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The Top 10 Baby-led Weaning Bibs: Reviews, Key Features, & Safety

Updated on 8 February 2022 • 8 minute read

 

Overview

 

Starting your baby on solids is an exciting and fun experience; it’s also a messy time. This is particularly true if you’ve chosen to follow the baby-led weaning (BLW) approach over traditional purée spoon-feeding method. 

In spoon-feeding, parents or caregivers can control the amount of mess made. 

However, with BWL, the baby takes the lead in their mealtime experience. Often, this means things can get messier since we don’t intervene as the baby experiments and explores food.

This is where the right kind of bib can be a game-changer because it could make mealtime clean-up a lot easier. 

In this article, we’ve gathered our top 10 choices for baby-led weaning bibs. You’ll learn about all the different kinds and styles so you can find the perfect bib for your family’s needs. 

We also answer some of your top BLW questions on safety and feeding below.

So, let’s scroll and have a look.

 

What Is A Weaning Bib?

Weaning or feeding bibs are fabric worn to keep your baby’s clothes away from drool, dribbles, and baby food spills. There are coveralls, which work like a smock and cover the baby’s upper body. There are also clip-on scoop bibs with a pouch at the bottom to catch spills. These cover only the chest and chin of your baby but are more comfortable to wear.

Bibs are part of baby-led weaning essentials as we teach our kiddos self-feeding

 

Factors To Consider When  Choosing Bibs

Materials 

Keep your baby away from harmful chemicals like: 

 

BPA and Phthalates – additives in most plastics. Exposure to these chemicals can interfere with natural hormone functioning and brain development. (1) 

 

Polyvinyl chloride(PVC) – can be found in most plastics and is a major source of phthalates (2)

 

Lead – is a heavy metal often mixed in paints, plastic, and other common products. Long exposure to lead can cause permanent brain damage and cause poor behaviors. (2)

 

Azo-dyes – chemicals used to color textiles. It can trigger allergies or can even cause cancer. (3)

 

Go for safer alternatives such as:

 

  • Organic cotton
  • Food-grade silicone

 

The following materials appear to be non-toxic, though more research is needed:

  • Waterproof fabrics like Polyurethane Laminate (PUL) or Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) (6)

 

Comfort & Coverage

A bibs’ design should effectively catch crumbs and food. Consider your child’s eating style if they need a coverall or fine with a scoop-up bib. It should also be lightweight and comfortable.

 

Easy to clean 

While most bibs are machine washable, they’ll be more convenient if it’s wipeable and quick to dry.

 

The 10 Top Bibs For Baby-Led Weaning

1. Bibado Long-sleeve Coverall Weaning Bib

Pricing: $25.95

 

Key Features

Best Features and Safety:

  • Covers all of the baby’s upper body 
  • The bib is strapped to your highchair, so it catches all the spills
  • Waterproof, soft and stain-resistant

 

Material: 

  • 100% waterproof and stain-resistant fabric 
  • Free from BPA, phthalates, and azo-dyes, a harmful chemical used to color most textiles.

 

Recommended  age: 

  • Start of weaning to three  years old

 

Cleaning & Washing Options: 

  • Wipe clean 
  • Machine wash at 40 degrees Fahrenheit 

 

Designs & Variations: 

  • It also comes in a short-sleeve variation.

 

You can choose from these prints:

  • Arctic Adventure
  • Oceans of Fun
  • Speedy Dinos
  • Magical Unicorns
  • Woodland Friends

 

Pros & Cons

Pros:

It has full coverage, so all the messy spills fall right into the pouch. Your baby’s arms and neck can be kept clean during meals. 

 

Cons:

If your baby is fussy and doesn’t enjoy changing clothes, putting it on can be a bit of a challenge.

 

2. Mushie Silicone Baby Bib

Pricing: $12.99

 

Key Features

Best Features and Safety:

  • Convenient to use and easy to wear
  • Can easily be clipped on your baby using built-in neck fasteners
  • Stain-resistant and non-absorbent

 

Material: 

  • Food-grade silicone
  • BPA and phthalate-free

 

Recommended age: 

  • Six months and up

 

Cleaning & Washing Options: 

  • Washable with soap 
  • Dishwasher-safe

 

Designs & Variations: 

  • It comes in 30 different colors

 

Best selling prints include:

  • Cambridge Blue
  • Lilac Flowers
  • Rainbows

 

Pros & Cons

Pros:

It’s convenient and stain-resistant

 

Cons:

Some parents who bought it say it can be difficult to button in the back.

