The best bibs for babies and toddlers

Here’s our pick of the most effectively but stylish neckgear to keep your child clean and comfortable during feeding, teething and weaning

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A good stash of bibs is a parenting essential from the moment your baby is born. You’ll find yourself going through a fair few as your newborn spits up milk feeds, dribbles while teething and starts the journey onto solids.

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They will still be a regular item in your bag until well into the toddler years!

But not all bibs are equal and it is important to look for fabrics that are comfortable, protective, durable and washable, along with a design suited to your child’s stage and that is easy to fasten.

Here are 10 great bibs that we think do the job brilliantly.

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1. Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Milk Feeding Bibs, £7.08 for a pack of 2

Age suitability: from birth

Catch milky drool and spills with these absorbent feeding bibs that have a soft dribble catcher around the neckline to stop rashes and soreness.

There is a popper catch to hold these reversible bibs in place and a choice of three classic colours – cream, pale blue and pale pink – with a contrasting patterned back.

You can buy Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Feeding Bibs from Amazon, Tesco and Mothercare

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2. Aden + Anais Snap Bibs, £19.95 for a pack of 3

Age suitability: from newborn

These classic dribble and burping bibs are made from three layers of pre-washed muslin, making them extra absorbent and kind to your baby’s skin.

The snap attachment has three settings for comfort and the fabric machine washes beautifully – and dries quickly too. There are dozens of different designs, including stylish Disney ones and plenty of gender neutral options.

You can buy Aden + Anais Snap Bibs from Aden + Anais, Amazon and John Lewis

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3. Cheeky Chompers Neckerchew, £11.99 each

Age suitability: from 2 months

These award-winning bandana bibs are a godsend when you have a teething baby. The 100% cotton fabric absorbs dribble and stops skin around the neck getting too sore, while the attached teether will give your child relief from pain.

There’s a huge range of fashion-forward designs to chose from and the bibs are reversible too. The teether is BPA and phthalates-free and the bibs can be machine-washed. Neckerchews come in one size but with two poppers to adjust for comfort.

You can buy Cheeky Chompers Neckerchew from Cheeky Chompers, Amazon and Boots

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4. Bibetta UltraBib, £6.99 each

Age suitability: from 6 months

Made from diving suit material, these clever bibs feature a fold-out pelican-style pocket to catch stray bits of food while still letting them get close to the table – ideal for baby-led weaning.

The neoprene fabric is naturally waterproof and durable, but with a bit of stretch, and it can be machine or hand washed, as well as tumble dried. There is a cool range of colours and designs, and you can also buy a sleeved version for messier eaters.

You can buy Bibetta UltraBib  from Bibetta and Amazon

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5. BabyBjorn Soft Bibs, £15 for two-pack

Age suitability: from 4 months

Make sure more of your baby’s food ends up in their mouth rather than on your floor with these moulded plastic bibs with a wide lip to catch crumbs and spills.

They are BPA-free so safe for your baby to chew and you can simply wipe or rinse clean – or even pop in the dishwasher. Available in a range of six cool colours, the necklace-style neckband has a wide adjustment range, so they will grow with your child.

You can buy BabyBjorn Soft Bibs from BabyBjorn, Amazon and Precious Little One

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6. Brother Max Catch and Fold Baby Bib, £6.97

Age suitability: from birth (without attachment)

Keep clean on the move with this smart bib that doubles up as a carrycase for your child’s cutlery. The waterproof cotton fabric has a comfortable Velcro side opening while the plastic lip is attached with secure poppers.

After eating, simply enclose the dirty bib inside the crumb catcher and take home to machine wash. The set includes two fabric bibs so you have one for now and one for later. Choice of white with blue or pink available.

You can buy Brother Max Catch and Fold Baby Bib from Amazon

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7. SkipHop Zoo Bib, £7

Age suitability: from 6 months

Your child will love wearing these funky animal face fabric bibs, with a huge range of designs to choose from and a side fastening from Velcro.

Made from lightweight but waterproof fabric, they have a crumb catcher pocket and fold in on themselves to keep mess contained until you get home. They are machine washable and take up barely any space in your bag too.

You can buy SkipHop Zoo Bib from Amazon, Dotty Hippo and Ocado

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8. Nuby Lock N Roll Bib, £5.99

Age suitability: from 6 months

The generous silicone scoop at the bottom of these waterproof and wipe-clean bibs ensure that bits of food don’t stray too far from the reach of your child as they eat.

Once they are finished, simply roll up and secure the fabric within the scoop until you have time to clean it. There’s a range of bright designs to choose from too, with plenty of unisex options.

You can buy Nuby Lock N Roll Bib from Nuby, Amazon and Tesco

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9. Bumkins Waterproof Sleeved Bib, £9.99

Age suitability: from 6 months

Protect almost every inch of your child’s clothes from spills with these lightweight but durable long-sleeved bibs featuring a crumb catcher pocket.

They machine wash beautifully and the patterned fabrics (which are free from BPA, PVC, phthalates and lead) allow your little one to move freely while eating. The tie back also gives plenty of room to grow

You can buy Bumkins Waterproof Sleeved Bib from Hippychick, Amazon and Precious Little Ones

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10. Silly Billyz Towel Long Sleeved Bib, £6.95

Age suitability: from 6 months

This snuggly velour towelling bib provides plenty of coverage for self-feeders, is comfortable to wear and easy to get on. The backing is water-resistant nylon however, to stop spills seeping through to clothes.

The neck guard is great for dribbles and after meals, just bung it in this washing machine (and tumble drier if needed). There’s a massive choice of colour combination, plus two sizes. A longer-fronted option to cover your toddler’s knees is also available.

You can buy Silly Billyz Towel Long Sleeved Bib from Silly Billyz, Amazon and Kiddicare

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11. Bibado, £19.95

Age suitability: from 6 months

This BPA, Phthalates and Azo-dyes free bib/coverall, meaning it covers your baby and gap between the table, so it should limit the messiness.  

What you do is put you baby in the bib and then strap the bottom of the bib to the highchair.  

It’s genius.  

You can get the bib from https://bibado.co.uk

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