Does My Baby Really Need A Bib?
Babies make a mess whether they’re newborns or 6 months old. They frequently spit up or drool. Sometimes babies even make a game out of drooling.
I’d like to tell you children get less messy as they get older, but my son disproves that theory every day. So do yourself a favor – put a bib on your children for as long as they’ll let you. It will save you a lot of aggravation and work in the long run.
In their early years, my children ruined a lot of outfits because I used the wrong bibs. And their timing couldn’t be worse. They always seemed to ruin outfits that were given to them by their grandparents.
Almost every time they wore a grandparent bought outfit, they regurgitated their entire bottle right after their bib with the chintzy Velcro fastener fell off.
I quickly learned what to look for in a good bib, and I hope that knowledge will save you some aggravation and money.
Not every baby will get rashes, but sensitive skin is common in babies and staying in wet clothes can trigger a monster of a rash.
My son got regular rashes in his first few weeks of producing large amounts of drool. That was before I wised up and learned that wet shirts rubbing against sensitive baby skin could cause rashes. Like any new mother, when I saw a rash of any kind, I would worry myself sick until it went away.
The best way to prevent the dreaded drool rash on a baby’s chest is to keep his shirt dry. It’s much easier and more practical to replace bibs than it is to change his entire outfit.
When Do Babies Wear Bibs?
Some people only have their babies wear bibs when they are eating or drinking. Some parents make their babies wear bibs during all their waking hours, especially if they are drool-producing machines.
No one knows your baby better than you do – you’ll be able to make a sound judgment just by gauging how dry his shirts stay when he’s not wearing a bib.
The Best Fabric For Baby Bibs
Instead of trying to take the food or milk stains out of your baby’s clothes, you’ll remove them from your baby’s bibs. Some bibs are easier to clean than others – plastic bibs clean up in mere seconds.
I’ve found it is best to stay away from cheap plastic bibs with the irritating fasteners unless you happen to be serving a very messy meal to your baby. They are okay for occasional use, but it’s not worth fighting an angry baby at every meal just to use an uncomfortable bib. You’ll want your baby’s bibs to be a soft, non-scratchy material.
These are some of the factors you will want to think about before you buy your first set of bibs.
Neck Room For Your Baby
A good bib should fit closely under your baby’s chin to cover her clothes, but you don’t want it to be too tight.
Finding the right fit can be tricky, especially since babies can often have multiple chins from all that adorable baby fat.
If your baby’s birth weight was in the double digits, you might want to skip the newborn bibs for something a little bigger to make sure the bib will comfortably fit around his neck.
The Size Of The Bib
Some bibs are cute and tiny. Other bibs are so big they cover your baby’s entire front torso – it looks like they are wearing armor. In a way, they are.
Remember - the bib is the only thing protecting your baby from drool rashes and more costume changes than you’ll see during a Taylor Swift concert. So you want it to be big enough.
I know it seems like you constantly need to buy new baby gear or clothes and you are probably having trouble sticking to a budget. But bibs are one of the cheapest things you can buy for your baby. If you can resist the lure of the super cute and more expensive baby bibs out there, you can easily find bibs that only cost $1.
Bibs are a good investment when you crunch the numbers. It’s cheaper to buy a few bibs for your baby than it will be to replace the constant parade of outfits that will be destroyed by massive amounts of spit up.
Keeping bibs around will also save you from having to wash load after load of laundry just so your baby will have some dry clothes to wear.
Babies go through bibs like crazy. At my house they were like the hot-ticket items for sale on Black Friday -- I had trouble keeping them in stock on my shelves. At every feeding, I strapped a bib on my baby. When they are infants, that can be every two or three hours (source).
And when babies start teething, you’ll want to keep extra bibs on hand for that. If you don’t, you’ll be changing outfits at the speed of light. They’ll get soggy in record time and if you let your baby continue wearing them, they’ll get a rash around their neck and chest.
If you’re breastfeeding, the milk will be coming out slower than it would if you were bottle feeding, so you can get by with fewer bibs. If you are formula feeding, the milk flow from bottles is generally faster than it is with breastfeeding. Your baby may have more leak out from its mouth so you’ll need a bib at every feeding.
6 to 12 Works Best:
To avoid doing laundry every day or two, you’ll want at least 10 bibs if you are breastfeeding, unless you’re convinced your baby will rarely need them because of your slow milk flow. With formula feeding, I’d recommend having 12 to 18 bibs.