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Among other things, I’d describe my first year of mom life as stinky. And, no, I’m not talking about an overflowing diaper pail or baby blowouts. I’m actually talking about how bad I smelled; a distinct aroma of sour milk was surrounding me at all times.
My hair, my clothes, everything just always seemed to be covered in spit up. And as soon as I’d step out of a refreshing and cleansing shower, it’d be time to feed the baby again, meaning it would also soon be time for her to spit up on me.
Some babies spit up a lot and it’s perfectly normal. Fortunately for me, my baby was a “happy spitter,” which meant she wasn’t struggling with reflux or other eating issues, she just happened to spit up a lot. This type of spit up is often described as a laundry issue, not a baby issue. And of course I was happy that my baby was happy, but it didn’t make the sour milk smell any less gross, not to mention the yellow stains now adorning all my—and my baby’s—clothes.
If you also have a baby who spits up a lot, it’s worth discussing some tactics you can try with your doctor to help: playing around with feeding positions, your own diet (if breastfeeding), etc. But for some babies, spit up is just part of life.
If you’re battling a spit up situation, here are some products that can help keep things a little cleaner—and (hopefully) smelling better.
These tri-fold burp cloths mean you get 3-layers of protection from the big spit ups.
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Not only are babies wearing bandana bibs adorable, these little accessories can help the spit up from destroying yet another outfit. Available in a variety of patterns and colors.
These burp clothes are made with a layer of cotton on the front and back, plus an absorbent fleece layer in the middle, allowing it to protect your shoulder during a post-feeding burp session.
You can never have too many burp cloths floating around the house, and these super-soft muslin ones are also easy to toss in your diaper bag when you're on the go.
Darlyng & Co.
If you paired together a muslin burp cloth with a bandana bib, you get this very cute two-layered bib that will help catch up spit up.
6 patterns available
White basics that come in big packs are ideal to have for a spitty baby. Sure, it's fun dressing up baby in cute outfits, but it can be frustrating when they spit up seconds later. Basic is the way to go for most time spent at home.
Burt's Bees Baby
These knit-terry bibs will help absorb spit up and are designed to be easily put on and taken off baby with no snaps or buttons.
Made of organic cotton, with a soft terry back, these bibs are cute and functional.
Not only is this robe perfect for the hospital, you'll want to keep wearing this after the baby is born to protect yourself from spit up. While lounging at home, toss this over your pajamas or clothes for another layer of protection.
Inexpensive cardigans and sweaters are the perfect item to wear on top of clothes you might care more about to catch spit up. At $20, this one from Old Navy is a good option.
7 colors available
Stock up on well-priced basics, as some spit up stains will be here to stay. At about $6 a tank, H&M is a good go-to for nursing apparel that you won't feel bad about tossing after a year.