The 7 Best Baby Bibs of 2021

Protect your baby's clothes with this must-have

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Our Top Picks
Made of waterproof fabric and a silicone pocket and is a favorite for older babies and toddlers.
Absorbent with a terry front...and a waterproof backing so any liquids won't seep through... for smaller infants.
Best Full Coverage:
Bumkins Sleeved Bib at Amazon
Suits children 6–24 months, ties at the back for a secure and comfortable fit.
Extra absorbency around the neck to catch all of those dribbles, and a velcro closure.
Made out of neoprene, which is what scuba suits are made of, so it's waterproof... good for babies and toddlers.
Stylish... absorb a lot of moisture with their fleece backing which is quick drying.
100% food grade silicone and will help cut down on your laundry... for children ages 6 months to 6 years.

Baby bibs are a staple to have before your little one makes their arrival. They keep baby’s clothes safe from any liquid or food that may fall during feeding sessions. Whether it’s milk, food, or spit-up, they’re definitely handy to have. 

Before you purchase baby bibs, you’ll want to think about what material you’re looking for and if it’s easy to clean. Also, consider the size of the bib and if you want other features, like extra snaps or food catchers. 

Here are some of the best baby bibs on the market to protect your little one from any spillage.

Best for Toddlers: OXO Tot Waterproof Silicone Roll Up Bib with Comfort

This OXO Tot® Roll Up Bib is made of waterproof fabric and a silicone pocket and is a favorite for older babies and toddlers. It is BPA-free, PVC-free, and machine washable. Out of all our baby bib picks that feature pockets, this bib features the largest and deepest of all. Its silicone pocket can catch most food and liquids, which is ideal for older or messier eaters. The bib is waterproof and large enough that it will cover up clothing and help to keep clothing as clean as possible. This bib is closed with a pretty secure velcro and is available in teal, green, navy, lavender, gray, or pink. After mealtime just give this a quick scrub in the sink with some soap and let dry. You can machine wash when laundry day comes.

Best Budget: Green Sprouts Stay-Dry Baby Bibs

You're going to go through a lot of bibs, which equals a lot of laundry. To help make the piles of laundry you have less urgent, it's best to have a bunch of bibs you can use at a moment's notice without having to stress about throwing another load in the wash.

This 10-pack set from Green Sprouts gives you plenty of bibs to get you through your days at a budget price. The bibs are absorbent with a terry front but then have a waterproof backing so any liquids won't seep through to their clothes. With an array of color choices, you're sure to find one that matches their outfit of the day (or dare we say the hour).

This comes sized from 3 to 12 months but some reviewers say this runs small and is suited better for smaller infants for drooling, spit up, or first solids.

Best Full Coverage: Bumkins Sleeved Bib

If you've got a messy one on your hands, a long-sleeved bib is the way to go. These bibs cover the whole upper body with their waterproof fabric that is stain and odor resistant. This model has a pretty generous fit, so it will suit children 6-24 months. It ties at the back for a secure and comfortable fit and has a pocket at the bottom to catch food as spills happen.

Besides at home use, these bibs are great to leave in the car or diaper bag for when you are dining out since they will save their Sunday best from getting dirty. They're also a smart pick for crafting since they'll protect your little one from getting finger paint all over themselves, though we don't guarantee this will protect your walls.

Best for Bottles: Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Milk Feeding Bib

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Milk Feeding Bib

Anyone who has bottle-fed knows that formula or breastmilk has a way of accumulating in the neck folds, giving your baby a funky smelling milk neck that can lead to irritation or even a yeast infection. To help prevent this from happening, a bib that is designed exclusively for bottle feeding is best.

This favorite from Tommee Tippee is made out of a terry material that has extra absorbency around the neck to catch all of those dribbles. It has a velcro closure which makes putting it on and taking off a cinch. Besides bottle feedings, this is also a smart option for teething babies since it absorbs well. While the plain bib is far from stylish, it is a basic color and will match any outfit your baby is wearing, so you won't need to worry about coordinating as you rush out the door.

Best for Solids: Built 2-Piece Mess Mate Toddler Bib

When it comes time to feed your baby solids, you'll need a bib that is easy to clean and stain resistant. Since you'll gradually start feeding your baby more and more as time goes on, you won't have the time to launder a bib for each meal of the day, and that's why a waterproof or easily washable bib is best.

