When you teach a person to do something for the first time in their lives, the results are likely to be messy. This is what you can expect when you start feeding your baby and this is the reason baby bibs were invented – to prevent the mess from sticking on the baby’s dress so that you don’t end up changing the dress after every meal.
Things to consider
- There are three kinds of bibs
- Regular Feeding Bibs – exclusively for feeding, more specifically when you are feeding the baby or if the baby is not eating really messy stuff
- Long Sleeve Bibs – also for feeding mostly messy stuff, and if teh baby has propensity to pull of the bib. Can also be used for painting and arts time.
- Drool bib – One of my sons was drooling till the age of 2 and these were really useful to have on all the time so that his dress wouldn’t get wet and he would not catch a cold.
- Look for bibs that are easy to clean as you will need to clean them after every feeding. Cloth bibs can be laundered but silcone ones can be wiped down or dishwashed.
- Look for bibs that fit well and leave no gaps through which food particles can fall through.
- The bibs should not be easy to remove, my sons would pull away some of the bibs quite easily and I had to look for ones that would be almost impossible to take off.
- Make sure that the bib is not to heavy or uncomfortable for the baby. Even if she is not able to pull it off he will surely keep trying throughout his feeding time – which can make things miserable for you. So don’t buy a lot and don’t start using it for feeding unless you test it on the baby and make sure he is ok with it.
- Last but not least avoid heavy and chunky bibs that will take up a lot of space in your diaper bag.
- Most Popular and Well Reviewed Bib is Bumkins Waterproof SuperBib, Boy Set – 3 Pack. I would start with the Bumkins Waterproof Starter Bib, Blue Crocs and Turtles, 2-Count before you move to the main one.
- Provide good coverage once the babies are at least 6 months old
- Lightweight waterproof material with Velcro closure
- Easy to clean
- Front pocket helps catch crumbs
- Dated Designs
- A little too large for smaller babies
2. Best for babies who are starting off with solids is the Green Sprouts Waterproof Absorbent Terry Bibs. Strongly recommend this one for small babies and to start off your kids.
- Cheap and so you can get tons of these for the same price
- Easily washable
- Ultimate protection from drools & spit ups
- I would not recommend once the baby starts eating messy stuff or gets strong enough to pull it off.
- Waterproofing fades off after washing for a while.
3. Best Sleeved Bib are undoubtedly the Kushies Waterproof Bib with Sleeves and the Bumkins Waterproof Sleeved Bib, 6 months to 2 years.
5. Best Disposable Bibs are the Pampers large Bibsters with Stay-Open Pocket and Leakproof Liner.
As you will realize babies need to be burped manually in order to get rid of the excess gas and burp cloth is useful to prevent things from getting messy. During the process, the baby may spit up some of the contents of their stomach which may soil their clothing and body as well as spill over to clothing of the caregiver. To avoid this the caregiver places a burp cloth over their shoulder or lap.
Things to consider
- Affordability – You will buy a lot of burp clothes and so affordability needs to be a consideration.
- Absorbency – The better the absorbency, the lower the chance of things spilling over to the clothing.
- Softness- You will need to wipe the baby’s face occasionally and so the cloth should ideally be soft.