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Cotton versus Plastic Bibs

Cotton versus Plastic Bibs

When it comes to having a baby, meal time means messy time. Once solid foods are introduced into a baby’s diet, it’s a free-for-all of sloppy spoon feeding and fingers as utensils. Making a mess while eating is a perfectly normal stage of a baby’s development – and perhaps one of the most fun – but for the parent on laundry duty, it means drips, drops and stains.

Luckily, you can simply grab a bib and avoid the meal time mess. But what kind of bib should you use? Plastic? Cloth? Which is easier to clean? Which is better for your child’s health?

Here is a quick guide on the differences between cotton and plastic bibs:

Cotton Bibs


Cotton bibs are durable, soft and comfortable for your little one. The softer straps mean no irritation to the neck during mealtime – this reduces the likelihood that your child will try to pull the bib off while eating.

The pliable material and ability to fold make cloth bibs easier to take along with you while out and about. The soft and comfortable nature of a cotton bib also means that it can be used throughout the day as a drool bib.


Not all cotton bibs are made equally. If you are looking for an organic product, make sure the fabric does not contain any synthetic materials. Check the tag for “100% organic cotton” to ensure that it is a true natural product.

Cloth bibs require machine or hand-washing and cannot simply be wiped. However, they can be used a few times before requiring cleaning.

Plastic Bibs


When it comes to cleaning, plastic bibs require only a quick wipe and rinse and then they are ready for the next meal. Most are made with a sort of catch-all receptacle on the bottom to prevent spilled food from landing on your little one’s lap.

This total coverage means that children can feed themselves more independently without worry of making a mess.


For smaller babies, the thin plastic straps of a plastic bib may cause irritation along your little one’s neck that could result in a rash. Plastic bibs are also easier for a baby to pull off which could create some unnecessary meal time drama.

With plastic bibs, you have to be very careful as to what the bib is made out of. Some bibs have been found to contain lead as well as BPA, Phthalates and other toxins and chemicals. Look for 100% naturally made bibs and pay close attention to the materials it contains.

Choosing the Right Bib For Your Baby

Choosing between 100% natural bibs, whether plastic or cotton, is simply a matter of what works best for your child. Cotton bibs may be more appropriate for infants who are nursing while plastic bibs may be best for little ones who are sitting and beginning to eat independently.

With so many styles and designs available, there is no going wrong with choosing the perfect organic bib for your child!