One thing I didn’t expect my daughter to use as a teether: her crib.
But lo and behold, a few months ago, I walked into my tot’s room after naptime and found her gnawing on her crib’s top rail. I looked closer and saw lots of teeth marks on the wood, not to mention chipped paint.
Now, however, my daughter no longer chews on the wood and paint. The reason: Two swaddling blankets tightly tied around the crib top protect the furniture from my daughter’s teeth (and my daughter from the wood and paint).
In fact, the blankets have done such a good job at keeping my daughter’s mouth at bay that today’s hint is to skip shelling out cash for crib rail childproofing products in favor of my super easy DIY crib teething guard solution.
Not only does this approach save you $15 to $50, it also provides a new use for old swaddling blankets, which otherwise would be lying unused in a drawer or packed away somewhere (kids who are standing and chewing on the crib top are almost certainly not going to bed swaddled). And like all crib teething guards, it helps protect the crib and keep it in good shape for any future kids or for resale. It may also work even better than store-bought solutions, based on some reviews.
To be sure, for those of us with anxiety, having a blanket anywhere near the crib can be scary. And during the first few nights our homemade solution was up, I did feel a little nervous. But the blanket is tied so tight that even I have trouble undoing it and if it comes undone, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. By the time a child gnaws on a crib, they probably can sleep with a blanket too.
But if you don’t want to go the blanket route, the good news is that there are other DIY options. Blogger Baby Rabies, for instance, offers a tutorial on how she made a pretty guard for her son’s crib, and if you’re not so crafty, there are instructions online for how to make crib teething guards with no sewing required. Blogger Simply Abby offers a step-by-step how to for an easy DIY crib teething guard, and you can find other instructions here and here.
What are you tricks for protecting cribs from little teeth?