What to look for when buying crib rail covers
Comparing one crib rail cover to another can be a difficult task. Especially when each box is advertising how great their rail protector is. Below are some points to take into consideration when comparing crib rail covers.
Is the crib rail cover a drool trap?
When your baby starts chewing on the crib rail covers there is going to be drool. Lots and lots of drool. A crib rail cover should not only be easy to clean but also prevent drool from building up inside it.
A fabric crib rail, for instance, can soak up drool leaving it constantly damp. The underside of a damp crib rail cover is the perfect environment for growing mold and mildew.
Fortunately, plenty of fabric teething rails have a waterproof backing to prevent drool from soaking through to the other side.
Does the crib rail cover have loops
Some crib rail covers are designed with loops. These loops are perfect for hanging extra teething toys to give your baby an alternative to chewing on the cover.
What color is the crib rail cover
When choosing a crib rail cover it is worth remembering that lighter colors stain much easier than darker ones.
While a white crib rail cover may match your nursery’s decor perfectly, extra care will be needed to maintain the crisp color.
Which rail is the cover protecting?
Keep in mind that it is not enough to protect a single crib rail. Your baby will simply turn around and start chewing on an unprotected railing.
Long crib rails need long covers and short crib rails need shorter covers. Keep this in mind when shopping for crib rail covers.
If you only buy long covers, you will need to figure out what to do with the excess on the shorter sides and if you only buy short, then there is going to be exposed wood on the longer railings
How does the crib rail cover attach to the crib?
Examine how each cover attaches to the rail of your crib. Some attach by simply clipping on while others use ties or Velcro. If you can easily remove a crib rail cover then it is a safe bet that your baby can too.
Crib rail covers that are held in place by buttons should be avoided. Buttons can pop off and are the perfect size to be swallowed by a curious baby.