Bibs: Deciding Between Form and Function

It seems a bit naff discussing the pros and cons of different types of bibs for babies. After all, a bib is just a bib. It performs a simple function: to keep baby’s chin and neck dry. There’s nothing complicated about it.  Or so you think.

Try having a baby who dribbles a lot and goes through a bib every half an hour, and you’ll find yourself looking for something that isn’t only super absorbent, but also easy to wash and if possible, stain repellent. Not to mention, funky enough, so that they don’t look too grubby to use for special occasion. You don’t really want to have a bib set aside to be used just a handful of times.
So, what are your options?

Traditional bibs – You should have a handful of this. They are extremely absorbent, easily available, washable and most of all, cheap (unless you are buying branded ones.) And they have stood the test of time. But they can look grubby and not funky enough for special occasion, when you want to dress up your little one.  Plus, if you get bigger size, they don’t tend to cover the baby’s neck and chest, so dribbles end up going their chest. If you buy a small size they are tight around the neck, and exact sizes, don’t last long before the baby outgrows them. So, parents end up replacing them regularly.

Cover-all bibs – These are great to use when babies have started eating solids. They are usually made up of plastic and they give babies’ clothes protection, including the sleeves. And they are wiped clean. Unfortunately, not many babies like them, as they can be uncomfortable, especially around the wrists.

Disposable bibs – These are perfect for holidays and emergencies only. They don’t offer as much protection as other types of bibs, and they’re not comfortable, either, but you don’t have to keep them until you can wash them.

Bandana bibs – The newest fashion in bibs. They look funky and dressy enough to use for special occasion. They are absorbent, and they cover a wider area than traditional bibs. Plus, they keep babies’ neck and chest dry. However, they are more expensive than traditional bibs.

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