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When my baby was born I thought I was prepared and had everything I needed but I had forgotten about bibs and so I found myself online at some ridiuclous time in the morning when she was just a few days old ordering this set of bibs. They have been very well used and definitely worth every penny!
What do they look like?
These bibs are super cute! Hope may be a girl but I don't have any issues with her wearing blue or having blue blankets and things. In fact, her very first outfit in the hospital was a blue baby grow. These bibs are baby blue and so probably aimed more at boys than girls but it didn't stop me from buying them for my daughter and thinking how cute they were!
They are white with baby blue hem all the way round. They each have a little picture in the middle, again these pictures probably being more aimed at boys than girls. There is a puppy's face, a monster and the words "daddy's little monster" next to it and two little elephants with the words "hurry up little one" written below them.
These bibs are ideal first bibs as they are made from cotton (65%) and polyester (35%). They don't have any plastic backs to them like bibs which are more suitable for older babies so these are ideal for newborns. They are very soft to touch and so very gentle against your baby's skin.
Using the bibs
These bibs are secured in place by using velcro. This makes life easier than the old fashioned style bibs that use ribbon to tie behind their heads or the bibs which you have to lift over your baby's head which can unsettle a baby or make it quite a messy procedure! Instead these bibs are easy to put on and take off. I think the only problem with the velcro is that if your baby has fallen asleep whilst wearing the bib and you remove it, the sound of the velco by your baby's ear can wake them up!
The bibs themselves are quite small so really only suitable for young babies. Once they get older bigger bibs are better as they cover more! These bibs are very absorbant though and seemed to mop up any little dribbles we had.
To wash them you simply put them in with your normal washing and wash at 40 degrees. I found that the majority of stains came out of these bibs and they didn't lose their shape or quality. Over time the whiteness of them faded a bit as you would expect from any white items I suppose.
These were great bibs for my baby when she was a newborn. Once she got a bit older though they weren't as good as they simply weren't big enough. The fit around the neck was good, they were never too tight, nor were they dangling round too loose so they were well designed.
The pictures on the bibs are very cute and I don't think it matters whether they are for girls or boys as they are blue but there's nothing more than that to suggest they're designed for boys really.
I bought them from kiddicare for £2.49 for the pack of 3 and I really can't complain. I have used them frequently for mopping up spilt milk and dribble and they have always been very practical and worked well. I definitely think that they were worth the money as they worked, were easy to use and look cute too!
The only criticism I have is that the velcro noise in Hope's ear did often wake her up but aside from that I have no complaints! They're cute!
I received this set of four bibs as a freebie at The Baby Show last year after signing up for a local kiddie related event; considering the price of bibs at the moment I thought this was an excellent freebie, and as David was then undergoing the weaning stage I knew they'd come in very handy.
They are small side fastening bibs, suitable from the earliest stage of weaning which is around four months (or six months, depending on whether you take the Department of Health's advice or not). They will fit a newborn but the neck hole is too big for them to really be of any use as simple dribble catchers, they will also not fit babies once they have grown past a certain size as the bibs themselves are pretty small.
These bibs fasten with a strip of velcro at the side of baby's neck, which I find much more convenient than those which do up at the back - mainly because having three girls plus a long haired boy (hairdresser phobia!) the side fastening makes it much easier for me to do them up and take them off again without entangling their hair. This has particularly been a problem with David as the back of his hair is mega curly but wispy too, it also grows further down his neck than I've ever seen before so whenever it tangles around velcro it pulls so badly that he sobs in pain! He's a wuss, yes, but it probably is hurting him too! The velcro has proved to be strong throughout months of use, he hasn't actually worn these bibs for a few months now but as I was sorting out his 'bib bag' last night I found all four of them and was amazed at the perfect condition they're in (baked bean sauce stains notwithstanding). To prove a bit of a point I tried one on him this morning and it's quite fair to say my big hulking lad looked absolutely ridiculous in such a small bib!
The designs on the front of the bibs are done well - you can see three of them for yourselves by scrolling up to look at the piccie above, but the fourth features a very sweet blue giraffe with a cheesy grin and the words 'Mummy loves me'. They're pretty generic designs by bib standards but mega cute and just the kind of thing I like to see young babies wearing, as opposed to the 'My Dad Says I Rock' with (ahem) humourous AC/DC emblem on the front that my brother-in-law bought David for his first Christmas. They are embroidered designs, which is much nicer to see (not to mention longer lasting) than the prints and transfers you see on so many bibs these days - they've stood the test of time very well these designs, with not a single stitch pulling loose despite weeks and months of use. This is impressive compared to some similarly styled Mothercare bibs I bought at roughly the same time which were ready for the bin after just a few wears and washes.
Incidentally, these bibs wash beautifully in the machine - the label states that they need to be washed at a maximum of 40 degrees, but on the occasions when they've been caked in food or completely covered with milk (or baby puke) a hot wash has usually brought them up clean without damaging the shape or structure of bibs. As I mentioned earlier, certain foods just won't come out but this is generally true of whatever fabrics they touch with the most notable examples being baked bean sauce and the majority of orange coloured baby food jars.
The hemming on each bib is neatly done and strong enough that not a single stitch has pulled despite some rough handling (by David, not me!), as well as the obvious numerous washes they've been put through. The velcro surprised me a little as it doesn't look to be of amazingly brilliant quality but it's lasted really well - it's stitched into the bib and has retained its stickiness throughout, as with any regularly used velcro product you'll need to clear out any occasional hairs or fluff that stick to the velcro but this is no big deal!
I've very impressed with these bibs and really liked using them when David was smaller, he used to tolerate any bib very well (compared to his big sisters!) and none of these four ever caused him to become upset or irritated while he was wearing them. Obviously during 'temper times' he'd attempt to pull the bib off his neck - the fact that the velcro pulls apart when tugged being a good thing as it means the bib wouldn't strangle your baby if it inadvertently became entangled on anything while he or she is moving around. The bib has the perfect amount of padding and absorbs liquid reasonably well; David (or wuss-boy as he is occasionally known) had reflux as a baby so all our bibs had their work cut out at milk time, any that failed the absorbency test were immediately binned for being useless for our needs. I can't remember exactly how well these coped with regurgitated SMA, but the fact that they're still with us says they were as good as any other bib in our collection.