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Best Baby Bib

Credit: Abriah Wofford
By Molly Bradac ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Wednesday June 9, 2021
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Need a trusty baby bib? We've got you covered (literally). Our review ranks the best 9 baby bibs of 2021. To determine the best, we've researched the market, purchased the most popular and well-loved options for testing, and got down to business by sending each bib through various tests to evaluate performance. Knowing that the world of baby bibs is diverse and vast, we focused on which contenders will make your day-to-day life with baby easier by providing adequate absorbency and coverage, along with comfort. We are confident that our expert recommendations will guide you to the perfect baby bib that will meet your baby's age and stage, plus budget.


1

Best Overall Bib


KiddyStar Toddler Bib


Material: Organic Cotton, Polyester Fleece| Pocket: No
Ultra-soft and comfortable
Super absorbent
Range of neck-size
Large
Care instructions
Mild shrinkage and bottom edges curl

With high scores in nearly every category we tested, the KiddyStar Toddler Bib earns a podium spot. Honestly, you can count on this bib for absorbing mess! The bib's front is 100% certified organic cotton, and the back is 100% polyester fleece. It feels ultra-soft and comfortable (great for babies' delicate skin), and we now wish it came in an adult-sized blanket. Thanks to four snaps on its closure, it offers a range of neck sizes and will likely fit your child as they grow. When it comes to absorbency, this bib is stellar. It absorbs thin liquid, such as water, nearly instantly and thick liquid (think milk) a little slower, making its overall performance one that outshines most of the competition. Also noteworthy is how much it can retain before leaking. Leaks can lead to more outfit changes than a Kardashian at an awards show, so we appreciate a bib that can decrease the chance of additional changes.

The KiddyStar Toddler Bib offers four snap settings. Of all the bibs...
The KiddyStar Toddler Bib offers four snap settings. Of all the bibs in our review, this is the greatest range of adjustability.
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The bib is large, a perfect size for toddlers, but too big for tiny babies. So you may want to pass on this option if you seek a small bib. Also, the bib's care instructions make this option slightly high maintenance. The manufacturer suggests adding a 1/2 cup of vinegar to its initial wash to help set and preserve color, and for best results on an ongoing basis, the bib should lay flat to dry. But, you can tumble dry the bib on low heat, which is faster. While testing, we noticed some shrinkage after its initial wash and that the bib's bottom edges slightly curl up. These minor issues are cosmetic and don't influence the bib's performance. With that said, if you have a heavy drooling youngster, the KiddyStar Toddler Bib is your best defense. It will save your sanity by avoiding multiple outfit changes throughout the day, plus you will have no qualms about your baby's comfort.

The KiddyStar Toddler Bib is most appropriate for a toddler, or if...
The KiddyStar Toddler Bib is most appropriate for a toddler, or if you are looking for a bib that offers coverage.
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2

Runner-Up for Best Bib


KUDL Absorbent Baby Toddler Bib


Material: Cotton, Fleece| Pocket: No
Super absorbent
Ultra-soft
Easy to launder & no shrinkage
One less neck-size setting
Too large for newborn

The KUDL Absorbent Baby Toddler Bib is another excellent performing cloth bib. It feels ultra-soft with premium cotton on the front and fleece lining on the back. Its absorbency powers are notable, and the cloth retains an impressive amount of liquid before leaking, nearly the same as our top-performing bib, KiddyStar. This bib's closure uses snaps, which we prefer over Velcro or tie, mainly because it is easier for parents and caregivers to use yet comfortable for babies. Plus, the KUDL is easy to launder (wash before drying on low), and we noticed no shrinkage or edges that curl up.

The KUDL Absorbent Baby Toddler Bib is soft and absorbent.
The KUDL Absorbent Baby Toddler Bib is soft and absorbent.
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The bib's size is most suitable for a toddler, so you may want to look elsewhere if you seek a small bib for a young baby. Also, it has three snaps on its closure, which is better than some contenders in our lineup, but one less than the top-performer, which slightly dropped its overall score. Aside from minor differences, the KUDL performs nearly the same as the KiddyStar Toddler Bib, and we think it is worth considering.

The KUDL Absorbent Baby Toddler Baby Bib is large in size and has...
The KUDL Absorbent Baby Toddler Baby Bib is large in size and has three neck-size snap settings.
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3

Budget-Friendly Silicone Bib


PandaEar Silicone Bib


Material: Silicone| Pocket: Yes
Inexpensive
Easy to clean
Travel-friendly
Fasten multiple buttons for security
Silicone holes prone to rips

If you prefer a silicone bib for mealtime and appreciate a good deal, consider the PandaEar Silicone Bib. Made of 100% food-grade silicone (BPA-free), this bib fits babies from 10 months of age and beyond. It is extremely easy to handwash and quick to dry as a silicone bib, making it ready for your baby's next meal. It offers a button and hole closure system, plus four neck-size settings to grow with your little sprout. The material is pliable, and the pocket (which reminds us of a feed trough) stays open to catch liquid and food. We also think this bib is great for meals away from home. Place utensils in the pocket, roll the bib up, stash it in the diaper bag, and hit the road.

