If you have a baby (or toddler)
you need an Ergo.
It is by far
the best baby carrier.
It's a little pricey
but worth every penny.
I use mine at least a couple times a week.
And I am not naturally a baby carrying momma.
It's just so awesome and convenient that I use it
all. the. time.
Plus my I-wish-my-mom-was-an-attachment-parent baby loves it
so it makes both of us happy.
Anyways, once you get the Ergo you will notice
that your baby loves to suck on the straps.
Since it's kind of gross to have baby slobber all over your straps
and it's not good or convenient to be constantly washing your baby carrier
Ergo came up with these sucking pads.
Great idea but not worth $14-$20
when you could make them way cuter and for free!
So here's my version of some baby sucking/drool pads for the awesome-change-your-life-forever Ergo baby carrier.
-Scrap cotton fabric
-Scrap flannel fabric (or cotton batting)
-Scrap chenille or terry cloth fabric
-Small piece of ribbon
Create a 9 1/4 inch x 6 1/2 inch template or pattern for your sucking pad.
(I just used a ruler and a scrap piece of paper).
Trace around your template with a water soluble sewing pen onto the back (or wrong side) of your fabric.
Repeat so you have two.
Cut out a piece of flannel and a piece of chenille slightly larger than the piece of fabric with your template on it.
flannel (or batting)
chenille (or terry), right side up
cotton fabric with template on it, right side down
(see picture if your confused)
Pin in place.
If you would like to add a ribbon tag so you can attach toys to your drool pads now is the time to do it.
Cut off a piece of ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half and pin in between the chenille and cotton fabric (please note the picture does not have the ribbon in between the two layers like it should be). Make sure the fold of the ribbon is facing down and you place the tails of the ribbon over the line you have for your template so you will catch them as you sew.
Sew along the template line leaving a small opening to turn the pads right side out. Trim the remaining fabric away.
Turn pads right side out. Iron flat.
Top stitch around the pads being sure to catch the opening you turned your pads though. Cut a strip of Velcro the length of the pad and sew on as pictured above.
No more spit soaked straps for your Ergo carrier!
how cute the drool pads look and
how easy they were to make
Or if you're not the crafty type, I've made a few and listed them in my shop.
Check them out here.