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Last year I did a review on Dooyoo about Brother Max freezer pots, a product which I really liked. Someone from the company read my review and asked me to post it to the Boots website which I did and as a thank you they sent me a pack of these bibs. I was pregnant at the time with my little boy so I knew they would come in very handy when I started to wean him and they really have. In fact, I would go as far to say that they are the best bibs I have used although in my experience no bib is ever mess free!!
I remember the bibs of old when I was a kid that were made of this horrible uncomfortable plastic that you would put around a babies neck and then it would catch the food underneath. These were so uncomfortable and probably made meal time a not very pleasant experience. This bibs are really comfortable and very well designed in my opinion. There are two parts to the bib. There is a bendy plastic crumb catcher and then there are the bib portions on top which go around babys neck.
The cotton bib is made of a waffle type cotton and I think this makes all the difference when you come to wash it. We spill all sorts down our bibs including tomato sauce that usually stains as soon as it touches any type of material but I can put these bibs in a regular wash and they come out nice and clean which is great as I think bibs look really unclean and messy when they are all stained even if they have been freshly laundered so to be able to come clean is a great feature of these bibs in my opinion. On the back of the bib there is a wipe clean plastic material and this is what Brother Max refer to as the leak proof lining which stops food and drink seeping onto clothes. This is a big problem is you just use a fabric bib all the time as food and drink will seep through and then you have basically defeated the purpose of wearing a bib anyway so to have clothes protected at the same time is great. The bib fastens around my little boys neck with a strong velcro fastening although he has now worked out how to pull this off and if he gets distracted he will pull at this and can pull it off although most of the time he is pretty good at keeping it on.
The bib has two plastic snappers at either side on the bottom of it and these snap into fasteners on the crumb catcher. This makes the bib hang really quite well and I find it is quite comfortable for my little boy and does not really get in his way. I think it works because there is fabric on the top and a plastic bit at the bottom weighing it down and holding everything in place well. The crumb catcher jets out quite a bit and is fairly long and wide so it does catch most food that my little boy will drop out of his mouth. This is great as he can then reach in there and retrieve a biscuit or a bit of fruit and it hasn't gone on the floor, lost forever. The catcher is really easy to clean. You can wipe it clean while you are out and then when I get home I just wash it in warm soapy water and it comes completely clean and does not stain.
I like the fact that this came with three bibs as if we are out for the day we will use two or three of them so we can have a fresh one with each feed. When I have used on I just roll it up so the food and dirt stays inside and then I can store it in the crumb catcher if I am finished with that. The bibs are quite nice looking, each one has a coloured piping along the edge of it, blue, orange and red so suitable for both boys and girls.
A great well designed bib!!
Available for in the region of £6.99 for one 'scoop' and three bibs from the likes of Amazon, Mothercare, Toys'R'Us and Boots, the Brother Max combi bibs offer a unique solution to feeding on the go.
The idea is that the three tops all attach to the 'scoop' which catches food waste dropped in the course of feeding. They're really intended for feeding on the go, when the bib section can be folded and press-studded onto the plastic catcher to be cleaned up later.
In theory this is a great idea, in practice it is less so! Many similar solutions have hit the market recently (at least in terms of the 'food catching' idea) and in my opinion this is not the best of them.
First of all it doesn't have arms. In fact, it's only really suitable for 'feeding' your baby in the traditional way, rather than baby led weaning - in which your baby is unlikely to ensure the food dropped / thrown / spat out hits the plastic target, and it's likely to end up all over their clothes. Really, it needs more coverage.....
Secondly, the textured material really isn't great for washing purposes (although I do believe you can get replacement bibs). And while the coloured trim is lovely, it means it's not possible to bleach the bib to retain it's glowing white colour. Whilst the patterns created may lead you to think your child is going to be the next Picasso, they're also likely to mean you quickly need a new solution.
Third, the three bibs are somewhat extraneous. Once the first one has been used and folded into the scoop for cleaning later, you don't have a scoop for with the other two (unless you're prepared to sit with breakfast and lunch in their at dinner time, hardly appetising for you or baby).....
So.... price wise, they're reasonable, but the concept is probably fundamentally flawed and the bibs don't last very long because of their colour and texture.
Brother Max products are designed by a man who was a car, bike and washing machine designer before having children and realising that many baby products could be improved upon. Their products have won a fair few awards from magazines such as Practical Parenting and Mother and Baby.
This review is for the 3-in-1 combi bibs. The idea is that you have one crumb catcher and three soft bibs which attach to the catcher with poppers, one for each meal of the day. The catcher folds over and poppers shut to form a pouch, so that once your baby has finished eating, you fold the bib into the catcher, put the used cutlery in there as well, popper it closed and voilà! No mess.
It's a good idea, in theory. In practice, there is no real point to having three tops. If you've used one top, the crumb catcher is now dirty and contains a used bib and spoon. You can't then attach another top to it without cleaning it first and anyway, what do you do with the contents? Unless you are at home, in which case you don't need to fold it all away in the first place.
Another small irritation is that the bibs are white. Most baby food is not white, and most baby food will end up on the bib, to begin with at least. They are also made of a waffle-type material, so it can be difficult to get some things out of them - banana, for example, which leaves small black fibres on them no matter what you do.
These are handy for one meal out, and I would probably buy them again because I'm not keen on bibs that are plastic around the neck, which other roll-up bibs seem to be. I bought them from Boots, but they are also available at Sainsburys, Mothercare and Toys'R'Us. They cost £6.99 for one set of crumb catcher and three tops, and you can buy a set of three replacement tops for £4.99 if the banana gets the better of you! This is not more expensive than the Tommee Tippee Roll'n'Go bibs, which are £4-5 for two, so it really is a matter of personal cloth v. plastic preference.