Looking for the best baby bibs? Weaning babies make a lot of mess and bibs are essential to protect your baby’s clothes and save more laundry. A great bib will not only keep your baby’s clothes clean, but will be comfortable and practical to use.
When it comes to buying bibs there is a lot of choice out there, it’s handy to know what you’re looking for. Check out our baby bib buying guide to discover which feature best suit your needs. But first, we’ve hunted high and low for the best of the best bibs out there, so you don’t have to. Keep reading to find out which ones made the cut.
Top 5 Best Baby Bibs
Best Plastic Bib – Babybjorn
Pros: Suitable from 4 months, spill pocket, waterproof, adjustable, comfortable
Cons: can be folded, no sleeve coverage
The Babybjorn soft bib is made from plastic which is soft and flexible. The material makes the bib waterproof, easy to clean and comfortable for baby. It’s designed with a deep pocket, to catch any spills before they fall onto your babies lap, saving any mess on their trousers.
This bib is super easy to clean by either wiping down, or even dishwasher safe which saves you a lot of extra laundry each day. We love that it doesn’t satin or discolour easily, unlike fabric bibs. We recommend these bib for using at home, however they are not the best for taking out and about. They are quite large which is great for coverage, but they don’t fold easily and can take up a lot of room in a carry bag, so check out our other bib suggestions.
Best Fabric Bib – Bibetta Ultrabib
Pros: soft, washing machine and drier safe, cute patterns, easy fold
Cons: baby can pull off, bobbling
The Bibetta Ultrabib is a fantastic compromise between fabric and plastic bibs. The neoprene fabric is the same used for wet suits and stops water leaking through whilst remaining soft for babies comfort. This bib has a hand catcher pocket for any crumbs or spillage. Unlike plastic bibs the Ultrabib can fold away and won’t take up space in your change bag.
These bibs are easy to wash in the washing machine, and are drier safe for quickness. The fastening at the back is Velcro, which is easy to put and but can mean that some older babies can pull the bib off too. An all-round great performer, and available in lots of bright colour and patterns. If you need more coverage Bibetta also make an Ultrabib smock design with sleeves.
Best Drool Bib – Lovjoy Bandana
Pros: very soft, absorbent, poppers, cute design, packs of 4
Cons: hand wash, neck coverage only
The Lovjoy Bandana style bibs are perfect for mopping up all that drool when your baby is going through a teething phase. They are comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time, because let’s face it you baby needs one during every waking hour! The designs are really funky and modern, so it just looks like a part of baby’s outfit.
The cotton is very absorbent, but backed with a soft microfleece which makes the bib water resistant. The adjustable popper style fasteners allow you to use these bibs from newborn right up to 3 years old. The only drawback we found with these bibs was that they were recommended as hand wash only. Although we reckon you could machine wash and air dry, but it will probably shorten the shelf life.
Best Smock Bib – Hippychick Bumkins
Pros: full coverage, waterproof fabric, Stain and odour resistant, tie closure, catch pocket
Cons: not suitable for smaller babies
The Hippychick Bumkins smock is a great solution for older babies who are beginning to self-wean. The sleeves and large big gives full coverage to protect as much clothing as possible. It has a handy tie fastener which can help if you’ve had problems with your baby removing velcro fasteners.
The waterproof cover is easy to wipe clean without having to wash after every meal. We love that this bib can be used for fun play such as painting and crafts too, so get your money’s worth from it. The material is soft and lightweight, so comfortable to wear, although avoid leaving it on for too long as it’s not very breathable and baby can get hot and irritable.
Best Disposable Bibs – Tommee Tippee
Pros: lightweight, compact, disposable, waterproof, crumb catcher
Cons: not eco friendly
These Tommee Tippee Disposable Bibs are not for everyday use, but they are fantastic for when you are travelling or out and about. You don’t need to worry about carrying around dirty bibs because you simply dispose of them after single use. They are lightweight and very compact so will take up very little room in a change bag or suitcase.
The bibs are made from strong, waterproof paper, and does the job just as well as a regular bib. The bib slip over baby’s head and can even be shaped to have its own little crumb catcher, which is handy for protecting trousers.
Baby Bib Basics
Types of Bib
Baby bibs come in a variety of styles, each having their own benefits and drawbacks. Let’s explore each type and find the style best suited to you and your baby.
A feeding bib is designed to be used when your child is eating food. For this use the bib need to be fairly large to protect as much clothing as possible. Being waterproof and stain resistant is a great feature. A lot of feeding bibs will have a catcher pouch at the bottom of the bib to protect any food from falling on baby’s trousers, or to save you pick up a lot of food from the floor. These bibs aren’t great for non-feeding uses such as teething.
