Finding the Best Silicone Teething Toys for Babies – 3 Features for the best teethers
We’ve all been there – Teething Time. The baby growing pain time that sucks for everyone involved, both the little one teething getting those painful molars, as well as anyone taking care of them. Drooling everywhere, unexplained crying and biting on everything are some of the joys that come with this time.
You can generally expect your baby to get their first tooth at around 6 months of age. But this doesn’t mean you can’t expect to also see teething like fussiness appear even earlier than this age. Many little ones start to exhibit teething symptoms well before six months such as excessive drooling, biting, refusing to eat and general fussiness. Some of parents look for the best teether for 4 month old, even others sometimes want a teether for a 2 month old, and that’s perfectly fine as long as you find a teether with the right features.
So what can you do when this oh so fun time starts to roll around? How can you help your baby get through this time as best as possible and also maintain your sanity?
The answer is – teething toys. Look for these features to find some of the best baby teething toys.
Features to Look For
Materials – Baby teethers can be made out of various materials, wood, silicone, cloth. Different babies prefer different materials, some may like softer materials like silicone or cloth, while other like harder materials like wooden ones. Silicone is a great all around material to use for the best baby teethers as it is soft enough for sensitive gums and also doesn’t harbor any mold or bacteria like other materials. Just make sure any silicone teether you buy is actually 100% silicone by doing the pinch test. Silicone baby teethers are some of the best because of their safe aspects and flexibility, hard enough to give relief to teething babies but soft enough to not hurt litle gums.
Size – Little hands need the right sized teethers. Not too big and not too small. Look for something that is fairly lightweight and not too big (4-5 inches is a great size). Another extremely important thing to look for is choking hazards – lots of teethers today feature very narrow features or are teething tubes that can easily be accidently shoved down their throat and are a choke hazard. These teething tubes may seem like a good idea in the beginning, but they can quickly hurt your little one if they accidently push them down their throat. Always check teethers to make sure they are sized appropriately before letting your little one use one.
Textures – Baby teethers with multiple features on them are great for sore gums. Our Tower Teether is an example of this, with different textures all over to allow for teething relief. Having different features and areas can allow a baby to find textures that help with their teething pains. Look for teethers that are not just smooth, but have raised ridges or bumps to allow for teething relief.