All-natural baby teethers
You won’t have to worry about BPA and nasty plastics with this eco-friendly teether. Wood is naturally
- 34mm raw wooden curtain rings (from your hardware store)
- fine sandpaper such as 600 grit if required
- 3.5mm crochet hook
- 100% DK cotton or bamboo
Tip: Use untreated wood as many wood sealing products can contain ingredients not safe for babies.
- Remove the screw hook from the curtain ring. Lightly sand until completely smooth, if needed.
- Using hook and cotton, make a slip knot and chain 10-12 stitches (you should be able to loop this
around the ring with the ends just meeting).
- Slip stitch to close the chain. Working around the ring, continue in double crochet, working in
a continuous spiral. For double crochet: insert hook into next chain, wrap yarn around hook (2 loops on hook) and pull through both loops. Use one colour, or combine a few in stripes, changing colours after each round. To end off, finish with a slip stitch and bind off. Use the hook to pull loose ends through behind
the work. Trim off exposed ends.
- This teether can be wet then frozen, to offer relief to a teething baby.
Clean with a natural soap solution or a mild vinegar (a natural antibacterial agent) and water solution. Rinse well. Allow to dry completely in indirect sunlight. Treat wood with a little coconut oil.
CRAFTS: YOUR FAMILY TEAM PHOTOS: DYLAN SWART
Magazine issue date: March, 2018