Feeding Bibs

Written by Norene Anderson
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Feeding bibs come in a variety of fabrics and designs. Some bibs are made of a combination of cotton and polyester. These are machine washable and usually have some type of design or verbiage embroidered on it. Some of the wording is gender specific such as "Daddy's Girl" or "Prince Charming." Often it will be cute sayings that can be his or hers. The color and design often dictate if it is more suitable for a boy or a girl.

Some bibs are made with a plastic compartment at the bottom to catch food and juice. This is effective only if the bib is non-absorbent. If the juice is caught in the pocket but is allowed to soak through the bib on the way to the pocket, it has not served its purpose. Cloth bibs tend to stain rather easily. Feeding bibs that can be wiped off are the best.

Different Types of Feeding Bibs

Velcro closure is a great feature of feeding bibs. It makes it much quicker getting the bib in place. This avoids the baby screaming for food while you are doing your best to find and hold onto the straps to tie. One disadvantage of the Velcro closure is the ease of removal. Some active toddlers can pull the bib off before you are ready for it to come off. This is a minor consideration up to the benefits.

Things you should consider in choosing feeding bibs are softness, non-staining material, protection, and ease of cleaning. They should be washable and they should dry quickly to avoid the possibility of mold or mildew in humid climates. They should be easy to put on and take off. Some have a popover opening making it quick and easy to slip over the head. Try more than one design to find the one your child will cooperate with the best.

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