- 15 best teething toys
- Matchstick Monkey: £9.99, matchstickmonkey.com
- Rosa&Bo soft silicone teether: £10, Rosa&Bo
- Lara&Ollie teething jewellery: from £10.90, All By Mama
- Dr Brown’s Coolees watermelon teether: £4.49, Central Medical Supplies
- Gummee Glove: £11.99, Amazon
- Bumkins Nintendo Silicone Teether: £10.54, Amazon
- The Little Art Collection, Natural Wood Teether: £7.99, The Little Art Collection
- Teething and Sensory Blocks, Balls and Buddies: £27.63, Amazon
- Sophie la Girafe teether: £15, JoJo Maman Bebe
- Halia Rose Elephant Teether: £6.99, Haila Rose
- Indestructibles by Books and Pieces: three for £10, Books Pieces
- Gertie the Good Goose: £13.99, Gertie The Good Goose
- Cheeky Chomper MultiMuslin: £28.99, Cheeky Chompers
- Hevea Kawan Teether: £14.95, Scandiborn
- Jchews Moustache Teether: £9.50, Slumber Roo
- The Verdict: Best teething toys
- Nuby Silicone Gum Massager ~ $5
- Munchkin Twisty Figure 8 Teether ~ $6
- Baby Banana Infant Training Brush and Teether ~ $6
- ZoLi Bunny Dual Nub Teether ~ $11
- Munch Mitt ~ $14 and Nuby Happy Hands ~ $9
- Gramercy Stroller Toy (Most re-ordered item) ~ $15
- Ike & Leo Teething Toys ~ $15
- Sophie La giraffe ~ $23
- Chewbeads ~ $29
- When to Give Your Baby Teething Toys
- What Teething Toys to Give Your Baby
- How to Help a Teething Baby
- Best baby teething remedies – including which vegetables work best
- Now see the best teething aids granules and gels available on the market…
- 1. Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules, £5.85 for 24 sachets
- 2. Ashton & Parsons Infants’ Powders, £5 for 20 sachets
- 3. Weleda Chamomilla Granules, £5.95
- 4. Cheeky Monkey Organic Cheek Rub for Teething, £7.50 for 30ml
- 5. Boots Pharmaceuticals Teething Pain Relief, £3.99 (for 24 sachets)
- 6. Anbesol Liquid, £5.99 for 15ml
- 7. Chilled Vegetables
- Read more…
- The Risks of Teething Bracelets, Necklaces and Other Jewelry
- Teething Creams and Gels Also Have Risks
- What You Can Do to Ease Teething Pain
- Teething Ring Safety Tips
- Four Teething Ring Tips
- 10 best baby teething toys for 2019
- 1. Lara and Ollie Hexagon Teething Necklace
- 2. Matchstick Monkey Teether Toy
- 3. Sophie The Giraffe So Pure Teething Ring
- 4. Nuby Icybite Teething Keys
- 5. GbaoY 2 Pack Baby Teething Mitten
- 6. Panda Teether
- 7. KEFU Baby Cactus Teething Toy
- 8. MAM Teether Friend – Ellie the Bee
- 9. Gertie the Good Goose – Natural Rubber Teething Toy
- 10. Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether
- Are Teething Toys Neccessary?
- When Should I Give My Baby Teething Toys?
- How Many Teething Toys Should I Buy?
- How to Choose the Best Teething Toys
- Best Teething Toys of 2020
- 1. Bonbino Teether Rings 4-Pack
- 2. Nuby Silicone Teethe-eez Teether
- 3. Bebe Cookie Teethers
- 4. Silicone iPhone Toddler Teething Toy
- 5. Lamaze Muffin the Moose
- 6. Tinabless 5-Pack Teething Toys
- 7. Organic Farm Buddies Teething Rattle
- 8. Manhattan Toy Beads Wood Teether
- 9. Nuby IcyBite Keys Teether
- 10. Rattle Teether Set
- The Bottom Line
- How Do You Know if Your Baby is Teething?
- A Serious Warning About Teething Medication
- The Best Teething Toys for Babies
- The Best Natural Organic Teething Toys including Wooden Toys, Organic Cotton Toys and Natural Rubber Baby Bath Toys at Natures Child.
- Here are my top four styles of safe teething toys for babies
15 best teething toys
Teething can be a terrible time – ask any parent. The pain and discomfort can lead to sleepless nights, irritability and a desperate need to find some instant relief – and that’s just the parents.
But while there is no quick-fix and teething is a stage that every child must endure (often multiple times), equipping yourself with a few trusted toys and accessories can help to ease the burden.
Whether it’s a freezer-friendly accessory to soothe sore gums or a durable design that can withstand heavy chomping and chewing, we’ve found a product to suit all tastes – and teeth.
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Matchstick Monkey: £9.99, matchstickmonkey.com
This tiny little teething toy is a real Jack-of-all-trades as it soothes and massages sore gums but can also be used as a teething medication applicator.
The food-grade silicon from which it is made means it’s dishwasher safe (aka parent-friendly) and freezer compatible so you can keep him extra cool to aid the soothing effect. He’s super cute to boot.
The small, bendy limbs are perfect for chewing on and being able to curl and uncurl the tiny tail proved a welcome distraction. Monkey’s knobbly little head doubles up as a teething gel applicator and the rough edges provide relief for itchy young gums.
Our little tester was absolutely smitten with the monkey from the outset, dubbing it her “ooh ooh”, carrying it everywhere and even sleeping with it. Available in a range of eight different colours and two different designs.
Rosa&Bo soft silicone teether: £10, Rosa&Bo
These cute characters feature a subtle flavour designed to stimulate young taste buds and get your child ready for brushing their teeth. Made of 100 per cent silicone, they are easy to clean (by hand or in a dishwasher) and their round edges are perfect for little hands to grip.
For older children, the characters are appealing – our tester took to rocking her Rosa to sleep at night after washing her in the bath and brushing her “teeth”. The pastel colours are soft and elegant and not garish like many baby toys. Available in two designs, Baby Rosa or Bo Bunny.
Lara&Ollie teething jewellery: from £10.90, All By Mama
Teething jewellery is becoming increasingly popular with both mums and babies alike. Many new parents choose to stop wearing jewellery due to tiny grabbing fingers but these UK-made silicone accessories are designed to be tugged, pulled and chewed. The hexagonal-shaped beads and bangles are soothing on sore gums while the eye-catching colours appeal to and stimulate young eyes.
They also feature a breakaway safety clasp so grabbing hands can’t break them. For younger babies, the beads can be an invaluable distraction while bouncing them in your knee.
Designed to look nothing like a teething toy, the fashionable designs mean parents can feel a little glamorous or colourful without having to worry about broken jewellery or dangerous small accessories.
Available in a range of colours and designs that are built to last. These make great presents for new mums who might be feeling a bit overlooked amid the pile of presents just for baby.
Dr Brown’s Coolees watermelon teether: £4.49, Central Medical Supplies
This range of Coolees teethers are designed to hold the cold and really soothe sore gums. Freezer safe, the BPA-free product can be stored in the freezer until required for use, meaning it stays extra cold and is more likely to relieve discomfort.
The products are designed to reach all areas of the jaw and help to relieve pressure in the mouth. The bright colours and cheerful designs will appeal to children of all ages and the price is extremely competitive.
Unlike many freezer-safe teethers, the Dr Brown range does not contain any kind of liquid or gel so you don’t have to worry about older children piercing the product with their new, sharp teeth.
Gummee Glove: £11.99, Amazon
Aimed at early stage teethers (age three to six months) this one-stop-shop of teething products is fun and playful but also serves a multitude of purposes.
The glove itself will appeal to young chewers who can never keep their hands out of their mouths while the detachable teething ring will still serve them as they grow out of the mitten itself.
The crinkle patch and high contrast pattern and colours will stimulate your baby’ senses and the hard teethers on the edge of the mitten will soothe aching jaws and gums. The mitten is machine washable and comes with a little travel pouch for hygienic storage.
Bumkins Nintendo Silicone Teether: £10.54, Amazon
This fun and friendly teething toy will appeal to parents of a certain age thanks to its Game Boy design.
The 100 per cent food grade silicone teether is easy to clean (dishwasher top shelf safe) and freezer friendly too for added relief and comfort.
With little bumps on the back of the “Game Boy”, it’s perfect for massaging itchy or aching gums and can reach right to the back of the mouth. It also draws a lot of compliments from other parents…
The Little Art Collection, Natural Wood Teether: £7.99, The Little Art Collection
For parents looking to cut down on their plastic consumption, these natural maple wood teethers provide an ideal alternative. The wood is hand-sealed with 100 per cent organic beeswax and coconut oil and the product also features cute detachable bamboo bunny ears.
