Today’s post is all about the bandana bib! This style bib has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years. It’s definitely more hip than a regular feeding bib. Some parents use it purely as a fashion accessory. And while it can be used as a feeding bib, its main purpose is to catch drool.
The fashion aspect is pretty self-explanatory. So I am just gonna focus on the usefulness of bandana bibs. The reality is that babies drool; often times it is because they are teething, but sometimes it is just because…babies drool. They can sometimes develop rashes on their necks if there’s excess moisture…which unfortunately drooling creates. Therefore, aside from being super cute and keeping clothes dry, bandana bibs should also absorb the moisture to try to keep it off your little one’s neck.
Not all bandanas are created equal!
Chances are if you’re a bandana bib fan, you have found some that are worth their weight in gold and others that are useless. While some people swear by mine, you may find they are not right for you. If you only use bandana bibs for fashion, none of the below matters really, all you have to focus on is cute prints (and perhaps a good fit). But if you need the bib to keep your little one and their clothes dry, here are some tips on what to look for:
- First and foremost, it should be at least two layers. One layer is not going to really absorb much.
- The types of layers are important too. Often the front is a cute cotton print. But the back (or middle layer if there are 3) really needs to be made of something a bit more substantial (unless PUL fabric is being used-in which case, it is waterproof). I personally use terry cloth. I have seen some made with fleece. Fleece can be a good wicking material (which means it pulls moisture away from the body), but I have found that a lot of people are not fond of it during warmer months.
- Lastly, it should be adjustable. Chances are your bandana bibs will get far more use than your feeding bibs. The bib will outlast your little one, so it should grow with them too. I am all about more bang for the buck!
Fit is also a factor, but unfortunately it is not really something you can test unless you have your little one with you.
I cannot stress enough that if you need it to absorb drool, avoid thin layers. I have witnessed more than once businesses adding bandana bibs to their lines to try to jump on the band wagon for a quick buck, but their products are inferior because they don’t consider the customer’s needs. While those bibs may make great fashion statements, they will not provide much protection.
Even the best can only do so much!
At the end of the day, a bib can only absorb so much wetness. I recommend checking periodically to see if the back is wet. If it is, change it. Thanks for reading today’s post. If you’re interested in my bandana bibs, you can find them here.
‘Til next time,