A teething toy is a small, easy-to-handle toy that babies use to soothe their gums when they start growing teeth. Teething is a stage in a baby’s life that gets mothers excited. But the truth is, with this process comes some form of discomfort for the baby — pain, itching, throbbing, and so on.
But with a teething toy, a baby can alleviate those unpleasant sensations that come with teething — by simply gnawing or rubbing their gums on the toy. In addition, a teething toy provides some fun and enjoyment for most babies, since they like to have something to hold in their hands and put in their mouths.
Teething toys are made from different materials and come in several different shapes and sizes. For this reason, a shopping trip for teething toys can leave you really confused. While you’re free to choose any teething toy that you deem beautiful and suitable for your baby, there are some important checks you want to make before buying a teething toy.
Firstly, ensure that the teething toy is made of non-toxic materials. While all baby toys are supposed to be free of substances that are toxic (such as lead) or that could trigger allergic reactions (such as latex), you must double-check to be sure. Secondly, be sure that the toy doesn’t have small parts that can easily break off and possibly get swallowed by the baby.
In addition, you want to check if the teething toy comes as a pack or set containing three or more toys. This type is preferable because you can find a replacement within reach whenever you or your baby misplaces one of the toys. Also, you’re able to offer your baby multiple “options” at a time. This preoccupies your baby for longer periods and creates more fun.
With the above in mind, let’s now look at some of the best teething toys for your baby. We scoured the online marketplace to compare several options based on attractiveness, safety, texture, and other factors. And here are our top five picks:
1. Ike & Leo Teething Toys with Pacifier Clip
This teething toy set by Ike & Leo contains four silicone teethers that come in different shapes and bright colors. Each teething toy in the set is perfectly shaped for babies’ little hands, so babies won’t lose their grip on the toys so easily.
The set also contains a pacifier clip that helps your baby to keep their teething toy within reach. Note, however, that the pacifier clip isn’t a toy in itself and should be kept away from your baby’s reach when it’s not in use.
Each toy in the Ike and Leo teething toys set is made of 100% percent food grade silicone, which makes it absolutely safe for any baby. It’s also freezer and sterilizer safe. And it doesn’t run on batteries, so you won’t incur any costs going forward.
Although you won’t need to take any classes to understand how to use this set of toys, the pack contains a card that gives the URL to a video link on how to use and maintain the toys without hassles. If you’re that type of mother who doesn’t like to make assumptions and always wants to check out everything out of curiosity, you may want to see that video 🙂
2. 4-Pack Silicone Sensory Teething Rings
Just as its name implies, this 4-Pack Silicone Sensory Teething Rings comprises four ring-shaped teething toys that are made from 100% silicone. Although all four toys in the pack come in the same shape, the nice bright colors (green, yellow, pink, and blue) should be enough to fascinate any baby.
Aside making for a firm grip by babies, the bracelet design also allows you to wear the toy on your wrist, so you or your baby won’t lose them. Each of the toys also sports a pleasant texture that comprises different ridges and patterns. This will do well to help babies soothe the discomfort and fussiness that come with teething.
These teething toys are easy to wash. And they’re safe for placement in freezers and sterilizers. With each purchase comes a FREE e-book containing various proven remedies for baby teething.
3. BEBE Cookie Teethers & Gum Massagers
The first striking feature of the BEBE Cookie Teethers & Gum Massagers is the sandwich cookie shape (maybe the makers want your baby to grow into a cookie addict. LOL!).
This teething toy comes as a pair comprising one hard (black) and one soft (red) teether/gum massager. So, your baby can choose based on the chewing sensation they want. The pack contains a cord that can be worn by adults or attached to the baby’s stroller or carrier. This cord comes with a safety breakaway clasp for extra safety.
Each cookie teether is made from 100% pure medical grade silicone, and sports a flower-and-ridge pattern for teething pain relief. Each flower and ridge has a different chewiness level, so leave your baby to figure out their most preferred chewing spot.
4. Silicone Teething Necklace
What makes the Silicone Teething Necklace different from others on this list is that it’s meant to be worn by the baby’s parent or caregiver; it’s not meant to be handed over to the baby like others. This option is great for babies who tend to misplace or throw aside teether toys, or always want to be on someone’s laps rather left to play alone.
The necklace comprises silicone beads that are absolutely safe for your baby to chew on. For added safety, the beads are individually knotted, and there’s a breakaway clasp. The cord is silky smooth, so it will glide just smoothly over your skin and won’t pull your hair or clothes. And, of course, you can adjust the length of the cord, but be sure it’s always within your baby’s reach.
The Silicone Teething Necklace comes in 12 different color options, and with each purchase comes a free e-book titled, “Curry to Kale: 10 Baby Food Recipes to Help Prevent a Picky Eater”.
5. Sophie La Girafe – So Pure Teether Giraffe
The Sophie La Girafe – So Pure Teether Giraffe is a unique teething toy that comes as a toy giraffe attached to two rings. The toy is made from 100% natural rubber, which is safe for babies and won’t trigger any allergic reactions. It’s softer than others on this list, and that makes it more suitable for advanced teething period.
The two rings sport different textured surfaces for your baby to choose from. And each ring serves as the handle whenever the other is being chewed on. While this toy is easy to wash by other means, it’s not dishwasher safe according to the manufacturer.