I remember some of the questions that I asked friends and family during the pregnancy about what it was like having kids… Some were logistical, some were moral…
Stuff! So Much Stuff!
For some reason I was pretty occupied with the quantity of how many things we needed to buy during the pregnancy. We received many gifts from family and friends and I was amazed at how many of a single item we received. Surely we didn’t need 20+ bibs? 40+ 0-6 month onesies? Or the amount of socks we got… sooooo many socks!
I would go into work and ask my coworkers with young children how many bibs they actually used and needed in their household because the 20 that we had seemed absurd to me. The office I worked in was mainly men and the answers I got were “You need a decent amount once your kid starts eating”. For whatever reason, this question about how many bibs we needed has stuck with me, even to this day and I wanted to share how many bibs we actually use on a regular basis.
The Uses of Bibs
There are a few reasons to use bibs, the main and obvious reason is to keep food off of your kid’s clothes while they are eating. The less known (before you are a parent) but very useful reason is because of teething. Or how about when they are learning to drink from sippee cups or other types of containers? Bibs are a great “go to” item to keep your child from being drenched in liquid, either by their own doing or from their eating/drinking.
Now that Thomas is being fed solid foods (stage 2 foods) along with expressed milk all day long I will let you know that we go through at minimum three bibs a day. When he is teething we also use anywhere from two – four extra bibs because of his drooling. Once those teeth start to come in your child will drool, drool, and drool. They will soak through their clothes and by using a bib they don’t have to sit in wet shirts/onesies all day long (or get their clothes changed).
So as you can see we could go through maybe seven bibs a day right now. We don’t do laundry every day, we wait until we have full loads, so that means we do really need about 20 bibs to ensure that we have enough to cover all of the times that Thomas needs to stay clean and dry (or his clothes).
There are, of course, other bibs that are plastic that we could use during meals which could then be washed off and reused each meal, but as he is still spoon-fed we haven’t transitioned to these yet.
Our Bib Buying Preferences
Just be warned too that there are different sizes of bibs… Thomas’ head/neck doesn’t really fit through the initial bibs we received during our baby shower or the ones that we bought early on. We have had to purchase newer, larger ones to accommodate his growth.
We prefer the bibs with velcro instead of button snaps, at least for now; the ones that attach at the side instead of the back. The longer ones instead of shorter (so they cover more of him and we can tuck them in between his high-chair tray so he doesn’t play with them).
Thomas will become distracted by his bib and play with it while eating, so we try not to use ones with heavy patterns or decorations. The solid color packs are usually the cheapest anyways, so that is what we have been using.
What about you?
Have any bib stories? Any weird questions that stuck in your head during pregnancy such as my question on the quantity of bibs?