What kind of bibs are best for a baby starting solids? Gear You Didn't Know You Needed

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If you walk into a baby store and check out the bibs aisle, you'll probably get overwhelmed. So many styles and materials to choose from! And it turns out, there are a lot of different opinions on which are best.

Skip the Velcro

"The best bibs have a pocket to catch food at the bottom with an adjustable band that you can ensure fits your baby properly. Rubber dishwasher-safe bibs are really nice and last a long time. Avoid velcro as that can snag other garments in the washer and tends to fill up with fuzz over time." -- Lindsey Carter, MS, RDN, LDN, Back 2 Basics Nutrition LLC, Middletown, MD

Make Sure It's Easily Washable

"I recommend soft, cloth or terry, machine-washable bibs. 'Machine washable' being the operative words. There are ones made of plastic or silicone, but they are not nearly as comfy as a simple cotton version." -- Leena Saini, author of Around the World in 80 Purees: Easy Recipes for Global Baby Food

I Like Big Terry-Cloth Bibs

"Some babies are very neat eaters and don't like anything 'on them.' As such, a big terry-cloth bib that covers their body and allows you to quickly wipe off any spills is clutch. Other babies see food as a full contact sport. In that case, your best bet is to just strip 'em down, put a bath towel under them on the floor, and enjoy the ride!"

Pick an Extra Wide Pocket

"We had a rubber bib that had an extra wide pocket that was rigid and stayed open to catch dropped food. It was easy to wash in the sink. Loved that bib!"

No Bib at All

"While my son was spoon-fed by others, we didn't use a bib much. There weren't many dribbles because he was taking such small bites and someone else was doing the spooning. Anything that got on his onesie was easily and quickly wiped off."

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