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Before Sydney was born, I remember surveying all her clothes stacked neatly on her shelves. A shelf for onesies and pjs, a shelf for socks and pants. And getting a shelf all to its own were piles and piles of blankets and burp cloths. At the time I thought, "Who in the world needs all these receiving blankets and burp cloths? We'll never use them."
Ah, yes. I was that naive.
Sure enough, we got her home from the hospital and 24 hours later I had no less than 6 loads of laundry waiting to be cleaned, all of which had fallen victim to what is too politely known as "spit up." Sydney was a constant spitter. Even though I've been told (by doctors!) that breast fed babies don't spit up much, I don't know where they're getting that research. Sydney was a spitter, and lucky me, Jules is a spitter too. That's why I am currently drowning in loads of laundry. I had completely forgotten about how much laundry babies produce. During one particularly miserable night, Julianne went through FIVE pajama outfits, our bed needed the sheets changed, and I had to change clothes twice. There is no controlling the amount of liquid that escapes from that darling little girl, because if it's not one end it's the other.
You can imagine, therefore, my total delight in receiving a product that promised to help control the gallons of spit that half my wardrobe was soaked in. Enter the Burpcatcher. Invented by a mom of three, the idea behind the Burpcatcher is that it catches "the burp" in a pocket. No more milk vomit down my back. No more sounds of spit up hitting the floor. Too good to be true? I had to try it out.
First off, one can never have too many burp cloths, so on that end it's a good product. It would have to be made of plastic, and have tiny shards of glass that stuck into my shoulder in order for me to not like it. As far as being better than other burp cloths, it definitely has some advantages. It's super soft, and Jules did enjoy rubbing her face against the flannel. It also (after being washed) molded nicely to my shoulder and was quite absorbent. Pre-wash it was a bit stiff, and it left white fuzzies all over my sweater, but that was my own doing. Everybody knows you're supposed to wash stuff before using it (I just don't always, until I watch another one of those tv specials about toxic jeans that poison kids...but I digress).
Of course, it did a nice job protecting my shoulder area from getting soaked, but Jules pretty much only has two speeds of spitting up: slow (all over her face and down the front of her clothes) and hyperspeed (projecting milk two feet beyond my shoulder). The Burpcatcher didn't really do too much for me when I had it over my shoulder. The area where it really shined was when I was holding Jules in my arm, with her facing down so I could rub her back. I put the Burpcatcher between Jules and my arm, flipped the little pocket open, and it did exactly what it was supposed to: caught the burp before it hit the floor. So bravo for that.
At almost 5 bucks per Burpcatcher, it is what I would call a specialty item. We mostly rely on birdseye cloth diapers to do the dirty work for us--and try to have one in every room--but those are fairly unattractive, especially ours since they're almost 3 years old. The Burpcatcher is darn cute, and I've had several comments on it when I've gone out in public with it to church or our parenting community group. Just last night, I had a couple moms remark on how cool they thought the Burpcatcher was. Certainly I'm not one to get a trendy item just for the compliments, but it really is a rather splendid little thing. I can honestly say that I would have gotten a big kick out of receiving one as a shower gift because I got a big kick out of receiving it as a product to review. I suspect the next time I have a baby shower to go to, I'll be wrapping up the Burpcatcher as a present.
Now if only there were Poocatcher diapers...then maybe I could step away from the washer and dryer every once in awhile.