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Care Tips To Look After Your Messy Little Thing Baby Bib

If you have bought a Messy little Thing bib, here are some tips to help you look after the fabric and get longevity out of your baby bib.  

Hand wash

You can hand wash your long bib and it will still dry within a couple of hours. Note, you may only need to give the bib a quick wipe and not wash it after every use. 

Washing Machine

You can pop your baby bib in the washing machine along with your normal laundry. But note, the bibs can only be washed on a heat setting up to 30c. Anything over this and it will damage the water-repellent coating on the bibs. Washed at this temperature the bib will perform well. Your bib will dry in just a couple of hours.

Washing your Long Bib

Do not use anti-bacterial washing agents or stain remover chemicals

Please do not use any anti-bac products or stain remover chemicals in your wash with the baby bibs. The Anti-bac is the sort of abrasive product will have a detrimental effect on the water repellent properties of the fabric, with just one wash as it is so strong, the chemicals will strip the bib of its water repellent coating. 

Tumble Dry

Your tumble dryer will reactivate the water-repellent coating on the bibs. So wash at 30c and then every now and then give it a blast in the dryer (up to 180c heat setting) and as long as the bib hasn't been damaged in the wash with a high heat setting, the tumble drying will realign the water-repellent molecules in the fabric.


My daughter has been using the same Apron for three years. I only expected she would need it for one, until she was three – but we’re still going strong. For me, I am much more interested about whether she enjoys her food and at mealtimes, do not want to be saying ‘be careful, don’t spill soup on your top!’. Emily happily wears it when we have messy meals (she wears it most days), it is light and does not bother her. She will actively ask for it and tell me ‘Mummy, I’m eating cereal, where is my Apron? I don’t want milk on my school uniform!” The bibs take away the nagging and mean I don’t spend time scrubbing at stains in an evening. I still get a rush of pride when my daughter asks for her Apron.

Apron For Toddlers

Happy weaning!

Find out more about the long bib fabric and why I chose this particular fabric. This article also explains the science behind the water-repellent coating on the baby bibs.