Many parents believe bibs to be a mealtime accessory necessary for an older baby who has started to eat solid baby food. Nothing could be further from the truth! Bibs are used from the very beginning while breastfeeding or bottle-feeding withbaby formula. Without them you may find yourself in the laundry room on a daily basis or upping your supply of sleepers from six to fifteen!
Bibs are simple pieces of cloth that tie, Velcro, or snap around your baby's neck and keep spit up, drool, and food off of your baby's clothes. Some bibs have a vinyl backing to keep spills and moisture from soaking through the bib and getting your baby's clothes wet. Some have a pocket on the bottom edge to catch baby food spills and crumbs. There also bibs made of a molded hard plastic with a formed pocket at the bottom.
Most bibs are simple square pieces of cloth made of cotton, terry cloth, polyester, or plasticized fabric that hang down your baby's front under their chin. Some bibs pull over your baby's head like a t-shirt and some have full sleeves to completely protect your baby from spills and food.
Many rompers and coordinated outfits are available with matching bibs. Bibs are also available in packages of one or more and in a variety of styles, colors, patterns, and personalized messages.
When choosing a good all-purpose bib, you want a big, machine washable, stain-resistant, odor-resistant, and waterproof bib that is easy to put on and take off. Pullover bibs or bibs with a snap or Velcro closure are much easier to use than bibs with ties. If you have a squirmy baby who does not like bibs, you will experience this first hand.
Drool bibs are smaller soft, terry cloth bibs that are perfect for newborns who only need a small layer of protection to catch spit up and drool. Juice bibs, larger bibs with a vinyl backing, are good for babies who are learning to drink on their own with a bottle or sippy cup. Bibs with a front pocket are perfect for babies starting to eat finger foods as the pocket catches crumbs and bits of food that fall out of your baby's hands.
When shopping for bibs and other feeding accessories, use a feeding accessories checklist to help guide you. It is recommended to have at least 4 bibs on hand, but a few extra for your diaper bag is always a good idea. If you get stuck without a proper bib, don't worry, a burp cloth or napkin will work in a pinch.
- I had a large stock of bibs, all different brands, materials, and sizes. When I especially liked a bib, it always seemed to be a Zutano. I loved the simple Polka Dot Bib by Zutano. These bibs are made of 100% cotton and lined with cotton terry to absorb all those spills and drips. These bibs are made from the most fabulous patterned fabric and trimmed in a contrasting color making them terribly stylish. Some of the fabrics are reminiscent of vintage children's textiles from the 40s and 50s – gotta love that! The simple Velcro enclosure makes it easy to put the bib on quickly. They are soft, wash well, and are available in a variety of colorful patterns for those of us who like to color coordinate in public.