The 7 Best Baby Bibs to Buy in 2018

Protect your baby's clothes with this must-have

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Baby bibs are a necessity for any household with a little one. When your baby is a newborn, the bibs will help prevent their clothes from getting wet from formula, breastmilk, or spit up, which will save you an outfit change. As your baby starts to grow and teething happens, your baby will become a drool machine, so you'll want an absorbent bib that can soak up everything and dry quickly without having to switch it out a dozen times a day. Once your baby starts to eat, you've got a whole new ball game on your hands. Waterproof or easily washable bibs do best here because you can just rinse them off in the sink and they won't stain. If you have a determined child, a bib with a snap works best because they can't rip it off mid meatloaf, and those who are really messy might want a bib that has a cup at the bottom to prevent pieces of spaghetti from ending up on their lap, or a long sleeve bib to save any messes from occurring.

With all bibs, you should never leave your baby unattended with them on and they should never go to sleep with one on.

Whatever stage of the game you are in, you will need a lot of bibs to get you through the first few years. To help get you started on your quest for the best bib, here are our top picks.

Our Top Picks

Best for Toddlers: OXO Tot® Roll Up Bib

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, 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 messy 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 aqua, green, 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 Infant Bibs

You're going to go through a lot of bibs which equals a lot of laundry. To help soften the piles of laundry you have to do weekly, 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 Waterproof 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

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 for 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, they also absorb a lot of moisture with their fleece backing which is quick drying.

This 12-pack set is made of 100 percent 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 them 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 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 percent 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 is 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.

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