6 Things You Know to be True as the Mom of a Baby Who Spits Up a Lot

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Most babies spit up from time to time. Their digestive systems are learning how to work and, often, they take in a little bit more milk or formula than their tiny tummies can handle. While spit up can cause a bit of a mess, it’s usually not something parents worry too much about. But if you’re the mom of a baby who spits up a lot, like several times each feeding, you know being the mom of a spitter is tough. You’ll definitely be able to relate to the six things below that moms of spitters know to be true! 

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1. You baby started wearing bibs long before they started eating solid food

Before I became a mom I thought that bibs were designed to keep puree spills off of baby’s clothes. Then my little guy started going through multiple outfits per day. I realized that bibs were a necessary wardrobe staple for any baby who spits up. 

2. You’ve always got a rag handy 

No one leaves the house more prepared than the mom of a baby who spits up a lot. Extra outfits? Check! Extra bibs? Check! Rags, wipes, tissues, and burp cloths? Check, check, check, and check! 

3. But that doesn’t mean your shirt is ever clean

Just because you’re ultra prepared doesn’t mean you can dodge every incident. At this point, you’re probably used to walking around with at least a little bit of dried spit up on your shirt. From now on, try throwing an extra shirt or two for you in the baby bag as well. 

4. You warn people but they don’t believe you 

Everybody loves a new baby. When you’re asked to pass her along to friends or relatives you always issue a warning. “She spits up a lot!” But they don’t listen. That is until they’ve got a mess down their front and are handing her back with raised eyebrows. 

5. You’ve snuck away from more than one public spit up scene 

You always try to be conscientious. But still, there’s been a time or two you’ve snuck away from a public spit up scene after doing your best to wipe it up. 

6. They will, absolutely, positively grow of it 

Okay, you might not know this yet. But I promise, as the mother of one spitter to another, your baby will absolutely, positively grow out of his or her spitting up ways! 

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So, are you the mom of a baby who spits up a lot?

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6 Things You Know to be True as the Mom of a Baby Who Spits Up a Lot

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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