Anyone with a baby or toddler knows the mess that food brings. We are always willing to give a new product a try to make meal time cleaner and less stressful. These ULUBULU silicone bibs seemed a promising option, but didn’t work for our 8-month old.
ULUBULU was launched in 2010, focusing on safety, function, style and affordability. In addition to the bibs, they offer custom/personalized pacifiers, pacifier clips and bottle bands. (A fun tidbit from their website: Their initial company, “Personalized Pacifiers,” created the $17,000 jewel-encrusted pacifier that was gifted to the first Pitt-Jolie baby!)
The ULUBULU baby bibs are made of BPA-free, soft silicone and have a built-in crumb catcher. They can be easily rolled up and thrown in a diaper bag for eating on the go. We received two animal-themed designs to test out, a tiger and a cow. I decided to pull out the tiger for dinner time. I had a little trouble at first getting the two ends to close around her neck as she was squirmy and the silicone end was resistant to slide through. This was a bit annoying, but I quickly learned the benefit that my daughter could not remove the bib on her own, as she does with traditional velcro closures. The issues with functionality, however, did not stop there. The bib was quite small on my daughter’s chest and did not come close to covering the “messy zone.” The crumb catcher pocket did catch some of the finger foods, but I had to put on another larger bib underneath in order to keep her shirt clean.
The ULUBULU bibs are certainly cute and could potentially work for a much smaller infant/baby than my daughter. They come in a variety of styles, including hippos, monkeys, frogs, sharks, elephants, bears, owls, robots and monsters. All are brightly colored and whimsical in design. They are marketed for ages 6 month+. I would not personally recommend purchasing this product because I feel there are many better bib options available.
- Easy to clean: The soft silicone material was very easy to wipe down and keep clean after meal time. Warm, soapy water removed just about everything with minimal effort. They can also be put in the dishwasher (top rack).
- Hard for baby to remove: The silicone material was not easy to latch around the baby’s neck, also making it hard for self-removal during meal time.
- Cute: The bibs come in a variety of colorful designs that will appeal to almost anyone. Their appearance alone makes for a popular gifting item.
- Size: The bib is way too small for a solid food eating baby/toddler. I would estimate it covered only about 20 percent of the area I want covered while my daughter is eating. The bib is about 7 inches long by 8 inches wide, which is very small in comparison to other feeding bibs. They are marketed as 6 months plus, but I cannot imagine any baby/toddler being able to use this bib past 12 months as the neck opening is also tiny.
- Comfort: The bib, while flexible silicone, was still a bit rigid. As noted above, the neck opening seems very small and was uncomfortable for my daughter.
- Price: The bib retails for $8.99. This seems very high, especially for its size and flaws in functionality. It is also a bit expensive in comparison to other bib options.
ULUBULU Silicone Baby Bibs
Manufactured by ULUBULU
www.ulubulu.com Also available at Amazon, Babies R Us, Target and Nordstrom
Ease of Use: 3
I would purchase this for my child: No
I would purchase this as a gift: No
Overall rating: 2
Meet the Reviewer!
Christy Petrak is a systems engineer currently taking a leave of absence to raise her two children, Thomas (3 1/2) and Eliza (8 months). She enjoys spending time with her family, swimming and baking/decorating cupcakes.