Friday 29 May 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW - Little Chomps Messy Mealtime Smock

When Bree from Little Chomps got in touch asking whether I'd like to try one of her messy mealtime smocks, I jumped at the chance. Anyone who does Baby Led Weaning (in fact, anyone who has a baby, full stop) knows just how messy these little monsters can be. We often finish mealtimes with weetabix in our hair, mashed potato on the walls, and crumbs in the high chair. Anything that helps contain the chaos is more than welcome!

First, the technical stuff. The Little Chomps smocks are:
  • PVC and BPA free
  • Machine washable and wipe-clean
  • Breathable
  • Biodegradable
  • Suitable for ages 6 months to 2 years 
  • Available in three colours; bubblegum blue, raspberry red, and lollypop pink

First impressions were good; the smock arrived in a little zip lock bag which is handy for storage - particularly when out and about with your mucky pup- because it means you have can contain any food mess. I'd anticipated stiff, PVC-style material but it was actually much softer than this and very flexible which makes it perfect for folding up and fitting into a changing bag. It has two 'popper' buttons which come halfway down the back of the smock, making sure it stays put but still leaving plenty of comfort-room for full tummies.

The size is perfect for my fairly chunky 15 month old. The sleeves go right down to his wrists (which is not something any of our other bibs do) and it fully covers his lap when he's sat down. It also looks like there's plenty of growing room although obviously the fit would be slightly different on a bouncing two year old. The only downside is that the elastic around the wrists is a little too tight for my guy so it leaves small dents in his skin. I'll see how we get on and perhaps give them a snip to loosen them off if it bothers him (it hasn't seemed to so far).

We've given the smock a thorough road test with some of our messiest meals - it has performed admirably against beef casserole, yoghurt, and spaghetti bolognese. My favourite feature is that the material doesn't soak up much mess (unlike the towelling bibs I have) so it's pretty much as good as new after a decent wipe-clean. That said, I did throw it in the washing machine on a 30 degree wash after a couple of days for hygene reasons as much as anything else. It took a little while to dry but there was no shrinkage or loss of shape (a major beef of mine with baby clothes) so that was another big thumbs up from us.

All things considered, this is a great product and I'm happy to recommend it. Bree is based in Australia but posts to the UK for £4.50 (for 1 or 2 bibs) so given that the smock can be used several times before it needs a wash, it's a sensible investment and well worth the shipping cost in my opinion. I haven't seen anything comparable in the UK and believe me, we have more than our fair share of bibs!

For more Little Chomps action shots, you can find Little Chomps on Instagram as @littlechomps. To order, visit her website;

Happy eating!

Note - technical details are taken from Little Chomps' own website/literature.  

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