My first son was a spitter and a drooler. At one point, I got so grossed out by the constant ickiness on his clothes that I bought about 24 terry cloth bibs from Kohls for rotation throughout the day. The weren’t bad looking. No cartoons, no ‘baby’ patterns, just a solid color that looked like a bib, worked like a bib and completely covered whatever carefully picked out stylish outfit I had crafted for him that day. Yep- I’m a baby clothes snob. I’m only going to have babies to dress for a split second of my life, and I want them to look cute! Isn’t that part of the fun of having babies? So, with my second son I wanted something better. James is also a spitter and a drooler but I’m holding firm this time on the importance of bib style. That’s where the bandana bib comes in. I first saw one on an outing with a friend whose son was sporting one over his adorable KicKee Pants romper (another cool brand). I wish I had known about them with Henry. They not only work great, they look cool and actually add style. I found the best source of bandana bibs on Etsy. After trying out several kinds, I’m confident in recommending Sweedie Kids bandana bibs for both form and function. They also often have great sales if you keep an eye out on their site.
- Jersey knit is used for the top layer and a super absorbant cotton polyester blend sweatshirt fleece is used for the bottom layer. Most of the jersey knit they use is 100% organic
- The top jersey knit layer drapes to catch drool and spit up.
- Two snaps on the back for an adjustable neck opening.
- Regular size has a 4″ drop from neck down.
- Machine washable. They recommend laying flat to dry, although mine have ended up in the dryer and come out fine.
- Three sizes: Regular fits newborn to about 3 years old. Big kid has an option for age 3-7 OR age 7 to adult. The larger sizes are perfect for a bigger kid or special needs child/adult.
- They range from $7 – $12.50 depending on the options you choose. You can ‘like’ them on Facebook for 20% off your order here.
- They come in a lot of great, modern prints for both boys and girls and they add new and seasonal prints on a regular basis.
- They are constructed so that the top soft jersey knit layer gathers a bit to help catch drool and spit up.
- There are two layers for excellent absorbency but you can request an additional middle layer as well, although they have never leaked through to James’ clothes with just the two.
- They are big enough to do the job but not so big that they take over his outfit.
- They offer matching beanie hats.
- They just look cool!
- Because the underside layer is a thicker, more absorbent cloth, they tend to be a little stiff at first and would stick out a bit vs laying flat. That did get better after washing them a couple times though.
Here are just a few of the prints they are currently offering:
James loves them and I do too! You can get them here.
For my more funky-loving friends, another great place that sells handmade bandana bibs is Chicken & Charlie. Their bandana bibs come in super cool, funky fabrics and are made with a soft cotton top fabric and flannel/terry backing. They measure approx. 16″ from snap closure to bottom when fastened.
Chicken & Charlie bibs are a more classic bandana triangle shape with no built-in draping, but they gather naturally when snapped. They retail for $11–$14 (for reversible ones), but right now they are having a spend $30, get $5 deal (enter 30DEAL at checkout). Go get them here.
They also offer an add-on grommet with a pacifier/teether strap included.
Here is a comparison with the Sweedie Kids bibs and some of their fun prints (James is wearing a tie dye one with the added grommet).
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