My little J loves his WubbaNub friends! I bought the brown dog (named Henry by my husband) when he was just 2 months old, and I’ve been hooked ever since! The problem is when you’re 6 WubbaNubs deep and your teething toddler starts chewing through all of the nipples, it can be costly to replace them.
Instead, I decided to cut the ripped nipple off and sew on a new Soothie nipple. It only took about 15 minutes (to repair each WubbaNub) and Henry, Jack, Puffin, Babar, George Tucker, and Freddy are as good as new!
To easily repair your little one’s favorite WubbaNub friend, follow these simple steps.
Items You Need:
Small Scissors (I used nail scissors)
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Start by cutting the old nipple off right where it meets the stuffed animal. Try to get as close as possible without cutting into the fabric.
Once most of the old nipple has been removed, you’ll be able to see the stitching underneath. This stitching needs to be removed in order to retrieve the rest of the nipple that’s inside the mouth.
I used nail scissors to cut down the middle of the remaining piece of rubber because they have a very small tip and good maneuverability. You’ll need to dig slightly to cut through and expose the stitching underneath.
Once you have removed the stitching, pull out the remaining piece of the nipple. Don’t forget to grab the little stay threads. Next, slide a new Phillips Avent Soothie nipple about halfway into the opening that you’ve just created.
When placing the new nipple inside, be sure that the eyes of the nipple are upright (if you look closely, a Soothie looks like a happy face with 2 eyes and a smile).
With the new nipple inserted, pinch tight with one hand to keep the nipple in place. Now, start threading your needle through to secure the new nipple.
Tip: Start on the inside to hide the tiny knot at the end of your thread.
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You’ll find it very easy to sew through the rubber. If you have sensitive fingers, however, I do suggest having a thimble on hand. Once you have worked your way from one end to the other, tie off your thread at least twice, cut the remaining thread, and violà!
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How many WubbaNub nipples has your toddler chewed through? How many did you replace before you considered repairing them yourself? I’d love to know in the comments below.
Meagan is in her mid-thirties and has been married for almost 10 years. She is a proud boy mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 20 years ago in high school; they got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her three-year-old son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and constantly picking up Matchbox cars, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.