Before Otto was born I knew I wanted to have more activities geared toward the younger months of infancy than I did with Joey. I had grand plans of making this before he was born, but didn’t. But I did finish before he passed the stage.
The good part about making your own grasping ring (or bell) is that it’s very simple, quick, and inexpensive.
- ribbon (1″ for bell, 2″ for ring)
- thread in matching colors
- D-ring (found in sewing section of a craft store)
- bell (I just used the largest bell I could find)
- grasping ring (I used a wooden ‘O’ and sanded the edges)
- ceiling hook
- Decide where to place the grasping ring/bell, then measure the distance between the ceiling hook and the bed. Remember to leave space for the child’s body and arm. Measure twice, cut once. I made the mistake of measuring once and cutting twice. (Remember to include a folded piece of elastic in your measurement.)Â
- Loop the ribbon through the ring and/or ball. Fold the ribbon under itself so that the frayed edge is hidden. Sew the two sides together. Reinforce the seam.Â Â
- Loop the elastic and over the flat side of the D-ring. Sew a seam directly underneath the D-ring.Â
- Sew the bottom piece of elastic to the top the ribbon. Reinforce the seam.Â
- You’re done! Introduce the work to the infant and let me explore!Â