About wooden teething rings. We have a lot of teething babies in our community and I found wooden rings to be a great choice to soothe tender gums. It is a much better alternative to plastic or silicon teething rings. Not only baby doesn’t chew on BPA and other nasty materials but some woods, like maple, have natural antibacterial properties.
But wood is porous. How about the germs?
I did some research about how to finish wooden rings and found the following options: beeswax protects the wood and makes it water-resistant but it is wax and I don’t like the idea of using it for baby’s mouth (personal choice), blend of beeswax and olive oil (olive oil can go rancid), olive oil alone, and …. coconut oil! Coconut oil cleans and polishes any wood and has also antibacterial properties. Like olive oil, it is a vegetable oil, but one of the great things about it is that it has a long shelf life (2 years) because it is slow to oxidize due to a high content in saturated fat. Some people use coconut oil to clean and protect their cutting board!
Taking care of wooden rings: So I finished my rings with organic virgin coconut oil. No dyes, no pigments of any kind so it is non toxic and safe. Then what? Wooden rings can be washed in warm water and soap and retreated with either coconut oil or another blend of your choice. See below the difference between an unfinished ring and one treated with coconut oil.
Because Easter is approaching fast, I made some bunny ears using scraps of hemp / organic cotton fabric. The back is the natural hemp / organic cotton fleece I love, besides it shows the wrong side of the fabric as opposed to having the fleece side apparent, so there is no lint in baby’s mouth!
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