03 January 2006

How did we travel before Bibsters?

Expensive, single-use, disposable sanitary items aren't usually our thing (except for the, um, THOUSANDS of diapers we've added to the landfill over the last few years), but oh, the wonder that is the Bibster.

Pampers Bibsters are disposable paper bibs. Here's why we love them for restaraunts and travel:

  • They have a waterproof backing, so yucky liquidy foods won't soak through.
  • They stay put via a nifty velcro closure at the neck.
  • They have little fold-up pockets that catch spills
  • They are soft enough to use as a face-wiper at the end of the meal (provided they're not too covered with yuckus)
  • They have cute Sesame Street characters on them, which keeps the bib-wearer entertained for a few minutes.
  • They (and all the muck they collect) are thrown in the garbage at the end of the meal, unlike their non-disposable counterparts which must be wadded up, placed in a plastic bag, tucked into the diaper bag, forgotten there for several days, and later discovered and either thrown away, or unfolded (urg) and washed.

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Disposable Table Toppers is a similar type of companion product we found very useful. It provides a sanitary eating surface, has adhesive strips to keep it in place, and makes clean up a breeze.

You just made the case for disposable diapers. Change a word or two in every bullet point, that's why we go with disposable instead of cloth diapers.

I found a simple little set of clips that turn any flatish piece of paper/cloth into a bib. Cute and works. Havent gotten downt o using newpaper yet, but in theory it shoudl work. Ill try it this week and report in.

Yea its tough to fight the disposable gestalt, but carry on my wayward mutants etc etc. Creativity will rub off on the younglings.

Bibsters were OK for about one box, after that, they were a total waste of money. They were handy for traveling to grandparents over the weekend where we didn't want to launder cloth bibs but it took him no time at all to figure out that a gentle tug was all it took to get the bib off.

Good luck if your kid will wear them!

My gotta have baby item was the Baby Bjorn and unfortunately, my son maxxed his out before he turned 1.

I think TomWsmf is talking about Kipiis Bib Clips - http://www.kipiis.com/ (I haven't tried them myself, but I've been wanting to get some.)

We keep a small insulated food bag in our daughter's diaper bag. It's just large enough for a couple of jars of baby food or snacks and a large durable bib. But just in case I forget to replace her usual bib, I keep a couple of Bibsters in the food bag.

We have also tried the Munchkin brand of disposable bib, but I don't like them nearly as much. Instead of hook and loop, it uses adhesive to hold the bib closed, and it's just too easy for my baby's hair to get stuck to it. Now the box of Munchkins is kept in the car. When we give her a sippy of soymilk, I drape the bib over her, just tucking the ends behind her shoulders. It stays in place until she's done with her drink, then she'll pull off the bib (now, without ripping out hair too).

We like having our children wear a paper bib or large paper napkin secured with alligator clips during meal times. Saves time and protects clothing. Any spills and splashes land on the paper, not on their shirts. Always good to have a paper napkin across the lap as well for added protection.

I loved the idea about using bib clips to secure a napkin around the neck during meals. I contacted my dentist and he was able to order me several sets of bib clips and a case of the large paper bibs. My three boys are now covered from neck to knees during meal times. No more ruined/stained clothing. These travel well and we take them to restaurants, too. I recommend securing the clips to the narrower side of the dental napkin as you will get more coverage.

Ryan Webber - Dallas,TX

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