Having a new baby is full of new things and experiences that we as adults haven't had to think about for nearly 25 years or more! Least of all is the products your little one is going to interact with everyday as they grow and play.
Don't under estimate the area of baby dribble bibs. Even if your baby does not eat solid food, it may still dribble a lot, and need, therefore, to wear a bib. If your baby does not dribble much, it is still worth taking the time to consider different types of baby bibs. Here, we discuss the pros and cons of various types of bib, from bandana bibs to scoop bibs, in the hope of preparing you to cope with one of the most problematic times in a baby's life: weaning.
Bandana bibs get their name because they are modelled on the bandana (- a handkerchief folded in half to create a triangle, and then tied around the neck for decoration).
1. Great for babies who are teething or dribbling a lot, because they look like items of clothing, rather than bibs.
2. Because they sit rather high on the neck, they absorb a lot more dribble than an ordinary bib would.
3. They are difficult for the baby to remove because they tie around the back of the neck.
1. They do not reach very far down, and so may not protect clothes as much as other types of bib, such as the coverall (see below).
Rather than have a heavier bandana bib that can annoy some young little ones with the amount of cloth that is close to the neck we have looked to give the benefit of the bandana in a more manageable form for your little one.
1. More fabric area to help soak up the dribble no matter the head turn.
2. Easy to wear with more personalised colours and patterns your little one will love.
3. Still harder to remove with secure velco pads but easier than untying.
4. Comfier on your babies bib than plastic like when eating.
1. If your baby is a super dribbler than it may soak the towelling fabric after long exposure unlike a scoop bib.
These are a familiar type of bib. They are normally made of plastic and they have what looks much like a trough at the bottom of the bib, which catches food as it falls. These bibs are for use at meal times only, because they are not very comfortable.
1. They are easy to clean. They simply need wiping down after use.
2. Provide children with a sense of independence, as parents are more likely to allow the baby to feed itself (because they will make less of a mess).
1. Babies must be able to sit up on their own before this style of bib is usable - if the baby is unable to sit up, opt for bandana bibs or the traditional dribble bibs.
2. They may be uncomfortable, banging against the table or high chair, and rubbing the neck.
These, as the name suggests, cover all of the baby's upper body. These are plastic bibs and look like jumpers, rather than a traditional bib. They are great for older babies, who already know how to feed themselves, but who have yet to learn the art of cleanliness.