This bib made by Built is made out of neoprene, which is what scuba suits are made of, so it's waterproof. After your baby's first carrots, you can just rinse this off with some soap and water in the kitchen sink and let dry, though you will want to launder after a few days' use to thoroughly clean. These bibs are small, which is good for babies and toddlers since the bib will easily rest on them without getting bunched up. These close with velcro and come in various colors and patterns.

Best for Drooling: Daulia 12- Pack Baby Bandana Drool Bibs

Ah, teething—it never seems to end. Starting around 4 to 7 months your baby may start to act irritable and start gnawing on their hands. With this you'll start to see a lot more drool, and this is when a drool bib comes in handy. Drool bibs keep wet saliva from soaking your little one's clothing, which can cause irritation and can be downright uncomfortable. Bandana bibs are the best option for drooling because they are not only stylish, coming in an array of patterns, but they also absorb a lot of moisture with their fleece backing, which is quick drying.

This 12-pack set is made of 100% organic cotton so you'll know only the best is sitting next to your baby's skin. The bibs have a snap on them, which prevents babies from ripping them off, and they can adjust in between sizes with the two different snap lengths.

Reviewers love the mixed patterns on these and have used these for newborns up to still drooling 2-year-olds. Some comment these might be a little big for younger babies, but they'll be handy well past their first birthday.

Best for Travel: Happy Healthy Parent Silicone Baby Bibs

Another great option for when you're feeding your baby solids is a silicone bib, because you can just wipe or rinse them clean after they're done eating. This Amazon bestseller is made of 100% food-grade silicone and will help cut down on your laundry, thus saving water because you won't need to wash them like cloth bibs.

Available in four different colorways in sets of two, these brightly colored bibs will bring a smile to your face when you watch your baby chow down on food. They have a handy snap-like closure in the back which provides four different sizes and are suitable for children ages 6 months to 6 years.

What makes these even better is when you are out to dinner or on the road you can just roll them up and stick them in your diaper bag until you can give them a good rinse. The food and liquids will stay contained and won't make a mess. Plus, since they are silicone you'll just need to bring one bib on your vacation since you can keep reusing this without the need for clean laundry or waiting for it to dry.

For a bib that’s easy to clean and catches food, check out the Happy Healthy Parent Silicone Baby Bibs (view at Amazon). They have a handy snap-like closure in the back which provides four different sizes and is suitable for children ages 6 months to 6 years. For a more basic bib option, consider the Green Sprouts Stay-Dry Baby Bibs (view at Amazon). The bibs are absorbent with a terry front but then have a waterproof backing so any liquids won't seep through to their clothes.

What to Look for When Buying Baby Bibs

Material

When you’re shopping for baby bibs, you’ll notice many of them come in a cloth-like fabric or silicone. It’s up to you on which material you think would suit your little one best. There are benefits and drawbacks to both options and similar options, so whatever you choose, you really can’t go wrong. 

For example, cloth-like bibs can typically be thrown into the washing machine after use. So once you’re done with it, you don’t have to worry about wiping it off. With silicone bibs, they’re easy to clean as they can be washed with some soap and water in the sink once feeding is done. You’ll also want to consider material if your child has sensitive skin, as some silicone products may cause irritation. 

Size 

Many parents and caregivers don’t realize baby bibs come in different sizes instead of a one-size-fits-all option. The size of the bib will depend on your child’s age, so if your child is a toddler, you’ll notice those bibs are bigger and feature food catchers.

If you have a newborn or small baby, you may prefer to buy newborn bibs. These are much smaller than your standard-sized bib. They will fit a small baby like a standard bib fits an older infant. These are great to catch any milk or spit-up during feeding times. Overall, you really just want a bib that’s big enough to cover your baby should there be (and there will be!) any messes. 

Features

While standard bibs are great for catching milk, a more modern bib will have additional features, like snaps or food catchers. It’s up to you to decide if these features will come in handy during mealtimes or if you can live without them and go for a standard bib. 

Food catchers are great once children are eating more solid food, as they catch anything that doesn’t make it into your little one’s mouth. Food doesn’t end up on the floor and baby can still eat the food so it doesn’t go to waste. 

Or, there are bibs that have adjustable snaps instead of velcro. These allow baby to grow with the bibs so you can adjust them as they get older. They also act as an extra barrier from your kiddo trying to rip off their bib during mealtimes. 

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Katrina Cossey has been a digital content producer and news and feature writer for more than six years. She has covered topics ranging from local and national news as well as writing and researching parenting content. Katrina is a parent herself and loves using silicone bibs for her little one. They’re easy to clean and catch any food left behind.

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