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My toddler refuses to wear a bib

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giraffe72 Fri 31-Oct-08 21:06:38

Having been fine until now (2-3 weeks ago), my 21 month old has just started refusing to wear a bib. I've bought different types of bibs, changed his high chair so he now eats at the table, tried being firm, tried pretending to be casual etc. Ultimately I want him to eat, though, which doesn't happen if he gets upset and rips it off. Any thoughts?

Tee2072 Fri 31-Oct-08 21:07:24

Put him into an old t-shirt instead. I think its a battle not worth fighting!

FiveGoMadInDorset Fri 31-Oct-08 21:07:58

DD hated wearing a bib from abouyt 18 months, so we didn't put one on her resulted in a bit more washing but that was all.

phdlife Fri 31-Oct-08 21:08:21

I gave up and just allowed 3-4 shirts of his to become ruined. Would ensure one of these was on for meals (or sometimes he ate in his vest blush)

MrsMattie Fri 31-Oct-08 21:08:45

Agree with Tee2072

compo Fri 31-Oct-08 21:09:03

he can't wear a bib forever, just resign yourself to all the washing

BroccoliSpears Fri 31-Oct-08 21:09:03

They do grow out of bibs. Agree with Tee - pick your battles, and I wouldn't pick this one.

ceebee74 Fri 31-Oct-08 21:10:31

Is it really that important to you? I am a firm believer of picking your battles and I don't personally think wearing a bib is worth stressing over - let him go without and eat.

Yes his clothes will get messy but that is kids for you.

ceebee74 Fri 31-Oct-08 21:11:13

X-posts with everyone else!!

Ghouladalupe Fri 31-Oct-08 21:11:50

ds2 hasn't had one for ages, I can't get that upset about it though it can be annoying.

hazeyjane Fri 31-Oct-08 21:12:24

dd1 stopped wearing one about the same age (I'd just change her top if it was really bad, but my standards were pretty low by then!), but now (2.7)she asks to put one on if she is eating something messy.

onepieceoflollipop Fri 31-Oct-08 21:14:03

I would suggest buying some really nice paper napkins and tuck them into the neckline like a bib. (handy for bolognese and other really messy dinners, don't bother for snacks etc)

Explain that some adults do this.

KnobblyBoneForkHandles Fri 31-Oct-08 21:22:33

oh I remember that phase! I used to have velcro bibs which i replaced with the ones that tie behind the neck, which just infuriated my DC more as then they could't get them off so just used to pull them so hard they almost strangled themselves, and then they learnt to undo the bows I bought some of those bibs that are like painting aprons with arms like this I got some in Sainsburys, and then also used to use the tabard ones too like this but I think I got them in our local garden centre quite reasonably! If all else fails, but on a t-shirt of jumper you don't care about and let him go for it!

Theladyevenstar Fri 31-Oct-08 22:25:01

ds2 is 13m and has never liked having a bib on, as a result he can get pretty messy but hey washing machines work wonders.

Theladyevenstar Fri 31-Oct-08 22:25:28

ooppss for the clothes not ds2 of course

giraffe72 Fri 31-Oct-08 23:23:37

Thanks for that, everyone - there seems to be a general consensus! Old t-shirts it is!!

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