I’m currently in a pool of drool. Not mine — my baby’s. She’s seven months old and for the last eight weeks, it’s been all about the teeth. Actually, the first little gnasher is yet to break through, so I should say it’s been all about the gums. Sore, red, achy gums that need constant relief. Most parents realize at a certain point that there’s no magical cure for teething tots. You kind of have to just grit your teeth — while your baby grinds their gums — and see it out. But there are things you can do to help relieve their discomfort. You could try homeopathic teething powder (run it past your pediatrician first, of course), ice pops made from breast milk, or one of these teething products.
Dr. Brown’s Coolees Soothing Teether, Watermelon
Teethers that can be refrigerated or frozen guarantee instant relief for your little one. But you want one that stays cool for longer than a couple of minutes, Dr. Brown’s Coolees Soothing Teether, made from recyclable plastic, is a favorite with parents for this very reason.
Dr. Brown’s Coolees Soothing Teether, Watermelon, $4.12 at Amazon
Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether
Made of food-grade silicone (meaning it’s free from BPA and phthalates), the “four-fingered” Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether comes in a range of colors, has multiple grip points and is designed to reach back teeth without causing gagging. Because it’s made of silicone it can get sticky, but it’s super-easy to clean off any dust or hair.
Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether, $6.99 at Amazon
Nuby Silicone Teethe-EEZ Teether with Bristles
The Nuby Silicone Teethe-EEZ Teether with Bristles is a great shape for little hands, not too big for little mouths (unlike some teethers, which seem to have been made for adults), and has multiple teething surfaces. It also comes with a storage case to keep it gunk-free on the go.
Nuby Silicone Teethe-EEZ Teether with Bristles, $4.99 at Amazon
Sophie La Girafe — So Pure Teether
The Beyoncé of the teether world, Sophie La Girafe comes in all shapes and sizes. We’ve tried them all, and the So Pure Teether is our favorite. Like all Sophies, it’s made of BPA-free latex rubber with food-grade safe paint, but it’s more compact than the original and has two rings of different textures for babies to choose from. Yes, it’s more expensive than other teethers, but the cute packaging makes it a great gift.
Sophie La Girafe — So Pure Teether, $15.80 at Amazon
Malarkey Kids Munch Mitt Teething Mitten
If your baby prefers to chew on their own fingers than a teether, your best option might be the Malarkey Kids Munch Mitt Teething Mitten. You just pop it on your tot’s hand and let them chew away. It’s machine washable, makes a satisfying “crunch” sound for extra sensory satisfaction, and is made from food-grade silicone. Ideal for early teethers who can’t grip hold of a standard teether for any length of time.
Malarkey Kids Munch Mitt Teething Mitten, $13.99 at Amazon
HABA Kringelring Wooden Baby Rattle & Clutching Toy
The hand-crafted HABA Kringelring Wooden Baby Rattle & Clutching Toy is perfect if you want an ethically made heirloom teether. The rainbow colored beads are made of beechwood from sustainable forests in Germany and painted with multiple layers of water-based, solvent-free lacquer. Basically, it’s built to last, with safety in mind.
HABA Kringelring Wooden Baby Rattle & Clutching Toy, $14.99 at Amazon
Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether
The Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether doesn’t just get into all the mouth’s nooks and crannies; it also helps to encourage early teeth cleaning. Made of food-grade silicone, it has easy-to-grasp banana peel handles and soft bristles to gently massage those achy gums. And if bananas aren’t your thing, you can choose between the Mystical Dragon Brush or the Sharky Infant Toothbrush instead.
Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether, $7.59 at Amazon
Boon Pulp Silicone Feeder
A multi-purpose option, the Boon Pulp Silicone Feeder helps teach weaning babies how to chew and mash food in their mouth (the soft food-grade silicone contains small holes to let baby self-feed). Bonus: When it contains chilled or frozen food, it also provides relief for tired, achy gums.
Boon Pulp Silicone Feeder, $5.99 at Amazon
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