 

3. Clean Cub BLW Apron Bib With Suction Cups

Pricing: $24.99

 

Key Features

Best Features and Safety: 

  • Works like a smock to protect your baby 
  • Suction cups attach the bib to the tray to create a placemat surface
  • Has a hook and loop design

 

Material:

  • Polyurethane Laminate (PUL)
  • Free from lead, PVC, phthalates, and BPA

 

Recommended age: 

  • 6 to 12 months old

 

Cleaning & Washing Options: 

  • Machine washable

 

Designs & Variations: 

  • Pink 
  • Green 

 

Pros & Cons

Pros:

Because the bib can be attached to the tray, you don’t have to worry about food falling into your baby’s lap.

 

Cons:

Some reviewers complained it’s not quick to dry and cannot be put in the dryer.

 

4. Grabease Allover Bib

Pricing: $26

 

Key Features

Best Features and Safety: 

  • Uses elastic seams instead of snap or zippers. You can pop your baby’s head in and out of the bib.
  • Great coverage to include the nooks and crannies of your high chair

 

Material: 

Product materials weren’t disclosed on the company site but on Amazon, it’s listed as:

  • 100% polyester with TPU coating for waterproofing
  • Free from BPA, PVC, Lead, Phthalate, and Vinyl

 

Recommended age: 

  • Six up to 24 months

 

Cleaning & Washing Options: 

  • Wipeable 
  • Machine washable

 

Designs & Variations:

  • Teal
  • Black
  • Pink
  • Green
  • Gray

 

Pros & Cons

Pros:

It covers not just the tray but the high chair as well.

 

Cons:

Some reviewers who bought the product complained that their babies can easily remove the bib because the elastic was too loose.

 

5. BabyBjörn Baby Bib

Pricing: $12.99

 

Key Features

Best Features and Safety: 

  • Uses soft plastic that’s non-chafing to your baby’s skin
  • It has a soft neckband that’s fully adjustable 
  • The pocket holds its shape so the food inside won’t spill out even when your baby is moving

 

Material: 

  • Polypropylene (PP) and thermoplastic elastomers (TPE)
  •  Free from BPA and PVC

 

Recommended age: 

  • About four months and up

 

Cleaning & Washing Options: 

  • Wipeable
  •  Dishwasher-safe

 

Designs & Variations: 

  • Powder yellow
  • Powder green
  • Pink
  • Powder pink
  • Powder blue

 

Pros & Cons

Pros: 

It has a comfortable, non-chafing neckband, and it’s easy to use and clean.  

 

Cons: 

Some parents who purchase the item said the bib isn’t as bendable as silicone and can limit the baby’s movements.

 

6. Bumkins SuperBibs

Pricing: $17.95 (Set of 3)

 

Key Features

Best Features and Safety: 

  • Ranked as a bestseller on Amazon 
  • Waterproof fabric that’s soft and strong

 

Material:

  • Waterproof fabric
  • Free from BPA, PVC, vinyl, phthalate, and lead

 

Recommended  age: 

  • 6 to 24 months

 

Cleaning & Washing Options: 

  • Machine washable

 

Designs & Variations: 

  • It comes in bigger sizes
  • Available in 62 unisex designs

 

Best selling collections include:

  • DC Comics 
  • Disney Baby
  • Harry Potter

 

Pros & Cons

Pros: 

It’s affordable and practical. According to some reviewers, it’s also quick to dry and easy to use.

 

Cons: 

According to some parents who bought the item, the pouch might not be as effective in catching food compared to the pockets of silicone scoop bibs.

 

7. Happy Healthy Parent E-Z-Clean Silicone Bib

Pricing: $18.97 (Set of 2)

 

Key Features

Best Features and Safety: 

  • Soft, lightweight, and comfortable
  • Has a wide and deep pocket that stays open to catch spills
  • Offers a lifetime warranty. 

 

Material: 

  • 100% food-grade silicone
  • BPA- free and PVC-free

 

Recommended age: 

  • Six months and up

 

Cleaning & Washing Options: 

  • Washable with soap 
  • Dishwasher-safe

 

Designs & Variations: 

  • Lime green and turquoise,
  • Pink and purple
  • Red and blue
  • Orange and gray

 

Pros & Cons

Pros: 

This waterproof bib is soft and flexible but maintains its shape. 

 

Cons: 

According to some parents who bought the item, the bib can be ripped easily within a few months’ use.

