Although she gets most of her food through her feeding tube, Emily is eating more and more by mouth. She now eats "solid" food twice a day. She is getting better and better at it. She used to just like apples & that was it, but she is branching out. She has been trying all kinds of new things like: sweet potatoes, peas, chicken & rice, vegetable stew, etc. We are thrilled to see her enjoying food (especially since a few months ago, we couldn't even put a pacifier in her mouth without her gagging).
She still struggles with the mechanics of eating. Sometimes she isn't quite sure what to do with her tongue. So instead of pushing the food to the back of her mouth, she pushes it right out. She also likes to stick her hand in her mouth & then wipe it all over herself (including her hair). There are also times when she sneezes with a mouthful of food. So needless to say feeding time can get VERY messy.
For this reason, we have, well really I have, set aside certain bibs as feeding bibs. These are the ones that can get stained and messy and we (I) don't care. Just so there is no confusion & my husband doesn't have to read my mind, I have put marks on these bibs with a permanent marker.
The rest of the bibs are her "going out" bibs. We try to coordinate these with her outfits if we can. These bibs are cuter and don't have stains all over them. For the men reading this post, you may be thinking exactly what Mike thought: "She needs special bibs for going out? She is just going to drool on them!" (and lets not talk about the concept of matching them to her outfits)
So ladies, please, back me up on this... Surely, I am not the only one who does such things.