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The best bibs for babies and toddlers

Here’s our pick of the most effective but stylish neck-gear to keep your child clean and comfortable, including our MadeForMums award winners

Best baby bibs

A good stash of baby 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. And they will still be a regular item in your bag until well into the toddler years!

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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.

Below, we have pulled together a selection of different baby bibs suitable for various stages, including newborn and teething. Some bibs offer full coverage over clothing including sleeves, others are made from soft muslin or high-tech neoprene and some are more rigid, made with pockets to collect any spills.

We have included real buyer reviews below along with three of our MadeForMums 2020 award winners, tested by our own judges and mums to help you find the best bib for your baby.

We’ve also found some of the best highchairs and booster seats for mealtimes, in case you need to get your hands on one of these, plus we have advice on how to do out and about feeding for when you’re on the go.

Here’s our pick of the best baby bibs and toddler bibs…

1. Bibetta Wipeezee, from £5.99

– Best for a variety of sizes

Suitable for: 6 months+ | Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2020, Bibs – Gold 

Made from an easy wipe-clean material, these eye-catching bibs come in 3 different sizes and designs to suit your feeding needs.

The weaning bib (£5.99) is great for using on the go with a pocket to catch stray bits of food, while the sleeved bib (£11.99) is perfect for baby-led weaning . We also love the sleeved coverall bib (£19.99) to help keep meal times as mess-free as possible, with its wide size that covers your child from their neck to the edge of the highchair tray.

Our parent testers liked how easy there were to clean including MFM tester Aysha: “Liquids do not soak into the material used and it looks the same after washing.” Judge Tara agreed and added, “They’re so much more practical than soft bibs which just get damp and soak through to your baby’s clothes. I also love the fact they have 3 different options. You could get rid of all your other bibs and just have this set.”

Available from: Bibetta and Amazon

2. Bibado Coverall, £19.95

– Best for complete coverage

Suitable for: 6 months+

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

You simply put your baby in the bib and then strap the bottom of the bib to the highchair – it’s genius!

Parents who bought this bib in the past seem to agree, as the bib has a seriously impressive rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from more than 2,700 reviews.

Amazon reviewers were impressed with how effective the bib was at keeping everything clean. “It catches everything so you don’t need to spend an extra 20 minutes cleaning the floor,” said one parent. Another, who bought it for her son said that it “means he can make a mess and have some fun at meal times.”

Available from: Bibado and Amazon

3. Tidy Tot Catch and Cover Bib, £15

Best for a secure fit

Suitable for: 6 months to 2 years | Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2020, Bibs – Silver 

This clever bib attaches to high chair trays or tables so it can catch food and spills before they hit the floor, keeping both baby and home clean. The bib is a one size fit, with an adjustable neck fastening to make sure it’s secure. It’s also machine washable and there is also a short-sleeved version available.

Mum tester Katie liked how straightforward the bib was to use with its suction cups: “the suckers are really handy, as the bib then creates a canopy to catch the food on.”

Judge Christy was also impressed with how “lovely and soft” the bib was but added “wipe clean would be more practical.”

Available from: Amazon and TidyTot

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

– Best for milk feeds

Suitable for: 0+

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 3 classic colours – cream, pale blue and pale pink – with a contrasting patterned back.

Recommended by Amazon, this bib scored an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars from more than 450 reviews. Parents particularly praised how it prevented dribbles, with one saying that, “for a newborn they can fit well and not have milk dribble down the neck area” and another adding, “they’re super absorbent and, as the neck part has a bump, it stops your babies clothes from being covered in milk.”

Although a couple of reviews mentioned the Velcro fastening could be stronger, buyers did note that the bibs tended to wash well.

Available from: Amazon and Tesco

5. Yummyboo Feeding Bib, £14

– Best for softness and comfort

Suitable for: 6 months to 2 years | Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2020, Bibs – Bronze 

The Yummyboo bib by Babyboo features 3 layers, with the internal layer closest to your baby’s skin being made from 100% cotton for extra comfort. This bib is worn like a smock, including sleeves and a front pocket which catches food, and can be popped in and out for easy cleaning.

Our MFM testers and judges found that the bib was effective in keeping little ones’ clothes clean. In particular, MFM tester Anne-Marie loved the length of that bib and said that it, “covered every part of my toddler and despite a messy feeding session her clothes were clean.”

MFM tester Kayleigh who used the bib with her daughter was also impressed with the “easy to use and comfortable bib” bib. She found that it “minimises post dinner clean ups” though added that, “the sleeves did ride up a little bit when she was grabbing her food off of her high chair tray.”

Available from: Babyboo

6. Printed Dribble Bibs, £3.50 for a pack of 3

– Best value bibs

Suitable for: 0+

These dribble bibs are made from 100% cotton for soft breathability and have a towelling reverse side, making them extra absorbent and kind to your baby’s skin.

There is a simple press stud fastening which makes it easy to slip on and off and they can be thrown straight into the washing machine after use.  The bibs come in an assortment of sweet, neutral designs.

The best part is that these bibs are some of the lowest price on the market and they come as a pack of 3 making them a double bargain you can afford to stock up on.

Available from: Asda

7. Cheeky Chompers Neckerchew, £11.99 each

– Best for teething

Suitable for: 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.

Parents who bought these in the past praised the double thickness of the fabric with the attached teether also being a top selling point. “The absorbency of the bib is of a higher quality than others and as our daughter has developed, discovering the chew attachment has been a revelation for her,” added one parent on Amazon.

Available from: Cheeky Chompers and Amazon

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

– Best for catching crumbs 

Suitable for: 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 6 cool colours, the necklace-style neckband has a wide adjustment range, so they will grow with your child.

Parents who bought these bibs in the past were impressed with their quality and how easy they were to clean in the dishwasher, although some buyers felt they could be a little too stiff.

“They are solid and well made…the only bibs I’ve tried that wash well in a dish washer without collapsing,” said one Amazon reviewer. “I love how easy to clean and store these are, we have bought a few and they can be stacked inside each other,” added another.

Available from: BabyBjorn and Amazon

9. Bumkins Waterproof Sleeved Bib, £9.99

– Best for a waterproof cover 

Suitable for: 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 child to move freely while eating. The tie back also gives plenty of room to grow.

Reviewers of this bib were impressed with the waterproof effectiveness and the general design.

“Love the tie strings at the back of the neck- a must for us as my baby pulls off the bibs that have velcro,” said one parent. “Wrists have little cuffs so nothing can get up the sleeves,” praised another reviewer.

One small criticism from buyers was that the bibs could get stained with time, though.

Available from: Amazon

10. Bib Stage 4 Coverall, £12.50

– Best for toddlers 

Suitable for: 18 to 36 months

This patterned coverall bib provides plenty of coverage for self-feeders, is comfortable to wear and easy to get on. There’s a waterproof layer to stop spills seeping through to clothes and it’s wipe clean and stain resistant, too.

There’s a handy pocket and crumb catcher to help limit mess during mealtimes and afterwards, just bung it in the washing machine. As kids get older, it could also double as a protective all-in-one apron for arts and crafts activities.

Previous buyers were impressed with how the bibs fared in the laundry, with one saying that they, “offer good coverage and protection and wash well in the washing machine.” It was also described as being a “great product” which was “excellent quality.”

Available from: Close Parent

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