The art-inspired prints will appeal to fashion-conscious parents too and if you remove the bamboo ears, the teething ring can be placed in a fridge or freezer for up to 30 minutes to aid the soothing effect.
The wood is wipe clean (and can be re-sealed as necessary with coconut oil) while the ears are machine-washable. Matching accessories – such as muslin squares – are available and each product comes with information about the artist who designed the print you choose, making them ideal gifts.
Teething and Sensory Blocks, Balls and Buddies: £27.63, Amazon
This little bag of tricks will not only help soothe sore gums and aching jaws, but it will keep your little one amused for hours. Featuring eight balls, four animals and eight teething cubes, it really does cover all bases for teething relief and sensory stimulation.
The easy-to-catch balls and mix of different textures and colours are ideal for the development of the senses while the animals are ideal to chew on. For older children, the cubes can be helped to teach counting and colours.
Sophie la Girafe teether: £15, JoJo Maman Bebe
This instantly recognisable teething toy remains unchanged since 1961. Sophie’s cheerful face will appeal to your child’s playful side while her easily-gripable body and extremely chewable limbs will mean they don’t want to put her down.
Made with natural materials and food grade colours, you don’t have to worry about what your little one is putting in their mouth and the subtle squeak when squeezed adds an extra layer of appeal.
The child-friendly but sophisticated design means you don’t have to welcome a garish plastic monstrosity into your home.
Halia Rose Elephant Teether: £6.99, Haila Rose
These beautifully designed teething accessories are just a small part of the Halia Rose range which features stylish yet practical teething jewellery. Designed by mums, for mums, the whole range is made from sustainable and 100per cent non-toxic materials.
The gift boxes their products come in are also made of recycled material. The elephant teether has a very elegant appearance but practical features – such as raised bumps on the back to relieve sore or itchy gums and smooth, rounded edges for chewing.
Gift sets, starting from £12.50, are also available making these accessories a beautiful yet practical present for new parents.
Indestructibles by Books and Pieces: three for £10, Books Pieces
These clever little baby books are a real revelation for parents. Suitable from birth to age six, they are not specifically a teething toy but have, as the name suggests, been designed to be indestructible – meaning children can bite, slobber on, chew and grind to their heart’s content without ever damaging the book.
Printed on 100 per cent non-toxic material, the books are fully waterproof so can be cleaned in the sink, bath or even washing machine and they are rip-proof so older children can’t even tear through them.
While the littlest teethers will simply enjoy having something to drool on, the older your child gets the more they can engage with the story itself helping them to develop their reading skills as well as identifying colours, numbers and objects.
Our tiny tester was very taken with the book itself, studying the pictures over and over, and couldn’t quite believe her luck when she didn’t have to put it down even at bath time.
Gertie the Good Goose: £13.99, Gertie The Good Goose
Not dissimilar to Sophie la Girafe in appearance or appeal, Gertie the Good Goose is a 100 per cent natural rubber teether with a squeaky tummy and very chewable beak, tail feathers and feet.
Designed with tiny teethers in mind, this comforting toy is eye-catching and just the right size to latch on to from any angle. With a faint vanilla scent, this goose is just the right size for little hands to grip on to so is likely to become a fixture of family life long after the full set of teeth has pushed through.
Cheeky Chomper MultiMuslin: £28.99, Cheeky Chompers
For parents looking to make as few purchases as possible in the wake of a new addition to the family, this clever teething accessory does six jobs in one.
The 100 per cent organic muslin serves as a nursing cover, pram cover, burp cloth, blanket and swaddle while the teething rings are detachable to be used as standalone toys.
While still attached, the friendly-looking hippo design teething rings act as clips to hold the breastfeeding cover, burp cloth or pram cover in place but once detached, they make ideal teething toys.
Curved edges appeal to little fingers and the cute hippo face is a real selling point. This is a product that really grows with your baby rather than a short-term teething solution.
Hevea Kawan Teether: £14.95, Scandiborn
This non-toxic, natural rubber duck is designed to be both plastic and hole-free. The one-piece design has no squeaker, cracks or joints, which prevents the build-up of bacteria and mold. Kawan is from Malaysia, where his name means Friend.
The natural colours will appeal to your child’s senses while not offending yours. Kawan also features a patterned texture on his beak – making it ideal for massaging irritated gums.
Jchews Moustache Teether: £9.50, Slumber Roo
For the hipster parent, this cute moustache design will fulfil all your Instagram needs. Part of a wider range of teething jewellery and accessories by Jellystone Designs, this suckable, tuggable, chewable teething toy is a funky way to soothe your mini-me while providing enough cute pictures to fill your 16GB camera roll.
BPA and toxin-free, this food grade silicon product is easy to wash by hand and features round, chewable edges.
The Verdict: Best teething toys
For a teething toy that will appeal to all your child’s senses opt for the Matchstick Monkey – the bright, friendly colours will compliment your little one’s playful personality and the pocket-friendly price means you can afford to buy a back-up monkey jut in case your original goes missing.
For a toxin-free alternative to plastic toys, the wooden teething ring by The Little Art Company is a stylish product that won’t weigh heavy on your conscience.
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It’s definitely possible to prepare homemade teething implements at home (aka cold stuff to chew on), but it’s not always the most practical option. Hence: best teethers.
Here are our favorite teethers you can buy off the shelf, in order of price (lowest to highest).
Nuby Silicone Gum Massager ~ $5
This teether is a two-in-one: it’s part gum massager, part toothbrush (because it’s never too early to get them into the habit). This one also reaches those back molars that teething rings often miss. It has a carry case to keep it clean during travel (read: when it’s shoved in the bottom of your diaper bag, between spit-up saturated burp cloths and stale puffs).
- One mom recommended putting the toothbrush head in a cup of ice water so that the handle doesn’t become cold.
- Some reviewers found it too big for their baby’s mouth.
Munchkin Twisty Figure 8 Teether ~ $6
This twisty teether is a parent-favorite; it has four teething surfaces, each with a different texture. It can soothe sore gums AND helps promote motor and sensory development: winning!
- Fridge safe
Baby Banana Infant Training Brush and Teether ~ $6
My kids LOVED their bananas! This teether was a serious winner in our house – so much that I bought several extras in case any got lost (truth!). The banana peel “handles” are easy to grab. The silicone bristles act as a toothbrush (of sorts) while also providing relief to sore gums.
- Fridge/Freezer safe
ZoLi Bunny Dual Nub Teether ~ $11
Molars are this teether’s specialty. Your toddler can hold onto the round part while gnawing on the textured “bunny ears,” which reach all the way to the back of the gumline. Reviewers love how it allows babies to soothe both sides of their mouth simultaneously, and many parents note it’s their kiddo’s favorite teether.
Munch Mitt ~ $14 and Nuby Happy Hands ~ $9
There are few things as satisfying as watching a baby chomp down on his or her own hand. My daughter Alice used to make vampire-like sounds when wearing this thing. Best part about this ingenious glove-teether: they can’t really drop it (over and over again).
Gramercy Stroller Toy (Most re-ordered item) ~ $15
Let’s hope it’s not the most re-ordered item because it keeps getting lost, because that would suck (there’s a double entendre there, get it?). This is a more portable version of the Chewbead necklace. It attaches to baby’s car seat or stroller for easy, on-the-go use. Note that some parents say their babies can easily detach it with just a simple tug… and then chuck it, so watch out for that…
Ike & Leo Teething Toys ~ $15
Unlike the other best teethers reviewed here, this is a set that includes four teethers (each with different textures) and a pacifier clip to keep them handy (read: attached). The material is soft, yet durable enough so babies can’t chew through them. Makes a great gift.
- Fridge/Freezer safe
Sophie La giraffe ~ $23
If you haven’t heard of this, you’ve been hiding under a rock. The ever-present Sophie is a favorite in Europe and America – I even saw chocolate versions of it while traveling in France (that one’s for MOM, yo).
Chocolate Sophies: yum
This giraffe is not cheap, so don’t lose it! Also, try not to let water get up in the little hole (hard for a toy that goes in the mouth!), as this has been cited for some serious mildew incidences in the past. Don’t make it worse by submerging it in water, as there’s no very good way for it to dry out. Still, parents and babies love this soft, adorable giraffe.
