The arrival of a newborn is exciting yet budget-straining for the parents. A lot of money has to be spent on buying things for your newborn baby.
Little angels do not only need clothes, diapers, or blankets, etc. they need an entire room for themselves. Parents lavishly spend on their clothes, setting up their nurseries, buying baby gears, etc.
However, the majority of the parents make the mistake of not buying that one thing that the baby needs the most after the diapers.
Yes mamas, you guessed it right!
Babies need ample bibs.
Bibs serve as a shield to protect the clothes of your baby from getting messy. It not only absorbs the drool of the baby, but also prevents the clothes from getting stained.
Not only babies, but toddlers too need an ample supply of these baby bibs. As the generous toddlers love to feed their clothes and surroundings too.
A bib also comes in handy when a toddler is playing with soil, mud, play doh, or paints. You don’t want your baby’s lovely clothes to get wet and dirty, do you?
Having a few bibs is not going to be enough. A mother needs to have at least a pile of these bibs so as soon as the baby wets or dirties the bib, you can replace it with a fresh one.
Since your baby will be using them most of the time, you need to select the bibs that are comfortable for your baby and serve their purpose.
Keep reading to find out tips and tricks for selecting the correct bib for your baby.
Top Seven Tips For Choosing The Correct Bib For Your Baby
- Choose The Right Type Of Bib
Gone are those days when bibs used to come in one size and design. Nowadays, there are many types of bibs available in the market according to the needs of the baby.
Before, you buy the bibs in bulk, make sure you understand the purpose of each bib.
- Drool Bibs
These are the most common types of bibs that are easily available in the market. These are mostly used by infants and toddlers to wipe away the drool and the milk stuck on the face.
i. Silicone Bibs
The best bibs for babies available in the market are silicone bibs. Silicone bibs are water repellent. They will prevent your baby’s clothes from getting wet and will keep them dry even if your little one tries his best to spill water on his shirt.
Moreover, silicone bibs are the easiest to clean. You can run them under the water or wipe them with a damp cloth and they will be squeaky clean.
- Feeding Bibs
Feeding bibs are longer and bigger than drool bibs. These are specifically designed for mealtimes. It prevents the clothes from getting dirty with all the smearing one your little one does.
- Smock OR Long Sleeved Bibs
If a feeding bib does not stop your baby from dirtying his clothes, then smock is the solution to keep your baby’s clothes stains free.
A smock, also called a long-sleeved bib covers the abdomen and arms of the baby. Your baby’s clothes will be 100% stain-free during mealtimes.
Smocks have a zip at the back, which makes it incredibly easy to make your little one wear and remove it. These bibs can also be used when your toddler is having fun with paints and colors.
- Bibs With Dummies
Is your baby fond of putting everything in his mouth? Well, the majority of the babies are on the mission to taste the items sprawled on the floor.
The harmful germs and bacteria enter their stomach and make them ill. To prevent this from happening, use the bibs that have an attached dummy or a pacifier on them.
Your little one will suck on the dummy and will not go near other items. There are many bib dummies for newborns available in the market. It helps the baby to fall asleep faster and soothes them.
- Choose The Right Fabric
Your baby will be using the bibs during mealtimes and other hands-on activities. Therefore, the fabric of the bib should be extremely comfortable and soft on their skin. Moreover, check if the fabric is absorbent or not.
Below we have described the fabric that is used in making the bibs for the babies. Understand the pros and cons of each fabric and then select the right one for your baby.
- Lawn Cotton
Super light, soft, and breathable. These three words are enough to state that lawn fabric is ideal for bibs. Your baby will wet his bib numerous times a day and the lawn is the lightest fabric of all. It will dry up quickly within a few minutes.
Muslin is the most loved fabric by manufacturers and moms. Bibs made from this fabric are easily available in the market and are quite breathable. Your baby will not feel hot during summers.
Bibs made out of muslin are best for daily use. However, they don’t look fancy. Hence, not suitable if your baby is heading to a party or a picnic with you.
