Bibs sound pretty simple, that is, until you find out your pregnant and you have to start shopping for them. That’s when you realise how complex they can actually be.
I have been designing, making and selling bibs for over 6 years so over this time I have been asked a lot of questions. I have therefore compiled a guide on everything you need to know in this one comprehensive resource.
This guide has been broken down into 5 separate sections. So let’s get stuck into it;
General questions about Bibs
I get asked many general questions about bibs and these include;
What is a bib?
Put simply, a bib is a garment that is secured around a babies neck.
What are bibs used for?
They are used to protect the babies clothing or skin while feeding or drooling.
Are they necessary?
Although not absolutely necessary they are highly recommended. The benefits of a bib far outweighs the negatives. Benefits of wearing them include keeping your baby dry and clean. Reducing the amount of washing. Keeping their neck warmer in winter moths and adding a bit of style to their outfits.
What are the best bibs?
When selecting which is the best you must determined what are you using them for. We go into further detail in our types section below. However, the top priority for choosing any bib is for it to keep your baby dry and comfortable. Also look for ones that are adjustable in size to suit a growing baby.
What types of bibs are available?
There are many styles that are designed for a variety of different tasks. These include;
You can use a variety of different bibs for feeding your baby. The smaller bib is designed specifically for babies and are ideal for both breast and bottle feeding. As babies get older and bigger you could then look at using the larger style which covers more of the babies clothing. Alternatively the silicon type has a tray at the bottom to catch any dropped food.
When your baby starts teething they may start to drool a lot. The perfect type to use during this time are the bandana style. They have been designed specifically to keep your baby’s clothes and body as dry as possible. We use a bamboo backing and cotton material which is both absorbent and soft. They have two layers so when the front fabric gets covered in drool there is another layer still to protect your baby. These bibs are also pleated to help captured as much dribble as possible. This type is also super stylish which leads us into the next type.
There are a lot of styles on the market that are decorative or fashion-focused like the vintage style. Although they look gorgeous we recommend purchasing a bib for their practicality rather than the looks. That’s why we love the bandana type as it is both.
What fabric is best to use?
If you are looking for fabric bibs the best fabric to use is cotton. For the backing we suggest to use an organic bamboo cotton mix. Both of these materials are absorbent and eco friendly.
How many bibs do I need?
Start of with 4 of your chosen style. This should get you through the first month and buy more if required.
When you are buying any item relating to babies it’s essential that the product is safe. Although there is no Australian Standards for bibs you should make sure the item is well made with no loose stitching. Ensure you read the businesses reviews to confirm you are buying from a reputable company. Here are some of the questions we get asked about bib safety.
Are bibs dangerous?
Any time you are putting something around a babies neck there is always a chance of suffocation. Make sure they fit snuggly around their neck while still leaving a little gap. It is important to always closely supervise your baby when they are wearing bibs.
Should babies sleep with bibs on?
Babies should never sleep with bibs on! In addition, it is important to keep the sleeping area of your baby free from toys and pillows. For more information on safe sleeping please read this resource.
After you have brought your bibs you want to know when you can use them. Here are some answers to get you started.
When to start using bibs?
You can start using them as early as week one of the babies life, however, you may wish to start using them when they are a little older. On the first few weeks you may be more comfortable using a burp cloth to wipe away any spills.
How to use bibs?
To use a bib place it around the babies neck, ensure the fastener is done up properly. Make sure there is a little gap between the babies neck and the bib to make sure your babies is comfortable and prevent strangulations. Always pay careful attention to your baby when wearing them.
When to use them?
There are several reasons you would want to use a bib. The main reasons are when you are feeding your baby. Whether they are a for a new baby or toddler there is a range of different types to suit the use. They are ideal for cleaning up the small messes babies make when feeding. Secondly, when your baby starts dribbling a lot, a bib will help protect them and their clothes from getting damp. Finally style, bibs are no longer just something you put around your babies neck, they are a fashion statement! This is one reason we search the world for the most stylish and on trend prints.
How long do bibs last?
Depending on the brand. Cheaper ones may last as little as 3 months. However, we regularly receive feedback from previous customers that they use our bibs for both the first and second baby, so for four years.
Do breastfeeding babies need bibs?
Although no babies need them, you can use one while breast or bottle feeding. Anything to reduce the clothes washing pile is a good thing. If you don’t want to buy bibs you can always use a burp cloth to clean up any messes.
Do babies need to wear bibs all the time?
No, babies don’t need to, and should not wear bibs all the time, especially when sleeping. See our when to use them section above on when they should be used.
We get many questions about when babies should start wearing bibs. These include;
Can newborns wear bibs?
Yes they can, even from as soon as the first week. We have designed ones where the attachment is on the side. As the baby hasn’t developed their neck muscles yet it makes it easier to put on and take off. To Learn more about newborn bibs read our comprehensive blog.
What age should babies wear bibs?
Babies can start wearing a them from the first week. You may however want to change to a bandana style bib at 3 months when they start dribbling more.
When should they stop wearing bibs?
There is no set time when babies should stop wearing them. It is up to the individual parents and baby what works for them. You may find at around 2–3 years of age they don’t want to wear one anymore.
Care and Maintenance
Each brand of bib requires different care and maintenance so be sure to read the product labels carefully. In addition, below are our most asked questions;
Where to store baby bibs?
Bibs don’t need to be stored in any specific place. You can store them with babies clothes, close to your feeding chair or hidden away in draws.
Can they be washed?
Many of the brands have specific instructions on how to wash your bibs so it’s best to check the product label. However, with all our styles they can be washed and put in the dryer. Please read our labels for further washing details.
I hope this information has been of assistance and if you have any questions that we haven’t covered please get in touch and we will be more than happy to help.
This article was written by Luisa Figueroa. She is the owner, designer, and maker of the My Little Love Heart range of baby products. I have been working within the fashion industry for over 15 years and specialising in baby accessories for the last 5. My love of fashion has enabled me to work and study around the world.