Chewbeads ~ $29
As a mother whose youngest child broke EVERY NECKLACE I OWNED (which isn’t many), Chewbeads have a special place in my heart. This is a cute accessory for a mom who needs a little splash of color, but is really entertainment/teething relief for baby (two birds, one stone). (Note: this is for mama to wear; not baby.)
To sum up, it seems best to avoid teething medications and substances marketed to alleviate teething pain in favor of the cheaper, safer options you probably already have at home: something you can throw in the fridge and give to Junior to gnaw away on. See also: home teething remedies.
If you have a new baby crawling around the house, chances are that teething is just around the corner (or has already arrived!). This is an important milestone in a baby’s development and if you notice your little one trying to chew on everything in sight, it may be time for some teething toys.
But when is it time to give your baby teething toys, and how do you find the right ones?
When to Give Your Baby Teething Toys
Most babies start teething within 4-6 months, which is a great time to start introducing teethers. When your baby sprouts their first tooth depends a lot on genetics, and your baby may start teething sooner or later than this window.
Usually, the two bottom front teeth are the first to show, followed by the four upper front teeth. Your child should have a full set of primary (baby) teeth by the time they’re almost three.
What Teething Toys to Give Your Baby
Teething toys help alleviate some of the pain your baby may be feeling because they provide a safe and clean chewing surface. Chewing helps with the pressure of growing in those pearly whites! But what kind of teething toys are right for your baby?
Teething Rings – Teething rings are the most basic teething toy and can come in solid plastic or be filled with water. These teething rings sooth your baby’s tender gums and usually have a subtle texture.
Teething Toys – Some teethers are designed for pain relief and play! For example, our Squeeze & Teethe Lion is a fun toy, but also provides a great teething texture made out of natural rubber. Many of our travel toys and baby stroller toys also come with teethers attached!
Teething Jewelry – Teething jewelry is relatively new when it comes to teething toys but it has been a game changer. Teething jewelry ranges from necklaces to bracelets that are made from safe, teething material that your baby can chew on. Teething jewelry can be worn by babies or their moms!
Staged Teethers – Staged teethers are meant to be with your baby throughout all stages of teething. They usually come in packs of 3-4 that have different teethers especially made for that specific stage of teething your baby is in. These teethers can make it easy for moms, as they are ready to go when your baby is heading into the next teething stage.
Novelty Teethers – Here’s where the fun comes in! Novelty teethers are essentially regular teething toys, but come in all kinds of fun shapes and sizes. Some novelty teethers might include a teether that looks like bacon, or a banana, or a piece of pizza. They can literally be made to look like anything which can be fun for you and your baby!
Good quality teething toys will be durable, BPA-free, easy for your child to hold on their own, and safe to chew on. They also shouldn’t have any hard edges. And don’t forget to regularly clean your baby’s teething toys!
How to Help a Teething Baby
As mentioned, teething can be one of the least fun parts of early development, for both you and your little one. Symptoms vary, but some children can lose sleep because of teething, cry in pain, or develop rashes from drooling while teething. There are quite a few ways you can help your baby feel better, including:
Teething Gels – There are some great sugar-free teething gels you can rub on your baby’s gums to help manage some of their pain. Always consult your pediatrician before trying teething gels.
Chewing – If your baby is eating solid foods, try to give them some harder choices, like teething biscuits and rice crackers. These foods will help with the pain and are a healthy choice! Just make sure to monitor your baby’s chewing to ensure they don’t swallow too large of pieces and obstruct their airway.
Cool Food – In addition to offering hard foods, you can also try to give cold food to your baby, as cold serves as a natural way to numb their gums. Applesauce is a great bet, or you could try other pureed fruits or cool yogurt.
While you wait out the teething storm, check out these fun and interesting teething facts!
- Teething can start as early as 3 months old and as late as 14 months old.
- When your baby starts teething and which teeth develop first depends on family history and genetics.
- Chewing and biting is actually a necessary step in cutting teeth. Chewing helps teeth come in correctly.
- Breast milk may help with teething pain, as it contains analgesic, a natural soothing property.
- Cool washcloths from the fridge are a great numbing tool to help alleviate your baby’s teething pain.
- You may want to start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they appear. Talk to your pediatrician about safe toothpastes and how much to use, but generally a drop the size of a grain of rice should do the trick.
While you (and your baby) might like to fast-forward to the end of the teething phase, this developmental milestone is important! A good set of chompers will help your little one eat the foods they enjoy and teething time shows that your child is right on track.
What are your favorite teething remedies? The team at Infantino would love to hear!
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A chemical that’s banned from baby bottles and children’s drinking cups is still widely used in baby teethers, a new study finds.
Researchers in the United States who tested five dozen baby teethers found all of them contained bisphenol-A (BPA) and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
Studies in animals have shown that endocrine disruptors interfere with hormones and cause developmental, reproductive and neurological harm, according to the study authors.
Although most of the teethers were labeled BPA-free or non-toxic, all of them contained BPA, the study found. BPA is banned from children’s drinking utensils in the United States and much of Europe.
The teethers also contained a range of parabens and the antimicrobial agents triclosan and triclocarban, which are also endocrine disruptors, the researchers said.
“The findings could be used to develop appropriate policies to protect infants from exposure to potentially toxic chemicals found in teethers,” said study author Kurunthachalam Kannan and colleagues from the N.Y. State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center.
Baby teethers are used to soothe babies’ gums when their teeth start coming in, at around 3 to 7 months of age.
Because babies suck on teethers, the presence of potentially harmful chemicals on the surface is concerning, the researchers said. The study authors said this is especially true since they found that BPA and other chemicals leached out of the teethers into water.
The 59 teethers analyzed were purchased online in the United States and tested for 26 potential endocrine-disrupting chemicals, the researchers said.
The results were published Dec. 7 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
Best baby teething remedies – including which vegetables work best
Teething and a cranky baby often go hand-in-hand. The pain, itchy gums, slight fever and constant dribbling is enough to make anyone irritated, and as a parent we’d do anything to make our babies feel better.
The first tool we usually go for is a rubber teether. But sometimes teethers won’t cut it and our babies need a little extra medicinal help to get rid of the awful teething pains.
So we’ve researched and found the best medicinal and homoeopathic teething aids that can help soothe baby.
If you’re unsure about whether your baby is teething or not, here’s advice from our dentist Dr Tania Tanna on spotting the symptoms and what to do when your baby starts to show signs of teething.
We’ve also got some great tips on how to feed a teething baby.
Now see the best teething aids granules and gels available on the market…
1. Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules, £5.85 for 24 sachets
Suitable from: 3 months
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Soothers & Teethers – Bronze
Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules, our bronze award winner, are part of the same company that own Rescue Remedy. So when it comes to calming herbal remedies, the historic brand certainly know a thing or two.
Similar in price and ingredients to its closest rival, Ashton & Parsons Infants’ Powders, each box contains 24 sachets which you can sprinkle on your baby’s tongue.
Judge Rachael says: “When my daughter’s crying and her teeth are hurting, one little sachet of this calms her down so she can eat or sleep peacefully. It clearly makes her feel better.”
Available from: Amazon, Boots and Asda
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2. Ashton & Parsons Infants’ Powders, £5 for 20 sachets
Suitable from: 3 months
One of the most iconic teething remedies on the market, Ashton & Parsons Infants’ Powders have adorned the medicine cabinets of parents for 150 years and the recipe has remained the same ever since.
Containing Tincture of Matricaria, extracted from German chamomile plants, it’s similar to the ingredients of other homeopathic remedies on our round-up and it’s a gentle, natural, herbal recipe to ease teething symptoms such as tender gums, flushed cheeks, dribbling and general fussiness.
It’s also administered in the same way – directly onto the tongue – so it’s relatively easy to use while you’re out and about.
Available from: Amazon, Boots and Mothercare
3. Weleda Chamomilla Granules, £5.95
Suitable from: Birth
Best known for its nourishing, natural skincare products, Weleda is a pioneer in green beauty and its Chamomilla Granules contain only two ingredients; sugar and Matricaria chamomilla radix (chamomile root extract).
Unlike similar homeopathic products on the market – Ashton & Parsons Infants’ Powders, Nelsons Teeth Teething Granules and Boots Pharmaceuticals Teething Pain Relief – they can be used from birth and they’re vegan, which is two big plus points.
The Chamomilla Granules can also help babies with colic, another good reason to give them a go, and they can be dissolved in boiled water for smaller babies.
