Do you want to do something to help your baby with the pain of teething? Are you worried about the safety of the materials they’ll be chewing on?
Watching your baby being so uncomfortable from teething is rough. It’s a mother’s instinct to try to protect their children from everything they can or at least do everything in their power to help.
But we can only do so much. Some things, like teething, have to be tackled by your baby. It doesn’t mean you can’t help a little though.
In this guide, we will help you learn everything you need to know about finding the best teething toys for your baby.
Do Babies Need Teething Toys?
Teething toys aren’t a necessity, but as a parent, I can tell you they will feel like a lifesaver at times.
When your baby is experiencing pain from teething, you’ll know it. Everyone in the household will know it. Your usually sweet and calm baby can turn fussy, weepy and even enraged. Your baby doesn’t know what’s happening — all they know is that they are experiencing pain and that can be frustrating for both of you.
In addition to the pain relief, they’ll get from teething toys; babies like them for other reasons as well. Babies love to put things in their mouths and doing so can help them with their motor skills. It helps them learn to move their tongue around, and it can even help them learn about the world around them (source).
You can see proof of this by watching any baby, even if they don’t have a toy with them. They’ll chew on their fingers, their blankets and anything else they can get their hands on. It gives them comfort and helps them with their development.
When Should I Introduce Teething Toys?
Most babies will get their first tooth when they are 4 to 6 months old (source). But the teething pain can start weeks before that.
That way you won’t be scrambling to buy some when you realize they need them immediately.
As a parent, it’s always best to be prepared for situations before they occur. You’ll be less stressed if you have a plan for everything.
How Many Teething Toys Should I Get?
You’re going to want an assortment of teething toys. You don’t want to buy just one because your baby may hate it. I used to buy teethers for my kids and sometimes the ones I thought they would love, they ended up hating. Other times, people would give my children a teething toy as a gift, and I didn’t see anything special about it, but they’d end up loving it.
Either my kids were contrary from an early age, or that’s a common experience. There really is no rhyme or reason as to what toys children like at this age. It’s hard to know if they’re going to love something or never want to touch it. So it’s a good idea to hedge your bets by buying a number of them.
That also protects you if those teething toys get misplaced. You always have other ones they can try to use in a pinch if their favorite is nowhere to be found.
They are inexpensive compared to all the other baby gear you’ve had to purchase and, believe me; you’ll gladly pay for those teething toys once your baby starts crying and fussing from the pain of a tooth that’s about to pop through the surface.
What Should I Look For in a Teething Toy?
There is such a wide variety of teething toys available now that you really need to put some thought into what you want or you’ll be overwhelmed by the choices. Here are some factors you should consider to help you narrow your search.
- What the teether is made out of: Some moms can feel their blood pressure going up when they even think about their baby chewing on a plastic teether. They worry about any harmful chemicals their baby may be ingesting. If plastic isn’t your choice of materials for a teething toy, there are other options, like wood or silicone.
- If it’s filled with anything: Some teething toys are filled with a soothing gel-like material that you can refrigerate to keep cool so it will feel even better on your baby’s gums. But if you’re too anxious about your baby potentially poking a hole in the teether and possible swallowing some of that gel, you may want to skip this type of teether. You can buy ones that don’t contain any gel or liquid.
- Whether they clip onto your baby’s clothes: Your baby is going to throw down so many of his toys, it’s going to start driving you crazy every time you have to bend down and pick them up, especially if he throws it onto a dirty ground and you have to wash it. One way to solve this problem is by getting a teething toy that clips onto their outfit.
- How easy they are for your baby to hold: Babies seem to have the best grip on teething toys that have a ring for them to hold onto. Teething toys that have a straight handle for them to hold onto were always trickier for my babies to use.
- If the teething toy makes noise: Some baby teething toys make a squeaky noise when babies bite on them. That can make your baby happy, but it can be annoying to you after a while. When your baby isn’t crying, you may love having nothing but silence in your house. If that sounds like you, you’ll want to skip the squeaky teething toys.
