Has anyone else ever wondered when you’re supposed to use the crib bumper that’s included in all the cute coordinated crib bedding sets? Some people warn against using a crib bumper with newborns because babies can get entangled in it. Others recommend avoiding the crib bumpers with older babies because they can use the bumpers to lift themselves higher in their escape attempts. After I got my super cute bedding set, I realized there’s not really a time that is “safe” to use the bumper. But, I really liked the look of the pink and brown matching set and especially love tulips, so wanted to find something to use it on.
When Beach Baby was born, I came up with a great solution. I repurposed the crib bumper to serve as a teething bumper along the top of the crib rail. We’d tried other store-bought brands of crib teething guards and they didn’t work at all. Our crib is heavily marked up from Beach Girl’s teething days and I was hoping we could avoid any further damage with Beach Baby… and I got a cute crib accessory to boot!
This is seriously the easiest sewing project possible (no button holes required!). The crib bumper comes ready to repurpose (it even already has straps to tie it onto the crib!) and has worked perfectly for us for over a year now.
Here’s how to make your own crib bumper turned teething guard:
First, hold the crib bumper up to the top railing of the crib to get the proper length. I kept one of the finished ends intact so that I could sew as little as possible and use the straps that were already there.
Cut the crib bumper to the right length, cutting an extra amount of batting out from the inside so that it doesn’t get bulky at the end.
If there aren’t straps at the unfinished end of your teething bumper, cut straps off from an unused part of the crib bumper. Then, sew them onto the very end of your new teething bumper with the top pieces of the straps inside the crib bumper.
Fold the ends in so they look finished and then stitch up the side. This doesn’t need to look very pretty because it will be flush up against the crib post.