What to Expect
A baby bib is designed to keep food and liquids that babies inevitably spill off of their clothing. There are several different kinds, including cloth, soft plastic and hard plastic. Some even come with pockets. Choosing the best bib for feeding really depends on the age of the baby and the need for the bib. Young babies do well with small cloth bibs. Older babies who eat solid foods a need waterproof bib or pocketed bibs to catch falling foods. The Baby Bjorn Soft Bib has a four star rating on Baby Earth.com. For a small bib, Baby Mall Online.com lists the 7-Pack Bold Sayings Baby Bib as a high rated bib. The Polyester Bibs 3 pack is a good choice for waterproof, pocketed bibs. If you're going on vacation and don't want to reuse bibs, try the Disposable Bibs.
The problem with bibs is that they often do not work. Babies will rip them off, or somehow manage to spill food on the exact part of their clothing that is not covered by a bib. When the bib get dirty, it can ruin the baby's outfit. Bibs are also hard to clean and often melt or break down when washed in the washing machine. Plastic bibs are often harder to maintain than cloth, but few retailers sell large cloth bib options. For these reasons, some parents skip the use of bibs for all but the messiest occasions.
Where to Buy
Since nearly everyone has a baby at some point in their lives, bib options are sold at most stores across the United States. For discounted bibs and low prices, try large chain stores such as Wal-Mart and Target. Grocery stores also usually have low-cost bib options. Online retailers, such as Baby Mall Online.com and Amazon.com also have a large selection for different food and baby needs. For longer lasting bibs and more eco-friendly products, try Baby Earth.com
The cost of a bib is typically very inexpensive. Only the designer patterns and shapes cost more than a few dollars per pack. Expect to pay between $5 and $20 for a package of bibs. How many bibs come in the package depends on the retailer and the brand of bibs. The Baby Bjorn Soft Bib costs about $10 for one. The 7-Pack Bold Sayings Baby Bibs cost about $10 on Baby Mall Online. The Polyester Bibs 3 pack cost around $8 on Baby Mall Online. You might pay more or less at other retailers.