A dribble bib is the best option for protecting your baby’s clothing against excessive saliva when teething. You’ll find you baby’s tops will become soaked, which can lead to irritating rashes on the neck or chin. A small drool bib will absorb the saliva and keep you baby dry. They are fairly small and made from soft fabrics which makes them very comfortable for wearing over long periods. You can use this type for small babies who only drink milk but they don’t perform well as weaning bibs.
A smock bib is basically a feeding bib which is longer and with sleeves. This type of bib is great if your baby is a really messy eater, or has started feeding themselves. A smock bib covers a huge area so these are the best option for keeping aby clean and dry. They are also great for fun and messy times such as painting, sensory play or crafts. These bibs can be quite uncomfortable to wear for long periods as they waterproof fabric makes them non breathable.
Disposable bibs are a fairly new concept for weaning. As the name suggests these are single use and thrown away after being used. They are designed to be extremely lightweight and compact so they are very convenient when you are out and about or travelling abroad. We wouldn’t recommend these bib for everyday use as not only are they quite wasteful but the cost will add up quickly to constantly replace them.
A Velcro fastening is very quick to put on and take off a squirmy baby. Velcro withstands a lot of uses and is safe for babies. You can place Velcro into the washing machine and tumble dryer but be recommend closing it as the loops side can pick up hairs and fluff or stick to other clothing. The drawback with Velcro is that older children can easily pull the bibs off. If you like Velcro but it rubs on baby’s neck look out for style which have the Velcro on the shoulder.
Also known as popper fastenings, these are simple to use by clicking in place. You will usually only find these fastenings on the dribble bibs and are rare to see on feeding or smock bibs. Popper fastenings are difficult for babies to pull open. The only downside it that some snaps are made from metal which may rust if washed in the machine so inspect any popper fastening regularly for signs of wear.
Ties fastenings are convenient for holding a bib to baby. A great advantage is that the size is adjustable to grow with your baby. Ties are the best option with a wriggly child, but they do help to keep the mess down with a close fit. Some tie fasting bibs will have a tie at the top and bottom of the bib to keep it in place.
Plastic type’s bibs usually fasten with an inbuilt clip. As modern plastic bibs are flexible, then fastening are designer to be thin and comfortable around baby’s neck to prevent rubbing. They are easy to close and difficult for little ones to open themselves. With the thin design this is the most vulnerable part of a plastic bib for wear and tear.
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Terry cloth is a traditional fabric used for baby items as its absorbent and long lasting. It’s usually an affordable option, however it does stain easily. Terry is not a waterproof fabric so it need to be used along with a waterproof lining. Depending on the lining used the bibs may not be suitable to place in the tumble drier.
This is the same fabric used for wet suits due to being water resistant. The fabric itself has a smooth, soft, flexible feel to it, so it comfortable to wear. Neoprene still requires washing to prevent food build up or stains. The downside of neoprene is that it can be fairly bulky to carry around, and the most expensive type of fabric bib.
Silicone is used to make waterproof plastic bibs which are flexible. The food can simple be wiped from the bib after a meal, without having to wash daily. Silicone bibs are fairly comfortable to wear however they are not breathable and can be uncomfortable over long periods of time. Silicone bibs work best with a pocket catcher as juices will rub straight off and on to legs or on the floor.
Most dribble bibs are made from soft cotton which is comfortable enough to where for long period of time without rubbing. The cotton isn’t waterproof, so look out for soft fleece backing which will keep clothes dry. These bibs aren’t great for feeding as the cotton stains easily.
This is the type of fabric most smock bibs are made from as a flexible, waterproof fabric. This material stops a lot of mess from getting onto babies clothes. This fabric can be uncomfortable and isn’t breathable so overheating is a problem.
Baby Bib Buying Guide
This is the criteria we used to assess all the bibs researched for review. You can use this before buying a bib to decide if it will perform well for your needs.
Cleaning is one of the most important features as you’ll need to do this numerous times a day. Plastic bibs can be wiped clean, however fabric bibs require washing to remove food particles. Bib which were machine washable, stain resistant and odour proof all scored highly.
The size of a bib is important to get right otherwise it just won’t perform well. Consider how much coverage of baby’s clothes you want, just the neck for drools, or body and sleeves for a lot of mess? You should also consider how much space the bib will take up in your change bag when you are out and about.
This goes hand in hand with size however fit is reliant on the type of fastener used. A tight fit bib will usually provide great protection for clothes but it may be uncomfortable for baby. A loose fit can drag into food and stain clothing from underneath. Bibs with adjustable fasteners which can adapt as baby grows were scored highly.
If the bib is uncomfortable for baby then it will result in one very grumpy baby at mealtimes. Ensuring the bib is comfortable is one more step away from your baby becoming easily irritated at meal times. A good fitting baby bib should not be tight, rubbing at the neck line or made from scratchy fabrics which will irritate the skin.