Harper has been experimenting with solid foods since she was six months old. Her first fixes are still her favorites, avocado and banana (you should hear her lovingly proclaim an-na-na the moment we set foot in the produce aisle at the grocery store), and she loves trying new things. Some meals are a hit and others are refused and pushed away forcefully. Either way, things inevitably get messy. Enter the Best-Ever Bib.
From the Bummis Website:
“The Best-Ever Bib is made of the same fabric as our waterproof wraps. It’s tough enough for cloth diaper duty, so when it comes to spaghetti? Ha! Bring it.
You may have to wash the dishes after dinner, but the Best-Ever Bib is washer and dryer friendly; toss it in the machine and walk away.
Instead of Velcro, we used two plastic (nickel-free!) snaps for the closure:
No fluff or daisy chains in the laundry
No scratched skin or pulled hair
Hard for little hands to pull off!”
Bummis was kind enough to send us a Best-Ever Bib to try, and it is so pretty, I keep it snapped to the side of Harper’s high chair when meal time is over. That way it’s always ready for us, and it looks nice, too. I’d experimented with a lot of bibs before this one. I loved how soft her tiny newborn bibs were (we got dozens passed on from a high school friend, they were so tiny and fluffy, made to match her little outfits) but they were constantly in the laundry, since one tiny spill generally required more than hand washing to remove the stain. Then I tried some slick laminate style bibs I could wipe clean. They closed with hook and loop tape, and Harper quickly figured out how to rip them off and that she could cause quite a stir by waiting until her bib was nice and messy before tearing it free and throwing it across the room. Besides, they were so stiff they looked downright uncomfortable. I can’t blame her for not wanting to wear them.
The first thing I noticed about the Bummis bib (besides the whimsical but modern print) is how soft it is. Despite being a wipeable surface that I can easily rinse clean in the sink, the material is flexible and feels like cloth. Apparently Bummis hides a waterproof layer in between two layers of durable polyester fabric to create that perfect combination of beauty, comfort, and strength.
I love how generous the cut of this bib is. It easily covers Harper’s shoulders, where she turns her head to wipe her face. It also features a two snap option with strong plastic snaps so I can fasten the neck tight enough to keep food from slipping into Harper’s shirt and adjust the fit as she grows. This feature is huge to me and I don’t know why I haven’t seen it in other bibs, it seems like a necessity to me. Is my kid messier then most? Somehow I doubt it.
Finally, Bummis Best-Ever Bib lives up to it’s name with a substantial pocket to catch all those drips and chunks of food that don’t quite make it to my baby’s mouth. My dog might say this pocket is the bane of his existence, since he doesn’t catch nearly as many leftovers now, but to me it is a lifesaver, keeping Harper’s clothes clean and dry. After meal time, I just turn the bib over above the trash (or compost bin, depending on what she was eating) and give it a quick shake to release any hostages. Then a simple rinse in the sink banishes even the toughest food stains and I leave it draped over the faucet to dry until later that day when I can return it to the high chair.
I’m still fairly new to parenting (see that over-protective-new-parent sticker? It probably belongs on my bag), and very aware and cautious of what my baby is exposed to. So I’m thrilled to say all the materials are lead free, phthalate free and BPA free. Also, the fabric is made in the USA and everything else is made in Canada, so you know where you’re shopping and who you are supporting. I love shopping aware, and I especially love companies that care. Bummis Best-Ever Bib is just 12.95, and thanks to the adjustable sizing, it should work for a baby of nearly any age.
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