Weaning. Ahhh…. Weaning. The excitement. The frustration. The sheer, bloody mess of it all! I have always said that I can handle changing nappies, clearing up puke and wiping snotty noses but the moment you put me in front of a baby or toddler eating and it’s game over. I have to distract myself. Games, songs, my phone. Just anything to take me away from the gooey, gunky, slobbery mess that is unfolding right before my eyes and beckoning me to attack with wet wipes and Dettol when it is all over! I just find the whole thing so grim. Pathetic isn’t it really?
Well, luckily the lovely people at Dodotude gave me a reason to actually look forward to weaning Baby George by sending over a couple of their newest products to review!
I’ve been so excited to try them out since I got them a little while ago, and have been waiting eagerly for George to be ready to try solid foods. He’s a little over 5 months which is a tad early by healthcare guidelines but I just couldn’t hold him off any longer. He was stealing food off my plate, lunging forward at us as we guided food into our mouths and, on the odd desperate occasion where it all got a little too much for him, he actually growled at us in frustration across the room whilst we all sat and had dinner so I knew enough was enough.
So, out came the highchair and on went the Dodotude Soft Silicone Baby Bibs!
They are such good quality, made from really soft silicone and without nasty things like latex or vinyl or substances like that which can cause reactions to our little ones’ sensitive skin if we aren’t careful. There are two designs available at $14.99 on Amazon (however there is currently a half price offer over on Groupon), one is a pink pig and one is a grey hippo. Each one features a little pocket for all the goop and god knows what else to drop into, whilst the adjustable neckband is really easy to use, really flexi which makes it comfortable for them to wear and (my personal favourite!) is the fact that they can’t yank it off mid breakfast or supper or whatever, and smear their clothes in pureed carrot or strawberry juice or something like that!
In the past, I’ve tried bibs with poppers, velcro, all in ones and all of them were either off in an instant or left me worrying that the baby would end up choked by the bib instead of the food. The other great thing about them is the fact that they are so easy to clean! I’ll either spritz them with anti bac spray and then dunk them into the sink to get clean, or if I’m in a rush then they go into the dishwasher and come out looking brand new.
The only thing that I have a problem with is that the bibs have the traditional design of being all in the front and under the chin, which is great and obviously that is where most of the food debris ends up! As standard sizes go, these bibs are actually nice and big and cover the whole chest and under chin area. But, if your kids are anything like my two, the food tends to travel all over the upper torso and the limbs which means that George (and sometimes Teddy when he wears one during a particularly sloppy meal) still manage to cake their sleeves in whatever mess they are making. But, in all fairness, that is probably my fault for not being on the ball and rolling up their sleeves so that they aren’t in the way whilst they are eating. Ultimately that is up to me, not the lovely bib people at Dodotude! Ha!
They really are such a well made, soft and durable product and I am so pleased with them. I’ve thrown loads of recipes at this bib and literally NOTHING sticks to or stains it! Which is so good because my two love eating tomato based things and tomatoes can really stain bibs, especially the fabric ones. It can also seep through fabric ones as well, whereas the silicone material on these ones completely stop that from happening. Love them. Love, love, LOVE them!
Note: Do NOT love weaning though. Bloody nightmare.
This was a collaborative post but all reviews and opinions were my own.