When your baby’s teeth begin to come in, it’s an exciting time for parents, but not so much for babies. Your little one is developing teeth, which means that solid food isn’t as far off as you think it is—that first year flies by! But for your baby, it’s a time of confusion, discomfort and pain. Your baby will be more fussy, and they will cry more, even if they were generally happy babies before this.
Unless you want your baby to chew on their fingers or to sacrifice your own fingers to your teether, you need to have teething toys in your arsenal to provide relief to your baby’s sore gums during this stage. Chewing on their fingers or yours is also not the best thing for them. Teething toys are more carefully and thoughtfully designed nowadays. There are also sorts of bumps, grooves and different textures, all made out of food-grade silicone, that are made to massage your little one’s gums in different ways.
We rounded up the best teething toys for your tot. Brightly colored, soft, chewable, easy-to-grip and refrigerator-friendly, these teething toys will become one of the most important toys for your little one while their teeth are coming in. These toys, in some cases, will also help with sensory development and help them develop flexibility in their little hands. One of these teething toy sets even comes with a gentle, silicone banana-shaped toothbrush, which will promote oral hygiene at a young age.
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1. ANGELBLISS Baby Teething Toys Set
This teething toy set comes with four toys, a giraffe, a strawberry, an orange and a banana toothbrush. All made from 100 percent food-grade silicone, BPA-free and freezer-friendly, the ANGELBLISS set aims to provide the most relief to your unhappy teether. The giraffe’s protruding bumps and beads are meant to soothe your baby’s discomfort and teething pain, while the banana toothbrush is a massager for your little one’s mouth with its silicone brushes. All of the toys are easy for your baby to grip and hold.
2. Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle & Sensory Teether Toy
Your baby will be intrigued by this huge–compared to your little one’s hands—maze of brightly colored tubes. Winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award, the BPA-free teether toy is designed to give your babe something to gum or teeth on. It can be refrigerated to provide relief to your babe. In the mass of soft tubes, there’s a cube that rattles. The toy will also encourage your child to engage in two-handed play and work on their clutching skills.
3. Tinabless Infant Teething Keys Set
These natural organic teethers, which are FDA-approved and made out of 100 percent food-grade silicone, will relieve your baby’s sore gums. The five fruit-shaped teethers, which includes grapes and a pineapple, can be placed in the fridge or freezer. Perhaps, they will inspire your child to eat lots of fruits later in life. Each teether has a slightly different texture to help massage your baby’s mouth. These teethers can either be hand-washed or put on the dishwasher.