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Buyer's Guide: Bibs

Buyer's Guide: Bibs

Babies are all cute and cuddly, except during mealtimes when they become little mess monsters! It’s normal to have to deal with spit ups and drooling, but a bib provides an additional layer of protection for your baby’s clothes, high chair, and washing machine.

Bibs come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. They are inexpensive, so you may be tempted to grab a bunch of them, but make sure that they fit comfortably for your baby, without being too tight. Here’s a rundown of the types of bibs available.


what’s available

drool bibs

Drool bibs are smaller than feeding bibs, and are perfect for younger babies who haven’t started eating solids. These bibs are designed to protect your baby’s clothes from dribble and bottle drip, and are typically made of cloth with a waterproof underside.

feeding bibs

Feeding bibs are placed around your baby’s neck during feeding time, and are large enough to cover your baby from neck to tummy. Some designs come with a pocket to catch any food that falls from your baby’s mouth, helping to keep their clothes and the surroundings clean.

sleeved bibs

These bibs are typically made from liquid repelling plastic, and is worn over your baby’s arms and majority of the body, with an open-back design to facilitate easy removal. These bibs provide generous coverage for your baby’s clothes, and can often double up as a smock for messier play activities!

disposable bibs

Disposable bibs are generally made of paper, and since they cannot be re-used, will cost more over the long-term. However, they’re a great option for travel trips, simplifying the post-meal cleanup.


features to look for

    • Ease of Cleaning: Your baby’s bib will get messy and require cleaning! Cloth bibs should be machine-washable, and surface-wipe / plastic bibs should be easy to wipe clean.
    • Comfort: Cloth bibs are more comfortable, and can be used to wipe the drool from your baby’s mouth, but washing is more of a hassle. Surface-wipe and plastic bibs are less comfortable, but they can be easily wiped or rinsed clean. Ensure that the bib fits snugly over your baby, but isn’t too tight as to cause discomfort. Also, avoid bibs which use Velcro to hold the bib in place, as it can cause irritation to your baby’s delicate skin.
    • Foldable: Choose a bib that can be folded neatly, since you’ll likely need to carry it around in your diaper bag. Certain types of bibs are made of harder plastic material, which cannot be folded easily.


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