Kristen - posted on 08/03/2015 ( 12 moms have responded )
My 11 month old daughter has been gnawing on her crib before she falls asleep and after she wakes up. She puts herself to sleep for both naps and bedtime, so I always put her in her crib awake. Usually she goes right down, but sometimes she will cry and stand there yelling for a few minutes before collapsing and falling asleep. Additionally, sometimes she wakes up before expected or before I feel she has gotten enough sleep and I will let her cry for a few minutes to see if she goes back down (sometimes it works, sometimes it does not). Every once in a while when I pick her up there will be white specs all over her mouth. The inner part of the crib bar has spots that have been gnawed on and all the paint is gone. There is one spot where she actually made a decent dent. At first I was worried about her consuming the paint, but I was advised that it is not hazardous. I know she is teething, but this seems a bit extreme. Is this normal? If so, is there anything I can do to stop it? I worry about her teeth and gums on such a "non-chewable" surface. Also, its not so great for the crib... haha. Any tips or advice is most welcome!!