’ve thought about the illogic of moving directly from cleaning up a massive spitup disaster and then immediately fixing a bottle and refilling the spitup machine, I’ve chosen to keep feeding the baby.
Thankfully, my wife and I stumbled upon the ultimate burp cloth. We didn’t realize it at the time that the bright, fun patterns on the quilted muslin cloths at our neighborhood Giggle were only in stock because they’d just arrived. When we went back for more (hey, those burp rags rock we need more!), we got the silly new parents look, and were told they were out, and those cloths sell out as soon as they get ’em. And I can understand why.
Here’s what you want in a burp cloth: soft, wipes up messes easily, and above all else–has the ability to absorb massive amounts of baby messes. And the burp cloths from Aden + Anais do the trick. They’re quilted, soft, and somehow, they absorb endless amounts of drool and spitup without becoming disgusting. The cute cotton cloths we previously tried looked good, felt good, but ultimately turned out to be one-offs. One good spitup and that’s that. Into the laundry.
How much better are the Aden + Anais “burpy bibs”? (They call them that because you can snap them around the baby’s neck and turn ’em into a quick comfy bib. I’ve also worn them as a hat–see below) I decided to get a bunch of them together to take a picture (above). I grabbed the one that was in my pocket (I carry them hanging from my pocket like a daddy gangster) and another one that was in the kitchen. Both had been in heavy use during the day. I folded them and put them alongside the fresh ones from the laundry. After taking the picture, I couldn’t figure out from touching them which ones were dirty. They didn’t feel used, and they didn’t look dirty. That’s monster.
Some of the ultra organic cotton cloths we previously bought would walk away from a simple rookie-level spitup and you’d see it all smeared across the rag. Not only would the cloth be of no use for a quick drool catch, but you wouldn’t even want to put it down on your pants leg for fear of staining your clothes.
So, Aden + Anais, I salute you! (If you want to know their logic behind their choice of muslin, and how it does the trick, it’s all laid out on their website, where you can snag a bunch for yourself.)