In our opinion, fastening multiple buttons creates enough strength...
In our opinion, fastening multiple buttons creates enough strength to keep baby from removing this bib.
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We discovered that fastening only one button was not enough protection to keep our little tester from removing the bib, and connecting two or more buttons did the trick, creating more strength to prevent them from pulling it off. Also, from our experience, silicone holes are prone to ripping with time. But, we think the bib's cost and the benefits of easy mealtime cleanup outweigh potential rips and consider this option worth adding to your baby gear arsenal.

The catch-all pocket on the PandaEar Silicone Bib is sturdy, wide...
The catch-all pocket on the PandaEar Silicone Bib is sturdy, wide, and makes mealtime cleanup more manageable.
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4

An Affordable Bandana-Style Option


MatiMati Bandana Bib


Material: Organic Cotton, Polyester Fleece| Pocket: No
Comfortable
Economical
Stylish
Limited neck-size settings
Lay flat to dry

The MatiMati Bandana Bib is downright stylish and an option for little ones who dribble from teething. The bib has a snap closure, and the material (100% organic cotton front and 100% polyester fleece back) is soft to the touch. We noticed that it lays flat on our tester's chest instead of bunching up underneath the chin, and babies from 3 months of age to 24 months of age can sport this bib. Also, it does a fantastic job at retaining liquid, despite its bandana-style footprint, which is limiting compared to traditional-style bibs.

Our little tester wore the MatiMati Bandana Bib on the largest size...
Our little tester wore the MatiMati Bandana Bib on the largest size setting.
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The bib's care instructions say to dry flat, which can be time-consuming; however, there should always be one ready to go with multiple bibs in a pack. Another drawback is the bib's closure with only two snaps, limiting the bib's longevity. But, if you seek an assortment of adorable bandana-style bibs to coordinate with outfits, we think the quantity and cost of this option could be a fit.

The MatiMati Bandana Bib lays flat on tester's chest.
The MatiMati Bandana Bib lays flat on tester's chest.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

5

Best for Travel


Happy Healthy Parent Silicone Bib


Material: Silicone| Pocket: Yes
Easy to clean & dry
Spill pocket
Neck-size adjustability
Travel-friendly
Holes can rip
Long hair can catch in closure

Cloth bibs and mealtime don't always mix, especially when you have a messy eater on your hands. Thankfully, the Happy Healthy Parent Silicone Bib answers the call of making mealtime easier to clean up. This bib is lightweight and pliable and made of food-grade, high-quality silicone (BPA and PVC free). The closure system consists of buttons and holes and offers a range of four neck-size settings. It has a deep, sturdy pocket to catch spills and crumbs, and your baby may be excited to discover leftover treasures hidden in the pocket! The bib's material makes it a breeze to clean - empty the pouch of food, handwash with soapy water, and dry it by air or towel. It is dishwasher safe if you prefer that option. But, we think hand washing will prolong the bib's lifespan.

The Happy Healthy Parent Silicone Bib offers four size settings.
The Happy Healthy Parent Silicone Bib offers four size settings.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The pocket does not catch all food crumbs but significantly reduces the amount of food you will be picking up off the floor. In our opinion, the silicone holes can rip over time, and a child's long hair can catch in the closure system. But, despite these flaws, we believe the Happy Healthy Parent Silicone Bib is a mealtime must-have.

The Happy Healthy Parent Silicone Bib has a deep, sturdy pocket that...
The Happy Healthy Parent Silicone Bib has a deep, sturdy pocket that stays open and catches spills and food.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

6

Best Bib for Full-Coverage


Bumkins Sleeved Bib


Material: Polyester Fabric| Pocket: Yes
Machine washable
Size
Waterproof
Not as comfortable
Pocket design

The smock-style Bumkins Sleeved Bib offers an advantage that no other bib in our review does: full coverage. The manufacturer recommends this bib for babies 6 months of age to 24 months of age, and between its long sleeves and waterproof fabric (free of BPA, Lead, Phthalates, and PVC), it can protect your child's clothing underneath. The bib has a durable tie closure system and holds up over time, yet not easily undone by babies, which is great when your child is covered in a mess. Plus, for easy cleaning, the bib is machine washable. Toss it into the washer, and let it air dry - voila!

