29 Aug The Best Bib for Baby Led Weaning
It’s not a good idea to go down the route of Baby Led Weaning without a decent bib.
With a 6 month old baby feeding themselves from the start; mess is going to happen. I recently wrote a post on how to deal with the mess of Baby Led Weaning, you can read it here.
In the mean time, my advice would be to invest in a good bib. When I started weaning Oliver 3 years ago I bought a soft silicone bib from the supermarket to catch the food he dropped. I found that they didn’t protect his clothes. After every meal his sleeves, collar and chest would be covered in food. I then bought a plastic sleeved bib from Poundland to protect his clothes too. I found myself still using the silicone bib otherwise food just fell to his lap and got wedged under his legs. The plastic bib was far too big for him; I had to roll the sleeves up and then it was baggy around the wrists and somehow food managed to get up inside the arms. He also found it difficult to move in and pick up the food; his wrists were so bulky he couldn’t see his hands to pick food up. I tried fabric sleeved bibs from the supermarket but when he dribbled water down himself it soaked through, and spaghetti Bolognese actually still stained his clothes underneath.
Keeping him clean at mealtimes was becoming a real struggle. Whilst I really wanted to embrace Baby Led Weaning and him self feeding, the washing it generated was ridiculous. Does this sound familiar?
In my search for the perfect bib I found a company online called Bibetta.
They make best bibs I have ever tried, and believe me I have tried a LOT! The “Ultrabib” comes with or without sleeves AND has a fold out pocket at the bottom to catch food, so there’s no need to wear two bibs. Hurrah! My favourite one with sleeves can be found here. They’re made of neoprene material, which is what wetsuits are made from. They’re slightly absorbent so if wet food or water is spilt on it, it soaks in, but doesn’t soak through and clothes remain clean and dry underneath.
I wanted to put this to the ultimate test for a bib; spaghetti Bolognese with a white top underneath. It remained white, even around the neck area. The neck fastening is Velcro so it’s completely adjustable.
This bib washes really well, and because of the material dries really quickly too.
I usually just wipe the bib with a damp cloth or if it’s had wet food on I wash it by hand. If it’s really mucky I just put it in the wash. Again, because it’s neoprene, it dries really quickly. In summer I hang them outside to dry or in winter I just pop them in the airing cupboard and they’re always dry by the next meal.
Like all long sleeved bibs, they can be a pain to store so I’ve hung hooks on the inside of one of my kitchen cupboards, and on the back of the high chair to store them. I like opening the door and seeing the nice designs all hanging neatly.
Oliver wore these from when he was 9 months old until he was almost 3 and stopped wearing bibs. They fit Charlie now at 6 months, I had 3 months of the other awful bibs before I found Bibetta. We’ve used Oliver’s bibs not just for eating but also for painting and for messy play. They must have been washed hundreds of times and they are still in excellent condition.
I was initially gifted these bibs for the purpose of reviewing them in my Baby Led Weaning Facebook group. Since then I have purchased more myself, along with other products from their range. This is testament to how great I think these bibs really are.
This post isn’t a sponsored one and no-one has asked me to write it. I just think these bibs are fab and want to share them with you in the hope that you find the messy weaning process a little bit easier once you’ve got some decent bibs.