The teething stage can be a very rough and difficult phase for parents and babies alike. The constant crying, the discomfort, the feelings of frustration, and helplessness can be a lot to bear.
As a parent, it is completely normal to want to do everything within your power to relieve your child’s discomfort and help them sail through this painful and uncomfortable period, with ease.
We understand. This is why we have put together a list of the best teething toys for babies on the market. Teething can be rough, but these toys can provide soothing comfort for your little one as their baby teeth start to come in.
Here are the top teething toys that we recommend to our patients.
Give your babies a head start on their oral and dental hygiene. This Baby Banana teether, suitable for children 3 – 12 months, doubles as a soft silicone toothbrush that can be used to gently massage and clean your baby’s teeth and gums. It is BPA, latex, and phthalate-free, making it perfectly safe for newborn babies and children.
Cookies without sugar are every parent’s dream for their child. This cookie-shaped medical-grade silicone teether is unique because it comes with varying patterns and ridges that offer different massaging effects on your child’s gums. This teether is a steal not only because it’s affordable, but also because it comes as a pack of two, giving you the option to pick between a harder or softer teething toy depending on where your baby is in the teething phase.
The moment babies discover their mouths, they immediately start chewing on their fingers. Especially, in the teething stages, when they are desperate to soothe their irritated and inflamed gums. This textured food-grade silicone mitt, which goes over your baby’s hand with an adjustable strap, allows your little one to be able to gently massage and soothe their gums as they attempt to chew on their fingers. This teething toy is perfect for babies who cannot hold a teether just yet. This teether is also a favorite toy because it produces a crinkle sound effect that is stimulating and engaging for babies and young children.
This fillable and freezable teether is ideal for babies 6 months and above. You can fill this teether with water, milk, smoothies, or purees, to provide soothing and tasteful comfort to your child as they suck on and bite down on this teetherpop. The frozen contents of the teether slowly defrost into your child’s mouth as they bite and suck, giving way for the frozen liquid in this soft silicone teether to soothe your baby’s sensitive gums in tasty fashion. Best of all -there no mess and the teetherpop itself is very easy to clean.
Be sure to set a good example: As part of the natural learning process, little ones are expert mimics, and you can take advantage of this talent. Brush and floss daily while your child is watching. As soon as they show interest, give him/her a toothbrush of their own and encourage them to “brush” with you. (You’ll find toothbrushes with chunky, short handles that are easy for her to grip.) Most children don’t have the dexterity necessary to thoroughly clean their own teeth until they’re about six or seven, so you’ll have to do that part of the job for her. Try different tactics to make brushing fun: flavored toothpaste, a toothbrush with a favorite character on it, or singing songs about brushing. The primary goal is to instill healthy oral habits at an early age to set your child up for a lifetime of healthy, cavity-free teeth!
Teething can be stressful, but this an important and exciting phase in your child’s life and in your lives as their parent. It’s important that you schedule your child’s first dental visit within six months of your baby’s first tooth arrival. Smilez Pediatric Dental Group in Gainesville, VA is a great place to start your child’s dental journey. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.