Product Type: Mothercare kids equipment
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Mothercare Coverall Bib
Member Name: jo1976
Mothercare Coverall Bib
Advantages: Protect baby's clothing, machine washable
Disadvantages: Toddlers might resist wearing them, towelling coating stains easily
Weaning and independent feeding can be a messy business, so I am always looking for ways to cut down on the cleaning up and laundry associated with feeding my youngest son. I picked up a twin pack of these 'coverall' style bibs from Mothercare when my son was around a year old, in a vain attempt to protect his clothing from the inevitable mess he creates and reduce the amount of washing I had to do.
There is something reminiscent about a straitjacket with this style of bib, as it covers not only the front of a baby's clothing but also the entire length of the arms. This was precisely what I was looking for as I found that my son tended to trail his sleeves across his dinner, which was particularly problematic with foods containing a sauce or runny items such as yoghurts and dessert.
The bib, in theory, is easy to attach and remove, with a sturdy velcro strap securing this into position round the back of a toddler's neck. The difficulty I found was that my son was not particularly compliant about wearing this style of bib and wouldn't really co-operate with putting this on! I think this was partly because the PEVA backing makes the bibs quite rigid and plasticky, which makes a rustling noise, and my son wasn't keen on putting his arms through the sleeves either, making the process into something of a battle which isn't the ideal start to mealtimes.
I eventually admitted defeat and returned to sleeveless crumb catcher style bibs. These coverall bibs weren't entirely redundant however, as I now use this as a protective measure when my son is doing any arts and crafts activities. He now associates these bibs with the joys of messy play so is more than happy to wear them and gets very excited when he lets me put one on!
In terms of sizing, these are pretty generous. My (small) two year old is still able to wear these comfortably, despite the recommended age range starting from nine months upwards. If anything, they are still slightly too large for him, with the sleeve length being particularly long. The sleeves do have elasticated ends which helps to keep them out of the way of most of the mess, and they certainly keep his arms protected.
The only issue when using these for painting is that the towelling covering the front of bibs does stain quite easily, even when using supposedly 'baby friendly' washable paints. The bibs are machine washable but, due to the plastic backing, I can only wash them at a maximum of 40 degrees and this hasn't been enough to tackle some particularly stubborn shades of paint. As I use these exclusively for arts and crafts, that's not too much of a problem for me but I would recommend reserving a particular bib for either mealtimes or messy play, rather than switching between the two. I should imagine that strong coloured foods would be equally prone to staining these bibs so it would be a good idea to stick to darker coloured bibs anyway.
There are various styles and designs of these coverall bibs available from Mothercare, with prices ranging from around £5.99 up to £9.99 for a twin pack. These can be ordered from Mothercare online but I have found there to be more choice available in store, certainly in larger out of town branches.
Based on my personal experience, I do feel that these are a handy addition to any parent's collection of bibs, even if just reserved for messy play rather than mealtimes.
Summary: A useful item if your toddler will co-operate with putting them on
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