If there’s one thing I know about babies, it’s that they’re messy. There’s spit-up, mushy food, and various bodily fluids everywhere. If cleaning up after babies weren’t enough work, everything around the baby has to be squeaky clean to protect the baby from germs. Basically, there’s a lot of cleaning to do when there’s a baby around. That’s why I decided that dishcloths were a good baby gift.
They don’t seem like a typical baby shower gift, but they will probably come in handy. Dishcloths can carry germs themselves, but that’s why you need a lot of them. You’ll constantly be throwing them into the wash to ensure you’re not adding germs to what you’re supposed to be cleaning, so you need more fresh ones ready to go. Therefore you need tons of dishcloths! They’re not just for washing dishes either. Most people stick baby bottles into the dishwasher to be sanitized, but dishcloths can still be used to wipe a little mouth, wipe up spills, or wipe down highchairs. They’re much more environmentally friendly and economical than using paper towels.
If you feel like whipping up some dishcloths for parents-to-be or for yourself, grab some cotton worsted weight yarn and take a look at these collections of dishcloth patterns for crochet and knitting.