- Jersey Knit Fabric
Jersey fabric is lightweight and can be stretched. Toddlers are habitual of pulling their bibs. If the bib is made of jersey fabric they can stretch it to their heart’s content but the bib will not, lose its shape or come off their necks.
However, refrain from the bib made from jersey fabric if your child has sensitive skin. This fabric can cause allergies and skin rashes on sensitive skin easily.
- Microfiber Fabrics
If your baby has a sensitive skin and easily develops rashes and allergies. Then bibs made from microfiber fabrics are the best bibs for babies.
It doesn’t irritate the skin of the baby and keeps him comfortable.
- Waterproof Fabrics
The most loved fabric by the mothers. The baby has a hidden talent of filling the laundry basket at an alarming speed. Waterproof fabrics save the time of the mothers as they do not need to be thoroughly washed in a machine or by hand.
They can be easily cleaned by just wiping it with a damp cloth or wet wipe. This is why silicone bibs have made their way through the crowd and become the number 1 choice of mothers.
- Easy To Fold
Bibs are not only used inside the house, but also wherever the baby goes. If you plan on buying silicone bibs for your baby, understand that they will not fold up easily and fit in the diaper bag.
Therefore, make sure to get your hands on the bibs that can be neatly folded up and accommodated in the tiniest of places in your diaper bag or a handbag.
If you intend to take silicone bibs outside the house, then you might need a separate bag for carrying the bibs, which is surely not an option with handling the baby, diaper bags, keys, etc.
- Easy To Clean
Nobody likes to do extra rounds of laundry. Especially with a baby around. If you have a busy schedule and cannot do laundry daily to wash the dirty bibs, then it is best to buy the bibs that are waterproof and easy to clean.
Instead of handwashing it or washing it in the machine, they are cleaned by simply wiping a damp cloth over it. It will become as good as new just with a single wipe.
Before, buying the bib, don’t forget to ask the seller or read the instructions about how to wash them. Every brand has a different set of instructions for washing the bibs.
Some bibs can also be washed in a dishwasher, while others are to be hand washed by using mild detergents
- Fits Perfectly
If the bib that you make your baby is not perfectly fitted to their neck, then he can easily pull it out in one go.
To prevent this from happening purchase a tight fitting bib. It will be difficult for your baby to take it off and dirty their dress.
Moreover, a loose fitted bib will not stop the food and other stuff from attacking your baby’s clothes.
An uncomfortable baby will become a fussy baby in no time, and this would be that last thing that you’ll want during mealtimes, right?
Make sure that the bib you make your baby wear is soft, comfortable, made from breathable fabric.
Furthermore, make sure that you do not snug the bib very tightly that it hurts your baby. If the Velcro or strings irritate your baby then replace it with a bib that has buttons.
Also, if the bib has a manufacturer or size tag, then cut it off before you make your baby wear it. These tiny little tags can irritate the baby and make mealtimes a havoc.
Because why not, right? Your baby needs to stay in style too. This means his bib should be as stylish as he is.
Instead of using plain boring bibs, purchase the bib that has your baby’s favorite animals, or super heroes printed on it.
Or…you can DIY the plain boring bibs into something fun and interesting. All you need is a plain bib, a few markers, paints, etc. to decorate your baby’s bib.
You can also use your embroidery skill to design and decorate your baby’s bibs. However, make sure that you don’t use tiny embellishments. If your baby pulls it with his teeth, then it will go straight in his throat.
Your baby would need ample bibs to throw his food and other mess on. Make sure you buy the softest bibs for your baby which are comfortable for your baby, and easy for you to wash.
What other tips do you think are necessary to choose the correct bib for the baby? Share it in the comments below.
Author Bio: Natali Is a Co-Founder at Little Baby Paws. Little Baby Paws is an online store with one main goal for all parents, and that is to be a one-stop-shop for easy to use baby and toddler essentials.