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How to choose the best newborn bibs

There are so many things to consider following the confirmation that you are pregnant. Which hospital to attend, who will be your obstetrician, which pram to choose and where will your baby sleep are just a few things to consider. The last thing on your mind is which newborn bibs to buy and if you need them at all.

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We will help you to decide what are the options when it comes to buying bibs and answer some of the most common questions. The most frequently asked questions on bibs are;

What are the Best Newborn Bibs?

Age and activity will determine which are the best bib for your baby. However, in general, when selecting a bib we recommend the bib be;

  • Super absorbent with a cotton or bamboo backing
  • Multiple layers
  • Soft Backing
  • Pleated to capture excess drool
  • Adjustable
  • Made with eco-friendly and sustainable material
  • Stylish

Do newborns need bibs?

Generally, we suggest for newborns to wear them as some babies do spit up during breastfeeding and feeding in general. This will also save you from having to wash the baby’s clothes after every feed. We also recommend that the fastener is on the side as it is easier to affix and remove for newborns as their neck muscles haven’t developed yet.

How long will you need bibs for?

You may also be curious as to how long they will be using bibs. Like everything with babies, this will depend on a number of things including reflux, teething, and generally your baby as a whole. We find that most babies use them from newborn to two years however every baby is different.

How many bibs do I need for a baby?

This will depend on whether they have started teething or are they a heavy drooler? Some parents will be able to survive with just a few while others will need a large amount. Our suggestion is to start off small and if you do have a baby that is a heavy drooler, suffers reflux, or a messy eater you can always buy more.

So which bib should I choose?

When you start doing your research you will be astonished by how many different types of bibs are available. From smock, feeding, small, large, bandana, binky and, vintage, there is a bib for every style and occasion. We have outlined the most common ones below;


With so many types of bibs to choose from it’s difficult to know what bib to buy. Well it will all depend on the activity and the individual baby however we have outlined the various types below;

  • Smock Bibs
  • Bib for Feeding
  • Newborn Bibs
  • Large Bibs
  • Bandana Bibs
  • Vintage Bibs
Smock Bibs

Every house should have one of these. The smock is easy to clean, long sleeve, and made with a thin plastic bib that can be used during feeding. You will also find that it has many uses including feeding, painting, arts and crafts and even playing in the dirt.

Feeding Bibs

There are many types of baby-feeding bibs to choose from. The main type is the rubber design that has a catchment trough at the bottom. This is easy to clean and great for catching food during feeding before it lands on the floor. Any bib can be used for the feeding process and you should choose the style based on the baby’s age. For newborns they can use a cloth bib and as they get older and start to try and feed themselves a large surface that is easily cleaned would be ideal.

Newborn Bibs

Our newborn baby bibs have been specifically designed for babies that are 0 to 6 months old. These are made with a fabric front and absorbent and soft terry backing. They also come complete with two fasteners which are on the side of the neck. This design enables you to put on and take off the newborn bibs with ease.

We find that these are the best bibs for newborns as they are stylish, absorbent and the perfect size for a newborn bib for baby.

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Large Bibs

The larger bibs can be used for feeding as they cover more of the baby’s clothing. Also when your baby starts teething they will protect their clothing from the large amount of drool they produce. These are generally made from fabric however plastic on

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Bandana Bibs

Predominantly used during teething time, the bandana bibs are the best baby bibs for drooling and are one of the most popular types available. These are made with fabric and have pleats that capture the drool and stop it from seeping through to the baby’s skin. These are the most stylish and are used on a daily basis. The higher quality types have cotton bamboo backing that is ultra-absorbent and are softer on their skin. To learn more, read our comprehensive blog on everything you need to know about dribble bibs.

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Vintage Bibs

These have recently become fashionable and are generally only used on special occasions. They are a standard style bib complete with baubles and lacing.


There are a variety of materials to choose from including rubber, plastic, and fabric. The fabric cotton bibs for babies are normally made with cotton or organic cotton. This material is used for a number of reasons including durability, comfort, and moisture control.

The backing is one of the most important parts of the bib as this may sit against the baby’s skin.

Superior quality bibs have toweling or a cotton bamboo backing that is soft to touch and should not irritate the baby’s skin. Bamboo is also very absorbent which ensures that minimal drool leaks through to the baby’s clothes and skin.

Another positive to use bamboo for the backing is that it is environmentally friendly as it replenishes at a fast rate and is a is a renewable material. Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world and generates up to 35% more oxygen than equivalent stands of trees.


The most common fasteners are the plastic KAM snap style of fasteners. This is easy to open and close fastener which is extremely practical. It also is designed so babies can’t undo the fastener themselves. This type is also made in metal however not as common.

Depending on the manufacturer they will add one or two fasteners. The benefit of having multiple fasteners is that it means they are adjustable.

Another type of fastening device is the drawstring. Once again not very common however they are popular on vintage-style bibs.


We hope that this has been useful for you to determine which will be suitable for you and your baby. Please make sure that any babies wearing bibs or neck attire be supervised the whole time. We wish you the best for your pregnancy and the exciting times of being a parent.

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This article was written by Luisa Figueroa. I am the owner, designer, and maker of the My Little Love Heart range of baby products. I am a mum to a beautiful daughter and have been working within the fashion industry for over 15 years, specialising in baby accessories for the last 5. My love of fashion has enabled me to work and study around the world.

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