This crazy thing called The Floor Nanny came through my inbox one day from one of those supersaver baby sites. (I'm not sure they really save me money because I seem to be a sucker for kid gear and simply MUST have things that look fun and useful-especially when they tell me it's on sale!!!!)
Anyway, it looked useful and pretty cool-until I saw the price tag! The main part is $75 and the slipcover is another $35! And all it is is a stuffed square of fabric!!!!! Thought to myself....I can totally do this.
And I did. The dimensions of the real one are 38 x 38. I bought enough fabric to make a perfect square when folded on the bias. Most fabrics are about 45" wide, so I bought 45" of two fabrics. I did one flannel, one just quilting cotton so that it's reversible of course.
I made this a few months back so I did not take pictures of the process, but really it's pretty straight forward.
I took my squares of fabric, put right sides together and sewed around the entire square leaving an opening for turning and eventually stuffing.
Then, turned right sides out and pressed.
Next, I measured in 8" from each corner and marked a dot-this was to make the inner square that makes the "floor" part of the floor nanny. Another way to do this is to make an 8" square out of paper, put it on each corner and mark the inner point.
Next, I connected my 4 inner dots to make my inner square. I used a fabric marker and a yardstick because I wanted it to be as straight as possible and I don't always sew straight!
I sewed that square all the way around leaving no opening, this does not need stuffing.
Next, I stuffed the entire outer part through the hole I left. THis was a bit hard-it's hard to get your arm in all those angles!!!! I stuffed it pretty full because I wanted it to support the baby well while he was learning how to sit. Once it was stuffed to my liking I closed up the opening and it was done!
I did not make a slipcover for it. Just didn't want to. I figured I have so many big baby blankets (who doesn't have like 20 or so of them?!?!?!) that I can just throw one of those over it and that's what we do-works great!
He's getting better at sitting but still does his share of flopping over, but that Floor Nanny cushions his fall every time! And instead of crying he just smiles or plays on his back for awhile.
I also whipped up a smaller one for traveling to Grandma's house, friends houses or just to use on a different floor of our house! We love it!!!