My 16-month-old toddler is getting at least four teeth right now, and she’s got the drool to prove it. In fact, her mouth pretty much is like a faucet with a constant drool flow that is soaking the tops of her shirts.
When she was still an infant, I put small bibs on her to catch her spit up and drool, help keep her dry and cut down on outfit changing and laundry, but she won’t let me put those bibs around her neck anymore. And as one mom recently pointed out on the message board of a San-Francisco mothers group, when tots can walk and talk, that kind of little bib “actually looks a little funny.”
So I began researching fashionable (and somewhat frugal) non-bib alternatives for dealing with toddler (and baby) drool, and the three best solutions I came across make up today’s hint.
1.) Use a top layer shirt as a bib, or opt for a bib that looks more like a tee. Wee Drool, for instance, sells $28 waterproof “T-bibs” that more resemble stylish tank tops than bibs. “I essentially wanted the baby to feel and look like the bib was part of their outfit,” says Kelly Yaep, Wee Drool founder and mom of droolers. The bibs also snap around the back so they aren’t so easy for little ones to rip off. Wee Drool is offering a giveaway and discount code for Hint Mama readers – more on that below.
2.) Use a bandana or a scarf, or a bib that resembles a bandana or scarf. You could use any old bandanna or scarf you have around the house. Or instead, you could opt for a bib designed to look like a bandana, like $15 ones from Tiny Curiosity or $20 “Bandit Bibs” from Whole Parenting Goods (enter to win these bandana bibs below), or a bib designed to look like a scarf, like these from Scabib, which makes an “all-in-one scarf + bib.” And these are just some of the baby and toddler scarf options available on Etsy. This, of course, is assuming your little one won’t rip of these stylish options.
3.) Layer. In other words, put a bib you already have under your child’s shirt, a great tip I read on the San Francisco moms message board. While this won’t prevent a top layer from getting wet, it will help keep the wetness away from your little one’s chest.
What are your tips for catching drool in style? Share them, and enter to win a Wee Drool t-shirt bib, a Whole Parenting Goods bandit bib and a Tiny Curiosity bib, below.