The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.
Not long ago my daughter was in the “toddler bib” stage. You know; the messy eating stage when the plastic bibs with a built-in pocket are helpful during the learning curves of self feeding. I call them a “catch-all” for fallen spaghetti and squished vegetables.
Usually this bib style has a hook-and-loop closure system like pictured below.
I never really had a good storage place to keep that style of bib. In the teething stage, I kept a pile of drool catchers in a drawer but that was no longer necessary. Instead, I used the toddler bib only during the messy meals but had no convenient place to keep them near the table.
For a while I used a kitchen drawer but the location wasn’t really practical. Then, I saw a brilliant idea online of one mother who stuck a Command Hook on the back of her child’s high chair and hung the bib right in the line of duty – seriously brilliant!
However, that still didn’t work for me because my daughter was in a booster seat and our dining chairs weren’t wide enough to display a command hook. You can see below how the hook would stick up above the chair frame and that didn’t work for my liking.
Even a smaller sized hook stuck up above the chair and was always catching on things like my belt loop while I was wiping up the table.
In the end, a good friend of mine had the perfect solution. In fact, I asked if she would let me share her brilliant idea because I knew other Mama’s would find this useful. Thankfully she agreed, so I bring you the Velcro bib hanging method…
You know how I love using Velcro when it comes to children and organization (like HERE and HERE) because it’s relatively safe and usually not too permanent. For this quick fix, grab a piece of sticky-back Velcro or other hook-and-loop product (sold at Walmart, craft stores, or order it HERE online). I prefer to use the “hook” side for this project because it leaves the bib front facing out to air dry.
Cut to the desired length…
Affix it to the chair back…
And you have a really simple storage solution with the bib’s own “loop” side of it’s Velcro that sticks to the “hook” piece located on the chair…
What I love about this is the convenience of the bib hanging near the table for meal time. No more jumping up to fetch the bib from the kitchen before spaghetti plops in her lap. I also love that this can be a clean-up responsibility easy enough for a toddler or preschooler to accomplish after meal-time. Little hands would love to stick their bib on the chair when all finished eating! Technically this can be another addition to the Organizing Concepts for Kids Series in teaching beginner skills.
If you don’t like the idea of a bib hanging off the back of your dining chairs, I have another suggestion. This is actually what my friend did in her home and what I thought was worth sharing. She stuck a piece of sticky-back Velcro inside one of her kitchen cabinets.
Using the same technique, the bib Velcro matches up with the cabinet piece like so…
Quick & easy storage! Depending on the cabinet door size, you can hang multiple bibs for multiple kids.
It’s such a creative way to store a toddler bib out-of-sight while air drying after a meal.
I was so excited about this hidden toddler bib storage, I found myself wonder how many other things I could hook-and-loop to the inside of my kitchen cabinets. :) What about you? Do you have any unique uses for sticky-back Velcro?
In the professional world, I’m a nurse by trade. But, around our house, I’m known as Mommy to our young daughter. My two worlds collided and began shaping into a blog. Useful Beautiful Home represents the hours I’ve dedicated to managing my household as efficiently as possible. I offer you motivation to keep your home healthy, organized, and welcoming. My goal is to share what I’ve implemented in my home to inspire you with fresh ideas and to encourage you to keep up the good work in yours! Learn more about me HERE or visit me at UsefulBeautifulHome.com.
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