If your baby is chewing onto things with great ferocity, then you’ll know that he’s already going through the teething phase. One of the things that will face the wrath of your baby’s mostly gum-filled mouth is his own crib. The rails of his crib will become one of his chew toys if he turns away from his actual chew toys.
Here is a guide on the important details concerning crib rail covers because they are helpful when it comes to saving your child’s mouth and gums from any potential injury brought about by a hard protective fence surrounding this play/sleeping area.
Crib rail covers are essentially a layer of soft covering that will make the rails of your baby’s crib much safer, especially when he decides to use it as an assistive device for standing up or as a chew toy.
These helpful covers are very important because they serve two main purposes:
- Protective material for your baby – the surface of the crib itself is hard. Even the curved plastic ones can inflict pain to the baby if he does anything that would make him bump his head. Rail covers will provide a soft layer so that it would lessen the impact and protect your baby from any potential injury.
- Protective material for the crib – Your baby can easily become the bane of his own crib. He may behave himself well, but when he becomes bored or when he decides it is time to explore the world from the safety of this enclosed space, then he would do anything in his power to get an inkling of his world. And that includes gripping, scratching, and biting the crib. The covers will prevent any damage to befall the poor crib.
Types of crib rail covers
Fabric crib rail covers
This one is basically made from soft materials that would protect the crib rails from the attacks of the baby. It is the most common form of crib covering. It has straps to secure the whole thing together, but they are far from the baby’s reach. It does need to be washed as often as possible because the baby is more than likely to drool into it or splash his milk onto it. It also has the unfortunate side effect of blocking the view of the environment from your baby.
Plastic rail cover
This one is unique because it would most likely be transparent. When you install one to the crib, then it would not cover the foundation of the crib’s frames. It would protect the rail from your baby’s bites, but your baby can become clever in a short time: he may attempt to remove the cover, and this one is easy to remove. The plastic nature of this cover would also let the baby’s drool fall to the floor or his mattress sheet, so you may have to pay attention when this happens.
Rubber crib rail cover
This one is much softer than its plastic-made counterpart. It is like a soft and squishy sheet to the rails. Your baby will enjoy chewing this thing, but it will not come off easily because it would be stuck to the rail via an adhesive. The downside is that when you decide to take the rubber cover off, the adhesive might stay on the rail, so you may also even spend time removing the leftover adhesive so that it won’t1 be bitten off by your baby.
Best crib rail covers
Fleece crib rail cover bundle (Trend Lab)
Color: Over 10 different color options
Brand: Trend Lab
- Water proof backing
- Three piece set
- Sherpa fleece
- Machine washable
This crib rail cover comes in a set, so any parent can enjoy putting a complete set of covers in a four-cornered crib without having to worry about buying fabric for each side. The product itself has a waterproof outer layer, so your baby will not soak the entire thing. It is made from a polyester fleece that is soft and easy to clean. You won’t need to tumble dry it; you only need to toss it in the washing machine that is set to a gentle cycle and hang it to dry after you’ve rinsed the soap off.
Fleece crib rail cover (Trend Lab)
Color: Natural, White, Sage, Gray, Brown
Brand: Trend Lab
- Water proof backing
- Free from nasties such as BPA
- 100% Polyester
- Easy to clean
This one is different because the rail cover itself isn’t too wide. Your baby will be able to appreciate his surroundings without having the rail cover partially obstruct his view. The narrow design of the cover is also advantageous for parents because it would allow them to see their tots through the rails more easily. It doesn’t come in a bundle, so you you’d have to buy this individually.
- Do not buy crib rail covers that have been previously used. These old fabrics would have already succumbed to the wrath of a baby. You would not want your child to be exposed to a fabric that has been coated with the previous owner’s drool or some other fluid that they’d smeared on it.
- You should wash your new crib rail cover initially before actually perusing it. This act would remove the excess material or chemicals that have been used for the decorative prints and the stitching. It would just be cleaner this way.
- You must secure the crib rail cover at all times, especially the ones that require tying. Babies are curious beasts and they will explore every nook and cranny of their current location. It would be a health and safety risk if they find that ribbon-loop that holds the cover together.
Cribs are where your baby would usually spend most of their time in. Over time, they will associate themselves with this small environment and they will explore it. It is best to provide a safe environment for them to explore, and this is where crib rail covers enter. The rails are part of the modules for exploration and when the baby discovers it, it would be subjected to all manner of experimentation, including biting, scratching and slapping. It is practical to protect your baby from any harm and to secure the structural integrity of his crib. Crib rail covers can help you with that.