It may seem a teeny tiny thing, but when you are spending your days eating outside your own home, you’ll soon start to wonder: which are the best baby bibs for travelling? If you have a baby that’s eating finger food or family meals, we’d definitely suggest going for something more practical (and more robust) than the simple cotton bibs you may favour at home.

The best baby bibs for travelling? Drumroll please…

Our preference for 6-12 month olds on finger food or family food is a hardy plastic/silicone bib with a ‘catcher’/pocket at the bottom (like the pic). It’s true, this one draws a few bemused looks from strangers, but who cares? It catches a large percentage of the food that’s inadvertently dropped while your baby is learning to handle food beyond purees (although nothing can beat a baby in that ‘let’s-drop-this-over-the-side-of-the-chair-and-watch-gravity-at-work’ phase).

Why? Two reasons: less mess for floors of random restaurants, hotel rooms and friends’ homes, and less washing to add to your travelling ‘to do’ pile. (To clean them? Discretely tip the contents into a dirty plate before the waiter clears the table, then give the inside a wipe with a serviette. That’s usually enough till you get back to your accommodation.)

The second best baby bibs for travelling? (Slightly shorter drumroll…)

The other baby bibs you might like are the Silly Billyz Comfy Fleece Long Sleeve Bibs.These function like a craft smock – covering arms, clothes (including pants if you buy the full length ones), although they don’t have the added benefit of ‘catching’ food your baby might otherwise happily dip into a few minutes later. The towelling fronts are the most practical, although of course, these do need more washing than the pocket/catcher’s bib, which can simply be wiped down/tipped out on the move.

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Aussie journalist, travel writer and founder of Sue White has always been a traveller. When her son was born, Sue knew her travel itch would still need regular scratching. But how do you travel with a baby under one and still have a good time? Is it even possible? Where do busy new parents discover practical tips to support those first few trips? To find out, Sue and her baby son travelled both Australia and Europe doing house sits and house swaps; cat sitting and car journeys; took on 24 hours flights and short domestic jaunts; travelled with friends, solo and family members; and cycled, drove, flew and train-ed around seven countries, all before his first birthday. Learn more about Sue.