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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
If 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
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!!
If you’re looking for something organic that might be a bit softer, then these look great too! (But I used the Gerber ones…)
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
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.
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!