- If the size of the teething toy is adequate: Choking is a real hazard with babies. Since they love to put everything in their mouths, they are at increased risk of choking on things. Because their airways are so small, it doesn’t take much to plug them up (source). You’ll need to make sure their teething toy isn’t so small that they could stick it entirely in the mouth and choke on it.
The Best Teething Toys of 2018
Now that you know how many teething toys you’ll need, when you can start using them, and exactly what to look for —
Here are our 10 favorite picks in 2018:
Moms who like traditional teething rings should approve of this four-pack set. They are non-toxic, phthalate free, and BPA free and they come in four different bright colors.
Each silicone ring has several different textures on it so your baby should be able to find one that feels good on their aching gums.
The ring shape, along with the texture on each one, should help your baby with its grip on these. To ensure you don’t lose these, you can slide them on your wrist so your baby has one whenever they need it around the house.
- They are dishwasher safe.
- Babies should be able to hold onto them easily.
- It comes with an e-book that shares remedies to help your baby with teething.
- They may be a little large for small babies so they won’t be able to reach their back teeth.
- It seems a bit expensive for four simple rings.
This teether is made entirely of soft silicone. One end of the toy has soft bristles on it that can help soothe your baby’s sore gums. It also has different textured surfaces on the handle and the end of the teether so your baby can chew on either side of it.
When it isn’t in use, it comes with a carrying case so you can keep it clean, which is perfect for moms who want to take this along in the diaper bag on trips.
- It’s inexpensive.
- The small ring attached makes it easy for babies to grab onto.
- It comes with a case so it won’t get dirty when not in use.
- If you have pets, their hair will stick to it like crazy.
- It’s a bit big for babies who are cutting their first teeth.
You can order this with one silicone teething toy or two teething toys — one hard and one soft so your baby will have just the firmness they are looking for.
To entice your child into wanting to try these teethers, they are made to look just like cookies.
That’s why these are perfect for 3 and 4-month-olds because they are at that point where they are very interested in people food. But, unlike toddlers, they don’t yet realize the delicious flavor that cookies normally have so they won’t feel cheated when they start chewing on these.
- Because it looks like food, your baby will want to bite into this.
- It comes with detachable cords for the stroller.
- The teether has a textured surface which seems to massage your baby’s gums.
- The cord should only be used under strict parental supervision.
- The cream on the cookie is actually a separate ring — it’s not all one piece.
Toddlers are like teenagers in some ways — they both love to get their hands on phones. Since this teething toy is made to look like a phone, toddlers will want to check it out. With a phone of their own, maybe they won’t be as interested in your phone now.
This teether is easy to clean — you just have to rinse it off.
The smooth, rounded edges of the phone won’t be too sharp for your baby’s mouth. The phone is big enough that it will fit well in your baby’s hands.
- It’s easy for toddlers to hold.
- The phone has ridges on it so they can chew on the part that feels most comfortable.
- It may be enough to get your toddler to leave your phone alone.
- It’s a bit pricey.
- Because it doesn’t make any noise or have more than one color to it, it may not keep your toddler occupied for long.
This is an adorable teething toy that offers a lot more than just teething for babies. The antlers on the moose are soft teethers your baby should have fun chewing on.
The legs of the moose will crinkle every time your baby grabs them, which will make your baby want to keep doing it since they’ll be rewarded with that noise.
When your baby presses on the stomach of the moose, it will make a squeaking sound. The moose also has a clip on it which will keep it attached to your baby’s stroller or diaper bag. That means when you’re out on walks, you don’t have to worry about the moose being dropped on the ground and accidentally left behind.
- The moose’s body is soft so your baby will like to cuddle it.
- This toy has multiple textures to keep your baby interested.
- It has eye-catching bright colors.
- When you have it hanging off a stroller, your baby won’t be able to reach the antlers to chew on them.
- It’s big enough that your baby will have trouble holding onto it.
