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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, tested by parents and their babies during mealtimes

10 of the best 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 feedback from our parent testers along with MFM award winners, tested by our own judges and mums to help you find the best bib for your baby.

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+

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 feeding 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 the dinner table. You simply put your baby in the bib and then fasten the bottom of the bib to the highchair with the velcro straps – it’s genius!

The brand comes highly recommended by our MFM testers including mum Katie who said, “We have 4, used regularly over the past 18 months since we started BLW (baby led weaning). It’s a definite time and sanity saver, especially in the early days as you can just throw it in the washing machine.”

Available from: Bibado, Amazon and JoJo Maman Bebe

3. Baby Boosa Leopard Print Bib, £13.50

– Best for a comfortable fit

Suitable for: 6 months+ | Awards: Gold – Bibs, MadeForMums Awards 2021

Made from flexible, baby-safe silicone, Baby Boosa’s bibs were rated highly by testers for their comfortable fit as well as their eye-catching prints. This is also helped by the 4 adjustable size settings and curved fit to sit comfortably over your baby’s tummy. “I love how it’s adjustable and will grow with my baby,” said MFM tester Zartasha. “It’s extremely soft and baby friendly.”

The deep food catcher will make mealtimes (slightly) less mess-free, plus our testers found the non-toxic BPA free silicone material to be highly durable. “After washing the print stays on the bib and the material doesn’t change,” said MFM tester Chloe. “There’s no scratches or changes at all since using it.”

Available from: Baby Boosa

4. Babybibs Bandana Bibs, £4.50

– Best for teething

Suitable for: 0+ | Awards: Silver – Bibs, MadeForMums Awards 2021

If you have a teething baby, these Bandana Bibs from Babybibs are well-designed for catching dribble so their clothing and chest stays dry. This is thanks to the double layer design with a thick fleecy backing which our MFM testers loved. Tester Memoona commented, “They’re thick enough to absorb moisture but soft at the same time.”

The poppers around the neck make them easy to fasten on your baby, plus there’s a whole range of cute and colourful prints to choose from. “I had loads of compliments and questions from friends,” said MFM tester Louise. “Great value for money, I’m surprised they don’t cost more – these will last years.”

Available from: Babybibs

5. Tidy Tot Cover & Catch Bib, £15

– Best for a secure fit

Suitable for: 6 months to 2 years

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. She commented, “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: TidyTot

6. BabyBjorn Soft Bibs, £18 for 2-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. Plus you can stack them inside each other for easy storage.

Available from: BabyBjorn and Amazon

7. 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. Though it’s worth noting that some reviews mention the Velcro fastening could be stronger.

Available from: Amazon and Tesco

8. Yummyboo Feeding Bib, £14

– Best for softness and comfort

Suitable for: 6 months to 2 years

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. 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

9. 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

10. Bumkins Waterproof Sleeved Bib, £10.50

– Best for a waterproof cover

Suitable for: 6 months+ | Awards: Bronze – Bibs, MadeForMums Awards 2021

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 and the cuffed wrists prevents food from going up their sleeves.

Available from: Amazon

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