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‘Modern Motherly Advice for the Millennials’
So, my little woodchuck-baby, Harrison has been taking to his crib rails for his teething relief before bed… and anything else he can grab for long enough: toys, chewies, blocks, chairs, clothes, my shoulder, the cat! Bahahahaha. In his room, he actually chewed and whittled an area out on the crib rail with his teeth!! Little Baby shark!!
Unfortunately, I have seen this ‘chewing on the crib’ before, with many of the babies that I have nannied in the past.
I also have the trick for NO MORE TEETHING ON THE CRIB! Set to the tune of: No More Monkies Jumping on the Bed!! ?? And- ‘There was one in the bed and then mommy said no chewing! no chewing!’ hahahahahahaha. Can you tell I am the mom of a toddler? 😉
ANYway!!!… Here’s the brilliant, modern- mommy hack that I have utilized on Harry’s crib:
Pool Noodles!! Yep! The foam, colorful, floating pool noodles! You know them. We’ve all used them!
Pool Noodles!! I will show you how to hack them to safely use in your little one’s crib—to assist with the teething on the crib problem.
No one wants their precious baby chewing on the crib. It cannot be good for the development of his baby teeth, and most importantly, I worry about the paint, or wood particles he may be ingesting! Terrible! Until someone designs an organic, edible crib, I hope to help you out with this awesome mommy hack!
- You will need 3 pool Noodles
- swaddle blankets
- scissors or X Acto- knife
Take one long pool noodle and cut it in half right in the middle, which now gives you 2 smaller pool noodles. These 2 pieces will now cover the shorter ends of the crib rails. This is assuming you have a standard, rectangle crib size. The other 2 long noodles will cover the 2 longer side rails. (You bought 3 noodles, in total). The longer ones may need to be trimmed on one side for the appropriate length.
Take a scissors or X-Acto knife and slice the bottom of each pool noodle lengthwise from end to end. Make sure you’re able to crack it open from end to end. This will now slide down over the side rail of the crib. It should cover the entire top of the railing now.
Every mom has lots of extra thin swaddle blankets around! Now take your swaddling blankets and lay the center over the pool noodle, and over the rail- lengthwise if you can. You may need two blankets for the longer side rails of the crib. You want to fully cover the pool noodle. I did not want Harry chewing directly on the foam of the noodle. Once I have them in the right place, I tied the ends very tightly under neath the slats. Mostly so he could not play with them or get tangled in any of the blankets.
For clarity, and for the finished product, please see the pictures below: this is what your final product should look like once it is covered, tied and secured.
So that’s it!!! My family raves how clever this trick is! And now, I feel so much better when Harry attempts to chew on his crib. He has a little homemade bumper now! Also, I’m so glad he is no longer possibly ingesting any wood particles or paint chips! That was scary. I knew I could outsmart the crib… and the baby for that matter!! 😉
If you are looking for more tips on teething relief for your kiddo, click here!
And here are links for your pool noodle and swaddle blankets as well:
Hopefully this hack will really help out you and your little one as he goes through teething!
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Hi, I am Kelly! Creator and administrator of Little Hat Family, I absolutely adore my squishy, smiley, 10-month old son, Harrison (Harry), and my kind and cooperative husband Stefan. Our little millennial, hipster family lives in Chicago and yes, we do love hats!
As a professional nanny for 11 years in Chicago, and now a new mommy myself, I have picked up so much useful, modern, mommy advice and life hacks! I would love to pay it forward to my fellow mommy tribe!
I also love creating thrifty projects, organization, an organic lifestyle, dancing, blogging, cooking and spending time with our large families!
I absorb every drop of Mama advice I can get; and I’ve created some Modern Motherly advice along the way! We Modern Mommies have to stick together! Subscribe to my blog today, and let’s connect our Modern, Family Tribes! ~Kelly