Bibs with sleeves are a type of bib that offers extra protection for a baby’s clothing during feeding time. They typically have long sleeves that cover the arms and are made of a waterproof or water-resistant material to prevent spills and messes from soaking through to the clothes underneath. Some bibs with sleeves also have a pocket at the bottom to help catch some of the dropped food.
Bibs with sleeves can be especially useful when introducing solid foods to babies who are learning to self-feed, as it can be a messy process. Bibs with sleeves are also great for protecting clothes during messy art activities or outdoor playtime!
There are many different brands and styles of bibs with sleeves available on the market, ranging from simple designs to more elaborate ones with cute patterns and designs. When selecting a bib with sleeves, it’s important to ensure that it fits well and is comfortable for the baby to wear. We have some lovely options of bibs with sleeves available on our website along with some lovely bibs with no sleeves that are available in our luxury baby hampers!
What does Weaning mean?
“Weaning” refers to the process of gradually introducing a baby to solid foods and reducing their reliance on breast milk or formula as their primary source of nutrition. It is a gradual process that typically starts when the baby is around 6 months old, although the exact timing can vary depending on the baby’s individual needs and development.
During the weaning process, parents or caregivers may introduce soft or mashed foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and cereal, alongside breast milk or formula. Over time, the baby will consume less milk and more solid foods until they are eating a variety of nutritious foods as their main source of sustenance.
It is important to consult with a healthcare provider or registered dietitian for guidance on when and how to start weaning, as well as which foods to introduce and how to ensure the baby is getting all of the necessary nutrients for healthy growth and development.
Weaning a baby onto solid food can be an exciting but sometimes challenging process for both the baby and the parents.
Here are some tips to help make the transition as smooth as possible:
- Introduce one food at a time: Start by offering one new food at a time, waiting a few days before introducing another food. This allows you to monitor any possible reactions or allergies.
- Start with pureed foods: Begin with smooth and pureed foods such as mashed banana, sweet potato, or avocado. You can also mix breast milk or formula with the pureed food to make it more familiar and easier for the baby to accept.
- Gradually increase textures: Once your baby is comfortable with pureed foods, you can gradually increase the texture by introducing mashed, minced or finely chopped foods.
- Offer a variety of foods: Offer a variety of foods from each food group (fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, and dairy) to ensure your baby is getting all the necessary nutrients.
- Let your baby explore: Encourage your baby to explore the texture, taste, and smell of the food. Offer finger foods, such as soft cooked vegetables or fruits, to encourage self-feeding.
- Be patient: It’s normal for babies to take time to adjust to new foods and textures. Some babies take longer to accept solid foods so don’t force them to eat or finish their meal. Allow them to take breaks or stop eating when they indicate they are full.
- Consult with your Pediatrician: Consult with your Pediatrician for any concerns or questions you may have about your baby’s nutrition or feeding habits.
- Prepare for the extra mess: your baby will love to get involved, get messy and play with these new and exciting foods and be prepared for more to end up on the floor than in your babys tummy! You can purchase a feeding mat for under your baby’s high chair to catch some of the spills or you can use a sheet that you already have which you can put through the wash after use and also its one less thing to buy! A bib with sleeves will help protect your baby’s clothes during this new adventurous stage! A bib with sleeves that also has a large front pocket to collect spills will further help!
Weaning a fussy baby can be a challenging task, but here are some tips to make it easier:
- Start with familiar foods: Start with pureed versions of foods that your baby has already tasted in breast milk or formula. This will make the transition to solid foods smoother and less intimidating.
- Offer small portions: Offer small portions of food to avoid overwhelming your baby. Gradually increase the amount as your baby becomes more comfortable with the food.
- Make mealtime fun: Make mealtime a fun and interactive experience by singing songs, making silly faces, or playing games. This will help to distract your fussy baby and make the process more enjoyable.
- Involve your baby in the process: Allow your baby to touch, smell, and taste the food. Offer finger foods that your baby can pick up and self-feed, which will help to increase their interest in eating.
- Be flexible: It’s okay if your baby doesn’t finish their meal or if they refuse to eat a certain food. Keep trying and offer the food again at another time.
- Consult with your Pediatrician: Always consult with your Pediatrician if you are worried or concerned about your baby’s eating habits or nutrition.
Personal weening tips that worked for me!:
It is important to remember that babies have taste buds just like us! So we need to consider if we like it before giving it to our baby! If you don’t like the taste and texture of something it is unlikely that your baby will like the taste or texture! If you start off by making sure that the new food is tasty and interesting with plenty of variety you’ll have half the battle won!
Of course there is a time and a place when every mother will need to depend on jar or processed baby food (when travelling or just generally rushing out and about or when you are having a particularly busy day etc.) and there are some excellent options available and some of them really taste lovely, especially the breakfast options but when possible with my two babies especially for their main meal of the day I tried to make fresh food and vegetables with really good flavour!
At the very beginning when weaning my two babies, when it came to their dinner I blended everything in together but as time went on I separated the vegetables from the main part of the meal as I wanted them to get used to different vegetables and start looking at having vegetables with every meal as being a normal occurrence and it worked! My two grew up eating everything and still do! Along with this though, even after I separated the vegetables on the plate I also used to hide a lot of extra vegetables in the main part of the dish such as in a spaghetti bolognaise sauce or chicken casserole.
Another good tip is when starting out the weaning process your baby’s portion sizes will be quite small but you can still make a big batch of bolognaise or stew for the rest of the family and set aside a few portions to blend and then freeze in ice-cube containers and then you can just take out a few cubes for your baby’s meal at a time. (As your baby grows along with his appetite you will need to switch to using bigger freezer containers!) That way you can still get a lot of flavour into the main dish of your baby’s meal, onions, garlic, thyme etc can all be added in as you will need to make it not only tasty for your baby but also delicious enough for the rest of the family to enjoy the unblended version!
A few safety tips that are fairly basic but I said I’d list them just be be extra cautious:
Never give your baby any food that could potentially lead to your baby choking – you need to be especially careful with some food items that have no ‘give’ in them should they get stuck while your baby is trying to swallow – for this reason never give your baby a sausage, a potato chip or grape to suck on or basically anything that could potentially get stuck even a large piece of apple!
With that in mind, always make sure that anything you give him is cut into small enough pieces so if he swallows it while sucking it, it can easily be swallowed. Always err on the side of caution!
Never leave your baby unattended while eating.
Don’t leave any foods that your baby could choke on within reach of your baby as when they start being able to crawl or walk and explore, everything they find along the way will end up in their mouth!
If your baby has older siblings make sure that they understand never to leave any foods within reach or give the baby any foods that your baby could potentially choke on.
Don’t worry too much about weaning your baby you’ll get there! Try to remember that every baby is different and some may take longer to adjust to solid foods than others. Keep offering a variety of healthy foods and be patient as your baby learns to enjoy new flavours and textures.
There are hundreds of different types of bibs out there, bibs with sleeves, bibs with no sleeves, plastic bibs etc. so you should easily find the right type for your baby. A baby bib with sleeves is a great choice for protecting your baby’s clothes at meal time especially if feeding while out & about or just before going out so you don’t have to run up and change your baby again (its difficult enough to get out the door on time!)
We have some beautiful baby bibs with sleeves available on our website that are made with an organic cotton material that has been treated with an acrylic coating making it dirt and water repellent. This allows you to easily wipe the bib off with a damp cloth after a meal or to rinse it under the tap.
These organic cotton baby bib with sleeves also have a large front pocket that helps collect any spills making them perfect for both feeding time and creative play!
Beautiful ‘Summerville Organic’ organic cotton bibs with sleeves: