The crib is a very comfortable place for your baby to sleep on, but what if it becomes a nightmare? Babies can and may tend to chew on your crib, especially if the crib itself is chipping off on its paint and other materials, which can be very dangerous to your little kid.
A possible reason why your baby would chew on the crib would be teething issues. Remember your teething toys for kids? This is the same thing as they would treat a crib – they want to chew on anything because they feel like their teeth gums are very sore and itchy, hence they want to chew on anything.
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Is Crib Chewing Dangerous for Babies?
Yes, absolutely dangerous – babies who chew on crib railings, which may include paint and other materials, can get sick. Here are the reasons why:
- Most cribs have a paint finish. The paint can be toxic to your little ones because you don’t know what kind of chemicals they are made of. Even if it says that it is non-toxic, you can’t always be too sure unless you know that it’s not made with toxic paint. This is especially true if your crib is not too expensive and the paint easily chips off the crib railings.
- Some cribs have a wood stain. The wood stain, such as varnish and the like, can make the appearance of your baby crib look good and preserve the wood, but it is also not safe for your little ones. Wood stains can also smell bad other than with their toxic content. This applies if you have a wooden crib that is traditionally made.
- Wood debris could chip off. Again, if you have a wood crib, this can be a problem. There is no such thing as a durable wood if the wood material has been used for a very long time. In fact, many wood cribs can be less durable if they source their wood material from weaker species. Wood debris can cause some respiratory problems to your child.
How to Prevent Crib Chewing
To prevent your child from chewing off the crib parts, here are some alternative ways that you can make your child chew on something without compromising their health:
- Use a teething ring or teething toy. A teething toy can be bought just anywhere and they are mostly made of silicone, which is a material that is deemed safe for babies, as they are the same ones used for baby bottle nipples. Teething rings and teething toys can be bitten and chewed by your little ones and they are safe for their health. Not to mention, they get to play with them inside the crib!
A word of caution: consider teething toys that are safe for your child’s age with no small parts that can become a choking hazard for them. Only buy teething toys that you know are from safe sources so that they do not contain any toxic material, especially BPA and phthalates.
- Give them frozen treats. Babies of the right age can also have frozen treats, which can be used to treat or temporarily relieve the sore symptoms of their teething gums. Frozen treats are usually sweet and your child will surely love them, especially during the summer season!
You can include a vanilla extract and your baby’s formula (or breast milk if you’re breastfeeding) into the treat and you can even make it into homemade ice cream. Veggie juices that are served chilled can also be great for little ones who are already into juices. Not only are they delicious and healthy, but they will also get your child to eat vegetables with less worry in the future. Just make sure what you feed to your child is cold so that it will not give the sore treatment to their gums.
- Put up some rail covers. Rail covers are also a great option for those with really chewy gums. A rail cover is like a cloth that you cover to the rail of the crib. This makes the railings inaccessible to your child and can prevent them from chewing them altogether. There are different types of rail covers:
|Type of rail cover||Description||Pros||Cons|
|Plastic||These are basically plastic tubes that you can place over the rail of your crib.||· Doesn’t hide the crib’s design
· Simple installation
· Cleaning is a breeze
|· Your baby can remove it easily
· Babies may not like plastic chewing
· Does not absorb baby drools
|Fabric||These are sheets of fabric placed over your crib rails.||· Many designs and colors to choose from
· Fits nearly any style of crib rail
· Absorbs your baby drools
· Available anywhere in the market
|· Hides the crib design
· Washing should be done with care
|Rubber||A rubber rail cover can attach to the top of a rail with an adhesive at the back.||· Easy to install
· Can be a breeze to clean
· Stays on the crib rails due to the adhesive
· Doesn’t hide your rail design that much
|· Not ideal for cribs with uneven or raised rails
· Removing it can be a hassle due to the adhesive
· Also doesn’t catch baby drools
- Make sure your crib is made with non-toxic materials. While not all baby cribs are made with toxic material, you should still check out the list of materials used in a crib to make sure it is safe for your little ones. Baby crib materials that you should avoid include the following:
- PVC and Vinyl – known to cause cancers
- Fire retardants – has PBDE that can cause behavior changes
- Polyurethane foam – may include formaldehyde and toluene (the smelly stuff from adhesives)
To wrap it up, baby cribs needed to be wrapped (pun intended) in a crib rail cover to make sure your child stays safe (and your baby crib stays durable). Or, you can just prevent them from getting tempted by the railings by giving them a nice frozen treat or a teething toy. We hope you liked this informative article!