Available from: Weleda, Amazon and Holland & Barrett
4. Cheeky Monkey Organic Cheek Rub for Teething, £7.50 for 30ml
Suitable from: 3 months
The only oil and cheek rub on our round-up, this clever product blends oils like Arnica (to relieve inflammation), Sweet Almond (softening), Lavender (to calm) and Spearmint (antiseptic) to help relax and soothe restless little ones during teething.
It also includes chamomile, the key ingredient in all homeopathic remedies on our round-up.
The difference is this oil is applied externally – on the cheeks of your baby and a little goes a long way, so while it’s on the pricier side on our list, it does work out to be good value over time.
An added bonus is the beautiful smell you and your baby are left with after you’ve applied!
Available from: Amazon, Amber Pumpkin and Organic Monkey
5. Boots Pharmaceuticals Teething Pain Relief, £3.99 (for 24 sachets)
Suitable from: 3 months
High street hero Boots is always on hand for baby essentials and it even has its own version of teething granules – the final homeopathic remedy on our list. Boots Pharmaceuticals Teething Pain Relief contain Chamomilla to help ease all the grisly symptoms of teething and they work just like name branded teething granules.
The real difference is in the price; at over £1 less, they’re better value than Nelsons, Ashton & Parsons and Weleda, so perfect if you’re on a budget.
Unlike Weleda’s Chamomilla Granules, they do contain lactose, so won’t be suitable if you’re after a vegan product or if your baby is intolerant.
Available from: Boots
6. Anbesol Liquid, £5.99 for 15ml
Suitable from: Five months
If you really need to up the ante on your baby’s teething, many mums swear by Anbesol Liquid.
In fact, it’s the most-mentioned product for what works for parents when it comes to a teething little one. A local anaesthetic and antiseptic, it’s the only product on our list you’ll need to get directly from the pharmacist.
Also available as a gel, the liquid is most popular with mums as it’s super simple to use; just apply undiluted to the affected area using a clean fingertip.
New guidance on teething suggests you should try massage or teething toys first (take a look at our article on Are baby teething gels safe?).
Available from: Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy
7. Chilled Vegetables
Suitable from: 6 months
A slice of squishy cucumber, a frozen stick of carrot or a sliver of red pepper – sounds simple enough, but many parents swear by the uncomplicated power of cool vegetables for relieving the misery of sore gums. Without a doubt the easiest teething solution on our list, simply slice up, serve and watch as your baby chews away to numb those gums. Good to have on standby if you can’t get to the pharmacy or you want to save some cash, plus you’ll be getting your little one used to trying out different flavours – double win.
Available from: The grocery shop
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Teething is normal but may be a painful experience for infants and toddlers. Too often, well-meaning parents and caregivers who want to ease a child’s pain turn to medications and products that could be harmful.
Soothing children’s gums with prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, homeopathic drugs, or teething jewelry marketed for relieving teething pain may seem like good options. But those products can be dangerous and can lead to serious injury or even death. This also applies to older children with special needs who may use teething jewelry for sensory stimulation.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends alternative ways for treating teething pain, including rubbing infants’ gums with a clean finger or providing a teething ring made of firm rubber to chew on. For children with sensory stimulation needs, parents and caregivers should talk to their child’s health care provider about safer options.
On average, children begin teething around 4 to 7 months, and have a total of 20 “baby teeth” by age 3. According to the AAP, occasional symptoms of teething include mild irritability, a low-level fever, drooling, and an urge to chew something hard.
The Risks of Teething Bracelets, Necklaces and Other Jewelry
Teething jewelry includes necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry worn by either an adult or child, used by parents and caregivers, and is marketed to relieve an infant’s teething pain. It may also be marketed for use by people with special needs, such as autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, to provide sensory stimulation or redirect chewing on clothes or body parts.
The beads of the jewelry may be made with various materials such as amber, wood, marble, or silicone. Jewelry marketed for teething is not the same as teething rings or teethers, which are made of hard plastic or rubber and not wearable by an adult or child.
There are serious risks associated with using jewelry marketed for relieving teething pain such as choking, strangulation, injury to the mouth, and infection. Other concerns include potential injury to the mouth or infection if a piece of the jewelry irritates or pierces the child’s gums.
Teething Creams and Gels Also Have Risks
Parents and caregivers might also look to relieve a teething baby by rubbing numbing medications on the child’s gums. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns against using any sort of topical medication to treat teething pain in children, including prescription or OTC creams and gels, or homeopathic teething tablets. They offer little to no benefit and are associated with serious risk.
Benzocaine — a local anesthetic — is the active ingredient in several OTC oral health care products such as Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricaine, Orabase, Orajel, and Topex. These products should not be used for teething because they can be dangerous and are not useful because they wash out of a baby’s mouth within minutes.
The use of benzocaine gels, sprays, ointments, solutions, and lozenges for mouth and gum pain can lead to a serious — and sometimes fatal — condition called methemoglobinemia, in which the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells is greatly reduced.
Prescription and OTC benzocaine oral health care drug products are also widely used in adults. Doctors and dentists often use sprays containing benzocaine to numb the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat or to suppress the gag reflex during medical and surgical procedures, such as transesophageal echocardiograms, endoscopy, intubation, and feeding tube replacements. But benzocaine sprays are not FDA-approved for these uses.
Talk to your health care professional about using benzocaine and other local anesthetics, especially if you have heart disease; are elderly; are a smoker; or have breathing problems such as asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema. Those conditions put you at greater risk for complications relating to methemoglobinemia.
What You Can Do to Ease Teething Pain
If your child’s gums are swollen and tender, gently rub or massage the gums with your finger, or give your child a teething ring made of firm rubber to chew. Make sure the teething ring is not frozen. If the object is too hard, it can hurt your child’s gums. Parents should supervise their children so they don’t accidentally choke on the teething ring.
Parents and caregivers of children with special needs who may require sensory stimulation should talk to their child’s health care provider about safer options and treatment. Jewelry marketed for relieving teething pain and to provide sensory stimulation can lead to serious injuries, including strangulation and choking.
The FDA continues to closely monitor the use of teething jewelry and other teething pain relief products and is evaluating whether other actions are necessary to address the risks associated with these products, as part of its commitment to protecting public health – especially when it comes to the health and safety of children.
Consumers and health care professionals should notify the FDA of any adverse side effects when using drugs and devices the agency regulates, by reporting them online to MedWatch, the FDA’s safety information and adverse event reporting program, or by telephone at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Teething Ring Safety Tips
If you have a newborn, you’re aware of the wail and pain teething causes your little one. The gums around these new teeth will be sore and during this time, babies want to chew on hard objects like teething rings. A baby’s first teeth will appear between the ages of four and seven months, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. A teething ring is safe for your baby as long as you follow these four safety tips.
Four Teething Ring Tips
1. Don’t Freeze Teething Rings
Cool objects can help relieve your baby’s sore gums, but the Mayo Clinic says you should never freeze teething rings. Frozen rings are very firm and may bruise your baby’s delicate gums. The extreme cold can also lead to frostbite on your baby’s lips or gums. To avoid these problems, give your baby a refrigerated teething ring instead of a frozen one. The cool temperature relieves discomfort, but it won’t be cold enough to cause harm.
2. Avoid Toxic Chemicals
Some teethers and teething rings contain potentially dangerous chemicals like phthalates, according to Baby Center. Phthalates are added to plastic products to soften them, but they leach out over time and can be ingested. Animal studies show phthalate exposure in utero leads to birth defects, low birth weight and future fertility issues, and ongoing studies are looking into the links between phalates exposure and asthma, obesity, early puberty and other health problems. Due to the potential risk, Europe banned phthalates in baby products, but the United States, except California, permits their use.
To avoid phthalates, read the labels on teething rings. It may list it as phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA) or even fragrance. If the label isn’t clear, call the manufacturer of the product to confirm.
3. Avoid Liquid-Filled Teething Rings
For your baby’s safety, MedlinePlus recommends avoiding teething rings filled with liquid. The force of your baby’s chewing can break open the teething ring and allow the liquid to spill out, and this liquid presents a potential choking hazard and may even be contaminated. Some liquid-filled teething rings have been recalled in the past due to bacterial contamination of the liquid, as described by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Instead, give your baby a teething ring made of firm rubber.
4. Avoid Small Pieces
Teething rings with small parts present a choking hazard for babies. Some teething rings are decorated with beads, rattles or other decorations, and while these are entertaining, they’re also potentially dangerous. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voluntarily recalled some rings as they presented a choking hazard. If your baby’s chewing causes small parts to dislodge, they could become lodged in the throat. For safety, stick to solid, one-piece teething rings with no small parts.
Teething can be an unpleasant time for both you and your baby, but teething rings help soothe sore gums. Make sure to supervise your baby while he or she is using a teething ring to ensure safety. Once your baby’s teeth grow in, make sure to brush them every day with a soft brush and infant-safe toothpaste likeMy First® Fluoride-Free Toothpaste. Keeping your baby’s teeth clean at home, along with regular visits to a dentist, can set your child up for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
10 best baby teething toys for 2019
Starting with the facts, all babies are going to teethe, although the time it takes for their teeth to start peering through depends on the child.
We can’t remember much about the process ourselves, but it’s our guess that having a tooth make its way through your brand new gums is rather painful.
It’s often very wet (drool) and as a parent, it’s not the easiest thing to stand by and watch your little one in pain, especially if teething makes them poorly.
Temperatures, rashes and other symptoms can be looked after with over the counter medicines – but blindingly itchy gums, not so much.
If your little one has everything but the kitchen sink in their mouth in an attempt to relieve themselves of the discomfort – we’ve rounded up some of the best teething toys around that are sure to help them out.
1. Lara and Ollie Hexagon Teething Necklace
Lara and Ollie Hexagon Teething Necklace
First on the list is a treat for mum and baby. If your little one loves pulling at the shimmering stuff around your neck and just so happens to be teething – this one’s for you Mama.
This silicone jewellery set comes in different colours to suit you and is completely safe from nasties for your baby to nibble on and fiddle with, whilst they’re safely clasped around your neck.
It’s a great sensory toy for your baby as well… The hexagonal shapes with different colours will introduce them to fun shapes and bright colours – that’s if they can stop chewing it for long enough to pay attention.
Price: £19, Selfridges – buy here now
2. Matchstick Monkey Teether Toy
Matchstick Monkey Teether Toy
This playful design is a fun, efficient and hygienic way to stop your babies teething troubles.
The soft monkey toy can be chewed, drooled and played with, without the risk of smaller parts being hazardous.
At the back of the monkeys neck are silicone bristles that form a soft toothbrush. Apply teething gels or powders directly to the bristles and guide it gently along your babies gums, for a smooth yet satisfying relief.
The matchstick monkey is also dishwasher safe for convenient cleaning.
Suitable for 3 months upwards.
Price: £10, Boots – buy here now
3. Sophie The Giraffe So Pure Teething Ring
Sophie The Giraffe So Pure Teething Ring
Sophie the giraffe is more than just an innocent looking toy for your child to play with – the teething ring element acts as both a reliever and a sensory toy.
Made from 100% natural rubber and coloured with food grade paint, this teething ring is perfectly safe for baby to relieve their itchy gums on.
One side of the ring has raised dots while the other has a ribbed effect, as your baby explores this sensory toy, they’ll be able to identify the side they enjoy using the most – making the toy quite educational as well. It’s also very cute, and at under £10 you can’t go wrong.
Price: £8.99, Amazon – buy here now
4. Nuby Icybite Teething Keys
Nuby Icybite Teething Keys
This teething ring is both innovative and effective for soothing your babies irritated gums.
All of the toys are held together with a ring so your baby can easily hold onto them and jingle them around.
The toys are filled with gel and are made to be cooled, so simply pop them in the fridge and you have a ready to go teething toy. Each of the toys have a different texture on them so your little one can explore the different gradients against their sore gums.
Suitable for 3 months old and above.
Price: £5, Boots – buy here now
5. GbaoY 2 Pack Baby Teething Mitten
GbaoY 2 Pack Baby Teething Mitten
If at the moment your baby is enjoying nibbling on their own fingers, this will suit them perfectly.
Instead of chomping down on their little fingers, this teething mitten will allow them to chew at food grade silicone mitt, with different textures to relieve the soreness of their gums.
The mitt has an adjustable strap so you can wear it whilst holding baby, or baby can wear it when they are playing.
Not only does this provide a relief for teething babies, it will also help to develop their oral sensory processing – which sounds great to us.
Price: £2.94, Amazon – buy here now
6. Panda Teether
If you’re looking for a teething toy that’s suitable for your baby from birth – here it is.
The cute panda design is made from 100% natural rubber and is painted with plant pigments, so you can be assured your baby isn’t putting anything artificial into their mouths.
All parts of the panda are textured, making an excellent teething toy to rub against gums, as well as a fun sensory toy to play with.
Price: £7, Kidly – buy here now
7. KEFU Baby Cactus Teething Toy
KEFU Baby Cactus Teething Toy
This cactus shaped teething toy can travel with your baby wherever they go, thanks to a beaded silicone clip which can be attached to their clothing.
Made from food grade silicone, this textured toy has a soft bristled toothbrush on one side so you can gently brush their irritated gums.
Both sides of the cactus arms are also decorated with different textures, so they can chew, rub or (try) to bite the part that soothes them the most.
Price: £7.88, Amazon – buy here now
8. MAM Teether Friend – Ellie the Bee
MAM Teether Friend – Ellie the Bee
Ellie the Bee is a great toy to help develop your babies overall sensory development, partly because of the bright yellow colour and a lot to do with the shapes and textures presented in this toy.
The toy is big enough to not be a choking hazard for your baby, but it’s also small enough for little hands to grip hold of easily.
All of MAM’s range of teething friends are hand crafted, which is a nice touch to consider when looking for baby’s first sensory toy.
Price: £7.19, Asda – buy here now
9. Gertie the Good Goose – Natural Rubber Teething Toy
Gertie the Good Goose – Natural Rubber Teething Toy
Gertie the good goose, will be just as good to your babies sore gums and their development.
Gertie gently squeaks when squeezed which is something some of the others on the list can’t offer.
With drooly mouths in mind, Gertie has also been uniquely designed to avoid issues of mould or bacteria. A protruding beak and tail helps to divert saliva from the little nooks it could get caught in.
This toy can’t promise your baby won’t be covered in drool, but at least they’ll be safe and free from bacteria whilst drooling away.
Price: £13.99, Amazon – buy here now
10. Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether
Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether
The Comotomo teether is unique in design, but perfectly crafted to suit the little ones who’ll need it the most.
The large food grade silicone toy is perfect for little hands to grasp, there are also four little baby finger sized nodules that can be used to stand the toy up; but most importantly, the nodules are textured and perfect for nibbling on.
The soft toy is an ideal way for your baby to explore their senses and of course, soothe their discomfort.
Price: £8.34, Amazon – buy here now
Do you want to do something to help your baby with the pain of teething? Are you worried about the safety of the materials they’ll be chewing on?
Watching your baby feeling so uncomfortable is tough. It’s a mother’s instinct to try to protect their children from everything they can, or at least do everything in their power to help.
But we can only do so much. Though some things, like teething, have to be tackled by your baby, it doesn’t mean you can’t still help a little!
In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know about finding the best teething toys for your baby.
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Are Teething Toys Neccessary?
Teething toys aren’t a necessity, but as a parent, I can tell you they’ll feel like a lifesaver at times.
When your baby is experiencing pain from teething, you’ll know all about it. Everyone in the household will.
Your usually sweet and calm baby can turn fussy, weepy, and even enraged. Your little one doesn’t know what’s happening — all they know is that they’re experiencing pain, and that can be frustrating for both of you.
If they can provide some comfort to your baby and a little peace and quiet for you, why wouldn’t you get one? That simple act of chewing can help them relieve the pressure they’re feeling on their gums.
In addition to the pain relief, they’ll get, babies like teething toys for other reasons as well. Babies love putting things in their mouths and doing so can help fine-tune their motor skills. They learn to move their tongues around, and are encouraged to learn about the world around them (1).
You can see proof of this by watching any baby, even if they don’t have a toy with them. They’ll chew on their fingers, their blankets and anything else they can get their hands on. It gives them comfort and helps them with their development.
When Should I Give My Baby Teething Toys?
Most babies will get their first tooth when they’re 4 to 6 months old (2), but teething pain can start weeks before that.
A good rule of thumb is to have teething toys at your house from the time your baby is about 2 months old.
That way you won’t be scrambling to buy some when you realize they need them immediately.
As a parent, it’s always best to be prepared for situations before they occur. You’ll be less stressed if you have a plan for everything.
How Many Teething Toys Should I Buy?
You’re going to want an assortment of different types. You don’t want to buy just one because your baby may hate it.
