When Do Babies Start Wearing Bibs

When Do Babies Start Wearing Bibs?


Babies can start wearing bibs from the moment they start to eat solid food, which is typically around 6 months of age. At this stage, babies are beginning to explore different textures and tastes, and are learning how to feed themselves. While they are learning to use utensils, it’s normal for them to make a mess, and wearing a bib can help protect their clothes from food stains and spills.

However, some parents may choose to use bibs earlier if their babies drool excessively or have reflux, as bibs can help keep their clothes dry and clean. Additionally, some babies may start teething earlier and may benefit from wearing a bib to catch drool and prevent skin irritation.

Ultimately, the age at which a baby starts wearing bibs can vary depending on their individual needs and development.

We have put together a comprehensive article on everything you need to know about bibs when you are ready to use them to help you and your baby make the best use of it!


What is a Baby Bib?

A Baby bib is a covering worn over the neck and chest to guard against spills of food or beverage on clothing. Infants and young children who are learning to eat and may not have full control over their food and drink frequently use bibs.

Baby Bibs can be either disposable or reusable and can be fashioned from a number of materials, such as fabric, silicone, or plastic.

To fasten them around the neck, they often have some kind of clasp, like a snap, Velcro, or knot.

Baby Bibs can be a useful item for keeping clothes neat and clean when eating and are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and patterns.

Do Newborns Need bibs?

Newborn babies do not necessarily need bibs as they are not yet eating solid foods. However, newborn bibs can still come in handy to protect their clothing from spit-up, drool, or milk during feedings.

Additionally, some parents use bibs to help keep their newborn’s chin and neck clean and dry. It’s ultimately up to the parent’s preference and the individual needs of their baby. As the baby grows and starts to eat solid foods, bibs will become essential to help manage the mess that comes with feeding.

What kind of material works best for Baby bibs?

There are various options to think about while selecting the appropriate material for bibs. Here are a few well-liked options:

  1. Cotton: Because of its softness, absorbency, and ease of cleaning, cotton is a common material for bibs. Also, it is a natural fabric, which is advantageous for infants with delicate skin. Even better is organic cotton, which is devoid of pesticides and other chemicals.
  2. Polyester: Because of its strength, stain resistance, and speed of drying, polyester is a synthetic material that is frequently used in bibs. Yet, given that synthetic textiles can be less breathable than natural ones, some parents choose to stay away from them.
  3. Silicone: Silicone bibs are more popular now than they ever have been since they are waterproof, simple to clean, is rollable for storage. They can also be used repeatedly and are strong.
  4. Bamboo: Baby items are increasingly using this ecological material. It’s suitable for bibs since cotton is soft, absorbent, and naturally antibacterial.


The ideal Baby bib material will ultimately depend on your requirements and personal tastes. It’s a good idea to check out a few different sorts to determine which works best for your infant as cotton and silicone are two common options that each have different advantages.


The Many Styles of Baby Bibs

Bibs come in a variety of styles, each with special characteristics and advantages. Here are a few popular bib types:

Fabric bibs: For babies and young children, cloth bibs are a common choice because they are produced from soft, absorbent materials like cotton. They come in a variety of forms, dimensions, and patterns and are frequently machine-washable for simple maintenance.

Disposable bibs: Disposable bibs are intended to be used only once before being thrown away. They are composed of lightweight, waterproof materials. They make it easy to feed children on the go and might lessen the amount of laundry you have to do.

Silicone bibs: Made of food-grade silicone, silicone bibs are waterproof, strong, and simple to clean. They are frequently dishwasher safe and can be rolled up for storage.

Smock bibs: Smock bibs also known as “long-sleeved bibs” are manufactured from waterproof materials to guard against spills and stains and are designed to completely cover your child’s clothing. Typically, they include long sleeves and a bottom pocket to store food and liquids.

Bandana bibs: Bandana bibs are smaller, triangular bibs with a stylish and practical shape. They frequently include a bandana-like pattern. They are constructed of supple, absorbent fabrics like cotton.

Feeding bibs: A Feeding bib is intended to simplify and simplify mealtime. They may be made of waterproof or absorbent fabrics and frequently have a pocket at the bottom to capture food and liquids.

Drool Bibs: Drool bibs or dribble bibs are small cloth or fabric bibs typically made of soft, absorbent materials like cotton, terrycloth, or muslin designed to be worn by infants or young children to protect their clothes from excessive drooling or spit-up. Babies often experience increased drooling during teething, which can cause the child’s clothes to become wet and uncomfortable. A drool bib can help prevent this by absorbing the excess drool and keeping the baby’s clothes clean and dry.

You can select the bib that best suits your needs and tastes by being aware of the various sorts that are offered.

How Are Feeding Bibs Cleaned?

In order to maintain appropriate hygiene and make sure that bibs last as long as possible, cleaning them is crucial. Depending on the fabric it is composed of, there are different ways to wash bibs. These are some general cleaning instructions for bibs:

Cotton bibs: You can machine-wash cotton bibs in warm water with a gentle detergent. Employ a soft cycle, and stay away from harsh detergents that can tear the fabric. Moreover, it’s a good idea to stay away from bleach because it might weaken the fabric and hasten its degeneration.

