It’s every parent’s nightmare. Your previously happy-go-lucky baby has turned into a fractious, drooling little monster, seemingly overnight. What’s going on?! Yup, you’ve guessed it: teething. Those first gnashers will start to break through at around six months, and it can be a challenging time for both you and your baby. From dribbling and crying to chewing on everything in sight, tender gums can cause a host of problems. A high-quality teether can provide some much-needed relief and distraction. Here’s the Pish Posh Baby round-up of the best teething toys for babies.
How Do I Know My Baby Is Teething?
A tooth cutting through the gum is sore, so your little one may be crying more than usual, they may not be sleeping as well and they could be off their food.
Physical signs to watch out for include:
- dribbling and drooling
- a rash around their face
- red cheeks
- some unpleasant diapers (teething can cause diarrhea, which in turn creates diaper rash. However, do monitor any tummy upset symptoms carefully).
- wanting to chew anything and everything!
How To Choose The Best Teething Toy For Your Baby
How does a teething toy help? Well, rather than your baby gnawing on a chair leg (true story!), a teether will give them something safe to chew, soothe those sore gums and provide a pleasant sensory experience. Bumpy, hard and soft textures provide further relief, massaging gums, while whimsical designs, easy-to-grasp shapes, fun colors, sounds and characters will entertain. Some of the teething toys we’ve highlighted are suitable from birth, while others are great for when your child has more advanced fine motor skills. It goes without saying that our teethers are non-toxic, easy to clean, robust and hardwearing.
Pish Posh Baby’s Best Teething Toys For Babies
Oli & Carol fruit and veggie teethers
How about a teething toy that not only soothes your baby but also builds their familiarity with wholesome foods? Check out our range of sustainable and eco-friendly fruit and vegetable Oli & Carol teethers. From broccoli florets, kale leaves and carrots to avocados, bananas and slices of watermelon, these super-realistic teethers will make the teething experience a whole lot more fun. Suitable from birth, these textured toys are soft and easy to grasp and provide irresistible chewing pleasure. Handmade from one piece of Hevea rubber, there are no holes or valves, making them hygienic and easy to clean. They make fantastic bathtime toys, too.
Sophie the Giraffe teether
Does Sophie the Giraffe even need an introduction?! After all, she’s been a favorite of teething babies and their carers for 60 years. Her clever design means her long, slender legs are easy for little paws to hold, while her hooves, ears and nose are a delight to chew (from around three months). She squeaks when squeezed (but reassuringly not too loudly), and her subtle and muted color palette will please parents who don’t favor bright colors. Made of smooth, natural rubber, she’s easy to grip, easy to clean and smells good, too.
Mushie Ball Teether
Easy to grab and grip, the Mushie Ball silicone teether will help your little one soothe their irritated gums. Babies who can sit up will love rolling their Mushie round and having it rolled back to them! The geometric design and sophisticated shades will also look good in your home – win-win.
Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether
Have you noticed how babies love to chomp on their little fingers? Comotomo did, so they designed a silicone baby teether that's baby finger-sized and perfectly designed for little hands to easily grab and hold.
Chewbeads Greenwich Necklace
Want some jewelry that looks good on you and doubles as a teething toy for your little one? Look no further than the Chewbeads Greenwich Necklace. Made from 100% silicone, it’s safe for babies to tug and chew on, while you have peace of mind that your favorite necklace won’t get covered in drool!
Fat Brain Toys Teethers for Toddlers
For older teethers, you want a toy that is satisfying to chew but that can also distract them from their painful gums. Enter Fat Brain Toys, which are made of 100% high-quality silicone that's colorful, pleasant to touch, and safe for teething. They also provide sensory adventure and entertainment. Your teething toddler will love the Whirly Squigz. They can hold it, explore its unique contours, have a good old chomp and soothe those sore gums. Or stick it to a bathtub wall, a tabletop, or a window and let your little one spin and whoosh to their heart’s content. Distracting your child from teething has never been so easy!