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Baby-Proofing a Crib

How I made my crib safe for my baby, when she found a way to hurt herself.

Mission: Ridiculous

Concerning baby-proofing:

After taking charge and insisting that Doll sleep in her crib and not next to me, I came upon a problem I had never heard of before; the need to baby-proof Doll’s crib. Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Despite how it sounds, I’m quite serious.

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Having fairly recently transitioned from co-sleeping to a crib, Doll was often rather upset at nap and bedtime. She would stand at the rail crying and throw her head up and down. It wasn’t uncommon for her to hit her mouth on the top of the railing and though it disturbed me very much, I never could think of a way to make her stop. I was hoping she would realize it hurt and stop by herself.

But then, one day at nap time, she hit her teeth on the rail so hard she left two big indents of her top front teeth! I was horrified and decided something must be done immediately. While Hubby watched over her napping I rushed out to Dollar Tree and purchased four of those water noodles.

The idea being to slit one side of each noodle so it opens up and can be put on the top rails of her crib.

Slit Pool Noodle
Now, I knew we couldn’t just line her crib with those because if I know Doll (and I’m fairly certain I do) she would take bites out of the noodles and possibly swallow them.

Not good.

So then I sewed cloth covers to go over top of the noodles that tie on at the ends and also button on between the slats so she can’t get them off. They also hold the noodles on (Doll thinks it’s quite fun to pull them off whenever she can).

Here’s how.

I cut out and hemmed the edges of:
2 pieces of long rectangle cloth for the long sides of the crib
2 pieces of short rectangle cloth for the short sides of the crib

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16 strips to use as ties (two on each noodle end)

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And cut out 8 short elastics (so the fabric would hug the ends of the noodles).

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I double-hemmed all the edges of the rectangles, encasing the elastic in the second hem of each end and also attaching the ties.

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Oh, let me go back a step to making the ties:
When cutting out the tie pieces I made them twice as wide as I wanted them. 20160722_214126 I used a bias tool to fold the long edges into the center and I ironed it as it came out of the tool.

You'll have to excuse my old stained ironing board.

You’ll have to excuse my old stained ironing board.

Then I zigzag stitched down the center and hemmed one end of the tie. The non-hemmed ends get sewn onto the covers in the previous (technically next) step.

Only after getting the ties sewn onto each of the ends of the rectangle pieces did I clue in that it would take more than being tied down on either end to foil Doll in her remove-the-covers mission.

Sometimes I’m so smart I cringe.

It seemed painfully impractical (not to mention tedious) to make … really just one single more tie. I didn’t think I had it in me.

Then I came up with a brilliant idea!

Buttons!

… What do you mean it’s not that brilliant?

Anyway, so I made simple straps (just a rectangle of fabric, folded over, and zigzag stitched along the open ends. So yes, I left the edges raw. Sue me.) Then I YouTubed (is that word in the dictionary yet?) how to make a buttonhole.

And after sorting through my woefully pitiful supply of buttons I resorted to stealing a whole bunch of green buttons from my niece (with her mother’s permission) and sewing buttons and buttonholes all over the places.

The buttonholes are on the ends of the green straps and the buttons are on the covers themselves. On the short sides of the crib there’s a button between every slat and on the long side it’s every second gap. If you care.

They work like a charm! Doll cannot get them off therefore she cannot get at the noodles to nibble at, nor get the noodles off in order to leave dental impressions on the crib.

Success!

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I know lots of babies chew on their cribs and I’d love to hear how you dealt with it!

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13 Comments

  • Reply Brett October 5, 2016 at 23:23

    Jac, that looked like so much work, does it work ok?

    • Reply Jaclyn October 6, 2016 at 01:49

      It was actually a lot more work than I let on. I didn’t bother to bore you with the details but my original design for the covers was a complete flop, which I only found out after I had it all sewn together!
      The covers work great; Doll can’t get to the noodles and she can’t get the noodles off. She can (and does) still hit her head on them but I’m not so stressed about her actually hurting herself doing it anymore.

  • Reply Lisa October 6, 2016 at 14:54

    Jaclyn! What a brilliant idea, does look like a lot of work though, just check those buttons periodically that she doesn’t work those lose and put in mouth. I remember back in the day… the cribs used to come with a clear hard plastic railing cover on them it was kinda fitted to the railing so it didn’t come off.
    Ahhh…well kiss her little head for me. Does she still have the mama bear I gave her with the swoosh heartbeat? Maybe the white noise from that will help her relax and fall asleep. ((Hugs)) to all.

    • Reply Jaclyn October 6, 2016 at 16:11

      Don’t worry, the buttons are on the outside edge of the crib, she hasn’t noticed their existence yet. And we use the “Wooshy Bear” every time 🙂

  • Reply Laura January 29, 2017 at 03:27

    What a great idea. I’m not the best with crafts but will certainly save this idea for when baby arrives and we’re at this stage. My sister is a dab hand and this sort of thing, so I’ll definitely be seeing whether she’s up for the challenge. Very glad it worked. 😊

  • Reply Mommyandmadness January 29, 2017 at 03:59

    Brilliant idea! Looks good too, nice job! We did absolutely nothing to our cot, lazy me! #blogstravaganza

  • Reply The Tale of Mummyhood January 30, 2017 at 14:33

    What a fab idea, you are so creative. It’s effective and it looks good too! Here’s to many happy nights in the new crib! Thanks so much for linking up to #Blogstravaganza, it’d be great to see you again next week xx

  • Reply Chrissie @ One Hangry Mama February 21, 2017 at 20:05

    What a great idea. My son’s crib has bite marks on one of the rails too, and I’ve been trying to find an affordable solution… might have to attempt this!

  • Reply Kristina @ AllMomDoes February 21, 2017 at 21:47

    What a fantastic idea – and so super cute, too! So creative! I’m glad you made the covers because after reading the first section about the pool noodle I actually thought, “But what if the baby tries to bite the noodle?” Ha!

  • Reply Ashly J February 22, 2017 at 08:26

    Looks good and what a great idea. We didn’t have to baby proof the crib since we called an audible last minute and decided to co sleep in a family bed.

    • Reply Jaclyn February 22, 2017 at 10:22

      We co-slept for over the first year, but Hubby wanted his bed back (he slept on the couch a lot because he was afraid of rolling onto Doll) and after 9m pregnant and 1yr co-sleeping I was looking forward to tossing and turning to get comfortable before sleep again 🙂

  • Reply Jasmine Hewitt February 22, 2017 at 10:48

    this is a great idea! i did similar with my crib
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  • Reply Mylee February 22, 2017 at 11:20

    Love the use of the buttons! My kids are now no longer in the crib but I’m thinking of doing this for my fur-baby and the chairs he is always chewing up on. lol. Thanks for sharing!

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