 

8. Tidy Tot Coverall Bib With Tray Kit

Pricing: $42

 

Key Features

Best Features and Safety:

  • Comes with a long-sleeved coverall bib, a sensory tray, a small high chair adaptor, and a travel pouch
  • To use, attach the tray to a compatible high chair or a booster seat. Next, attach the coverall to the front of the tray and place your baby on the highchair. Feed your baby’s arms through the sleeves of the bib.
  • While the tray is compatible with most high chairs, it may be best to seek advice from the seller first.

 

Material: 

Materials weren’t disclosed on the company site but on Amazon, it’s listed as:

  • Tray: Food Grade Thermopolyurethene. BPA-Free
  • Bib: 100% premium Polyester with PU membrane

 

Recommended age: 

  • Start of weaning to 2 years old

 

Cleaning & Washing Options: 

  • Tray: Wipe or wash to clean,
  • Bib: Machine washed at 40 degrees Fahrenheit

 

Designs & Variations: 

  • Dove Grey 
  • Fresh Green

 

Pros & Cons

Pros: 

Because the tray is wide, food might not fall on the floor as easily. 

 

Cons: 

While it works with most high chairs and booster seats, you might have to check with the manufacturer if your highchair is compatible.

 

9. Tiny Twinkle Mess-Proof Apron Bib

Pricing: $12 to $14

 

Key Features

Best Features and Safety:

  • Soft, lightweight, and waterproof
  • Its pocket stays open to catch spills but can also be flipped back if you don’t need it.

 

Material: 

  • Weave fabric
  • PVC, BPA, and  phthalate-free

 

Recommended  age:

  • 6 to 24 months

 

Cleaning & Washing Options: 

  • Wipeable and quick to dry
  • Machine washable

 

Designs & Variations: 

  • It has 15 designs with varied prints like rainbows, unicorns, polka dots, and more,

 

Pros & Cons

Pros: 

The closure goes around the shoulder and not just the neck, so it’s comfortable.

 

Cons: 

According to some reviewers, the velcro strap can be tugged open by their babies.

 

10. OXO Roll-Up Bib

Pricing: $14.99

 

Key Features

Best features and Safety: 

  • The neck straps are made of fabric, so it’s gentle on your baby’s skin
  • The pocket is silicone for easier clean-up

 

Material: 

  • Fabric with silicone pocket
  • BPA, PVC, and phthalate-free

 

Recommended age: 

  • Six months and above

 

Cleaning & Washing Options: 

  • Wipeable 
  • Machine washable

 

Designs & Variations: 

  • Gray 
  • Pink

 

Pros & Cons

Pros: 

It’s perfect for traveling because it can be rolled up with a snap-on lock.

Cons: 

According to some reviews, the fabric isn’t easy to clean and must be air-dried.

 

FAQs on BLW

 

1. Is Baby-Led Weaning A Fad?

Evidence backs certain benefits of following BLW such as: (4)

  • It may promote good eating habits 
  • Your baby may be at lower risk for obesity or excess gain weight later in life
  • It may reduce picky eating
  • It can make feeding more convenient and easier

 

Baby-led weaning isn’t suitable for all babies, though. Some babies might not be ready. The following are considered common signs of readiness:  

  • Sits on their own 
  • Shows strong head and neck control
  • When you offer food, your baby opens their mouth or attempts to grab the food
  • Your baby can swallow the food rather than spit it out
  • Your baby can move food from the front of their mouth to the back to swallow 

 

2. Can Babies Eat Too Much During Baby-Led Weaning?

A 2015 study published in the Journal of World Obesity suggests that babies who follow BLW recognize the feelings of fullness and know when to stop eating. This means babies eat based on hunger and not because foods were presented to them. When properly followed, BLW can be a safe and empowering feeding approach for the whole family. (1)(5)

 

3. Do Babies Use Utensils During Baby-Led Weaning?

Your little one already has one of the best baby-led weaning utensils– their fingers! But you can give your baby a chance at learning it early by giving them age-appropriate cutlery

To know more about the use of baby spoons, we have a detailed piece on baby-led weaning spoons.

 

4. What Do You Need For Baby-Led Weaning?

Here are a few basic things you’ll need:

  • Good quality high chair
  • Toxin-free weaning bibs 
  • BPA-free plates or tray, and cutlery (we prefer silicone or stainless steel) 

 

5. How Many Times In A Day Should You Do Baby-Led Weaning?

Get your baby comfortable eating solid foods slowly with just one meal a day. If you notice your baby is already ready for more, you can gradually increase the frequency of feedings. 

 

 

References

  1. https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/documents/Pubs/210-090E_BPAandPhthalates.pdf
  2.  https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/opmrdd/health/
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27635691/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5438437/
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24347496/
  6. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/POLYPROPYLENE#section=Ecological-Information 
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