When we ran out of Pampers Bibsters and Table Toppers recently [First off, what is up with that? Those Bibsters are hard to find. I guess I never considered our urban grocery/deli/drugstore chain to be off the grid. All you SUV-driving, "turn left for Target, turn right for Wal-mart Supercenter" people are probably chuckling your immobile butts off right now, daubing the tears of laughter from your eyes with a Bibster, which you use instead of Kleenexes because it's easier, there's just always a giant box of them within reach.], my wife picked up what was available, Munchkin Travelware Disposable Bibs and Placemats. I kinda want to go back to the Pampers.
The Munchkin bibs have a pocket you fold inside out, which is nice. But even though they're smaller on, they're thicker, so they take up the same space when folded. Also, they have a tape, not Velcro, fastener, which is fine if you have a bald-headed baby, but I've gotten it stuck on the kid's hair every time I've used one.
And finally, my biggest issue with the Munchkins is that tape--or is it with the fabric, which tears long before the tape comes loose. I'm fine tearing the bibs off (they're disposable, after all), but the placemat adhesive is so strong compared to the mat itself, I've had to pick little pieces of tape off the table, which is a huge pain. Because it's not like that rubber cement-y goo that holds perfume cards in magazines, which rolls off in one big booger-like mess. You have to pinch it off, one fingertipful at a time.
[If you're wondering why I didn't just leave the strip of glue for some table jockey to clean up later, I'll let you know we were at Chick-fil-A, which is so full of Christian goodness and charity--the kid started singing along with the evangelical pop music piped into the bathroom--that it made me want to be a better person. Besides, if I left it, I knew the sweet, little old lady diligently tending to the tables and chairs would have to pick it off, and that didn't seem right. It's enough for me to know Munchkin's materials engineers will have to answer for their professional sins at the Last Days.]
Munchkin Travelware Disposable Placemats are $6.25 for 20, but keep your money [babiestravellite.com]
Pampers Bibsters are available in Large (32 for $6.99) or Small (20 for $3.99) from Amazon [amazon.com]
Previously: Celebrity Baby Uses Disposable Bibs
[update: the wife just came home from her first Munchkin Lunch. The crime: tape in hair, shallow/useless pocket. The verdict: "I hate them!"]