I long for the day when more food ends up in my kids' mouths than on their clothes and the floor. Bibs are out of the question, of course. My 5-year-old would laugh in my face if I suggested it, and my 3-year-old has refused to wear hers since she learned how to tell me, "Bibs are for babies!"
Well, check out this stroke of brilliance from chealam0de,
an Etsy mom of a 1-year-old and 3-year-old: SMOX. As you can see from the picture above, SMOX are aprons with sleeves that your child wears like a
shirt at mealtimes. chealam0de actually revived an idea developed by her own mother 20 years ago. They're made of breathable fabric, lined with
terrycloth or flannel. They're eco-friendly, because you just toss them in the wash and use them over and over again.
"My kids hated regular bibs, but over time they've come to love their SMOX," says chealam0de. "After a couple of months of eating solid foods, my kids didn't mind them at all, and by the time they were self-feeding, they would hold out their arms to help get the SMOX on. My preschooler loves hers, and insists on wearing SMOX for every meal, even putting it on herself."
You can order them in several designs, including Thomas, Pooh, trucks, Spiderman, crayons, polkadots and sparkle princess crowns, in sizes small, medium, large, and extra large (for $2 extra). Cost is $30 each, available at chealam0de's Etsy shop.