No one likes to see their baby in pain. So when you start to notice your baby drooling excessively, gnawing on their hands or being more irritable than usual — teething might be to blame. Generally, teething starts around 4 to 6 months and last till your child is around 2-years old. For some kids, this may start early or later and certain infants might not experience any of the typical "teething" symptoms.
Besides extra hugs, the best way to help soothe your baby and help them explore... their mouth is with the use of a teether. Teethers work in a bunch of different ways, but the basic premise is they apply pressure to the gums which helps relieve the pain of an erupting tooth. Some teethers have rubber nubs on them to massage gums while others go in the refrigerator to provide cooling relief when the pain gets really bad. It's best to buy a few different options to see which your child likes — every child is different and they may have different preferences as they age and other teeth erupt. You'll also want teethers on hand so your baby doesn't find household items to chew on which can be dangerous and pose as a choking hazard. To help you get started on teething relief, here, the best baby teethers.
Perhaps one of the most popular teething toys out there, Sophie, gives babies relief in its pretty giraffe form. Made of latex rubber (BPA free) with food grade safe paint this toy squeaks to get your child's attention and they'll happily sink their teeth (or gums) into Sophie's feet, head or neck. Sophie is suited for newborns till one-year-olds though some admit the size is quite large for those under 6 months so it may be better suited for older babies.
One thing to note with... Sophie is that when you clean it water gets in the squeaky hole and getting the inside dry can pose a challenge. Many people have reported black mold growing inside the toy. To keep mold away, wipe Sophie down with a wet cloth with a mild soap, wipe clean and let dry. Do not submerge Sophie.
If you're looking for an affordable option that does the job this BPA-, PVC- and phthalate-free model from Comotomo checks all the boxes. Small babies can grab on to multiple points for a sure grip while they'll also be able to chew their way around this without gagging (the "legs" are too short to cause choking). For babies that like to chew on their parent or their fingers, they'll get a similar experience with the size and round shape of the "legs". When it comes... time to clean and or sterilize you can place this in microwaves, boiling water, dishwashers and sterilizers to ensure a thorough cleaning.
At a reasonable price, it might be wise to buy a few of these to have one in your diaper bag, in the babies room and beyond so you are always prepared.
Once baby's teeth erupt it is now time to start thinking about keeping them clean. This silicone training toothbrush and teether helps massage and clean your little one's teeth in a quirky shape. The open part of the banana has massaging bristles to help clean and relieve their gums, the peel part prevents them from choking while also giving them a place to grip on. This can be cleaned in the dishwasher and is also freezer safe if you wanted extra relief. This model is recommended for... children 3 to 12 months with a bigger model suited for one-year-olds and older.
Over 6,000 customers have reviewed this product and rave about its affordable price and the relief it has given their baby. Customers love the small size that allows baby to get into all crevices of the mouth without it being a safety hazard.
You've got enough on your plate to remember, so when you are on the go, remembering to bring a teether might not be your first priority. With a teething necklace, you'll not only remember to accessorize your own look but you'll also have a handy "snack" for baby to chew on while you go about your day. Plus, since this is around your neck you won't have to worry about it dropping on the floor (which they all do!).
This model is made of 100% food grade silicone and comes in... 14 different colors to suit your style. When it comes time to clean this, just throw it in the top rack of the dishwasher and you are good to go. One note of caution, NEVER leave baby unattended with this necklace for fear of strangulation.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
Silicone feeders serve two purposes — they help teach a baby how to chew and mash food in their mouth and when a chilled food is added it will provide soothing relief to tired and achy gums while they munch away on there favorite fruit, vegetable and more.
This silicone feeder is BPA-free and is much easier to clean (top rack dishwasher safe) than popular mesh feeders on the market where food gets stuck in the "netting". The long handle makes it easy for your little one to grab a hold... while the fun colors keep them interested. Recommended for children 6 to 12 months your child will love the relief this provides along with the full belly.
Keeping a teether in the fridge when you have a baby is a parenting must. This gel teether from Nuby provides icy relief in a fun key form, so not only will your baby like to munch on this, they'll also want to touch and feel this in their hands. Designed for ages 3 months and up, this teether is only advised to be put in the refrigerator (not freezer). Its BPA-free and has bright, fun colors that help aid in eye coordination as well.
When it seems like baby is non-stop gnawing a mitt might give them extra comfort that they keep "on-hand". This mitt goes onto their hand with velcro and allows baby to chew on their own fingers (a favorite amongst most babies) with the added sensation of massaging pearls that are built in. The mitt also makes a crinkle sound which will help develop their sensory experience even more. The mitt is machine washable too!
HABA a top toy company from Germany provides teething relief in wooden form. This baby rattle also acts as a teether and is a great buy for any parent who doesn't want a lot of plastic at home. Baby will learn to clutch onto this and then soon put this in their mouth once they get curious. Wood is porous so not so dense it provides some relief for your young one. Since this isn't plastic and is made of wood you can't really wash it, though you can wipe it down with vinegar to... sanitize it.
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