I have the good fortune of having the kind of kid who has only ever liked to feed herself (no baby food stains ever!) and who also happens to be really neat. Seriously, if my daughter gets a drop of ketchup on her finger she asks me to wipe it. So when I received the food smock from Petite Violette I was about to give it to another reviewer to try it out but the thing was super-cute and I couldn’t bring myself to part with it, so it ended up just sitting there on my desk.
Then a few weeks ago we had a family party, the kind where we got to wear party dresses, (Catie’s, of course, the fanciest one of all) and I remembered the food smock and thought I would try it out. What a simple-but-great invention!
It’s a bib that works like a shirt except it closes in the back with Velcro. Because it covers so much (it makes like a little mock turtleneck so necks, arms and wrists are covered) your kid could literally eat tomato sauce in a white dress and come out clean. The fabric is like an oil cloth (coated cotton) so you just dab at it with water to clean it off. I always run mine under the sink and then hang it to dry in the bathroom but you can machine wash it if you want a really deep clean.
The food smock comes in great patterns (we have the cherries one) so everyone will walk around you saying things like “Ohhh, how cute, they didn’t have that when my kids were young” (or is that just my family?).
We also use the food smock for art projects and I have to say, it has been a blessing in our lives ever since she discovered glitter and paint.
You can get the food smock at the Petite Violette site for $35.