We all know how important it is to teethe safely, and wooden teething rings are the perfect way to do it! But how do you make sure your wooden teething rings are properly sealed so they can withstand all that drool and chewing?
Here are some tips on how to seal your wooden teething rings so they can stand up to everything your little one can dish out!
How to choose the right wooden teething ring
When choosing a teething ring for your baby, it’s important to choose one that is made of natural materials.Wooden teething rings are a great option because they are safe for your baby to chew on, and they are also eco-friendly.
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a wooden teething ring:
- The type of wood: make sure to choose a hardwood like maple or cherry. Softwoods like pine can splinter easily and can be dangerous for your baby to chew on.
- The finish: make sure the teething ring is unfinished and unpainted. Some finishes, like varnish, can be toxic if ingested.
- The size: choose a teething ring that is small enough for your baby to comfortably hold in their hand and chew on, but not so small that they could choke on it.
- The shape: avoid teething rings that have sharp edges or points that could hurt your baby’s gums.
How to prepare the wooden teething ring for sealing
To prepare the wooden teething ring for sealing, start by sanding down the wood until it’s smooth. If there are any rough edges, use a file to smooth them out. Once the wood is smooth, wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove any dust.
Next, apply a thin layer of beeswax to the teething ring. You can use a brush or your fingers to spread the wax evenly. Be sure to cover the entire surface of the wood, including any engraved areas.
Finally, allow the wax to dry completely before using the teething ring.
How to seal the wooden teething ring
If you’re going to be making your own wooden teething rings, you’ll need to know how to seal them properly. Sealing the rings will help protect them from moisture and bacteria, and it will also give them a nice shine.
There are a few different ways that you can seal your teething rings. You can use a natural oil such as olive oil or beeswax, or you can use a commercial sealant such as polyurethane. Whichever method you choose, make sure that you follow the instructions carefully and always test the sealant on a small area of the ring first.
Once your teething rings are sealed, be sure to store them in a clean, dry place.
How to care for a sealed wooden teething ring
To avoid water damage, it is important to regularly check the sealant on your wooden teething ring. You can do this by simply pressing down on the wood; if it pops back up, then it needs to be resealed. If the wood is unsealed, it will absorb water and could crack or mold.
To reseal your teething ring, you will need:
-A clean cloth
-Clear sealant (crystal clear silicone caulk works well)
1) Wipe down the teething ring with a clean cloth and rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or residue.
2) Apply a thin layer of sealant around the entire perimeter of the teething ring. Make sure that you evenly distribute the sealant so that there are no bald spots.
3) Allow the sealant to completely dry before using the teething ring again.
FAQs about sealing wooden teething rings
Do I need to seal my wooden teething ring before using it?
No, you don’t necessarily need to seal your wooden teething ring before using it. However, we recommend that you do so, as it will help protect the wood from moisture damage and ensure that your teething ring lasts for as long as possible.
What type of sealant should I use on my wooden teething ring?
We recommend using a natural, non-toxic sealant such as beeswax or coconut oil. These will help to protect the wood without introducing any harmful chemicals into your baby’s mouth.
How often should I seal my wooden teething ring?
We recommend sealing your wooden teething ring at least once a month, or more often if it is being used frequently. If you notice the wood starting to look dry or damaged, you may need to increase the frequency with which you seal it.
Can I sealed my wooden teething ring with anything else besides beeswax or coconut oil?
There are a number of other options that you can use to sealed your wooden teething ring. Some people prefer to use olive oil, while others like to use a natural wax such as carnauba wax. You can also find commercially available wood sealants that are designed specifically for use on toys.
Alternatives to sealing wooden teething rings
Welcome to our wooden teething ring tutorial! This easy project is perfect for a quick baby shower gift or stocking stuffer. You can make them with or without a decal, BUT if you plan on using them for teething purposes, we recommend sealing them with our Beeswax Wood Sealant. This will help protect the wood from bacteria and moisture.
If you don’t want to use our Beeswax Wood Sealant, you can try one of these alternative methods:
- Boiling: Bring a pot of water to a boil and drop your teething ring in for 1-2 minutes. Remove it with tongs or a slotted spoon and allow it to dry completely on a cooling rack or towel.
- Vinegar & Water Solution: Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a bowl (we like to use apple cider vinegar) and submerge your teething ring for 1-2 minutes. Remove it with tongs or a slotted spoon and rinse under cold water. Allow it to dry completely on a cooling rack or towel.
- Food Grade Mineral Oil: Rub food grade mineral oil onto your teething ring until it’s saturated. Wipe off any excess oil and allow it to dry completely on a cooling rack or towel before using.
Why you should seal your wooden teething ring
There are many benefits to sealing your wooden teething ring. Sealing the wood will help protect it from moisture and wear, and will also help to keep the color of the wood looking fresh. Sealed wooden teething rings are also more resistant to bacteria and mold.
Tips for sealing wooden teething rings
There are a few things to keep in mind when sealing wooden teething rings. First, make sure the rings are sanded smooth before sealing. You don’t want your baby to have any rough edges to chew on.
Second, choose a sealer that is safe for babies. A food-grade mineral oil is a good option. You can find this at most drugstores or online.
Third, apply the sealer with a soft cloth or brush and make sure you get into all the nooks and crannies. Allow the sealer to soak in for at least 30 minutes before wiping off any excess.
Finally, store the sealed teething rings in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use them.