About a month ago, I went into my sweet little girl’s room after her nap, and this is what I found…
So proud of herself for learning how to stand up in her crib! All this mama could think was, Yikes! Yet another safety hazard!
One of my first concerns, besides that she could now fall and hit her head, was that I wondered how the crib would hold up to her constant need to bite EVERYTHING! I swear, my child is constantly teething. In all the baby research I did as we put together our baby registry, I had seen teething guards that you could buy and put on the edges of your crib. I didn’t want to spend the money on an expensive, store-bought guard so I wanted to try to come up with something I could make myself. I did some quick research on Pinterest and found the idea of using fleece for a teething guard. The specific post I found didn’t give very detailed directions, so I figured I would outline it here for you in some detail.
I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased a yard and a half of pink fleece to match Maddy’s room decor. You could use a color that matches the wood of your crib to camouflage the guard, but I figured, if I’m going to do it, might as well try to make it cute!
I washed the fleece and had it all set to go, however that’s as far as I got that week. Bryan and I have been busy working on the office and doing some work in the laundry room, and the fleece continued to sit in Maddy’s closet until I could find some time to work on it! Unfortunately, Maddy discovered how tasty her crib could be before I got the guard up!
Needless to say, I figured I better get going on this project. 🙂 If you would like to try to make one yourself, here’s how I created this easy, inexpensive, and adorable teething guard for Maddy’s crib:
1) Figure out how much fleece you need. As you can see in the picture above, our crib edges are fairly wide, so I needed more fleece than I would have thought at first glance. For the front, I ended up cutting the fleece to 50.5″ x 23″. For each of the sides, I cut the pieces to measure 26″ x 20″. Something I want to note, is that on the front rail, I chose to add a second layer of fleece underneath the top and side facing in towards the crib. The specific fleece I purchased was not super thick and I was concerned that if Maddy actually bit it and worked at it, she may get through the layer of fleece that was there. Adding this layer would be optional, but for me, it made sense as it doesn’t look any different and gives me some extra peace of mind.
2) Drape the fleece over the edge of your crib and line it up so it’s centered where you want it to be.
3) If you want, you can measure out the spaces in between each slat, however I found it easier to just go ahead and cut out the strips I needed while just leaving the fleece on the crib edge. There really isn’t a need for this to look that neat because you will end up tying the fleece pieces together.
Here’s my little helper girl!
4) Tie a double knot in the fleece pieces, as shown below. I chose to keep the knotted part on the outside of the crib, as I didn’t want to create another temptation for our little sweetie to chew on!
I so wish we would have done this the second Maddy learned to stand up in her crib! Here’s our happy babe testing out the finished product:
It works! (And no, I didn’t have to direct her to try it out for a picture…she went straight for it! :))
Inexpensive? Yep. Easy to make? Yep. Looks cute? Yep. Effective? Definitely!
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