The Bumkins Sleeved Bib has a tie closure system.
The Bumkins Sleeved Bib has a tie closure system.
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The bib does not have a sturdy, open pocket to catch food like silicone contenders in our lineup. So, if you consider that feature essential, particularly for mealtime, we suggest selecting one of those contenders. Also, despite the bib being flexible, we do not think it's as comfortable as other cloth bibs and can be warm over time. But, if you have a little Picasso who enjoys messy art exploration or a child who wants to feed themself, then this bib is an excellent full-coverage option.

The Bumkins Sleeved Bib has a pocket that does not stay open and is...
The Bumkins Sleeved Bib has a pocket that does not stay open and is stitched in the middle, at the top. This helps keep the pocket's shape, but limits what you can put inside.
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7

Unique Teething Bib


Nuby Reversible Muslin Teething Bib


Material: Cotton Muslin| Pocket: No
Machine washable & easy to dry
Built-in teether
One neck-size
Velcro fastener
Not overly absorbent

Do you have a teething babe on your hands? The Nuby Reversible Muslin Teething Bib is a bib and teether combo. We consider the bib a drool catcher, and with a built-in teether, you can worry less about a teething toy falling onto a germy floor or out of your baby's reach. The bandana-style bib is made of muslin material, sports a high collar to keep drool off your baby's neck, and the teether (BPA-free) is attached at the tip, easily accessible for little hands. Wash and tumble dry this bib on low heat, and the fabric feels softer with each wash. This bib is designed for little ones as early as 3 months of age and up.

The Nuby Reversible Muslin Teething Bib is easy to put on and take...
The Nuby Reversible Muslin Teething Bib is easy to put on and take off as it has a Velcro closure system. However, it only offers one neck size, which is not ideal for growing babies.
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This bib has a few drawbacks to consider. It has limited longevity with only one neck size, the Velcro closure can lose strength over time, and we don't recommend it for heavy drools because it is not overly absorbent. With that said, the Nuby may not be your primary bib, but it provides a unique solution for your teething baby with its convenient teether and bib to catch dribbles.

The Nuby Reversible Muslin Teething Bib is soft and stylish.
The Nuby Reversible Muslin Teething Bib is soft and stylish.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

8

Versatile Baby Bib


Aden + Anais Burpy Bib


Material: Cotton Muslin| Pocket: No
2-in-1 design
Easy to wash
Coverage
One neck-size
Seepage with a large amount

The Aden + Anais Burpy Bib is undoubtedly versatile. It features a 2-in-1 design. Use it as a burp cloth or snap-on bib. This bib is made of 100% cotton muslin and feels soft, which is excellent for a baby's delicate skin. It is one of the largest bibs in our lineup, and its kidney bean shape and substantial size provide superior coverage, making it handy when burping or feeding. This bib is easy to wash and can tumble dry on low heat. From our experience, this bib offers longevity. Use it from day one when you welcome home your sweet little babe, all the way to introducing solids and beyond.

The Aden + Anais Burpy Bib only has one snap setting.
The Aden + Anais Burpy Bib only has one snap setting.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Burpy Bib has a few downsides. It lacks absorbency powers, even with its quilted material. It absorbs both thin and thick liquid quickly but performs better with smaller amounts than larger volumes. The baby bib offers only one neck size, and the neck space is on the larger side. We also noticed some mild shrinkage after its initial wash. Regardless of these flaws, we believe this bib is worth the splurge for its dual-purpose, longevity, and generous size that offers excellent coverage.

The Aden + Anais Burpy Bib is generous in size and offers great...
The Aden + Anais Burpy Bib is generous in size and offers great coverage.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

9

Innovative Hybrid Bib for Mealtime


OXO Roll Up Bib


Material: Silicone, Nylon, Polyurethane| Pocket: Yes
Wash by hand or machine
Spill pocket
Velcro closure
Important to thoroughly dry the bib

Combining cloth and silicone, the OXO Roll Up Bib is an innovative option. Since silicone button and hole closure systems can be prone to rips with repeated use over time, the OXO Roll Up Bib solves this issue. On top, instead of silicone, it features fabric with a Velcro closure. This material is 100% nylon coated in polyurethane (PU), allowing liquid to repel off the fabric. On the bottom, the bib features a sturdy food-grade silicone pocket to catch spills and food. This bib is great for babies 6 months of age and beyond, especially as the Velcro closure offers neck-size adjustability. The bib is easy to wipe off, and you can either hand wash or machine wash it before air drying. The bib can also roll into the silicone pocket and stay closed with a closure, making it travel-friendly.

The OXO Roll Up Bib has a Velcro closure system, providing a range...
The OXO Roll Up Bib has a Velcro closure system, providing a range of neck-size settings.
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We noticed that the bib's fabric is initially a little crunchy and stiff but softens with time. A Velcro closure system has the potential to lose durability over time, making it easier for your baby to remove the bib. Users mention the fabric on top may be prone to mold and musty smells if not thoroughly dried, and it does not dry as quickly as full silicone bibs. From our experience, the closure that keeps the bib rolled up for travel is not always reliable, especially when tossed around in a diaper bag. Despite these flaws, if you don't mind a Velcro closure and want the perks of silicone on the bottom for easy cleanup, this hybrid bib is worth consideration.

