The size of the mat is much larger than I anticipated, which is helpful when you have more than one bowl or cup. Ralph usually has a bottle of milk, water and a bowl plus some finger food and there is still lots of room. The large surface area, none slip backing and pocket means all the mess of baby led weaning is caught and doesn’t get trod into the floor. Just lately Ralph has been pulling at his bib so with the added pocket it doesn’t really matter if the bib comes off. I find it really easy to wipe all the bits into the pocket and empty straight into the bin. When we eat out in restaurants I do the same but fold the mat up so the mess is all kept securely inside.
Ultra Bib with sleeves
I knew if I wanted Ralph to fully explore his food and have fun with it then I couldn’t put a limit on the amount of mess, which would be produced. The Ultra Bib has meant all his clothes have been kept dry and stain free. The bib is made from the same material as the placemat, Neoprene. Not only is Neoprene soft and comfortable but it is durable and water resistant. So far spillages have stayed on the surface, rather than absorb in and ran into the pocket.
As I mentioned above Ralph is going through a phase of trying to pull his bib off but the Ultra Bib has high quality, super strength Velcro makes it impossible to rip off. We have used the Ultra Bib several times and the Velcro still looks as good as new, no fraying or weakening.
The pocket is fantastic for catching food or putting finger food in to encourage your little ones pincer grip. This is something we will definitely be giving a try with Ralph next month. The pocket is reversible so if you use it in conjunction with the placemat or if it becomes too much of a distraction, you can fold it away.
The only critique I have with this bib is there is a bit of a gap between the neck. If you have a milk dribbler like Ralph or your little one can hold their own cup it can go down their neck. However, attaching a dribble bib over the top acts as a seal without making the product uncomfortable.
Both of these products are perfect for in the home and out and about and have been a wonderful addition to our weaning journey. They fit easily into the changing bag and have saved many outfit changes. Prefect products for both baby led weaning or spoon feeding.
Let me know in the comment if you have discovered these amazing products for yourself or if you have discovered any other underrated weaning products.