I used to buy teethers for my kids and sometimes the ones I thought they would love, they ended up hating. Other times, people would give my children a teething toy as a gift, and I didn’t see anything special about it, but they’d end up loving it.
Either my kids were contrary from an early age, or that’s a common experience. There really is no rhyme or reason as to what toys children like at this age, so it’s a good idea to hedge your bets by buying a number of them.
That also covers you if one gets misplaced. You always have other ones they can try to use in a pinch if their favorite is nowhere to be found.
To begin with, aim to have about five different teething toys on hand for your baby to choose from.
They’re inexpensive compared to all the other baby gear you’ve had to purchase and you’ll gladly pay for them once your baby starts crying and fussing over a tooth that’s about to pop through the surface.
How to Choose the Best Teething Toys
There is such a wide variety of teething toys available now that you really need to put some thought into what you want or you’ll be overwhelmed. Here are some factors to consider to help you narrow your search.
- Material: Some moms can feel their blood pressure going up just thinking about their baby chewing on a plastic teether. They worry about the harmful chemicals their baby may be ingesting. If plastic isn’t to your liking, there are other options, like wood or silicone.
- Fillings: Some products are filled with a soothing gel-like material that you can refrigerate to keep cool, which feels great on your baby’s gums. But if you’re anxious about your baby potentially poking a hole in the teether and possible swallowing some of that gel, you may want to skip this type.
- Clips: Your baby is going to drop so many toys, it’ll drive you crazy every time you have to bend down and pick them up again, especially if the ground is dirty. One way to solve this problem is by getting a teething toy that clips onto their outfit.
- Easy-grip: Babies seem to have the best grip on products that have a ring for them to hold onto. Toys that a straight handle were always trickier for my babies to use.
- Noisiness: Some products make a squeaky noise when babies bite on them. That may make your baby smile, but it can annoy you after a while. When your baby isn’t crying, you may love having nothing but silence in your house. If that sounds like you, you’ll want to skip things that squeak.
- Size: Choking is a real hazard with babies. Since they love to put everything in their mouths, they’re at increased risk of choking on things. Because their airways are so small, it doesn’t take much to plug them up (3). You’ll need to make sure their teething toy isn’t so small that they could stick it entirely in the mouth and choke on it.
Best Teething Toys of 2020
Here are some of the top teething toys on the market.
1. Bonbino Teether Rings 4-Pack
Best Teething Rings
Rings are popular shapes for teethers because babies have an easy time holding onto them. Rings that have different textures on them are nice because, depending on how your baby’s gums feel, they may want various textures to explore.
Moms who like traditional teething rings should approve of this four-pack set. They’re non-toxic, phthalate-free, BPA-free, and they come in four different bright colors.
Each silicone ring has several different textures on it so your baby can find a spot that feels good on their aching gums.
The ring shape, along with the texture, will help your baby get a firm grip. You can also slide them on your wrist so your baby has one whenever they need it around the house.
- They’re dishwasher safe for easy sanitizing.
- Babies can hold onto them easily.
- It comes with an e-book that shares remedies to help your baby with teething.
- They may be a little large for small babies so they won’t be able to reach their back teeth.
- Might be a bit expensive for four simple rings.
2. Nuby Silicone Teethe-eez Teether
Best Silicone Teething Toy
Silicone has been gaining steam as a material for baby products. You’ll see it in bottles, sippy cups and even teethers. Silicone is so flexible that it’s gentle on a baby’s gums, which is good for when your baby only wants soft pressure on their mouth.
This teether is made entirely of soft, chewy silicone. One end has flexible bristles that can help soothe your baby’s sore gums. It also has different textured surfaces on the handle and the end of the teether so your baby can chew on either side of it.
When not being gnawed on, it comes with a carrying case so you can keep it clean, which is perfect for moms who want to take it along in the diaper bag on trips.
- It’s inexpensive.
- The small ring attached makes it easy for babies to grab onto.
- It comes with a case so it won’t get dirty when not in use.
- If you have pets, their hair will stick to it like crazy.
- It’s a bit big for babies who are cutting their first teeth.
3. Bebe Cookie Teethers
Best for Early Teethers (3-4 Months Old)
When your baby is this young, you’ll want to find a teething toy that can clip onto their outfits. They won’t be great at holding anything up to their mouths for long at this age. Having that clip will save you a lot of time washing off the teether after it lands on a dirty floor for the hundredth time.
You can order this with one silicone teething toy or two teething toys — one hard and one soft so your baby will have just the firmness they’re looking for.
To entice your child into wanting to try these, they’re made to look just like cookies.
That’s why they’re are perfect for 3 and 4-month-olds, who are at that point where they’re very interested in adult food. But, unlike toddlers, they don’t yet realize the delicious flavor that cookies normally have so they won’t feel cheated when they start chewing on these!
- Because it looks like food, your baby will want to bite into this.
- It comes with detachable cords for the stroller.
- The teether has a textured surface which seems to massage your baby’s gums.
- The cord should only be used under strict parental supervision.
- The cream on the cookie is actually a separate ring — it’s not all one piece.
4. Silicone iPhone Toddler Teething Toy
Best Teething Toy for Toddlers
Toddlers need a heavy-duty teether that can hold up to all the teeth they already have. They need something that will be durable. Having different textures for them on the toy would also help.
Toddlers are like teenagers in some ways — they both love to get their hands on phones. Since this teething toy is made to look like a phone, toddlers will want to check it out. With a phone of their own, maybe they won’t be as interested in your phone now.
This teether is also easy to clean — you just have to rinse it off.
The smooth, rounded edges won’t be too sharp for your baby’s mouth, and the phone is big enough that it’ll fit well in your baby’s hands.
- It’s easy for toddlers to hold.
- The phone has ridges on it so they can chew on the part that feels most comfortable.
- It may be enough to get your toddler to leave your phone alone!
- It’s a bit pricey.
- Because it doesn’t make any noise or have more than one color to it, it may not keep your toddler occupied for long.
5. Lamaze Muffin the Moose
Best Teething Toy Animals
Kids are drawn to animals. Even when they’re babies, they love watching them on television, seeing them in books and trying to imitate animal sounds. They’ll love having a toy animal teether to chew on and play with.
This is an adorable product offers a lot more than just teething for babies. The antlers on the moose are soft teethers your baby should have fun chewing on.
The legs of the moose will crinkle every time your baby grabs them, which will make your baby want to keep doing it since they’ll be rewarded with that noise.
When your baby presses on the stomach of the moose, it makes a squeaking sound. The moose also has a clip that will keep it attached to your baby’s stroller or diaper bag. That means when you’re out on walks, you don’t have to worry about the moose being dropped on the ground and accidentally left behind.
- The body is soft so your baby can cuddle it.
- This toy has multiple textures to keep your baby interested.
- It has eye-catching bright colors.
- When you have it hanging off a stroller, your baby won’t be able to reach the antlers to chew on them.
- It’s big enough that your baby may well have trouble holding onto it.
6. Tinabless 5-Pack Teething Toys
Best Freezable Teething Toy
When you put teethers in the freezer, you only want to do so for a little while and you don’t want anything that will freeze solid. Hard ice could end up hurting your baby’s teeth and gums when they chew on it. Plus, it could be too cold on their gums.
This five pack of fruit-shaped teething toys can be stashed in the freezer so your baby will feel the soothing chill whenever they chew on them.
The fruit toys have various textures so your baby will get a different sensation with each one. The handles also have a no-slip grip so your little one will be able to hold onto them well.
- These teethers will all feel different on your baby’s gums.
- They are affordable considering you get five.
- They’re safe in the freezer as well as the dishwasher.
- You’ll have to watch your baby closely because these are on the small side, and your baby may be able to fit the whole thing in their mouth.
- The handles are very thin, which may be tricky for younger children to hold.
7. Organic Farm Buddies Teething Rattle
Best Natural Teething Toy (Organic)
Moms who avoid plastics like the plague will be happy to know there are some natural teething toy alternatives out there. Look for a teether that’s made out of a material you feel confident offering your child.
This charming rattle is made out of 100 percent organic cotton, so you don’t have to worry about your baby really tucking into it.
It also uses sustainable corn fiber filler, which is natural and hypoallergenic. These toys are safe for any age, and moms who are concerned about unnatural substances in their baby’s toys might like that these are good for baby, and good for the environment.
This toy feels cuddly, too, in case your baby wants a little reassurance when they’re done doing the hard work of teething.
- Made of all-natural materials.
- The teether is cute looking and comes in different animal characters like fox, mouse or raccoon.
- It’s soft for cuddling.
