If you’ve looked after a baby for any period of time, you'll know that a good range of absorbent and easy to clean baby bibs are an essential part of any parent’s arsenal. You won’t only need them for bottle feeding and spit-up. There are different bibs made especially for teething, mopping up baby drool, weaning and baby-led eating. Traditional or bandana, cotton or silicone, these marvellous inventions are vital to mess-free feedings.
The range of bibs available can vary in both price and function. Should you buy a bib made from terrycloth cotton or a waterproof material? A full smock with sleeves, or something smaller for a newborn? Not to mention the wide choice of brands available such as Babybjörn, Bumkins or Aden and Anais. We'll give you clear information on all the choices available, as well as a great selection of the best available online for your baby girl or boy.
The first thing to know is that you will need a variety of bibs for different jobs. Our guide will keep things simple and straightforward while giving you several examples.
The first step is to pick the bibs you will need now that are right for your baby by considering where your baby is in terms of their development: depending on whether your baby is a newborn, teething, or weaning, there's a different bib to do the job.
For a newborn baby, you will only need a bib when breast or bottle feeding. This doesn’t need to be anything too complicated; a simple absorbent cloth to catch drips, spit-up and burp mess will do the job.
If you use a bib, make sure it is well-fitting to catch spills in order to protect your newborn's delicate skin. If not mopped up, liquids such as formula can collect in the folds of a baby’s neck and irritate their skin, which can give your baby an itchy rash.
A burpy bib with a simple shape to go around your baby’s neck is a great option. Once feeding is finished, the bib can be draped easily over your shoulder for burping.
Teething can start from as early as 2 months, although often teeth will not appear until the 6-month stage. The teething process will produce a lot of baby drool that parents will need to mop up!
Bandana and dribble bibs are smaller than a traditional bib and can stay on your baby to catch drips of drool whenever they occur. Again, choose absorbent, natural fabrics to soak up the dribble.
Look for special teething bibs with a silicone corner for your baby to chew on and provide relief when teething. Snap or button fastenings will provide a more secure bib to prevent your baby from pulling the bib off every five minutes.
Weaning from milk to soft foods usually happens from about 6 months. It’s a gradual process, but eventually, your baby will learn to feed herself without much help. As well as experiencing a world of new flavours, your baby gets to explore the lovely ways food can be squished, squashed and smeared - meaning more work for the bib!
The choices available for feeding babies include smock bibs with long sleeves or smaller, traditional bibs made from waterproof material. Many modern bibs have a helpful trough to catch foods that fall from baby’s hands and mouth.
When it comes to weaning and feeding, you may have to experiment a bit to find the right bib for baby. While smocks provide the most protection, some babies will do their best to yank them off instead of focusing on their food. A smaller bib may result in more food on baby’s clothes but they won’t be so distracted and spend more time eating up the food you’ve lovingly prepared.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that raising a baby can be a mucky job, so you'll need a bib that is up to the task. Bibs are available in a variety of materials, so you should choose one based on the intended use as well as the age of your little one.
For weaning onwards choose bibs made from safe waterproof materials. Look for neoprene, silicone and polyethylene vinyl acetate (PEVA). These can be easily wiped down with a damp cloth and give excellent protection for clothes and floors. After use, they should get a deep clean in the dishwasher or with a hand wash in the sink.
While they look great, silicone bibs tend to be heavier than PEVA and you should probably avoid using them in the early weaning stages.
Also, because waterproof bibs stop liquids seeping through onto baby clothes, they are not a breathable fabric like cotton. A waterproof bib can trap a baby’s natural perspiration and become uncomfortable, especially on warm days. For this reason you should only use waterproof bibs when your baby is eating or drinking.
Most bibs need a clasp to keep it attached to your baby’s neck. You’ll need to consider what type will work best for you, whether velcro, snaps (also called poppers), string or push buttons. Try to find clasps that can be adjusted as your baby grows and that provides a firm hold whilst being easy for adults to remove, and difficult for babies to remove.
Velcro can be attached and removed effortlessly, so is great for newborn babies when you need a bib that can be slipped on and taken off gently. Look for Velcro fastenings on the side of the neck so they can be peeled away without disturbing a drowsy baby that’s just finished a feed.
However, as babies grow and start to manipulate objects, they might also learn how to pull off these bibs and you may want to look for something firmer.
