We saw a bumper sticker today that said “I am a breastfeeding, babywearing, organic, co-sleeping mom”. Minus the cosleeping (SIDS scares me too much), I am one of those moms, although I’d never put the bumper sticker on my car. I own 5 different baby carriers and each one has its place and time. The one that I keep in the car to use while walking through Walmart or the grocery store is the Ergo performance baby carrier. I really like it and its comfortable to me, although Cassidy seems antsy in it. Part of that is her gripping onto the sides and gnawing at them aggressively.
Which leaves it looking like this. Baby snot, drool, spit up…Gross.
Ergo sells Chewing Pads but they are 20 bucks and a boring white or grey color. Etsy had some really cute ones but they were like 35 bucks. Needless to say, I busted out the sewing machine. I had everything I needed on hand so I whipped them up during naptime. Yes, they are that quick. Only took an hour!
You will need:
1/3 yard flannel (outside fabric, so make it pretty)
an old towel (inside fabric, who cares what it looks like)
(2) 3.5 inch pieces of ribbon (coordinate with flannel)
(6) sets of snaps OR (2) 1/4 inch by 7 inch pieces of velcro
Fold flannel right sides together and cut out an *almost* square. The length is 8.5 inches. The width at the bottom is 9.5 inches and the width at the top is 9 inches. The reason it is slightly smaller at the top is because the ergo strap is slightly smaller as it goes up. I am a perfectionist and an experienced sewer, so it wasn’t a problem for me. If you just want simplicity, just make it 8.5 by 9.5 inches all the way down and it will be less confusing. It just won’t have quite as snug of a fit at the top.
Mark the top of the square with a star using a fabric pen. One side will be slanted.
Cut out towel pieces the exact same size. I just laid it over the towel and cut using it as a pattern piece so I didn’t have to measure again.
So lets just do this one side at a time. Then repeat for the second pad.
Sew one flannel piece and one towel piece right sides together, leaving a 3 inch opening at the top (where the star is) closest to the slanted edge. Use 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Turn right side out. Fold ribbon in half, pin in place, then sew around entire edge, as close as you can to the edge. Fold under fabric 1/4 inch at the opening to close it off. Add snaps or velcro. I have a snap press but if you don’t just use a 1/4 inch strip of velcro 7 inches long.
This direction is for the pad that will be on YOUR right when you are wearing the ergo. Do the opposite for the left.
When you lay the pad flat, flannel side up, the slanted side (with ribbon closest) will be on the LEFT.
Place the female (flat) side of the snap is face UP on the NOT-SLANTED, RIGHT side.
That means the male side of the snap will be on the LEFT, SLANTED side faced DOWN.
Here is a back view. Nice towel fabric to absorb all that drool.
Repeat on the second side. Make sure you pay attention to snap placement on the second side, doing it opposite of the first. You want the closure on the outside of the strap so its not the part the baby gnaws, sucks, and chews on. Especially if you use velcro, it may tear up their mouth.
Alyssa was my little model.
She said her baby approves. Today her baby’s name was Bubbles Bandaid. No last name. I asked.
The ribbon is a toy clip.
The toy is actually not too annoying clanking around and if it keeps Cassidy a little calmer it is well worth it. Honestly, she will probably prefer just playing with the little ribbon piece. Anyone else’s kids LOVE the tags on toys and blankets? Both of mine did. I made Alyssa a Taggie blanket when she was little.
Now when Cassidy drools all over my covers, I can pop them off, wash them with her clothes, and pop them back on. Won’t have to worry about hand washing the ergo and laying it out to dry!