- The rattle part is pretty quiet.
- The handle is fairly big which makes it difficult for a younger baby to grasp.
- It doesn’t hold up very well in the wash.
8. Manhattan Toy Beads Wood Teether
Best Wooden Teething Toy
Wood is a natural substance you can trust since it’s been used by man since the beginning of our existence. Wood makes an excellent teething toy for a child — you just need to make sure it’s smooth, and you might also want to check that it’s untreated.
These giant wooden beads are connected by elastic, and with all the bright colors featured on the beads, they’re visually appealing to babies and toddlers. But the color doesn’t pose a threat for your child because it’s non-toxic and water-based.
The wood won’t splinter or chip so your baby won’t end up with more gum pain than they started with.
Your baby will also like using this teether as a rattle. When they pull on the beads or twist them around, they’ll make a fun clanking noise.
- These are big enough your baby wouldn’t choke if the elastic breaks.
- Some moms will love that this is made without toxic chemicals.
- The bright colors are attractive for babies.
- It’s pretty heavy for younger babies.
- When babies whack themselves in the face with this toy, it’s going to hurt because of its weight.
9. Nuby IcyBite Keys Teether
Best Nuby Teething Toy
Nuby baby products are popular because they tend to be well-made and affordable. This company makes durable teething toys for a wide range of ages so you’ll be able to find one that works for your baby all the way to their toddler years.
These cute keys come in different bright colors and they’re all attached to a ring. There’s a variety of different surfaces your baby will love gnashing on: the softer parts feel great when their gums are tender, but other times, they’ll go for the harder parts.
Your baby will be able to reach their back teeth with this, too, as well as the front and middle teeth. Plus, the ring makes it easy for even younger babies to hold on.
You can stick this in the refrigerator for a while to give your baby an extra cooling effect.
- They’re affordable, so it’s no big deal if you lose one.
- Can be refrigerated.
- The different textures will feel nice on your baby’s gums.
- Some parents have trouble with the keys leaking.
- Because of all the nooks and crannies on this toy, it can be hard to clean thoroughly.
10. Rattle Teether Set
Best Teething Toy Set
A set can give you a great variety of teething toys to choose from, so even if your baby is picky they should be able to find one they like. The set will also keep you covered if you can’t find one of your baby’s teething toys — you’ll always have a back up.
This fantastic set comes with nine teethers and rattles for your baby to enjoy. They each use multiple bright colors on every teether, which will help attract your baby’s attention.
The ABS plastic they’re made from is nontoxic since it’s BPA-free. The set also comes in a cute baby bottle carrying case, so when your baby gets a little older, they can have fun putting each teether in the case one at a time and dumping everything out again.
The case also makes this set easily portable, so it’s great to take with you on vacation or to a babysitter’s house.
- Some of the toys make noise, which will keep your baby entertained.
- A wide variety of different shapes to choose from.
- You’ll get a lot of toys for the price.
- The edges are a little rough on these.
- Some parents may find the horn toy’s noise way too loud.
The Bottom Line
The 4-pack of teether rings is our top pick as the best teething toy. They’re simple, but we like that about them. They are everything we want in a teether — easy to hold, easy to chew on, non-toxic and they have different textures for your baby.
We also like that they aren’t filled with any liquid or gel because we’ve had the unpleasant experience of those breaking open before while baby was chewing. Even when the package says the liquid won’t hurt your baby, you still wonder what it’s made of. With these, you won’t have to worry about anything leaking out.
When you need to clean them, you can just pop them in the dishwasher. As a parent, you’re going to learn to appreciate items that don’t have all the bells and whistles and prefer straightforward products. That’s precisely what these teething rings are.
Moms with drooly, dribbly babes out there, what has your little one chosen as their best teething toy? Share in the comments!
When your baby is teething, they need to relieve those sore gums! Here are the best teething toys for your little one. <3
Poor teething babies. Think about what teething actually entails… babies are born with 20 primary teeth sitting below their gumline just waiting to burst through. It can take days or weeks for a tooth to make its way through the gumline, and the process can be grueling and for babies. And, on top of that, they don’t understand what’s going on. Poor teething babies!
The teething process usually starts long before their first tooth cuts through; you might notice drooling as early as two or three months of age, although the first tooth might not appear until four to seven months of age on average. Every baby’s teething timeline is a little different, so if you are concerned about your baby’s teething progress, please ask your doctor. The teething process carries on through the toddler years with most kids having their full set of baby teeth by age three.
There are natural ways to give your baby some relief from teething, including some wonderfully made non-toxic teething toys. It’s important to avoid most mainstream teething toys and stick with some key materials like natural rubber, wood, or silicone since these items go directly in your baby’s mouth. We’ll go over some of my favorites below.
How Do You Know if Your Baby is Teething?
Here are some common teething symptoms to look for:
- Your baby might be fussier than usual
- Your baby’s sleep pattern might be disrupted, and they may wake more frequently at night for a few days while cutting a tooth
- Excessive drooling is almost always a sign of teething
- Loss of appetite is common; your baby might not want to nurse or eat as much as they normally do
- Biting helps babies relieve the pressure on their gums, and is a common sign of teething
- Ear-pulling and cheek-rubbing can signal teething, though they can also be signs of other discomfort
Your baby may have one or more of these symptoms while they are cutting a new tooth. As always, be attuned to what’s going on with your baby and you’ll eventually get to know their telltale teething signs (and when to pull out their non-toxic teething toys)!
A Serious Warning About Teething Medication
I prefer not to give medication to my babies while teething; in fact, I don’t really give them anything other than extra cuddles, frozen washcloths, and teething toys.
While you may be tempted to reach for a bottle of Tylenol or a numbing medication to ease the pain, both of these have actually been found to be harmful for babies and children. In fact, numbing medications have been in the news because of the problems they can cause; some contain benzocaine which can lead to a potentially fatal condition.
And in my opinion, Tylenol should be avoided at nearly all costs because it has been found to deplete the body of glutathione, an important antioxidant. For the body to be able to process acetaminophen, it uses high levels of glutathione, which puts undue stress on the liver and can actually lead to liver failure in babies and young children. (This is why I do not use or give my kids Tylenol or acetaminophen.)
Instead of stressing about these dangerous teething aids, try these options to ease the teething pain.
- Use a cold compress. Freeze a washcloth or hold a small ice cube on your baby’s gums. (Just be careful that your baby doesn’t get a hold of the ice cube because that could pose a choking hazard.)
- Give soft foods. If your baby has started solids, cold applesauce and yogurts can help ease gum pain as well.
- Rub your baby’s gums. Use a wet gauze pad to rub your baby’s gums. The pressure will offer some relief.
- Use amber teething necklaces. Amber teething necklaces are supposed to help with teething pain because they contain succinic acid, which serves as a natural pain reliever. Worn around your baby’s neck, they are said to provide the pain relief needed during teething. There are varying opinions on whether amber teething necklaces are safe or not, and whether they actually relieve teething pain. I don’t personally feel very strongly in either direction. If you want to try it out, consider the Baltic Wonder brand or the Little Willard Baltic Amber Teething Necklace. Note: these are not for your baby to chew on, and instead are to simply be worn around your baby’s neck while they are awake.
- Give your baby teething toys. Allowing your baby to chew on a safe teething toy can help relieve some of the pain and pressure on their gums. Read on for my list of the best natural teething toys for babies.
The Best Teething Toys for Babies
Safe, natural, and non-toxic teething toys are a definite must-have to help your baby when it’s teething time. But, not all teething toys are created equal. When shopping for non-toxic teething toys, consider these safe, high-quality options:
- Natural wood teething toys
- Natural rubber teething toys
- Silicone teething toys
Teething toys made from these materials are safe for your baby to gnaw and drool all over them. Below you’ll find a list of great choices to shop from.
What you want to avoid when shopping for non-toxic teething toys are any teething toys made from plastic and ones that contain BPA/BPS (endocrine disruptors), PVC/vinyl (the most toxic plastic), fragrances, or phthalates.
If you’re looking for some safe, non-toxic teething toys, check out these wonderful, trusted products.
Natural Rubber Teething Toys
Harvested from the hevea tree, natural rubber is a great choice for teething toys because of its flexible and chewy texture and natural antibacterial properties. Not only is it a renewable resource, but it is non-toxic and almost entirely safe for babies. The only real concern I would have with using latex is the possibility of your baby having a latex allergy, though this is actually rare nowadays.
