Cot teething guard

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For some reason my son’s cot only has plastic teething guards along the sides. He was trying to chew his way out the front end of the cot, something needed to be done before he escaped.

For the teething guard I used two layers of fabric with woollen batting between them. I chose wool for the batting because I thought it would be healthier for him to be chewing on a natural fibre but I have no idea if that matters or is just one of those things you do as a scared first time parent. The top layer of fabric (the one with the print on it) is a thick cotton, I figured he’d just chew straight through it if it was that thin stuff quilters use. I wanted the print of the fabric to be something my son could recognise and like. The annoying thing about choosing the pattern was that only about 6cms of it is visible to the inside of the cot, so it has to be quite a small print and there wasn’t much choice in the thicker fabric. The other thing that is annoying is that unless I put a seam across the top the pattern can’t be the right way up inside and outside the cot. I made it the right way up inside so that my son could see it properly. And it he does really like it, he points at the dogs and I have to make the noises for him.

A not very detailed how to:

You will need to do the measuring yourself since cots are all different. The length is just the same as the edge you are doing and the height is enough that it folds over the wooden rail to cover both sides. To make it I first sewed the batting to the back piece of fabric.

The backing has the batting sewn onto it
The backing has the batting sewn onto it

I made the ties (but that was just because I didn’t have any ribbon and didn’t want to buy any). I put ties so they would go through each gap in the rails and used an extra long one at each end. The long one went around the corner post to help hold it in place well (see the photo at the top of this post). I had the ties sandwiched between the fabric layers (right sides together) and sewed around the edge (leaving a gap). Then turned it right way out and closed up the gap.

The finished cot teething guard
The finished cot teething guard

I only had to do one for the front end of the cot, he never chewed on the other end because it was against the wall.