How to Pick Baby Bib Fabric

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When choosing baby bib fabric there are several things to consider. It is best to choose fabrics that are comfortable, durable, waterproof and most of all fun.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • The first step when choosing baby bib fabric is deciding what features are most important. For some, it may be absorbancy. In this case 100 percent cotton would be the best choice. Cotton not only absorbs well but is soft and comfortable against baby's skin. Other cotton fabrics that would be suitable are terry cloth or flannel.

  • Another option would be vinyl. Vinyl is probably one of the easiest to clean, and least costly but offers no absorbancy. Vinyl is also the least comfortable against baby's skin. On the other hand, vinyl can usually just be wiped clean. Most vinyls cannot withstand the high temperatures of the dishwasher or the heat of the dryer and may become brittle over time.

  • One of the most durable baby bib fabrics is made of 100 percent polyester. This waterproof fabric is similar to vinyl, but is stronger and more durable, resists stains and odors and can withstand the high temperatures of the dishwasher and dryer. This fabric may also be harder to find locally and may need to be ordered online. This fabric would be similar to the softer shower curtains.

  • Lastly, when choosing baby bib fabric it comes down to personal choice. Some people just use whatever they have around the house, from towels to t-shirts. Whatever fabric is chosen, be sure that it can get dirty. After all, that's what they are for.

Tips & Warnings

  • When choosing baby bib fabric, be sure that the fabric is large enough to cover the baby's messy areas. These areas can include under the chin and neck, down the front and, surprisingly, over the shoulders. Many baby bibs made nowadays have a convenient pocket that is either sewn or snaps at the bottom to collect any dropped food. Consider this extra fabric allowance when choosing bib fabric.

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