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One essential I have found when weaning both of my sons has been a bib to cover up their clothes and try to reduce the mess. I have yet to find the perfect bib for my sons and the Bibetta was another bib we tried with our second son hoping for good results.
The bib comes in two sizes small and large however where I bought this at Tesco's there was just the one size to choose from so I ended up with the small bib which is recommended from 4 months to 2 and a half years due to a neck size of between 210mm and 260mm. I have to say this does seem to be accurate as it fits nicely around my 14 months neck and has done since around the 6 month mark when we started using it. As the Velcro that holds it in place is adjustable it is never too tight or too loose. However the Velcro I have found is not always able to cope with being tugged by my son which then causes the bib and its contents to go flying across the room or down him.
The bib comes in various colours such as blue, purple or pink. The design that we have is blue with blue bubbles across it. Whilst this does look cute I would equally have been happy with a plain coloured one if the choice had been available in store.
One of the things that makes this bib stand out from other bibs on the market is that it is made from neoprene and it is because of this that we choose this bib. Having had material bibs in the past that have got soaked when my son was drinking from beakers and cups and hence the clothes underneath got wet the appeal of this was that it would deflect the water. I have to say that it definitely lives up to the promise on this point as it fits snuggly around the neck the water that dribbles down from my sons attempts to drink have always been deflected by the bib and ended up in the pouch at the bottom and the clothes have remained dry where the bib has been in place. I personally wish the bib was a bit wider as it misses the sides slightly and because of this any water that goes down the side means that my sons top will then get wet.
The pouch element is good and seems to cope well with the various spills and bits of food dropped by my son. However what I do find is that the stitching detail in the pouch can be a magnet for bits of food to be trapped in especially when my son has something like spaghetti Bolognese the sauce element can get a bit lodged in the stitching.
Cleaning the bib is supposed to be straight forward with giving it a wipe but this is the one thing that I feel lets it down a bit as the neoprene when been wiped down with a cloth just doesn't seem to come clean enough for me and stains easily. This is something that is easily remedied by a wash in the washing machine. It needs to be washed at 30 degrees and does wash well by hand. It dries very quickly but not quick enough I have found to be washed after lunch time and be ready for dinner time on an evening meaning that you do need to have two on the go if you want to give it a proper wash between meals. I have also found that using it over time the trim has started to bobble as well which is a bit disappointing really as the rest of the bib still looks a vibrant and colourful as when it was bought.
As we have done baby led weaning with our son this bib doesn't cover his arms meaning that often he does need a change of top but I have since discovered they do an arm covered bib which I think I am going to try, as this bib I think is not large enough to cover the body of babies and toddlers self-feeding to reduce the mess they generate.
This is a great bib for babies been feed and drinking by themselves as the neoprene deflects water well. It is easily adjustable but the Velcro needs to be more substantial to stop it been pulled off by children. It needs to washed daily to keep it clean as it stains otherwise. For babies who are doing baby led weaning it just isn't big enough to cover the body to stop tops needing changing. I personally will be looking at the arm cover bibs in the same material as I am impressed with the neoprene look. Available from Amazon Tesco's for £4.99 I am giving the bib 3 stars deducting two for the Velcro issues and staining problems.
Gone are the days when babies just had plain white bibs tied round their necks - bibs nowadays are much more sophisticated with an extortionate price tag to match! I hadn't heard of the Bibetta brand nor their range of 'Ultrabibs' until I read a review on Dooyoo. Coincidentally, I discovered them for sale in my local Morrisons store a couple of days later and, despite the high price, ended up buying one as the design and material used seemed both practical and innovative.
These Ultrabibs are really brightly coloured and attractive bibs, made out of stretchy neoprene - a material more commonly associated with wetsuits than babies! This stylish bib features a velcro fastening which attaches at the side, rather than at the back as many traditional style bibs do. I find this style of securing a bib so much easier to use, particularly with young babies or toddlers who aren't feeling particularly co-operative. The velcro section of the strap is generous enough to fit around an older toddler's neck comfortably, whilst adjusting to form a secure fit for younger babies. Once attached, the velcro used is really strong and my little one struggles to remove this bib partway through his meal, which used to be one of his hobbies! He is much less inclined to try and remove this bib, however, which I feel is due to the fabric being much more soft and comfortable against his neck than the rigid plastic Tommee Tippee bibs that I tended to use previously.
The other excellent feature is a crumb catcher at the base which is formed by folding the flap at the base inside out to form a pocket. I would prefer the crumb catcher to be slightly larger, to be honest, although I do only have the standard (small) sized bib which I suspect is best suited to babies up to around a year old. A larger crumb catcher would still be useful, even for younger babies, as I find that quite a lot of stray bits of food can evade capture with this style of bib, especially around the sides where the pocket narrows considerably. The pocket does contain most of the spillages and stray food from my son's mealtimes and, crucially, doesn't leak even when my charming young man decides to spit his morning milk straight into his bib!
