Product Type: Tommee Tippee kids equipment
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Tomme Tipppee Comfi-Neck Catch-All Bib
Member Name: jo1976
Tomme Tipppee Comfi-Neck Catch-All Bib
Date: 30/07/10, updated on 06/09/12 (48 review reads)
Advantages: Simple effective design to catch mess whilst weaning, washable and durable
Disadvantages: Toddlers can learn to undo the bib, plastic can be distorted by high temperatures
When it comes to weaning a baby, particularly the wonderfully exciting and messy finger food stage, bibs take on a major significance. The thin cotton bibs that serve their purpose well when it comes to sicky, dribbly newborns are no match for a growing baby with a breadstick and access to a spoon! For this stage of weaning, I would recommend something a bit more robust and substantial to save babies' clothes (and parents' sanity.)
The Tommee Tippee Comfi-Neck Catch-All bib is not just a product with an overly wordy title, it is a well-designed item that combines practicality with simplicity. Essentially, this is a bib made of a solid shiny plastic that is secured around a baby or toddler's neck using a simple pop in hole arrangement, so no complicated or fiddly fastenings to mess about with. The bib has a large scoop built into the front which cleverly catches any spills, crumbs or items of dropped food, preventing them from ending up all over your little one's clothes or the floor. It is a very simple, single piece design that fulfills its function efficiently.
The bib should be suitable for any baby old enough to start weaning, even though the bib might feel quite heavy round the neck of a smaller baby initially. They will soon become used to the weight and feel of the bib and come to associate it with the fun of mealtimes! The bib features a number of different holes at the back so that it can be expanded if necessary. One bib saw our youngest from the very early days of weaning, as he went straight on to 'baby led weaning' with lots of finger foods and mess, through until he was around two and a half years old and still fit comfortably around his neck without any signs of rubbing or irritation. Presumably, the so-called 'comfi-neck' rim serves its purpose.
The only real issue with this bib is that a resourceful toddler will very quickly discover how to remove this during mealtimes - usually once the scoop is full of sloppy discarded food! I've always found this to be a relatively short-lived phase and just put up with it until the novelty of removing the bib (and disrupting their dinner) wears off. I did also find that using excessively hot water (ie: stupidly pouring boiling water straight out of the kettle on the bib) whilst washing up did distort the plastic slightly, meaning that the bib had a tendency to pop open by itself on occasion. Using some common sense, this bib should survive standard washing up and can also be placed in a dishwasher too.
Costing between £2.50 - £3 per bib, these are certainly not the cheapest option available but, because of the wipe clean and durable nature of the bibs, in the long term these bibs do offer great value for money. As each bib could simply be emptied and washed up alongside plates and cutlery after use, we only ever needed two bibs and these lasted us for over two years use. The only reason for purchasing a second bib was so that one could be kept permanently in the changing bag as we always regretted going out for a meal out without one of these bibs tucked away!
Tommee Tippee do also make a 'roll up' bib along similar lines to this bib but, in all honesty, we never really saw the need to buy a specific travel version as this bib is pretty slim and lightweight anyway and slipped easily into our changing bag when out and about. Realistically, when you consider the amount of baby paraphenalia that a parent ends up carrying about with them, this bib really isn't any inconvenience to pack!
This bib is widely available from usual baby product stockists and comes in a range of bright cheerful colours. We picked ours up from Wilkinsons for just under £3 and will be buying the same bibs again when we start the whole weaning process again with baby number three!
Summary: A weaning essential