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Teething is arguably one of the most challenging phases in the first year of a baby’s life (right after colic, that is!). I’m sure you have searched far and wide for a solution to your little one’s discomfort, and as a mum of 2 of my own, I’m here to share the recipe to success:
Your presence, lots of cuddles, patience and of course, a good teether!
When your little one appears unsettled, begins to produce a lot of saliva, and puts anything and everything in their mouth, it is a clear sign that teething has begun. This is something I recommend preparing yourself for ahead of time, and having teethers at the ready has proven to be an essential during this period.
The main function of a teething toy is to alleviate the pain. While chewing, the baby is able to massage their gums to ease the pressure and the swelling caused by erupting teeth.
However, the benefits of these particular toys do not stop here. Selecting the right teether can also help stimulate eyesight, which is key for a baby’s brain development. As well as this, it assists the learning of fine motor skills, which is crucial even from as early as the new-born stage. This is because there is evidence to support that it positively impacts speech development further down the line. Finally, a teether is an excellent starting point for practicing hand-eye coordination, a skill necessary for when your baby begins learning to feed themselves.
The first 3 teethers listed we recommend for the youngest babies, from approximately 3 months old. During this period of time, your little one has already had time to settle into their new surroundings, and the time has come to provide them with additional support that will aid their general development. I have specifically selected here the most lightweight and easy to grip teething toys for the littlest hands, followed by some suited for slightly older babies. Take your pick!
One of my personal favourites, not only does this mushroom teether have an adorable design, available in a variety of colours, but it is also super multi-functional. Take a look at some of its impressive features:
The animal range by Lanco is also perfectly designed for our tiniest customers. They provide various gorgeous designs to choose from, including a panda, a hippo and more! All animals are held to the same excellent manufacturing standard, with some individual design features to choose from:
Born in France, 1961, Sophie is arguably one of the most famous teething toys to date and we completely recognise the appeal. This teething ring adaptation of the original toy has been designed for the youngest of customers, with its small size, light weight and softer material. The iconic retro-style toy is loved all over the world, with over 50 million happy babies. Here’s why:
For slightly older babies, we recommend sizing up to the original Sophie the giraffe teether. This toy has proven to be a phenomenon amongst teething children, as it is yet to disappoint. The original Sophie toy also features a variety of textures, with tougher feet and a softer neck, suitable for various stages of teething.
The Malarkey Kids Chew Cube is a mom-invented toy. It is a modern take on a rattle, doubling as the perfect teether with its geometric silicone frame. We love this one for its sleek, unique look, the stunning variety of 9 colours available, and of course the high-quality finish. This toy offers the following features:
Expertly designed by Canadian toy brand, Gertie has been designed perfectly to fit in little hands and soothe tender gums. The goose offers her feet, her tail, her feathers and her beak for chewing, as well as a quack for some bonus giggles. We pride Gertie on her soft, light design with easy to grab simple contours, as well as her gorgeous scent! What’s more:
This Spanish collection of fruit and vegetable shaped teethers has appealed to mums all over the world who aim to introduce their little ones into a healthy lifestyle from a young age. A variety of colourful designs, and a variety of purposes, what’s not to love?
So whether you have already entered the dreaded teething stage, are still anticipating it, or know a fellow mum that could use some assistance, these are our top picks for taking the edge off. Remember to stay patient, stay comforting, and stay positive, but also take some pressure off yourself by letting one of our trusty teethers step in to help!
Which one will you choose?