Feeding tots is always an adventure — and a messy one at that. While there's nothing more satisfying that nurturing your child with a homemade meal, cleanup time can be a serious drag. We've found eight great products that are guaranteed to make cleaning up after your little one's messy meal a whole lot easier.
If you want to protect all of those sweet little outfits for your lil one, bibs are an absolute necessity. And while there are plenty of run-of-the-mill options out there, we believe that every babe needs at least a couple of especially beautiful bibs in his or her "wardrobe." We've scoured Etsy to find the very best in handmade baby bibs in every style and every shade. Whether your tastes are traditional or trendy, you're sure to find a choice to suit your special little someone!
We're all for convenience products, but is a four-in-one bib really necessary? Yes, says Bébé au Lait! The brand (which also makes Hooter Hiders) just launched Lille by Bébé au Lait, a line of hooded towels, blankets, and the very cleverly named Quibs. Touted as the "world’s first quadruple bib," a Quib ($14 each) is a reversible bib offering four sides. Two are made of terry cloth, while the other two feature Lille's signature cityscape (shown above), swirls, or fishies prints. Oversize for maximum coverage, Quibs have two double-sided magnets, making them easy to put on and take off, but the real draw is those four sides, which means you won't have to wash the bib after every meal. So what do you think? Is this a genius invention or just another cute, but unnecessary baby product? Weigh in below!
It took me almost a year, but I'd like to think I now have dining out with my 11-month-old down to an art form. High chair, Puffs, and a clean surface are immediate necessities, but there are a handful of items that I now consider my restaurant lifesavers. If you dine out as often as my hubby and I do (usually with a very hungry baby whose desire to eat never ceases to amaze me), consider stocking your diaper bag with the following five items, and believe me, your dining experience will go much more smoothly!
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- Pampers Disposable Bibsters ($2–$8): Your place mat is eco-friendly, so go for ease with these bibs. Available in three sizes, they have their own fold-in pockets that catch spills and solid foods and a leak-proof liner.
- Phil & Teds MeToo High Chair ($50): You don't get more portable and easy than this high chair, which weighs only two pounds but can hold a child of up to 33 pounds! It folds flat to fit into your diaper bag and is supersafe thank to vice clamps, an aluminum frame, and a five-point safety harness.
- Itzy Ritzy Snack Happened Mini ($13): Not only is this snack bag supercute, it's also washable, making it the perfect, space-conscious way to tote snacks, including fruit.
- Skip Hop Bento Mealtime Kit ($24): While a bit more expensive than many snack carriers, this is a diaper bag must have. The 14-piece kit comes with containers that can be used separately or clicked together and are the perfect size for toting baby food and finger foods. The insulated cooler bag and reusable freezer pack make packing up quick and easy.
- Tiny Diner From Summer Infant ($9): Though disposable place mats are nice, this is a more eco-friendly option that has some awesome extras. It rolls up for easy storage, five suction cups hold it securely to the table, and it also has an outer scoop that keeps food off the floor.
If you want your babe to be old-school cool, invest in some beat-bumping boom box products! From soft-soled shoes to crib bedding, you can find all kinds of retro-inspired goodies on the market. Check out five of my favorite finds for retro movers.
It's a mom's dream to have the entire family seated and eating! Keeping kiddos glued to their chairs while dining out can get tough as tots are interested in their surroundings and can get restless if the food takes a while so be prepared. Throw a few goodies in your purse to keep them occupied. Check out these options!
Was Christian Audigier, founder of Ed Hardy, picking Jon Gosselin's brain about baby products when they were yachting in the South of France? We don't know exactly what the two were discussing earlier this Summer, but perhaps the dad of eight was giving some input on newborn products.
The company just announced the launch of Ed Hardy Baby Products, which will include baby bottles, bibs, and pacifiers featuring the tattoo designs. The BPA-free bottles and suckers will be manufactured in Germany using a silicone treatment to meet current safety standards and are expected to hit store shelves in October.
Are you interested in the latest eclectic offerings?
- Make five well-balanced bag lunches out of one roasted chicken.
- Make five well-balanced bag lunches out of one roasted chicken. — Chow
- Watch Stephan Colbert eat New York City's most expensive dishes. — Eat Me Daily
- Should adult diners be allowed to wear bibs? — The Feedbag
- The war on Alice Waters continues. — Gourmet
- Three kitchen techniques that will change your life. — Simply Stated
- Would you eat this macaroni-and-cheese-topped hot dog? — Eater
- Treat yourself to homemade pain au chocolat cinnamon rolls with creme fraiche icing and walnuts. — Serious Eats
Your days as a groupie for a big hair band may be behind you, but you can still impart your rock and roll style on your lil one. Rock a Bib Baby has an adorable line of baby blankets and bibs inspired by its founder's frustration with the typical cutesy bibs and blankets that were covering the fashionable clothes she handpicked for her newborn. The company's extra-large Headliner Blankets ($48) feature fun, cotton, music-inspired fabric backed with soft white polyester minky fabric and make rad accessories for stroller rides or even laid out on the floor. Their smaller Roadie Blankets ($28) feature the same designs, but can easily be carried around. If you are looking to deck your darling out like a cool kid, Kingston Rossdale, consider this line your best option!
Bibs — there are enough options to make babies and their mamas drool. Available in plush and wipeable styles, the lil smocks and cloths that slip or tie around a baby's neck to protect their clothing and catch their crumbs and splatters save mommy from messes. Often thought of as a newborn and toddler staple, parents-to-be usually stock up on them! Check out my favorite five!