Polyester bibs: You can also machine-wash polyester bibs in warm water with a light detergent. Avoid washing them with objects that could snag or harm the fabric, and use a mild cycle. Dry by air or in a low-heat tumbler.

Silicone bibs: Silicone bibs can be put in the dishwasher, washed with soap and water, or cleaned with a moist cloth. Steer clear of using abrasive items like steel wool or scouring pads because they might harm the bib’s surface and lessen its effectiveness.

Bamboo bibs: Bamboo bibs can be machine cleaned with mild detergent on a gentle cycle. Avoid using fabric softeners or bleach because they can harm the fabric. To dry, hang or lay flat.

Regardless of the material, it’s critical to regularly clean bibs to avoid the growth of bacteria or mold. To keep them clean and fresh, wash them after each use—or at the very least, after each other use.


How do we store Baby Bibs?

Properly storing bibs can help keep them clean and in good condition for longer. Here are some tips on how to store bibs:

  1. Keep them in a clean, dry place: Store bibs in a clean and dry place, such as a drawer, cabinet, or hanging organizer. Avoid storing them in damp or humid areas, as this can promote the growth of mold and bacteria.
  2. Keep them organized: Keep bibs organized by color, size, or type to make it easy to find the one you need. This can also help you rotate through them evenly and prevent some bibs from getting more wear than others.
  3. Hang them up: Hanging bibs on a hook or hanger can help keep them organized and prevent them from getting tangled or wrinkled. It can also help them dry after washing, which can prevent mold or mildew.
  4. Roll them up: If you’re short on space, you can roll up bibs and store them in a small basket or container. This can also make it easy to grab one quickly when you need it.
  5. Store them with other feeding supplies: Keep bibs with other feeding supplies, such as bottles, bowls, and utensils. This can make it easy to grab everything you need for mealtime.

By following these tips, you can keep your bibs organized, clean, and ready to use whenever you need them.

How safe is a bib?

Bibs are generally considered safe for babies to wear, as they serve as a protective barrier between the baby’s clothes and any food or drool that may come in contact with them. However, as with any baby product, there are some safety considerations to keep in mind when using bibs:

  1. Size: Make sure the bib fits your baby properly and isn’t too big or too small. A bib that is too big can cover your baby’s face and increase the risk of suffocation, while a bib that is too small may not provide adequate protection.
  2. Choking hazard: Some bibs may have small parts, such as buttons or Velcro, that can come loose and become a choking hazard. Always check the bib for loose parts before putting it on your baby.
  3. Material: Choose a bib made from safe materials that won’t irritate your baby’s skin or cause an allergic reaction. Avoid bibs made from materials that contain harmful chemicals, such as lead or phthalates.
  4. Supervision: Always supervise your baby when they are wearing a bib to ensure that it stays in place and doesn’t pose a safety risk. Never leave your baby unattended while wearing a bib.


What Age Do Babies Wear Bibs?

Babies typically start wearing bibs when they begin to eat solid foods, which is usually around 4 to 6 months of age. At this stage, babies may still be drooling quite a bit and bibs can help keep their clothes clean and dry.

As they begin to explore different types of food and learn to feed themselves, bibs become even more important for keeping their clothes and skin free from messes and stains. It’s a good idea to have a few bibs on hand so that you can change them as needed throughout the day

Overall, bibs are a useful tool for keeping your baby clean during meal times, but it’s important to use them safely and responsibly and the age at which a baby starts wearing bibs will vary depending on their individual needs and development.

Do Newborns Need Bibs When Breastfeeding?

Newborn babies typically do not need bibs when breastfeeding, as breast milk is the natural food for babies and is easily absorbed and digested. However, babies can sometimes dribble milk from their mouths while feeding or spit up after feeding, so using a bib can help to catch any spills and protect their clothes.

Some breastfeeding mothers prefer to use a burp cloth or a small towel over their shoulder or lap to catch any milk that their baby might spit up during or after feeding. This can be especially helpful for babies who tend to spit up frequently.

Ultimately, whether or not to use a bib while breastfeeding is a personal choice and will depend on your individual circumstances and your baby’s feeding habits. If your baby tends to spit up or drool a lot during or after feeding, you may find it helpful to use a bib or another type of cloth to catch any spills.

How many bibs do newborns need?

A newborn typically needs several bibs each day as they tend to drool, spit up, and have frequent feedings. As a general guideline, you may want to have at least 7-10 bibs on hand to ensure you have a clean one available when needed.

However, the exact number of bibs you need may depend on various factors, such as how often you do laundry and how frequently your baby spits up or drools.

Wrapping Up

Overall, bibs are a useful tool for keeping your baby clean during meal times, but it’s important to use them safely and responsibly and the age at which a baby starts wearing bibs will vary depending on their individual needs and development.



This post is written and edited by Sandy who is a clinical pharmacist with over 20 years of experience specializing in pre-natal and post-natal care.