I received product samples and compensation for this post as part of my role as a Bummis Ambassador.
Baby-led weaning is, in many ways, a form of lazy parenting endorsed by science. I like to look at my parenting philosophy as “choosing the path of least resistance.” It turns out that I’m a so-called “attachment parent,” which I would prefer to call: “Cave Parenting.” In other words, Mr. and Mrs. Homo Erectus (always my students’ favourite early-man moniker) probably co-slept and baby-wore and breastfed because that was just the most logical and instinctive way to ensure that their mini Baby Erectus made it to adulthood. I’m no anthropologist, but I also presume that Family Erectus didn’t spoon-feed their offspring carefully pureed portions of the meat and fruits they had hunted and gathered. Spoon-feeding requires patience and airplane noises and smashing and straining. I prefer this new-fandangled (yet likely age-old) baby-led weaning business because my child does most of the work for me. The only thing she doesn’t do is clean up after herself ….
Which is why I need Bummis’ Best-Ever Bibs! They come in a sleeved version (akin to a painting smock) and a sleeveless version, and both are ethically made right here in Canada.
The long-sleeved Best-Ever Bib has elasticized cuffs, which keep the mess from sneaking up onto the clothes you’re trying to protect. It also ties at the back, so you can get the perfect fit. I also appreciate the ties over velcro, which I have on other, similar bibs. The velcro gets stuck on everything in the wash!
Little Miss wore her long-sleeved Best-Ever Bib for her first birthday cake! Her beautiful birthday dress made by my mom was spared the chocolate-zucchini-whipped cream goodness.
The sleeveless Best-Ever Bib has two snaps to secure it around baby’s neck. I have a few bibs that leave a big gap between Little Miss’s neck and her clothes, so I still have to change her shirt after she eats. That’s not the case with the Best-Ever Bib! And, it features the same, soft PUL casing around the edges like Bummis’ diaper covers.
I love the cut of this bib because it is wide enough to cover Little Miss’s shoulders and is long enough to cover her whole belly.
The pocket is big enough to actually catch significant chunks of the food she invariably drops onto her lap.
Both bibs are easily rinsed and hung to dry for the next meal. I toss them in the wash with the kitchen towels when they get super dirty.
If anything can speak to the effectiveness of the Best-Ever Bib, if would be the series of events illustrated below:
I gave her a squeeze pouch with strawberry banana smoothie in it for the first time, and initially she was sucking it out perfectly. I had no intention, however, of leaving it on her tray unsupervised. But the doorbell rang and I had to sign for a package, and when I returned she had emptied the pouch all over herself and her tray. Yes, it got on her face and she got it all over her hair … but her clothes were still clean! Perhaps Bummis would consider a hooded version of their bib to protect baby’s hair from the consequences of baby-led weaning?
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