When the both my boys were little and starting solids, I used to joke that they changed outfits like they were part of a 17th century French Court. Anything I served them that was wet, gluey, sticky, or even dry (that got gummy once saliva touched it) they covered themselves in it. Everything.
Everyone told me to buy those inexpensive velcro bibs so I had a ton. This is how my feedings went:
- Place baby in high chair and put bib on.
- Put bib back on after baby pulls it off – I always heard the tell tale “kkkkssshh” of velcro when I would turn to pick up the bowl.
- Start feeding baby. One out of every four spoonfuls would end up in the baby. The other three were either misfires (hit a cheek), spit outs, or had hand interference.
- Take a damp baby facecloth and wipe face and gummy hands.
- Remove bib, roll in ball, and throw in the wash.
- Remove sleeper or shirt to clean sleeves.
- Remove pants to clean lap.
Even when I would feed my kid in a diaper he would need a bath afterwards because the cheapy bibs only covered about 30% of the food contaminated area.
I tried out a whole bunch of brands but none of them were great and I actually remember saying to my husband, “Why don’t they make something like a painter smock for babies?”
Well now they do. It’s called a bibit-all.
There’s no velco (thank frickin’ God) and it simply puts over your child’s head like a t-shirt. It has long sleeves (hello) and a waterproof backing so nothing will soak through (you know I’m looking at you, watermelon, you sneaky asshole.) I think one of the biggest bonuses is the cuffed neck and sleeves because it leaves less of a gap than the typical long-sleeved gathered bibs do but it's still loose enough so your child is comfortable and doesn't look like Burt Reynolds in 1978.
They are super lightweight, nice and stretchy (they have more of a terry cloth feel than a plastic feel), you can toss it in the washer and dryer no prob, plus, it’s won a ton of fancy awards. It notes that you shouldn’t dry-clean them. I would also like to note that if you dry clean bibs you should consult a damn doctor.
At $20, bibit-alls aren’t cheap but I feel the quality and durability is worth the price. I suppose you could factor in savings from wash loads and stained clothing if you really wanted to get picky about it, but for me the joy of not having to give them a full hose down after every feeding and having sweet potato stains on the cuffs of all their sleepers would be worth it.
If you end up getting on let me know what you think of it! I would love to know if you think they are as awesome as I do.