Mixed results for baby products

Bib Clips by Kipiis

$12, www.kipiis.com

I liked the fact that Kipiis Bib Clips—which are meant to allow parents to make napkins, towels and other materials into bibs—are small, convenient items that fit easily into a diaper bag.

What I don’t like is that the actual clips don’t open very wide. I could barely squeeze a dish towel into them, but felt as though using a paper napkin would be a waste, since whatever a child eats or drinks would soak right through.

Also, my 22-month-old daughter wanted to play with the extra string once the item was tightened behind her neck. This defeated the purpose, as she became too distracted to eat.

For the above reasons, I would not recommend this product. I think a disposable bib is a better way to go. Or, my personal preference at home is a plastic bib that is easy to clean and is secured with Velcro.

Lisa Pflanz, West Chicago

Messenger bag by DadGear

$83, www.miloandwolf.com

This messenger-style diaper bag was created with fathers in mind. This simply designed bag looks like it’s more suitable for work or a laptop than for carrying diapers. The many storage compartments are a great bonus, especially if you have more than one child.

We have been using the bag for four months and it has proven to be durable. The bag can be taken apart easily for surface cleaning. It would be nice if there were a plastic lining so the occasional yogurt or formula spill didn’t settle into the material, though.

The bag is slightly oversized, making it a bit awkward if you’re carrying a big load. However, with a 3-year-old and a 4-month-old, we have made use of all the space this bag has to offer.

Overall, it’s a good bag and can be used for other purposes—for many years—after our kids have outgrown it.

Jeremy Galloway, Chicago

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