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Chewing on the crib


child chewing on crib

I have a 15 month old who is chewing his crib to pieces!  He began chewing on it to alleviate the pain of teething, but now does it for attention.  We have put teething guards on the rails, but he has found a way around every kind that we have tried.  He figures out how to get under them and has chewed chunks out of the crib, with loose splinters (even after placing duct tape under the crib rail guards).  What else can I try to get him to stop chewing on his crib?  He has not had a nap in over a week b/c I am too afraid to let him chew on the splinters (for obvious reasons) and I cannot find any other teething options for cribs that I have not already tried.  This is only a problem at nap time.  He does not bother with it at night, but he goes straight back to chewing the minute he wakes up in the morning.  Help!!??
Any advice would be greatly appreciated as we are going crazy here!  Thank you!

I agree, your first move is to attempt to cover the rails. At this point, I don’t think you have a lot of options. He needs to nap and he needs to be safe in his own bed. Abandon the wooden crib, It doesn’t sound safe. I would move him to a metal pack-n-play or other non-wooden crib. He is too young for a toddler bed.


Follow up - 6 weeks after question

I am happy to say we did fix the problem. We put the gummi teeth guards under his padded ones. Once he realized he couldn't get through those, he quit trying.

Suggestion from another parent with a similiar experience

crib biting preventer

Hope this helps! I made this crib guard out of a remnant piece of fabric. It was easy, and very inexpensive.



Written April 2012 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician


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