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Made from 100 percent organic cotton with a 2-ply design for more absorbency. Lap-shoulder style bib offers more coverage to catch spills. Easy to put on and remove with Velcro closures. Available in eight sets of patterns.
Expensive. A few reports that seams popped or material thinned after repeated washing.
Stay-dry design features waterproof protection with ultra-absorbent terry cloth and a lined backing. Wide enough to cover baby's body from side to side. Collection includes a 10-color variety with bright colors.
Terry cloth isn't the softest and may irritate babies with very sensitive skin.
Large design and adjustable Velcro strap equipped to fit children 6-to-24 months. Includes a catch-all fabric. Waterproof material is machine washable. Resistant to stains and odors.
Must hang-dry. Water-resistant backing can crack and peel over time.
100 percent natural cotton is absorbent and gentle on babies’ skin. Teething corner with multiple textured surfaces. Comfortable and secure Velcro fastening. Reversible, with lovely pattern options to choose from.
The soft fabric starts to wear over time with many washes.
Designed with a food-safe silicone basket to catch crumbs and spills. Ideal for messy eaters. Made with soft material and food-grade silicone. Rolls up neatly for easy packing. Machine washable and durable.
Expensive, but not surprising given the construction quality and how long they last.
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Baby mealtimes might be fun, but they're almost always messy. Using a bib helps minimize the stress parents might feel seeing their baby's pristine romper getting covered in pasta sauce. Instead of worrying about stains and laundry, you can make meals a more relaxed affair where anything goes, allowing kids to experiment and develop a healthy relationship with food.
You can find all types of bibs on the market, so it's important to learn more about each so you can choose the right ones for your baby. For instance, scoop feeding bibs catch any bits that older babies might drop when changing from purees to solid foods, while terry bibs catch spilled milk or spit up for younger babies. There are also questions of design and materials to think about, plus extra features like rubber parts to aid teething.
Terry: These are soft, absorbent bibs made out of cotton terry cloth. They're great for infants who are still on a diet of milk or even once they've transitioned to eating small amounts of pureed food. While these bibs absorb liquids and catch spit up after a feed, they aren't waterproof and don't stand up to serious amounts of mess.
Waterproof: Waterproof feeding bibs are either made of a raincoat-like material or have an absorbent front with a waterproof backing. Once babies have started to feed themselves and drink from sippy cups, these bibs offer a little more protection from spills than terry bibs, keeping your baby's clothes clean and dry. Some even have a pocket to catch pieces of food that your child drops.
Scoop: Scoop feeding bibs are made from silicone or plastic, which are easy to wipe clean and feature a scoop-shaped bowl at the bottom to catch any dropped food. These bibs are ideal for use once babies start to feed themselves solid foods, since more of the food often ends up dropped than in the baby’s mouth.
Coverall: Coverall, or sleeved, bibs are like waterproof smocks that cover your baby's entire front and arms. If your child tends to end up covered head to toe in puree or yogurt after a meal, using a coverall bib will make your life easier and keep your baby cleaner.
Teething: Also known as drool bibs, teething bibs are designed to catch and absorb your baby's saliva to keep their front dry. Once babies start teething, they tend to drool a lot, which can lead to constant wet patches on their clothes, which isn’t comfortable. Teething bibs look like bandanas and are smaller than feeding bibs so they don't get in the way of a baby crawling or playing.
Baby bibs come in a range of materials, depending on the purpose of the bibs.
Cotton is a popular option, particularly cotton terry cloth, which is plush and highly absorbent, making it perfect for mopping up spilled liquids and drool. Although you might think that since it's a natural material it's a healthier choice for your baby than synthetics, there are many chemicals used in the production of cotton, so you might want to opt for organic cotton.
Silicone and plastic are used for scoop bibs. Of the two, silicone is more flexible and likely more comfortable for your baby to wear.
Polyester is used to make waterproof bibs, which have a waterproof coating or backing.
You can find bibs in every color of the rainbow and a wide range of prints, including geometric patterns, stars, stripes, dots, florals, designs featuring animals, and options with cute slogans. There are even bibs that feature characters from video games or logos of famous bands. Babies are too young to care what their bibs look like, so choose designs that you like.
While you can buy bibs individually, they're far more commonly sold in multipacks that include anywhere from 2 to 24. Factor in the time it takes to wash and dry the bibs, and you might need more than you expect. Of course, it's up to you whether you want all your bibs to match or a diverse range of designs.
Some bibs have a collar designed to catch drops of milk that can otherwise lead to rashes.
Some teething bibs have parts made of silicone or a similar material that are safe for your baby to chew on. This can help relieve the discomfort of teething, and it means that they always have something suitable to chew on within easy reach, making it less likely they’ll try to teethe on an inappropriate item.
Floor cover: Splat Mat
If dinnertime ends with more food on the floor than in your baby's mouth, a floor cover under the high chair is a great idea. At the end of mealtime, simply gather it up, tip away any solid pieces of food, and wash as necessary. This is particularly handy in carpeted areas where food would otherwise end up mashed into the pile.
High chair: Graco DuoDiner LX High Chair
Baby mealtimes require a sturdy high chair, such as the DuoDiner from Graco. It reclines for infant feeding, has a standard upright mode for older babies, and converts to a booster chair so toddlers can eat at the table.
Baby spoons: Munchkin Soft-Tip Infant Spoons
Your baby's first taste of anything other than milk is likely to be rice or simple purees fed to your baby by the spoonful. These 12 colorful spoons have a soft tip, so they're also suitable for babies to use to feed themselves when the time comes.
Inexpensive: Small packs of bibs or larger packs of simple terry bibs generally cost between $5 and $10.
Mid-range: For between $10 and $20, expect to find large packs of basic bibs or smaller packs of more intricately designed bibs, such as silicone scoop bibs.
Expensive: The priciest bibs cost between $20 and $30, usually for medium to large packs but occasionally for small packs from desirable brands.
Some silicone and plastic bibs are dishwasher safe for easier cleaning.
A. Bibs generally have hook-and-loop or snap closures, ribbon ties, or pull on over the head. While the closure type doesn't matter too much, it's generally quicker and easier to fix bibs with snaps or hook-and-loop closures than tie a ribbon. It might seem simple to pull a bib over your baby's head, but some babies get upset by this. If your infant fusses when you pull tops on or off, a pull-on bib might not be the best option.
A. Yes, most parents and caregivers find they need a range of different types of bibs for different situations. Simple terry bibs are fine for young babies still on an all-milk diet or eating simple purees, but you'll probably want a waterproof bib or scoop bib as your child gets older and eats a greater range of foods. Then you’ll also need drool and teething bibs for times other than meals.
A. Assuming you use one bib per meal, plus occasional messy snacks, that's three to five bibs your baby will go through per day. Add to that any bibs you use when feeding your baby milk and any drool or teething bibs your baby wears, and you'll probably need between 10 and 20 bibs of varying types so you have extras, giving you time to wash and dry the bibs before you need them again.