It is the neoprene material that makes these bibs such a great idea, as it is resistant to water, stains and other substances just wash off with ease. The neoprene is very soft and flexible, making it comfortable for babies to wear as well as being incredibly practical for parents to clean after use. What is particularly useful is the flexible pocket as it is possible to tip the contents out easily and then rinse the pocket and clean the entire bib after each use, without any food residue remaining, even around the reinforced stitching at the base. The neoprene also dries incredibly quickly which means that the bib can be given a proper clean and soak in the sink after each meal and be dry and clean in plenty of time for the next mealtime. It is pretty amazing how well this cleans up after each use. My son's bibs are usually pretty grubby looking - even the plastic versions tend to discolour after regular use- but his royal blue Ultrabib still looks brand new and nothing has succeeded in staining or discolouring the bib. I particularly like the extra reassurance of the bib being machine washable, which means that I'm able to put this in the washing machine on a regular basis for hygiene reasons. The manufacturers recommend a cool 30 degree wash but I tend to stick everything through on 40 degrees. This bib has been through the wash on this higher temperature every week for several months now with no visible deterioration in appearance or function whatsoever.
The Ultrabib is also available in a larger size which I think would be ideal for my son as he approaches his second birthday, but I was disappointed to discover that this is even more expensive than the standard sized bibs. I paid £4.99 for the smaller sized version but the larger sizes can cost anywhere up to the £8 mark, from Amazon and stockists of baby products online and instore, which is far more than I am willing to pay for a single bib, however clever the design and fabric may be.
I would recommend this style of bib as it is so easy to keep clean and comfortable for little ones and a really practical solution, particularly for the early, messy stages of independent eating. I would suggest comparing prices online, however, as I think the bibs can be very over-priced, however good they may be!
I began weaning my daughter over a month ago and she is currently having two solid meals a day. Obviously the plastic backed bibs that I use when she is drinking from her bottle would not suffice for eating solid foods as things like banana or carrot left huge stains that are near impossible to remove. When I first started weaning, I only had the one bib that was suitable and was meant to be easy to clean, but it really isn't. So, I decided to look on amazon for another type of bib, with the tommee tippee one in mind, as I saw a friend using one for her child.
However, after reading some not so great reviews of the TOmmee Tippee bibs, I stumbled upon this bib, the Bibetta Ultrabib which costs around £4.50 on the likes of amazon. Bibetta is not a make I had ever heard of before, but I was drawn by the very positive reviews of this product.
This Bibetta bib is made from 'flexible neoprene' and claims to be:
Easy (to) clean
It has also won several mother and baby silver awards as a feeding product, which I always like to see in a product. The other advantages claimed by this product are that it is absorbent, machine washable at 30, tumble drier proof and has a reversible pocket at the bottom so you can either wear the bib with a scoop to collect food or it can be worn flat with pocket reversed inwards.
This bib does come in different colours, with the blue one shown above and a more girly flowery one which I one, which is slightly more expensive. When the bib arrived I was very pleasantly surprised at just how soft it actually was. It can be attached at the back of baby's neck with the velcro attachment, which are very strong, and not once has my daughter either been able to pull this off herself or has it come apart itself, which my other weaning bib did. It also comes up well around the neck, not very tight, but close enough that food doesn't end up slipping underneath and staining my daughter's clothes.
What I was really interested to see however was its claims of being easy to clean and waterproof. Recently I was feeding my daughter some soup for her lunch which was very runny and obviously some of the it landed on the bib. Within this soup there was carrot which was a good test to see if there would be a stain. After finishing feeding my daughter, I went to give the bib a clean. Sure enough every bit of the soup including the carrot was wiped away without me hardly trying. There were no stains and it was completely waterproof. I could hardly believe the difference between my old weaning bib and this one. I have been using this bib for several weeks now, and I have been very very impressed. I haven't had to put it in the wash at all, as everything that has spilt on this bib has wiped off without any problems.
THis bib really does live up to its positive reviews. It offers a comfortable bib that will stay around a baby's neck without slipping or coming unattached. The patterns on the front of the bib are very attractive and the material makes them very very soft to touch. The best feature however is the fact that you really can just wipe clean any spillages and you don't even have to scrub at them, they just wipe off without fuss. Nothing, not carrot nor banana leave a stain. I haven't had to test whether it is machine washable or not as I have no stains to clean!!
All in all, if you are looking for a bib for weaning, especially when there are plenty of spillages and a baby is getting used to taking food off a spoon, then this is the perfect bib to try.