Obsessed with what your baby puts in her mouth? Make this easy crochet wooden teether toy for your baby to chew on!
I always had a tendency to more natural products but since my baby was born, it went on another level. I became obsessed with what my baby puts in her mouth, now that she can. The short answer is everything!
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The slightly longer answer is that I don’t mind when she puts her hands, her blanket or the burp cloth in her mouth. I had a problem with plastic toys. If you do a small research on the internet you will freak out with what dangerous components these things might leak…
Off course I haven’t bought her any plastic toys (or anyone else, yet), but my sister in law has gifted us some plastic rattles. I immediately decided that I wasn’t going to use them (sorry sis), long before my baby started putting things in her mouth.
The research I contacted revealed that wood is a great choice for a baby’s sore gums. Not a shock as you can imagine. I love wood as a material so the decision was pretty easy for me. They say maple wood is the best but you can also use beech wood with no problem.
So, I bought some wooden teething rings about 56 mm in diameter, along with some silicone beads.
The teething ring should be well sanded and then treated with some natural finish. Off course you are not going to use the stuff we use on furniture. I found out that coconut oil is the best because it is natural, safe for baby and it helps wood not to splinter. Also, did I mention that it smells wonderful and makes awesome pancakes? Win-win! Maybe I will share the pancake recipe sometime…
So, when you get your teething ring, give it an extra sand if it really needs it. If it doesn’t you can skip this step. Then apply the coconut oil on it. If the coconut oil is solid because it is winter, just melt a small amount and put in a bowl.
From here you can dip the ring in it or you can apply it with a paper towel. Remove the excess and let it dry.
Another big issue, of course, is the yarn you are going to use. Cotton is always preferable for babies because they are going to put anything in their mouths. I used Drops Safran because I know that this company has an Oeko-Tex certificate. Which means that this yarn is tested and approved for harmful substances.
You will need:
MR: Magic Ring
sc: single crochet
FO: Fasten off
Crochet bunny wooden teether
R1: MR, 6 sc in ring (6)
R2: * sc, inc * repeat from * to * around (9)
R3: * sc 2, inc * repeat from * to * around (12)
R4: * sc, inc * repeat from * to * around (18)
R5-14: sc in each st around (18)
R15: * sc, dec * repeat from * to * around (12)
R16-54: sc in each st around (12)
R55: * sc, inc * repeat from * to * around (18)
R56-65: sc in each st around (18)
R66:* sc, dec * repeat from * to * around (12)
R67: * sc 2, dec * repeat from * to * around (9)
R68: * sc, dec * repeat from to * around (6) FO
Sew opening closed and weave in all your ends. You can see in the photo tutorial below how you are going to attach the bunny ears to your wooden teething ring. First, a little sewing is required. Thread your needle with the same color yarn.
Place needle through rounds 14 and 15. Leave a long tail for sewing. Try to insert your needle near the edge of the ear.
Repeat one more time as shown. Try to tighten it by pulling both ends of yarn together.
Repeat the process once more. This time try to insert the needle even closer to the edge of the ear.
Tighten again by pulling both ends of the yarn. Make a knot (or two) and hide the yarn inside the ear. Repeat the same on the other side.
Place bunny ears as shown in the photo below, with right side facing down.
Pull the ears from the loop that is formed.
And you are done!
But I just couldn’t stop there. All these things are so cute and you need to wash them eventually, so you must give the baby a different set. I decided, after hours of looking at all these cute shapes, that I am going with the hedgehog.
I also bought a pacifier clip, so the hedgehog could be our on-the-go teething toy. Then, I just added some crochet beads in a warm brown color, along with the pink silicone ones. I think I am pretty pleased with the result. Would you also like the crochet beads pattern? Well here it is and it is very simple.
R1: MR, 6 sc in ring (6)
R2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
R3: * sc, inc * repeat from * to * around (18)
R4-6: sc in each st around (18)
R7: * sc, dec * repeat from * to * around (12)
R8: * dec * repeat from * to * around (6) FO
The crochet beads are about 15 mm in diameter. These are the crafty things I made to ease my daughters’ sore gums in a natural way. Which one did you like more? The bunny wooden teether or the hedgehog?
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