This five pack of fruit-shaped teething toys can be stashed in the freezer so your baby will feel the chill whenever they chew on these.
These toys are FDA approved and they are made out of food-grade silicone. They are phthalate free, as well as latex, BPA, lead and PVC free.
The fruit toys have various textures so your baby will get a different sensation with each one. The handles have a no-slip grip so your baby will be able to hold onto them well.
- These teethers will all feel different on your baby’s gums.
- They are affordable considering you get five teethers.
- They are safe in the freezer and in the dishwasher.
- You’ll have to watch your baby closely because these are on the small side so your baby may be able to fit the whole thing in their mouth.
- The handles are very thin, which may be problematic for younger children to hold.
This teething rattle is made out of 100 percent organic cotton, so you don’t have to worry about your baby sinking their teeth into it.
It also uses sustainable corn fiber filler, which is hypoallergenic. These teething toys are safe for any age and moms who are concerned about unnatural substances being used in their baby’s toys should like the materials used in this one.
This toy will feel cuddly too in case your baby wants a snuggler when they’re done working over their gums.
- Made out of all natural materials.
- The teether is cute looking so your baby may like it.
- It’s soft for cuddling.
- The rattle part is pretty faint.
- The handle is fairly big which makes it difficult for a young baby to hold onto.
- It doesn’t hold up very well in the wash.
These giant wooden beads are connected by elastic and with all the bright colors featured on these beads, they are visually appealing to babies and toddlers. But the color doesn’t pose a threat for your child because it is non-toxic and water-based.
The wood beads won’t splinter or chip so your baby won’t end up with more gum pain than they started with.
Your baby will also like using this teether as a rattle. When they pull on the beads or twist them around, they’ll make a fun clanking noise.
- The beads are big enough your baby wouldn’t choke if the elastic broke.
- Some moms will love that this is made out of wood instead of chemicals.
- The bright colors are attractive for babies.
- It’s pretty heavy for younger babies.
- When babies whack themselves in the face or head with this toy, it’s going to hurt because of its weight.
These keys come in different bright colors and they are all attached to a ring. The teething toy has a variety of different surfaces your baby will like to chew on. The softer parts of the toy will feel great when their gums are really tender, but other times, they’ll like the harder parts of the teether.
Your baby will be able to reach their back teeth with this, as well as the front and middle teeth. The ring makes it easy for even younger babies to hold onto this.
You can stick this toy in the refrigerator to give your baby a cooling effect.
- They are really affordable.
- It can go in the refrigerator.
- The different textures will feel nice on your baby’s gums.
- Some parents have trouble with it leaking.
- Because of all the nooks and crannies on this toy, it can be hard to clean.
This set comes with nine teethers and rattles for your baby to enjoy. They each use multiple bright colors on every teether, which will help attract your baby’s attention.
These are made of ABS plastic which is BPA free. The set comes in a cute baby bottle carrying case. When your baby gets a little older, it’ll like putting each teether in the case one at a time and dumping them all out when it’s done.
The case also makes this set easily portable, so it’s great to take with you on vacation or to a babysitter’s house.
- Some of the toys make noise, which will keep your baby entertained.
- A wide variety of different shapes to choose from.
- You’ll get a lot of toys for what you pay.
- The edges are a little rough on these.
- Some parents may find the horn toy’s noise way too loud.
My Favorite Is …
The 4-pack of teether rings tops the list of best teething toys for babies. They are simplistic, but I like that about them. They are everything I want in a teether — they are simple to hold, easy to chew on, non-toxic and they have different textures for your baby.
I also like that they aren’t filled with any liquid or gel because I’ve had the unpleasant experience of those breaking open before while my baby was chewing. Even when the package says the liquid won’t hurt your baby, you wonder what it’s made of. With these, you won’t have to worry about anything leaking out.
When you need to clean them, you can just pop them in the dishwasher. As a parent, you’re going to learn to appreciate items that don’t have all the bells and whistles and are just a straightforward, great product. That’s what these teething rings are.