The Consumer Product Safety Commission does not offer any guidance on crib rail cover safety. That’s unfortunate, because parents need to know what to look for in a crib rail cover and how to make sure it’s installed safely.
Plastic crib rail covers have limited value and create potential hazards. They snap off too easily and do not absorb drool. While packaging will indicate if the plastic crib rail covers are BPA and phthalate free, parents may also be uncomfortable with potential off-gassing of the products when they come out of the packaging.
For most parents, a fabric crib rail cover seems like the best option.
Lots of crib rail cover DIY posts online emphasize how easy it is to make and install one on your own, but these posts don’t point out the essential safety elements parents must consider.
Your child is going to be chewing on this crib rail cover every day. Some important safety issues to ask about your crib rail cover are:
- Is it safe when tiny teeth tearing start tearing into it?
- What kinds of dyes were used to color the fabric?
- Are you certain the baby cannot work the fabric loose and pull it into the crib?
Is it safe when tiny teeth tearing start tearing into it?
While fleece fabrics tend to tear less, this is only part of what parents need to consider.
Fleece fabric feels soft but these synthetic fibers can build up static electricity. Increased static electricity means these fabrics attract lint, pet hair and dust. If you don’t plan to wash or change your crib rail cover every single day, be prepared for those materials to make it into your teething child’s mouth.
Cotton also breathes better, meaning it allows air to pass through better, which helps this fabric dry faster. This is an important feature for a fabric that is intended to absorb a lot of drool! A breathable fabric won’t smell as much as a less breathable fabric. Cotton also gets softer with use, something you definitely want from a long-lasting crib rail cover.
What kinds of dyes were used to color the fabric?
While very young babies respond to black and white images, parents love to fill the nursery with luscious rich colors. Pink, blue, yellow, purple, green - the rainbow makes a baby room fun. And Babee talk crib rail covers come in all colors.
But not all fabrics are dyed with safe inks. And what’s pleasing to the eye might not be safe for sore gums looking to chew. Why would you choose a crib rail cover to protect your child from paint chips from the crib that exposes them to other harmful chemicals in the fabric?
Certain inks can be very dangerous and can cause headaches, skin rashes and even nervous system damage. Water-based dyes, like the ones used in our crib rail covers, are made without the way-too-risky chemicals present in solvent-based dyes. Check out our dye selection process in our FAQs section.
Are you certain the baby cannot work the fabric loose and pull it into the crib?
Babies constantly amaze their parents. They roll over, sit up and say words before we think they can. That’s why it’s important to think ahead of baby’s development and choose products that are safe for the long term.
Several DIY crib rail covers feature fleece fabrics tied to crib rails. But knots come undone and babies pull and tug at loose tags.
The patented hook and loop strap design of our crib rail covers are one step ahead of your little genius. Because the inside is higher, you don’t have to worry about your baby accidently rolling over into the fabric while sleeping.
Parenting can be hard. But choosing a safe crib rail cover for your teething baby can be simple thanks to our design. We’ve worked hard to create a crib rail cover for that soothes your baby - and you.
Written by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk
As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.
She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.
She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.
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