Sophie the Giraffe by Vulli (made in France)
Vulli Sophie la Girafe
Hevea Panda Teether (made in Malaysia)
HEVEA Panda Teether
Calmies Natural Teether (made in Malaysia)
Natursutten Teething Toy (made in Italy)
Natursutten Natural Rubber Teether Toy
Wooden Teething Toys
Wooden teething toys are a great non-toxic option to help relieve your baby’s teething aches and pains. Look for solid wood teethers with no finish or a natural vegetable-based finish.
Maple Landmark Teether (made in USA)
Natural Wood European Baby Teether Grasping Toy by Grimm’s Spiel and Holz Design (made in Germany)
Grimm’s Natural Wood European Baby Teether Grasping ToyGrimm’s Natural Wood European Baby Teether Grasping Toy
Mother Goose Ringley Knotted Teething Toy (made in Canada)
Momma Goose Ringley Knotted
Waldorf Maple Teether and Grasping Toy (made in USA)
Handmade Organic Wood Grasping Teething Toy
Silicone Teething Toys
Silicone teething toys are definitely the most popular and most common teething toys you’ll come across. They’re soft and chewy – and stimulating at the same time – but still give your baby the relief they need. Silicone is BPA-free and studies have shown that it does not leech.
Comotomo Silicone Teething Ring (made in Korea)
Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether
Lifefactory Multi-Sensory Latex and Silicone Teething Ring (made in USA)
Lifefactory Multi-Sensory Latex and Silicone Teething Ring
Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether (made in USA)
Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether
Pineapple Teether with Silicone Beads and Clip by Glitter and Spice (made in China)
Silicone Pineapple Teether with Silicone Beads and Clip
Silicone Teething Necklace by Mesinton (made in China)
Mesinton Silicone Baby Teething Necklace
Teething toys can be so cute, but what matters most is that they are made from safe materials. I hope you’ve found this list of the best teething toys helpful, and that you have a couple you’d like to try for your baby! Which ones did you choose?
Sources: CBS News
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The Best Natural Organic Teething Toys including Wooden Toys, Organic Cotton Toys and Natural Rubber Baby Bath Toys at Natures Child.
When my baby started teething, he wanted to get his hands and mouth on literally anything to soothe his sore gums. The Baby teething toys or baby rattles as they can be called were colourful and cute but I was not sure which ones were safe. Just because they are allowed to be sold on our shelves, I was not fooled that they are all safe and healthy. So I went exploring and created this beautiful collection at Nature’s Child.
One thing that research and life is teaching me is that chemical exposure is gradual and cumulative so every choice along the way once baby arrives and throughout childhood is setting up a pattern of health that will carry them throughout life. So it makes me a little sick when I see a baby sucking on a nylon or plastic toy and I know that if that parent or carer was informed, they would not want their baby sucking on that toy.
I have dedicated the last 20 years of my life to finding the very best natural and organic products for babies and I have narrowed it down to these 4 styles.
If you also want to know about which teethers to avoid and NOT buy, then we list those at the end of this short article as well.
Before we get into the baby toys which is the fun part, lets just quickly clear up why BPA free plastic is not on our list in just one simple paragraph.
Why don’t we sell BPA free plastic teething toys for baby?
In this article by Sharon Hall of My Chemical Free Romance, she explains that Bisphenols are a class of plastic, not one type, and that there are 14 different Bisphenols. BPA stands for Bisphenol A only. So when you see a product that says “BPA-Free” plastic which we have been trained to think of is healthier, all it is really telling you is that that plastic uses another Bisphenol, such as Bisphenol F or S, instead. We encourage you to do your own research on BPA free to make your own decision on this topic. Plastic also still uses petroleum as vital to the production process and can leach chemicals from the container into the product over time.
Here are my top four styles of safe teething toys for babies
Natural Rubber Teething Toys With Baby Toys
Natural Rubber is popular with health conscious parents as a teething toy for babies to easily hold and suck because it mimics the flexibility of plastic but contains no plastic. Parents are now learning that it is no longer an option to source even BPA free plastic for baby toys or teething toys or baby rattles.
Natural rubber is biodegradable by being exposed to sunlight, humidity and fresh air. Using Natural rubber rather than synthetic rubber for baby rattles made from oil/petroleum, acts against climate change by increasing the number of trees and cutting back on the use of fossil fuels.
Rubber is harvested from a rubber tree by making an incision in the tree’s bark, from which the sap then flows. Rubber tapping is sustainably harvested.
Only buy Natural Rubber Teethers from a reputable source to ensure it is natural, not petroleum produced. The same goes for all your baby toys.
If you need to use a dummy for your baby, also known as a pacifier or soother, we also strongly recommend ONLY Natural Rubber Dummies
Wooden Baby Toys from Australia and New Zealand
Some babies need something a bit harden then rubber or cotton, they really want to chomp on something hard so natural wood is ideal. Gepetto is a New Zealand company that we have loved for 20 yrs and our parents keep coming back for more of their unique, colourful safe toys for babies gums. View our Full range of Natural Baby Toys here
Organic Cotton Baby Teething Toys
Organic Cotton is one of our favourites for so many reasons. It washes easily, it can be tied in knots easily to make a harder place for teething babies to chomp on. Organic Cotton Baby Teething toys are usually very cute! All the colours, animal shapes or natural shapes can be made easily with good design with organic cotton teething toys. Once again like all our recommendations, no chemicals are on these baby toys and they are the ideal non toxic, natural teething toy for a baby of any age.You can still enjoy a baby rattle with its gentle sound in toys such as these from Nature’s Child.
Baby Bath Toys
We have already explained the benefits of non toxic natural rubber teething toys but we thought we should mention the bath briefly. Often we forget when it comes to bath time to keep bath toys simple and non toxic as well. Because they are in water a lot, it is that pesky hole that is often at the bottom of bath toys that is the biggest concern. Mould can grow in there which is very dangerous for babies health. Hevea is our popular baby bath brand.
TEETHING TOYS TO AVOID
Any baby teething toys made from Nylon, Polyester or Plastic should be avoided. PVC and plastic became popular in the 70s, 80s and 90s as a baby teether for young infants sore gums because it was cheap and flexible material, but we now know better. Parents should avoid all soft plastic toys made from PVC or contain BPA.
BPA is one of many endocrine disruptive chemicals that can interfere with the body’s hormonal balance and could potentially lead to developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune system and other health issues. You can read more about this including research references teething
Nylon is a polymer which is a plastic with super-long, heavy molecules built up of short, endlessly repeating sections of atoms, just like a heavy metal chain is made of ever-repeating links. Nylon is not actually one, single substance but the name given to a whole family of very similar materials called polyamides.
Polyester is a synthetic polymer made of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) or its dimethyl ester dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) and monoethylene glycol (MEG). With 18% market share of all plastic materials produced, it ranges third after polyethylene (33.5%) and polypropylene (19.5%).
Plastic pellets are fed from a hopper into an extruder. Plastics are derived from organic products. The materials used in the production of plastics are natural products such as cellulose, coal, natural gas, salt and, of course, crude oil. Crude oil is a complex mixture of thousands of compounds.
If you click on the purple link headings above titled PLASTIC they start with the hilarious statement – “Plastics are derived from organic products. The materials used in the production of plastics are natural products such as cellulose, coal, natural gas, salt and, of course, crude oil” Need I really explain why this is hilarious?
So next time you see the word “derived from natural”…..on anything including your skincare, it is written this way to make it sound natural but it is not!
- Cheap Wooden Toys – old, cheap, painted wooden toys may contain lead if you don’t know their country of origin. You should always have a contact for the company so you can contact the manufacturers to check on ingredients, check on any plastic toys that they don’t contain phthalates which is almost impossible so just avoid PVC, Nylon and Plastic toys in my view.
- Teethers made of PVC. Most of the teethers that can be chilled in the freezer are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a plastic that is softened with phthalates so avoid these. Choose Natural Rubber Toys instead for this same feeling for your baby.
- Plastic teethers of any kind. Even if they say BPA– and phthalate-free, plastic teethers may still be toxic–all plastic is probably hormone disrupting.
- Teething biscuits. These can be a choking hazard because they can snap in half which creates jagged edges in your baby’s mouth if they have not been softened enough with babies dribble. All the new data about wheat being suspect for gut health also suggests that it may be a good idea to only choose Gluten Free teething biscuits if you want to use them at all.
- Instead of any of these above, you should look for teethers made of unpainted wood, 100% natural rubber, organic cotton, and silicone as mentioned in our article above.
I hope this article has been useful, I would love your feedback here.