1 Tommy Tippee Milk Feeding Bib / 2 Koala Baby bibs / 3 Make My Day baby bib / 4 Tommy Tippee Easi-Roll/Explora Bibs / 5 Skip Hop Tuck-away Bibs / 6 Safety 1st Water-Resistant Bibs / 7 aden + anais burpy bibs / 8 Munchkin Disposable Bib
There are so different bibs out there, so where should a parent start? It seems like we have tried all of them, so here’s a rundown on what we found at the various stages:
Exclusive Milk Drinkers & Beginning Solids
Whether your child drinks pumped milk or formula, bottle-feeding can be quite a mess, even for the normally clean eaters. Focus on absorption for this type of bib. Terrycloth bibs were our go-to bibs for almost the first year of our twins’ lives. We needed something that could easily clean up milk dribble or spit-ups. We also found that cloth diapers worked perfectly when draped over the baby’s chest (although they tend to fall off, so be careful).
Our Favorites: Our top bib when they were little and were just drinking milk and sticking to pureed food was the Tommy Tippee Milk Feeding Bibbecause of the extra padding around the neck to catch any rogue milk drips. Unfortunately, the hook-and-loop closure behind the neck has been a little less “catchy” recently after so much use, so they fall off (or get pulled off) easily. We also really loved the inexpensive Koala Baby bibs ($16 for a 10 pack) because they covered so much area on the chest and were extremely absorbent.
Stay Away From: We had gotten some really adorable bibs as gifts and as part of layette sets. We stayed away from most of these because the bibs were either too small or just made out of cotton (and not absorbent at all). As cute as they were, we gave them all away and just kept the bibs that had terry cloth on at least one side.
Other Mom Favorites We Didn’t Try: In a perfect world, we would have tried the aden + anais Burpy Bibs (and had a whole stash of them), but we just couldn’t justify spending that much on bibs when we would have to get two of them (one for each baby). Still, there is a reason that moms love this brand and this bib, so this could be a great splurge.
Finger Foods & Self-Feeding
Once our twins moved into trying finger foods, we also became a little more adventurous in our bib styles, branching out into different materials and styles. Some worked and some were just so-so. We found that overall we still needed the bib to be a larger size (to accommodate our growing toddlers), but we needed to have the crumb catcher. We also didn’t always need to have a terry cloth bib, as the food became more and more solid and less pureed (clean-up was much more different at this stage).
Our Favorites: Hands-down our absolute favorite for this stage is the Make My Day baby bib. It is a fantastic food-grade BPA-free silicone bib that is incredibly soft. We’ve tried other silicone bibs, but this remains our favorite day after day. Not only is it absolutely adorable, but from the way it connects in the back (two clasps for a variety of fits) to the way it is shaped at the neck (no gaps) and around the arms (contoured for moving arms) to the flexible crumb catcher, this bib is always the one we go to first. With other silicone bibs, it can be a little tricky to clean when some of the food gets stuck, but this is truly a wipe-clean-and-done bib. We’ve also regularly put it in the dishwasher (top rack), and it still looks brand new. And have I mentioned how cute they are? Audrey has even noticed her littleJewels on her bib, and asks “Dat?” so we can talk about the different colors! The true test for me is to see what my husband thinks, as I tend to get an idea of which baby items I like. When he is the one that gravitates towards a specific bib (like this one), I know we have a winner.
Just So-So: We also have tried the Tommy Tippee Easi-Roll/Explora Bibs, which are silicone and similar to the Make My Day bibs. While we love the vibrant colors, we just have always struggled with the little gap at the neck, the stiffness to the bib overall, and the “stickiness” of the silicone, making it difficult to clean. It is a fine bib, but it was definitely not our favorite silicone option.
Honorable Mentions: Other, more cleanable options that we have tried include the Safety 1st Water Resistant Bibs and the Skip Hop Tuck-away Bibs. Out of these two, we preferred the Skip Hop brand because we can easily store them and also throw them in with the wash. We didn’t feel like we could do the same with the Safety 1st brand, which means that we still have food stuck on these bibs (no amount of hand-washing and scrubbing will get them out) from the first time we used them. Both of these two bibs have crumb catchers, but we much preferred the Skip Hop’s ability to catch dropped food.
On the Go Bibs
When you are out and about, you also need to have bibs ready to go. Sometimes we opt for disposable bibs, but lately we have been keeping our Skip Hop Tuck-away Bibs in the diaper bag for the rare dinner out. They fold almost into nothing both before and after the meal, and they are so cute that it’s fun to show off our kids’ styles to those that are already staring at us because we are out to dinner with twins. If we had a bit more room in our diaper bag, however, I would be bringing the Make My Day bibs, simply because they are even easier to clean even before we store them away.
We would never accept money for any reviews, although we did receive the Make My Day bibs to try as a part of this review.