Soothing DIY Wooden Baby Teethers with Coconut Oil and Lavender

If you have been snooping on Instagram, you may see that I am finally a proud auntie to a tiny little nephew.  I exaggerate when I say little, the bruiser was actually 9lbs 4oz and my sister was a total champ!!

Since essential oils are all the rage, and I firmly believe in their healing and soothing properties, I wanted to figure out a way to bless my baby nephew with some of those benefits safely.  I don’t know if you have scoped out some of the recent baby trends, but I personally love the movement towards natural products and toys.  I found these uber cool wooden teethers in a local shop, but they were charging about $12 for each one.  Of course, my response was, “hey, I could make that!”  Not only make it, but make it better by using lavender oil to soothe baby’s gums when they are painful and uncomfortable.  That seemed like a win-win to me….and then I discovered that I could buy a pack of 5 cabone rings at Michael’s for just over $1.  Now it was a win-win-win project!!  So, I kept $10 out of the $12 it was going to cost me to buy a teether in the store, and I rocked some pretty cute creations.  Check it out!

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1 package of wooden cabone rings

1/4 cup of coconut oil

10 drops of high quality lavender oil

ribbon in assorted colors

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Start by liquifying your coconut oil.  If the weather is toasty, you may be skipping this step…but the days are a bit chilly still and my coconut oil is rock solid!  No biggie, just zap it in the microwave for 10 seconds or so.

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Add several drops of the lavender oil (approximately 10).

Now, it is time to soak the cabone rings.  I wanted the oils to really penetrate the wood, so I left them for about 15 minutes.

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When they are done soaking, use a paper towel to clean up the excess oil from the surface.  The smell is AH-Mazing!  Coconut and lavender are so ridiculous together…is it bad that I want to put this in my mouth?

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Now cut some ribbon lengths and knot them in place.

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Obviously, I didn’t want the ribbons to be too long, so I trimmed them up once they were in place.

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Now for an old ballet trick, using a lighter, gently melt the ends of the ribbon so that they do not fray.

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Honestly, you can have so much fun with all the different ribbons out there!  I love this monkey ribbon for my nephew and his cool rain forest nursery!

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Basically, have fun with the ribbon.  I thought braiding some cotton ribbon would give some great texture for teething, as well!

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I hope this inspires you to get crafting for the babies in your life!  Hopefully these will help soothe future tears!



Comments 3

  1. You did a great job with your tutorial. Nice of you to take the time to show others. I didn’t know Michael’s had those wooden rings. Some say the necklaces are expensive, the supplies to make the silicone ones are expensive even when you can buy them at wholesale prices. But I have seen others in my group of friends online that make these that are really reasonable so look around. On the ribbons, have you ever had a problem with color coming off? Do they make ribbons that are colorfast. I would be new to using ribbons but have been making silicone “chew-lery” for about 5 years now.

  2. This is a such nice idea, thanks for sharing. Just a quick question (apologies if this sound silly). Can you use any lavender oil from the health shop and I assume it is 100% safe? I live in South Africa and just want to ensure I buy the right stuff! Thanks.

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      Hi there! Yes, you absolutely can use lavender oil from the health food store as long as it is 100% lavender oil from a reputable company. You just don’t want any synthetics added into the mix! Let me know how it goes 😉

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