Just as you might tuck a napkin into your shirt when eating a plate of spaghetti or lay a linen cloth in your lap as a sign of good table manners, babies need bibs to intercept spills, drops and dribbles during mealtime. After all, little ones are only just beginning to grasp the concept of chewing versus slurping, eating versus playing with food, and sometimes the spoons you turn into airplanes crash against their cheeks during fussy dinner table episodes. Until they’ve reached the elder end of toddlerdom, you can expect that your child will make a mess at meals, which is why baby bibs should be at the top of your registry.
Baby bibs are a bare necessity when you have an infant or toddler crawling around, but keep in mind, bibs don’t just come in handy at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Babies spit up, blow the dampest raspberries, dribble milk and spill their juice all day long, and bibs are hero tools you can look to for wiping and blotting before tossing them in the laundry. Nowadays, bibs are designed for specific purposes: Cotton bibs absorb spilt milk and juice while silicone bibs come equipped with pockets to catch pieces of food before they can fall on the floor.
You’ll want to invest in a few different kinds to cover all your bases — plus your baby’s outfits and your clean carpet — and these are some of the best baby bibs to add to your list.
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1. Happy Healthy Parent E-Z Clean Silicone Bibs
Silicone bibs are a brilliant innovation, especially for messy toddlers who can’t seem to keep whole foods on their fork. Happy Healthy Parent baby bibs are made from 100 percent food-grade silicone and feature wide, deep pockets to catch pieces of food and crumbs as they drop from your little one’s utensil or mouth. Unlike cloth bibs that are constantly being tossed in the wash, easily absorb liquids and will, eventually, need to be tossed due to sheer grossness, all it takes is a damp wipe to freshen up a silicone bib. The E-Z Clean Silicone Bibs hang a little lower around your child’s neck for optimal comfort for up to six years of wear.
2. green sprouts Stay-dry Bibs
Green Sprouts Stay-Dry bibs are traditional in that they’re made from a knitted terry-cotton material and feature an adjustable hook-and-loop closure in the back. They’re comprised of three layers: a waterproof inner layer and two outer layers of the soft terry material. Practical for everyday use and available in a variety of bright colors to match every outfit, these baby bibs were made for little ones as young as three months old up to a year.
3. Bumkins SuperBib
Bumkins SuperBibs are made from an extremely lightweight polyester fabric that makes silicone and cotton bibs seem heavy in comparison. But lightweight doesn’t necessarily translate to flimsy: These baby bibs are plenty durable, odor-resistant and free of BPA, PVC, vinyl, phthalates and lead with a single-ply construction that guarantees there will be no molding or gross bacteria growing between the layers of the fabric. Plus, these mealtime staples are also super easy to clean — just turn the pockets inside out and toss into the wash.
4. Hudson Baby unisex-baby Drooler Bib
These colorful, coordinating bibs will match most of your baby’s onesies. They’re made out of a cotton and polyester blend, so they’re machine washable. Plus, each bib has a hook-and-loop closure, making it easy to take the bibs on and off your baby.