13 March 2016


Plastic bibs, bandana bibs or bibs that tie at the side. The range of bibs is large and you are spoilt for choice, but what should you look for? Every type of bib has a purpose, even if it is just about looking good, and you may find as your child grows a need for different types.

A catch bib, for example, has a small scooping tray at the base designed to catch crumbs and the pieces of food that escape your child’s mouth and would otherwise end up on the floor. Catch bibs are often made of plastic and wipe clean easily. The Closer to Nature Roll Up Bib also does just what its name suggests – it rolls up, making it great for travel and storage.

Soft cotton bibs are also the most absorbent, and many a mum has sworn by the Baobabe brand, which are double sided. This extra thickness will help protect your child’s clothing and preventing any liquids from soaking through, which can happen with thinner varieties. You might also like to look for bibs with a water resistant backing.

And don’t be afraid to buy in bulk! Having a good supply will be important and cost effective in the long run.

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You might find you will require different sizes of bibs over the course of time. Having a few bibs with an adjustable neck can lengthen the life of your bib and help you to fit the material more snugly to your child’s neck. Using Velcro fasteners is also useful for this purpose, although some babies find the rough texture of Velcro can rub against their skin. Ensure they are fitted correctly to avoid skin irritation.

Remember, bibs should always be removed after use and when your little one is unattended. Plastic versions in particular can be a choking hazard, as the fabric will not let air flow through. Always be watchful and take the bib off if your child nods off at feeding time!

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