As a new parent, taking proper care of your first baby properly can seem daunting. There are so many decisions to make and you will always be worried if you are making the right choice. After the baby arrived, you have probably lived on the web in different forums looking for tips from other parents.
You should use a bib during breastfeeding to stay clean
Using a bib while breastfeeding is a great way to keep both yourself and your baby clean during feedings. Leaking milk, spit-ups, drooling, and problems latching can all cause milk to drip down onto the mother and baby’s clothes and cause problems when breastfeeding whether you are out and about or at home.
Breastfeeding has a lot of benefits. For example, the baby gets to crucial nutrients that cannot be prepared in any formula that are needed for quick growth, development of a stronger immune system and robust organ growth. Did I mention that breastfeeding also helps strengthen the bond between the mother and baby? Anyway, we wanted all our babies to gain all the benefits that come with breastfeeding.
Which is the most ideal type of bib for breastfeeding?
If you are looking for a bib that you can be using breastfeeding there are certain factors that you should consider. They include:
The first thing that you should consider is the age of your baby. For a newborn younger than six months, it is best to use drool/dribble bibs. These bibs are ideal for this stage because your child will only be breastfeeding and not eating solid foods.
When your baby gets to weaning age which typically starts when a baby is around 5 months, you should pick up some feeding bibs. These bibs can be used when breastfeeding and they can also be used when your baby is eating solid foods. Trust me, the pocket on feeding bibs will save you a lot of cleaning headings not to mention your baby will always have clean clothes which means less laundry!
When Do You Plan to Use the Bib?
Are you going on a long journey where you will not have access to your laundry machine? Are you in a situation where you do not want to carry around a huge pile of dirty laundry? Well, if that is the case, it is best to use disposable bibs. These bibs are ideal for these situations as they can be thrown away after just one use.
The Sex of The Baby
Bibs come in different styles and designs. When shopping, you will definitely find some bibs that have been styled and customized with messages for a baby girl or boy. You can choose a bib that compliments the sex of your baby.
However, you will also find bibs that are unisex. This means they can be used by both boys and girls. These bibs are ideal since you can still use them when you are blessed with another baby. You can also gift them to a family member with a new baby once your baby has no need for them.
Tips for Using Bibs During and After Breastfeeding
Using a bib when breastfeeding happens to be very easy. All you need to do is to tie the bib around the neck of your baby and start feeding them. However, you should ensure that the baby is fully covered so that you are not just protecting the top half of the body. If you are not careful, you can end up doing zero work as you may still be forced to wash clothes if the dribble and spit reach some part of the clothes your baby is wearing.
You should also be careful in ensuring that the bib is tied carefully and loosely around the neck of your baby so that they do not choke. After using a bib when breastfeeding, you should ensure that you wash it before using it again. Do not use a soaked bib twice! Always ensure that your bib is using a clean bib.
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