We’ve put our heads together and reviewed the latest bibs on the market (and three of the best old timers)…
HIPPYCHICK BUMPKINS SUPER BIB
This chevron-design super bib comes in pink and grey and is made from wipeclean, odourless, waterproof fabric.
Tech specs: Suitable for 6 – 24 months, 22cm x 29cm (shoulder) 24 cm (middle), has a velcro closure, machine washable, 100% polyester, colourfast.
Best bits: We love the spacey catch-all front pocket which means you won’t be mopping the floor for spills and crumbs.
Worst bit: The Velcro strap. We’re not big fans of anything the baby can get out of with a little tugging.
Buy it now: £4.99, hippychick.com
SKIBZ CATCHERZ BIB
This funky bib (available in red, blue and pink) is soft and comfortable with a deep pocket to catch the mess.
Tech specs: Suitable from 3 months – 3 years, 21cm width x 28.5 cm length, made from rubberised BPA-free plastic, soft round edges, not suitable for dishwasher.
Best bits: The durable plastic material can be wiped clean in seconds, so it should last you a while. We love the adjustable fastening at the neck, which is positioned to one side away from their hair.
Worst bits: It’s a little bit pricey for a bib…
Buy it now: £10.50, skibz.co.uk
TIDY TOT BIB AND TRAY COMBO
This sleeved bib fastens to the front of the tray with Velcro straps so that your baby is 100% covered along with the surface around them. The set attaches to your baby’s high chair or the table with suction cups, meaning you can take it with you on the go to avoid mess. The Tidy Tot tray comes in Fresh Green and bibs are available in Plum Purple and Berry Red.
Tech specs: Suitable from 6 months – 2 years, one size, unisex, instructions included. Bib has a Velcro neck fastening and is machine washable at 40 degrees, can be tumble dried and ironed. Tray is made from 100% food grade materials and can be wiped clean with soapy water, allow to air dry in a dry place, do not machine wash, iron or tumble dry.
Best bits: You can use Tidy Tot for mess-free art play as well, be it painting or Play-Doh. It comes in it’s own washable bag, which the bib and tray can be folded into for easy storage.
Worst bits: It’s expensive and not the easiest thing to lug around with you.
Buy it now: £29.99, tidytot.co.uk
ZIPPY CAMOUFLAGE BIB
The new Zippy Camouflage bandana bib comes is made of two layers of fleece, to keep little one drier for longer, and hopefully prevent rashes or a damp chest from milk.
Tech specs: Suitable for 0 – 2 years, 38cm across the neck, upper layer made of 100% cotton, bottom layer is cotton mix fleece, nickel free snaps, washed at 40 degrees, can be tumble dried and ironed, retains shape and appearance through washes.
Best bits: Great for any baby who spits up their milk or dribbles a lot.
Worst bits: It’s probably a bit small for mealtimes when you’ll want a bib that covers up your baby as much as possible.
Buy it now: £4.50, zippysuit.com
BLADE & ROSE REVERSIBLE BANDANA BIB
This reversible bandana bib has double-sided clips, so you swap sides when one gets a little mucky. Each side has a different design.
Tech specs: Suitable for 0 – 2 years, one size, 100% cotton, machine washable.
Best bits: You can buy matching clothing – check out the rocket leggings!
Worst bits: Reversing it when it is dirty will surely just make your baby even dirtier?!
Buy it now: £6, bladeandrose.co.uk
Mumfidential’s favourite old-timers
No danger of tomato sauce ruining a t-shirt with one of Ikea’s Kladd Prickar bibs. It’s a long-sleeved overall that can be wiped clean or flung in the washing machine when its become too disgusting. Made of soft, waterproof fabric with a Velcro fastening.
Tech specs: Suitable 0 – 18 months
Best bits: Total protection (or at least from neck to waist). Great value, easy to wash, and very durable.
Worst bits: No “pelican”. There is a pocket though.
Buy it now: £3.50 for two from Ikea
BABYBJORN SOFT BIB
The BabyBjorn soft bib is one of the best bibs out there, with a plastic neck fastener, which fastens snugly (and means no annoying Velcro) and a generous “pelican” (no, I didn’t know they were called that either) to catch the debris.
Tech spec: suitable for use from approximately four months (although in our experience it’s a bit hard and bulky for a baby – save it until you start weaning). Neck: 19-30 cm. The soft bib polypropylene (PP) and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE).
Best bits: It can simply be wiped clean or rinsed under running water or even shoved in the dishwasher, so you never have to put it in the washing machine. It successfully catches most detritus and fits comfortably .
Worst bits: It’s a bit bulky to squeeze in behind some tables/ highchairs. It’s not appropriate for smaller babies.
Buy it now: £13.95 (for two) from www.preciouslittleone.com
Made from 100 per cent waterproof wetsuit material, the Ultrabib is soft, easy to roll up and fastens snuggly at the neck. It has a fold out pelican pocket to catch spills yet is still flexible enough for the baby to sit close to the table without hurting their tummy.
Tech spec: suitable from birth (although it will look a bit big!) up to around two years old. Neck Circumference: 24-29cm Width: 20cm Length: 22cm neck to pocket bottom. Also available with sleeves.
Best bits: Very easy to store and transport yet still firm enough to catch dropped food. Fits closely around neck and doesn’t rub tummy.
Worst bits: It’s absorbant, which is great, but can get a bit smelly! That said, it can be shoved in the washing machine and tumble dryer.
Buy it now: £5.50 on Amazon.co.uk