When my baby started cutting teeth, she would bite everything. She gnawed on furniture, toys, burp cloths, and even her own fingers. Because of my childcare experience, I already had a good idea as to which teethers would help her and which were a waste of money. Here are my go-to teethers:
A teether that prevents cavities! I love this teether because it is flexible, easy to chill in the refrigerator, and dishwasher safe. Plus, little ones have no trouble holding on to it and applying it directly to the sore spot on their gums. Get the infant version with handles here and the toddler version without handles here.
These are one of the most cost effective teethers. Babies usually like the textures and easy grab rings. Personally, I choose these over similar chilled teethers (like keys) because I can chill and provide them individually. So I don’t have to keep remembering to put the teethers back in the refrigerator throughout the day. Plus, they are so cheap, that I don’t mind if I accidentally leave them at grandma’s or if they get lost at the store. Click here to put this Add-on Item in your Amazon cart.
This teether became an instant favorite for many of the babies I’ve watched. It’s even kept babies occupied during tummy time. The silicone is soft, easy for infants to grasp and pass between their hands. I’m not sure why babies love chewing on this one so much, but it may be because it’s about the size and texture of their fingers. Get it here.
Genius! At least, that was my first thought when another mom showed me these! Put a cold carrot, apple slice, frozen banana, or whatever you little one likes to eat and let them chew until their heart’s content. Unlike other teethers, these stimulate a baby’s taste buds and tend to keep a baby’s attention longer.
Be warned though. If you put in something like a frozen banana or frozen breast milk popsicle, these do get a little messy and can be a bit of a pain to clean. Also, these food teethers are safe for babies; however, this teether may not be safe for toddlers as a toddler has enough teeth to break the mesh and potentially choke on the food. Click here and buy these for an infant today!
Little ones love Sophie! Sophie is soft with both smooth and textured areas for infants to gnaw on. Plus, this giraffe toy squeaks, keeping babies interested and helping them learn cause and effect. As teethers go, Sophie is a little expensive, but this giraffe is worth it and makes a great baby gift. While Sophie is amazing, I would like to offer a word of caution. If you have a dog who likes to tear apart chew toys, Sophie may not be the teether for your family. Click here to view Sophie on Amazon.
Before I wrap up, I’d like to offer another bit of advice. Babies love to drop and throw things, especially teethers. So, consider also adding Secure-A-Toy Straps to your Amazon order. They are inexpensive and keep teethers (and other toys) from falling on the floor or getting lost. I use them for the highchair, stroller, and car seat. These keep toys from touching dirty floors at stores and restaurants, and save me from having to bend over and find lost toys. Click here to check them out.
In addition to these teethers, caregivers may have success with a cold washcloth soaked in water or chamomile tea. For more ways to relieve teething symptoms, check out my post “My top teething remedies for infants and toddlers.”