Updated on November 5, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
Let’s face it. Kids are messy. Between drooling and meal time, it can be hard to keep up with the constant clean up. As busy parents, juggling work, household chores, and screaming, yet lovable kids, there just is not enough time to change outfits constantly. This is why bibs were invented. They keep the mess contained and make keeping baby clean much easier.
For newborns and toddlers, meal time and drooling, here is a list of some of the best bibs:
The 7 Best Baby Bibs
(Best value — $)
Why it’s great: These organic bandana bibs are 100% fleece and have double layered fabric making it difficult to soak through to baby’s clothes. These bibs come with 3 sizes for adjustable snaps making sure they can fit newborns all the way to toddlers. They are comfortable for baby to play in and keep them warm in the winter.
Keep in mind: These bibs tend to bunch up and not lay flat which can get frustrating with falling foods at mealtime. These bandana bibs are best used for drooling and spit-up.
Good for: Newborns, teething children and children with sensitive skin.
(Most cheerful — $)
Why it’s great: These cotton bibs with velcro attachment are a must have for baby’s first year. They are soft and thick making them the ideal bib for drooling and meal time. They have adorable designs and are beautifully embroidered.
Keep in mind: Velcro fasteners can be pulled off easily by older babies. Make sure the bib is secure or use for younger babies.
Good for: The first year of life since they will only hit all those holiday firsts once!
(Most innovative — $)
Why it’s great: These thick and absorbent cotton bibs are innovative and unique. They not only keep your baby clean and dry they also keep your baby entertained with the attached teething toy. The toy snaps off making it easy to clean or replace with a toy of your own!
Keep in mind: These bibs can shrink or lose their shape after washing. For maximum use, make sure to hand wash and dry!
Good for: six to twelve month olds or kids going through the early stages of teething!
(Most likely to stay On — $$)
Why it’s great: These organic cotton bibs are so soft it can double as a pillow for your baby. These bibs go on right over your child’s head so there is no hassle with snaps or velcro and no worry that they will pull it off. They cover up the chest of your newborn and your toddler and provide great coverage on the shoulders which is essential for those big droolers!
Keep in mind: These bibs can get bunched up after a few washes so make sure to hang dry them for best results!
Good for: Newborns to toddlers and children with sensitive skin.
(Best designs — $$)
Why it’s great: These bibs are waterproof and make washing a breeze! Since there is no cotton layer they do not stain and are odor resistant. These bibs attach with velcro and have a pouch for catching food. They are lightweight and fold easily making them perfect for on the go occasions.
Keep in mind: These bibs work better for mealtime than for drool catching since they are not as soft as cotton and less comfortable to wear for free playtime around the house. These bibs can go in the washing machine but can deteriorate quicker with this method. For maximum use, hand wash and hang dry these bibs.
Good for: Six months to 3 years old or those who will be eating solids
(Largest surface area — $$)
Keep in mind: These bibs can go in the dryer, but can shrink easily with this drying method. For maximum use, hang dry these bibs.
Good for: newborn to toddlers, but especially great for toddlers since they cover a large surface area, something other bibs don’t always do for the bigger kids!
(Highest quality — $$$)
Why it’s great: Unlike most silicon bibs, these bibs are flexible and comfortable for children. They have a pouch to catch food, are easy to hand wash and quick to dry making clean up a piece of cake. These bibs are more expensive, but they will last a long time!
Keep in mind: Button fasteners can rip easily if you have a child who tugs at their bib frequently. Silicon can also be sensitive to some children’s skin.
Good for: Toddlers or children eating finger foods.
FAQs about baby bibs
1. What material is best?
This depends on your desired purpose for your bibs. If you have a newborn and are looking strictly for spit up/drool needs then a softer bib made of cotton is ideal. Your baby would wear this type of bib for several hours a day and you would want something comfortable for baby to play and move in.
If you have a toddler and are looking for bibs mostly to be used at mealtimes you will probably want something waterproof or silicon to help prevent stains and for quick and easy clean up.
2. Is organic material important?
Yes and no. Although this is not a necessity when looking for the right bib, it is definitely a plus. Organic cotton is heavenly soft and great for baby’s delicate skin. It is earth and farmer-friendly and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified 100% organic.
3. Do newborns need bibs?
Newborns don’t eat food so they can’t possibly need a bib yet, right?? Wrong! New babies sometimes have reflux issues which can lead to lots of spit up right away. Excessive drooling will come a few months later, but it is never too soon to put your baby in a bib. They are a great mom hack for keeping outfit changing to a minimum!
4. How long do kids wear bibs?
This depends on the child and YOU! The truth is that kids will be messy their whole lives. Mealtimes will get easier as kids get bigger, but cleanliness is not something most kids make a priority during mealtime. You can keep putting your child in a bib as long as they will tolerate it or as long as the bibs fit, but typically kids around age 2-3 will get tired of wearing the bib around their neck and put an end to your easy mealtime clean up routine.
5. How long do bibs last?
This depends on several factors: type of material, frequency of wash, age of the child, and attachment type. Cotton bibs that are washed daily tend to shrink faster and stain more easily therefore they do not last as long. Bibs with velcro attachment and machine washed frequently tend to lose stick easily. However, the life of your bibs will last much longer if they are hand washed or at the very least hang dried. Silicon and other waterproof bibs can last longer when it comes to washing but could deteriorate quickly if the attachment type is weak. The age of your child will also change how long bibs last. Older children may pull off bibs more frequently causing attachments to break easily. The bottom line is that most bibs, all of the above included, should last you several months if taken care of properly.
6. How many bibs will you need?
This again depends on several factors: type of material, age of the child, and primary use of bibs. If your child is a big drooler and soaks through several cotton bibs a day, then you’re going to want to invest in a big bulk package. If your primary use is meal time, then you know you will at least use 3 per day. Make sure to factor in if you will hand or machine wash and purchase bibs with that thought in mind. A good rule of thumb is that you can never have too many
As a parent, you want what is best for your kid. You want them to be happy and comfortable. Bibs will help with that, especially at that newborn age! Drool, spit-up, and food can soak through your child’s clothing quickly and easily make them unhappy or uncomfortable. Bibs add another layer of cloth to help protect your child and provide an easier option for changing throughout the day. Instead of pulling multiple layers of clothing on and off, you can just unsnap and replace an old bib with a new one. Bibs are helpful for your baby, but more importantly, they are helpful for you. Let’s be honest. Parenting is not easy so any way to lighten the load is a must-have! Plus, your child will look adorable in all the cute designs available!