Mum 2 Mum Sleeved Wonder Bibs

Mum 2 Mum Sleeved Wonder Bibs
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These bibs are an easy way of keeping food (mostly) off clothing while kids are learning to eat. They're easy to keep clean and have saved many outfits from spills in our house. They're not perfect but they do their job well, and have lasted through heavy use in our household.

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I always thought that nappy changes would be the grossest part of parenting. Now that I’m in the thick of it I consider food-related mess grosser than nappy stuff. Food can go everywhere, and if you miss cleaning anything up it can go pretty wrong, either ending up tracked around the house, or festering into something terrible in a hidden spot.

We followed my sister’s advice, and made sure we were well-equipped with long-sleeved bibs before our Little Monkey started solids. We have two kinds, and I prefer the Mum 2 Mum ones as the elastic has lasted better.

They come in lots of bright, fun colours (not that it really matters, but it’s still nice), and two sizes – 6 to 18 months and 18 months to 3 years. They’re made of waterproof fabric, with a terry section on the front so that sloppy food doesn’t run off.

Bibs are essential in this stage of eating

Baby + food = mess

Like many bibs, they have a snap fastener at the back of the neck, though there’s only one snap so sometimes the fit is a bit gapey. Since this creates an ideal chute to drop or dribble food down, we either use a peg to clip it up, or twist the fabric several times before fastening to get a tighter fit.

Apart from the gapey neck, we’ve found the fit good. The elastic cuffs are snug but not too tight, and they worked well from 6 months. Our two-year-old is still wearing the 6-18 month size. We do have one in the larger size, which fits him well, but we’ve been too cheap and lazy to buy a new stash. Since he’s getting better at tidy eating we are down to using them for messy foods only, but it’s good to have the option to protect clothes if we need it.

To clean them, we rinse off the worst of the mess, then pop them in the wash with our clothes. We tend not to put them in the dryer, as they don’t take too long to dry on a rack.

I’d prefer if they were longer in the body. They cover the most important area, but if they were apron-length they’d better protect legs from particularly messy foods. We often discover breakfast residue on pyjama pants, which might be avoided with a bit more length. A couple of extra snaps at the back of the neck would be helpful for size adjustment, too.

We have nine or ten of these bibs, and have used them multiple times a day for nearly two years, so I think we’ve put them through their paces. They’ve made life a lot easier for us in the learning-to-eat phase, and hopefully our stash will see us through another child learning her way around mealtimes. If only they magically kept the floor clean as well!

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