9 Best Bibs for Babies of 2020
Best Bibs
July 9, 2020

Best Bibs

Best Bibs.
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Little ones + mealtime = lots of messes. These cute bibs help keep it under control.Best Bibs

With every meal, your kiddo is getting better and better at eating, but chances are not all of the food on your little eater’s plate is going to make it into their mouth (especially if you’ve got a self-feeder). Mess is inevitable, so you’ll definitely want some bibs to contain the overflow and keep your kiddo’s cute outfits pristine (well, relatively).

Bibs come in a variety of styles—drool bibs, plastic bibs, bibs with pockets to catch the mess. So what all is there to consider?

  • Waterproof: If you’re looking to cut down on laundry, you’ll want a material that doesn’t soak up a ton of liquid and can be easily wiped clean. Some cotton bibs have an inner waterproof layer that keeps them from soaking in food smells.
  • Soft material: Bibs are going to rub against your little one’s sensitive skin, so soft material is key. If the bib is rough or itchy, you can bet baby will want to rip it off.
  • Adjustable neckband: Babies grow so, so fast, and you’ll want bibs that last more than just a couple of months, so look for ones that have adjustable closures and can fit a range of neck sizes that will last at least a couple of years.
  • Firm closures: As your little one gets bigger (and stronger), they’ll get better at gripping their bib and yanking it off mid-meal. Bibs with firmer closures like snaps, buttons or ties are easy for you but harder for older babies and toddlers versus Velcro closures.
  • Pouch/pocket: Some bibs only protect baby’s neck and chest from messes, but having a pouch at the end of the bib means their lap will stay clean too (not to mention the ease of scooping out all the fallen bits).
  • Bandana: Mostly a style choice, bandana bibs are trendy and cute, but also pretty handy for teething. Some bandana bibs, like the one on this list, have a silicone piece at the end that’s perfect for gnawing.
  • Coverage: If your little one is extra messy, or if their outfit is extra special, keep food and liquids off more than just their chest with an extra-large bib. Some even come with sleeves or cover their whole torso and shoulders.

And here’s what to know about the different types of bib materials:

  • Cotton: Usually fairly soft and absorbent, and typically machine washable without any special care needs (no gentle cycle, etc.), but always double check the washing instructions on the label. Available in organic and non-organic, and one of the cheapest options, but likely won’t hold up for more than a year of regular use.
  • Muslin: Softer, more absorbent and more breathable than basic cotton, but can require special care like gentle cycle or hand wash only. Slightly more expensive than basic cotton, but may last longer too.
  • Plastic/plastic-coated or polyester: Waterproof and easily wipeable, though sometimes dishwasher safe or machine washable (not dryer safe, though!), just be sure to read the label. Usually either a thin and flexible all-plastic composition, thick and rigid all-plastic or cotton with a plastic cover.
  • Silicone: The easiest to clean out of all materials—can be wiped clean, hand washed or put in the dishwasher—and the longest lasting, but also often the most expensive. Flexible and sturdy, and many parents say you only need one (if you wipe it off after every meal).
  • Paper: Convenient if you need a disposable option when on the go, but not very economical for everyday at-home use.

Keeping all the options in mind, here are some of our favorite bibs.

An Easy-to-Store Spill Trapper

With soft fabric that goes around baby’s neck and chest (it secures with Velcro), and a durable, silicone pocket to trap crumbs and mess (the largest bib pocket we’ve found), this Oxo bib is both comfortable and practical. It’s also compact and convenient—the fabric part rolls up into the pocket and secures closed, so you can stash it in your diaper bag or kitchen drawer. It’s BPA free and machine washable, as well.

Fashion-Forward Teething

Stylish and multifunctional! Use them to keep food off baby’s clothes, provide a safe teether or both at the same time thanks to the BPA-free silicone textured nub at the end. Made with 100% soft cotton muslin, these bibs get softer with each wash, and the designs are so trendy, we won’t blame you for making them a regular part of your baby’s wardrobe.

A Colorful Catch-All

This bib has a smart design, with a deep and sturdy spill pocket that catches any stray food or liquids. It’s made from BPA-free, food-safe plastic that’s easy to clean—you simply rinse it under running water—and it dries quickly. It’s even dishwasher safe. The neckband is the most customizable of any other bib we’ve found, but some parents wish the bib as a whole were more flexible (it’s pretty rigid). It also comes in a small size for younger, droolier babies, about four to nine months old.

A Rainbow of Options

A different color for each day of the week! These soft terry cotton bibs will brighten up any meal time. They’re soft and absorbent, and the waterproof middle layer means messes won’t seep through onto baby’s clothes. At about two dollars per bib, they’re good for a few months of everyday use or as backups to keep in your diaper bag. We also love their muslin option, available in a colorful five-pack.

A Full-Coverage Outfit Protector

We love this bib for extra coverage. Wide shoulders and a waist-length front means your little one’s entire torso is protected, and the crumb-catching pocket covers their lap. It’s made of polyester, so it’s lightweight, breathable and can be wiped clean or thrown in the washing machine. Need even more coverage? We love their long-sleeved bib as well (it’s especially great for art projects).

A 2-in-1 Keep-Clean Bib

These soft, 100% cotton muslin bibs do double duty. They’re a full-coverage bib with a snap fastener for older babies and toddlers—with four layers of cotton, they soak up wet messes and are cozy enough for droolers to wear all day—and they also make great burp cloths, so you can start using them right away. Plus, just toss in the washing machine to clean.

For Cheeky Eaters

These bibs aren’t just full of personality—they work well too. The soft, food-grade silicone material is pliable enough to fold for travel, and the large size provides lots of coverage with a big pocket to catch the runoff. The adjustable buttons on the neckband means it grows with your baby (but keep in mind that some parents found the buttons to be a little difficult to thread through the small holes). Wipe, hand wash or pop it in the dishwasher to get it squeaky clean. For a totally sassy mealtime, we love Bella Tunno’s plates too.

For Bottle-Feeding Drips

We love these bibs especially for younger bottle-fed babies. The absorbent padded collar catches the milk drips that can get trapped in baby’s neck folds (and get smelly), but it’s soft enough to be comfortable and safe around even a newborn’s neck.

Certified Organic and Chemical-Free

These organic cotton bibs have a lap shoulder design, so they’re easy to slip on and off of baby’s head without having to mess with closures or neckbands. They’re also soft and absorbent, and free of any harsh chemicals, so they’re gentle on your baby’s skin.

Easy On-the-Go Clean Up

Need something for the restaurant or grandma’s house? These disposable cloth-like paper bibs can be tossed after one use, meaning you won’t have to worry about washing a bib in a restaurant bathroom sink or stashing a dirty bib in the diaper bag until you get home. And even though they’re disposable, these bibs are triple layered—a quilted paper top layer that feels like cloth, an absorbent middle layer, and a leak-proof bottom layer—so they protect your little one’s clothes as good as the bibs you use at home every day.

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