Sunday, June 8, 2014

Bandana Bibs: my new best friends

I've complained before about Nolan's drooling problem. It's a result of having low muscle tone (weak muscles) in his mouth and tongue and a symptom of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). We're still working on improving these issues so that the drooling isn't as much of a problem, but it's a slow process. And, in the meantime, we have a problem. His drool is unhygienic and unsightly -as one kid put it, "gross!" :) And, it stains his shirts.

Enter my new best friends: bandana bibs! I saw this idea a while ago on Pinterest, but kind of forgot about it until recently. I like them because they don't look like food bibs, which an almost-three-year-old can't just wear around. And, you can choose any pattern or fabric to achieve the look and absorbancy you're going for. So, this week, I made a trip to the fabric store and whipped up a few. So far, so good! Nolan is keeping them on and they're working great to contain his almost constant drip of saliva. And, it's nice to have something close to his face that I can use to quickly dry off his chin.

In making the bibs, I mostly used flannel material and also terrycloth for some of the backs. I chose three patterns that I felt would match most of his shirts. I'm excited that I may be more free to buy different types of shirts for Nolan now. I've felt restricted to buying shirts that would easily hide a big wet spot, or not show a drool stain as quickly -mostly stripes and dark colors. It's a little thing, but it would be nice to not have to worry so much about that.

And if anyone else is in the same boat we're in and is interested in making your own bandana bibs, here is the link to the tutorial I used (I made Nolan's a little larger than instructed because he's not a 6 month old baby). It was simple to follow and very easy to do! (If you don't sew, I know you can also buy bandana bibs too.)

Yay for bandana bibs!

Thanks for reading!

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