The fabric on the OXO Roll Up can roll up into the silicone pocket...
The fabric on the OXO Roll Up can roll up into the silicone pocket and stay in place by a closure. However, the closure is not always trustworthy, and the bib may come undone.
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Warning: It is dangerous to let your baby fall asleep while wearing any bib, so remove it shortly after use to avoid this situation.

The selected, top contender bibs include a variety of styles and...
The selected, top contender bibs include a variety of styles and materials. Here is picture of the bibs that we thoroughly tested for our review.
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Why You Should Trust Us


With nearly a decade of testing experience, BabyGearLab holds extensive knowledge of all-things-baby and a unique skill set to guide our testing and ranking process. Leading our review is Molly Bradac, Senior Review Editor, Nanny, and Newborn Care Specialist, with over 14 years of childcare experience. Molly can effortlessly transfer her background, knowledge, and expertise to the world of baby gear, especially when it comes to baby bibs. She truly knows what will meet parent and baby standards, so take advantage of her recommendations. We purchased each bib in our review, completed hands-on testing and side-by-side comparisons to determine performance.

Analysis and Test Results


We laundered each bib multiple times, following its manufacturer's care instructions, before hands-on testing to assess performance, particularly with absorbency, ease of use, and comfort. We also enlisted little testers' help, allowing us to determine how each bib functions in everyday life.

The Nuby Reversible Muslin Teething Bib (left) and the MatiMati...
The Nuby Reversible Muslin Teething Bib (left) and the MatiMati Bandana Bib (right) are the only bandana style bibs in our review, and they differ in material, closure system, and available neck-size settings.
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Absorbency


The primary function of a bib is to absorb and protect the clothing underneath from wetness and mess. It is essential to know how well a bib absorbs and how much liquid it can retain before seeping. We tested two fluids of different consistencies (milk and water) on each bib's material to assess the absorbency threshold. A dose of the liquid was administered to the same location and repeated until leakage. Of all the bibs in our review, the Aden + Anais Burpy Bib and the Nuby Reversible Muslin Teething Bib struggled with absorbency, offering some of the worst results. Alternatively, the KiddyStar Toddler Bib and the KUDL Absorbent Baby Toddler Bib did the best. They can retain a considerable amount of liquid before the clothing underneath starts to get wet. Coming in behind the KiddyStar and KUDL is the MatiMati Bandana Bib. Although this bib struggles to absorb denser liquid and its bandana shape with less surface area limits the amount it can retain, it does have the ability to hold a fair amount of thin fluid before seeping.

The MatiMati Bandana Bib struggles to absorb thick liquid, such as...
A bib should absorb a range of liquids from water and juice, to...
The Aden + Anais Burpy Bib absorbs thin liquid well, but can only...

Comfort


We examined the material, neck-size adjustability, and comfort of each product's closure system for this metric. We think a snap closure is the most comfortable for babies and consider ties, Velcro, and buttons and holes not as cozy due to various factors, like hair getting stuck. Plus, drooly babies may be wearing a cloth bib for an extended period, so comfort is vital. The KiddyStar Toddler Bib is the king of comfort with incredibly soft material, primarily the fleece backing. It has a snap closure system, plus a range of four neck-size settings, allowing it to grow with your baby. On the flip side, the Nuby Reversible Muslin Teething Bib does not rank as high, considering it offers a Velcro closure and only one neck-size setting.

Most of the bibs differ in size and shape. The Aden + Anais Burpy...
Most of the bibs differ in size and shape. The Aden + Anais Burpy Bib (left) is one of the largest in this review. The Nuby Reversible Muslin Teething Bib (right) is one of the smallest, and it also mildly shrunk after laundering.
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Easy to Use


If a bib is easy to use, there's a greater chance you will frequently use it. It should also be easy to launder and dry, plus easy to put on and take off your baby. The all-star champ in this metric is the Happy Healthy Parent Silicone Bib. This bib is easy to wipe, wash, and quick to dry, making it ready for multiple mealtimes throughout your day. However, the MatiMati Bandana Bib did not excel in this metric, mainly due to its care instructions that recommend laying the bib flat to dry, consuming time and space.

Our little tester, Annie, wearing the Nuby Reversible Muslin...
Our little tester, Annie, wearing the Nuby Reversible Muslin Teething Bib.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Conclusion


Navigating the world of bibs can be dizzying. Thankfully, our review provides the details you need to make your informed decision. And, truth be told, a baby bib is essential, and you may even need a combination of bibs to get your little one through the day. Let our expert recommendations guide you to the best baby bib that will meet your needs and budget.

Molly Bradac