Product Type: Bibetta kids equipment
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Would 'Bi Betta' if it were 'Cheapa'!
Member Name: jo1976
Date: 19/07/12, updated on 23/09/13 (100 review reads)
Advantages: Flexible, comfortable fabric, easy to clean, machine washable, stain resistant
Disadvantages: Very expensive for a single bib
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!
Summary: An innovative, practical design that comes at a high price
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