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Are silicone bibs safe?

When your little one has learned to self-feed, it’s a big moment for them and also for yourself. It means that they’ve developed some pretty important fine motor skills and that you’ve done a great job as a parent. But perhaps the most exciting aspect of your baby’s achievement is that this frees you from having to feed them all the time and allows you to eat side-by-side. If you are concerned about the amount of cleanup that comes along with your baby’s newfound independence, it’s time to upgrade from fabric to silicone bibs. Here are all the reasons why these handy items will change your life.

Catch-all pocket

Silicone bibs feature a convenient crumb catcher that effortlessly scoops baby’s mess, so you don’t have to. These deep pockets pick up pieces of food and liquids, to keep your child’s clothes clean and the table or high chair free from spills. They are designed to make life easier for the entire family and mealtime much more enjoyable for all. Even the messiest of meals are sure to be easier with a silicone bib around your little one’s neck.

Bright colors

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If putting a bib around your baby’s neck has been a struggle so far, you can say goodbye to these mealtime fights. Your child is sure to love the bright colors and fun designs on silicone bibs. They are truly adorable, fun, and more modern. Your baby will feel grown up when they wear them, and you will love how cute they look. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

BPA-free

Food-grade silicone is a BPA-free material, so you don’t have to worry about exposing your child to any harmful chemicals like phthalates, lead, cadium, or metal. These eco-friendly products are not made from plastic, so they’re safe to use with hot or cold foods. Moreover, silicone is a soft material that won’t hurt your baby’s neck.

Safety

Bonded silicone is a natural element that is among the safest materials to use with food. It doesn’t release any chemicals or absorb any toxic materials when it comes into contact with food or drinks, so you don’t have to worry about harm to your little one.

Easy to clean

It’s always a good idea to get toddler bibs for messy kids. Except if the material is traditional fabric, it entails more work. Unlike fabric bibs, silicone has a natural resistance to bacteria, odors, and stains. This is great for new parents who are already overwhelmed with so much work because you don’t even have to put these bibs in the washer. Simply wipe them clean, and they’ll be ready to use again within minutes.

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After a few uses, fabric bibs start to look old and stained. They may even smell bad – which must be unpleasant for babies who have to wear them. With silicone bibs, you can be sure that your baby won’t smell anything other than the delicious food you cooked for them. These bibs stay clean and look new much longer than the fabric kind, which makes them a green choice that is better for you and also for the environment.

No choking hazard

The choking hazard of a silicone bib is essentially the same as that of a fabric bib. Because babies lack the strength to pull the bib so hard that they choke themselves, this is not a cause for concern.

However, you should follow the same precautions with these types of bibs as you would with the traditional versions. Never put your baby down to sleep while they are wearing the bib because the bib could get caught under the baby’s body and suffocate them. You also shouldn’t leave the child unattended while wearing the bib, and you should remove it as soon as your baby is done eating.

Chewable and safe

Because silicone doesn’t promote the growth of bacteria and it’s BPA-free, it is the ideal bib material for little ones who may be starting to teeth or who simply like to chew on everything that crosses their path. If your child likes to chew on everything, silicone bibs are actually a better option than cloth because they are clean, soft, and hypoallergenic.

Silicone is also a more durable material, which makes it very difficult for your baby to chew off a piece of their bib. They are malleable and resistant to endure even the most active chewer. While we wouldn’t recommend using them as a teether, we do consider them safe for kids who like to chew on them. If you’re unsure, simply try chewing on a silicone bib yourself. Chances are, you won’t be able to rip off a piece.

Portable

If you love going out to dinner with your little one, silicone bibs will also be ideal for you. They are portable and can be cleaned up right after your meal, so you don’t have to stuff a wet and dirty bib in your diaper bag. Forget about finding a moldy bib days later when you decide to clean up the diaper bag. Instead, you can clean it up and leave it in there for next time you go out. Plus, the servers at the restaurant will also appreciate the clean space after your baby is done with their meal.

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With a solid track record and the science to back them up, silicone bibs are a safe alternative for self-feeders who are developing their fine motor skills. Your child will love to pick up their food and eat with ease, while you will enjoy your meals more knowing that any crumbs or spills will land on their handy bib. The fantastic design of silicone bibs makes them fun for baby and helpful for you, as after-meal cleanups become a breeze. Not only will the table and your baby be clean after eating, but the bib itself will be ready to use again in a heartbeat. These long-lasting and reusable items are perfect for the modern, eco-conscious family on the go.

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