The power was out over the weekend for a couple of hours. No jokes, we were bored. I mean, seriously. EVERYTHING in our lives runs on power–and they all ran out of charge right as the lights blinked out. So, using this spare time, I finally got around to making my little girls something to help with our hectic (hectically-silly) bedtime routine: a DIY No-Sew Sock Teddy Bear (infused with lavender and made to be a “heat sock” to keep them cuddly warm and sleepy-relaxed).
Basically, this is the gist of our bedtime routine: At 7pm, our littlest (baby Donut who’s not so much a baby anymore), starts fussing and crying. She knows the routine and wants in her jammies NOW! LOL! After we get them upstairs (part of what she requires), dad and I wipe their little bums with Huggies Natural Care Wipes, then put Jelly and Donut in their Huggies OverNites Diapers (because we need the deep sleep that comes from a dry bottom, y’all). Then jammies, Then it’s time for Jelly’s snack. As soon as Jelly has a snack, baby Donut MUST HAVE one, too. Then Jelly sees that Donut has one–and needs another. And so it goes until 8:30pm when the duo passes-out from exhaustion.
I’m hoping that by adding one little step–microwaving our Sock Teddy Bear for just a few seconds then tucking them both in with it–that we’ll see a big difference in the evening. Maybe, with a warm, cuddly friend kind of like a sensory-doll, we might get them to both fall asleep with less snacking, fussing and generalized unhappiness. Heh. Because, with the help of Huggies Natural Care Wipes keeping my girls comfortable for up to 12 hours, they sleep through the night–but just don’t want to GO to sleep.
(Hey, just as a reminder, when a baby is younger than 12 months, do not put any items in their crib due to safety concerns.)
DIY No-Sew Sock Teddy Bear
What You Need to Make the DIY No-Sew Sock Teddy Bear
- 1 sock, long and flexible — dress socks are best
- Yarn in a coordinating color
- 1-1-inch piece of white felt
- 2 cups(ish) of rice (I used long-grain white)
- Fresh lavender or lavender essential oils (optional)
- Black marker
- Cup or funnel
- 1 sleepy child (heh)
How to Make the DIY No-Sew Sock Teddy Bear
- First, tuck the sock over the lid of the cup so you can fill it with the rice.
- Fill the sock with the rice and your lavender (or a couple drops of your essential oils).
- Tie the top closed close to where the rice filled the sock top.
- Tie a second knot, tucking-in a bit of the sock near the rice to pull the second knot close to the rice-part of the sock. These knots are the ears, so make sure they’re tight.
- Trim the portion of sock dangling from the last knot.
- Using a 6-inch length (0r so) of the yarn, gather a ball of the rice nearest the knots (about 1/3 of the rice), then tie it off. This forms the head.
- Repeat the process with much smaller portions on the sides to form arms, on the bottom front to form legs and one tiny one on the butt to make a tail. And repeat one more time with about 1/3 of the head-rice to make the bear-snout.
- Cut out 2 small, round eyes from the felt.
- Hot-glue or fabric-glue them onto the face of the bear, right above the snout.
- Color-in some centers on the eyes using the marker.
- Trim all the extra strings off the bear.
- Pop the bear into the microwave for 10-20 seconds and provide to sleepy toddlers!
Let me know how your DIY No-Sew Sock Teddy Bear works out for your toddlers! Just leave me a comment below or find me on Facebook!