Traditionally, baby bibs were fastened with soft string or ribbon sewn to the back, and some modern bibs still use them. They are easy to tie up and can be adjusted to your growing baby.
However, ribbon bibs can present a choking hazard; make sure they are always tied securely so that they cannot be played with by the baby or another young child.
Studs (or poppers) provide a very firm bib clasp and usually come with 2 or 3 adjustable sizes. They are made of metal or plastic and are almost impossible for a baby to remove themselves.
However, this also means that studs can be difficult for mum and dad to take off when feeding is done, especially with a fidgety and upset baby. Studs are very secure, although the few adjustment options mean they can have a short lifetime before your baby is too big.
Button fasteners work on the same principle as studs. The soft silicone material provides a little more flexibility and room for adjustment, though they can be less secure than a popper fastening.
There are a few more options to consider when picking out the correct bib for your baby. You might want to go for the extra absorbency a padded bib neck provides if your baby dribbles a lot. You'll also want to consider something portable if you're often on the go.
More and more feeding bibs now come with a foam neck. This looks like a spongy collar that fits snugly and softly around the baby’s neck and provides an extra layer of protection catching drips from falling into neck folds.
Looking for rollup bibs for when you start to go more places with your baby is also a great option. Having a bib that can be easily rolled up and stored in your bag, as well as ones which you'll be able to easily wipe down before giving a proper clean when you get home will be a life-saver - trust us.
Now, we’ll show you 10 bibs we think are fantastic for your baby at the various stages of their development. We start from newborn bibs for feeding, move onto dribble and teething bibs and finally bibs suitable for weaning and toddler self-eating.
Pack of 8
|Material||Cotton and polyester|
Pack of 3
|Extra Features||Pouch to catch spills|
Pack of 2
Pack of 2
|Material||Cotton and silicone|
|Extra Features||Silicone teething chew|
|Extra Features||Adjustable sleeves|
Pack of 2
|Style||Feeding and Burping|
|Material||Cotton and silicone|
|Extra Features||Teething chew attached|
Pack of 4
|Material||Microfibre and cotton|
|Extra Features||Spongy padded collar|
Aden + Anais
Closer to Nature Dribble Catcher Feeding Bibs
Neckerchew Baby Bib
Classic Burpy Bibs
Catch-All Weaning Bib
Teething Bandana Wonder Bib
Messy Monster Super Soft Baby Bibs
Sleeved Waterproof Baby Bib
Soft Baby Bib
Baby Bandana Dribble Bibs
A Clever Bib That's Perfect for Newborns
Super Absorbent, Hygienic and Very Clever
Versatile and Oh So Soft
Long Lasting and Hard-Wearing Throughout the Weaning Years
Absorbent, Breathable and Made for Massaging Little Gums
Pliable Bibs That Will Adapt to Suit Your Baby
Never Have to Worry About Messes
A Comfy, Flexible Bib That Will Catch Falling Food
Soft, Strong and Easy to Clean
Adjustable and High-Quality for Catching Dribble
|Style||Traditional||Teething||Feeding and Burping||Weaning||Teething||Weaning||Weaning||Weaning||Weaning||Teething|
|Material||Microfibre and cotton||Cotton and silicone||Cotton||Coated polyester||Cotton and silicone||Silicone||Polyester||Polypropylene||Coated polyester||Cotton and polyester|
|Clasp||Velcro||Adjustable studs||Free||Studs||Adjustable studs||Button||Ribbon||Adjustable neckband||Velcro||Plastic studs|
|Extra Features||Spongy padded collar||Teething chew attached||-||Adjustable sleeves||Silicone teething chew||Trough||Trough||Trough||Pouch to catch spills||-|
For a clean baby, you should make sure that the baby bibs you use are clean too! Firstly, ensure that all crumbs and food scraps are removed from your bibs before washing, and treat any stains first by soaking the bib in cold water.
Fabrics should be washed with normal detergents in the laundry as soon as possible and should always be dried thoroughly to avoid mould. Bleach should not be used. Silicone bibs, on the other hand, can be hand washed with normal washing up liquid and left to air dry, or be placed in the top rack of your dishwashing machine.
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So as you see, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. You’ll need to select a range of bibs that are suitable for your baby’s various stages in life. You might need to experiment a little, get to understand your baby’s likes and dislikes and go for bibs that are the best fit for your individual baby.
Author: Nick Harling
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