One way that I have discovered to fill his "chewing" need is to attach a toy to his jackets & coats. This is to replace him chewing on his shirt collars & coat zippers. Why replace this behavior? Because the chewing is ruining his clothing. Why attach it to his clothing? Because it's easy for him to access & less change of losing our chew toys!
|Using a simple grommet tool....from Hobby Lobby...I was able to insert a ring into the collar of Ethan's coat. Thanks to Jessica over at The Almost Perfectionist for introducing me to this tool! It's so simple...even I can do it!|
Now the question becomes what to attach to his coat? I needed something that he would actually chew on, but would seem like a typical child's toy. Nothing too obvious. If I had to go that route, I absolutely would...but I'm experimenting to see what is a bit more discrete.
|These are what I would hang the chew toy from via the grommet on his collar.|
I have experimented with many items...as you can see here...in order to find what best works for Ethan.
|Rubber bracelets from Dollar General.|
|Homemade chew toys.|
It's rubber baby teether-rings thread
onto cut up aquarium tubing
that is tied off on the ends.
|Actual sensory chew toys from Amazon.|
|A bin full of fundraising prize ducks...they|
were gifted to Ethan.
|I think these are ideal for this project!!!|
|How bout that? Look good???|
|It works great!|
And the toy can be changed out as needed!