How to Sew a Crib Teething Guard

How to sew a crib teething guard- quick and easy!

How to make your own teething guard for crib

How to sew a crib teething guard.

We've been working on getting G to sleep in his crib. He's a terrible sleeper.

Someone shared the following links with me and I decided to try this:
We've tried nearly everything to help Baby G sleep and it just didn't seem likely that this silly little thing could help. He was waking between 5-10 times per night. He was fussy. He was just starting to take decent naps. Needless to say, I wasn't convinced it was going to work, but I drink chamomile before bed so why not give Baby G a bit? I made him a sippy cup and helped him drink about 1 oz before bed... he can't figure out to suck the sippy cup so I had to help him drink it like a grownup.

It certainly didn't hurt. He had a better than normal night.

After the initial excitement wore off though, G started refusing the tea. A few tricks that worked (briefly in most cases)...

1) Soak washcloths and freeze for baby to chew/suck on
2) Give the tea via a spoon
3) Try bottle, sippy cup, etc. I guess some people mix with breastmilk/formula, but I didn't dare seeing everyone freaks if you mix other stuff with breastmilk.
4) Made the tea, mixed about 1-2 oz into some oatmeal for him and added a little fruit (I tried applesauce) all to desired thickness. Baby G gobbled this up.

It was good while it lasted. Ahhhh the constant battle of figuring out how to get your baby to sleep.

How to Sew a Crib Rail Teething Guard

Onto more crafty business, Baby G's new happy wake ups involve him pulling up to stand in the crib and sneaking some nibbles on the rails! I've been meaning to make a crib teething guard for a while, but it wasn't necessary before. Now... yeah.

I found this tutorial on Things For Boys. It will do the trick, although I think I may need to tweak it a little so I have sections to cover three sides of the crib.

It's not a complicated thing to make. I used one layer of flannel and one terrycloth (towels), made straps, and sewed it together. I finished by adding snaps to the straps. Mostly it's turn and top stitch- pretty easy. Which means it's a great beginner's project.

Measuring out fabric for my particular crib. I didn't iron the fabric as you can tell. 

Rather than turn and topstitch, I chose to pin and pray. I just tucked the edges under and pinned together. I HATE turning small straps- virtually impossible.

It seemed to work out pretty well. I made 8 of these. I only sewed 4 straps, then cut them in half seeing they were long enough to make two out of. 

My fabrics pinned right sides together, along with my straps. I  put the fabric up to the crib to see where to place the straps, then tucked a strap in at each spot with the unfinished edge of the strap sticking out of my fabric. When I sewed it all, I made sure to reinforce the straps by sewing over them a few times. 
Snipped the corners, cut off excess fabric from my seam allowance. Turned and topstitched.  Then I just added the snaps... to do this, I laid the guard on top of the crib rails and made sure the straps were tight where I matched the snaps up. Way easier than measuring everything to figure it out. 

I did these steps for all three sides. I didn't make the straps even due to time constraints (I was supposed to be packing for our trip, teehee) and I sort of like the look.

You can see my book slings to the right of the crib here- I chose the matching fabric. I love using up old fabric. An excuse to buy more!



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DIY Danielle: How to Sew a Crib Teething Guard
How to Sew a Crib Teething Guard
How to sew a crib teething guard- quick and easy!
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