Teething starts in most babies at around 4 months of age and can be a distressing time for babies. Their gums ache and hurt constantly as the tooth starts pushing through. During this time they will want to chew on anything they can find to help relieve this pressure.
It can be such a tough time as bub struggles through the aching pain of sore gums and emerging teeth. They can get so very cranky and upset and its so hard to get them to sleep. To help relieve the symptoms of teething we have selected our favourite teethers that you can either purchase or make yourself:
1. Wash Cloth
Sometimes the simplest remedies are the best.
Freeze a damp wash cloth and let baby chew on it to cool and numb their aching gums.
Some mums like to tie a knot in the wash cloth before freezing to add some different surfaces for the teething bub to navigate.
You can also try soaking the cloth in cooled chamomile tea prior to freezing for added calming properties and benefits.
Then when you are done simply through in the wash.
2. Matchstick Monkey
Not just any teether, the Matchstick Monkey is an award winning teether that will soothe & calm baby’s sore gums with it’s innovative and clever features.
It’s wide monkey arms are easy to grasp and your lil one will love chewing on it’s flexible parts.
From his cute little head to his little monkey toes, he is designed to pass through front teeth and right to the source of the pain. Whether the pain be in the front or the very back of their mouth, the Matchstick Monkey can easily reach those sore spots.
What separates this teether from the rest is at the back of the monkey head are little bumps that are soft and kind to your baby’s gums. This is where you can pop the teething gel to add further pain relief in a way that is both easy and hygienic.
Thanks to these clever bumps, the Matchstick Monkey is also perfect training toothbrush.
Could these teethers be any cuter?
Cute and effective the range of MioPlay Teething toys are just the thing for soothing sore gums.
Their fun animal shapes will them busily entertained as they chew & explore and grasp the teether.
Made from 100% non toxic silicone. Plus they are freezer safe for extra soothing.
Not just super cute, but their size and shape promotes grasping motor skills.
The compression moulding technology of these teethers cleverly reduces bacterial growth
Each style features patterns on its back to stimulate cognitive development.
4. Home Made Teething Rusks
There are many recipes out there for homemade teething rusks but the best one we found literally takes one minute to make.
Simply remove the crusts from a piece of plain bread. Squish and roll it at the same time to make the rusk shape. Zap it in the microwave for 1 minute.
When it cools it becomes hard and the perfect quick little teether for bub.
5. Wearable Teething Mit
Teething bubs tend to chew on their own hands making them sore and red.
How do you stop this when they need to chew so badly?
With the Gummee Glove Teething Mit they can still pop their hand in their mouth but then they are chewing on the glove’s many soothing textures.
The benefit of this glove is that it has velcro that is fastened around their wrist so no more dropped and dirtied teethers.
This clever glove is made from safe and soft silicone so it can be easily washed and sanitised between uses.
It also has lots of different textured grooves and bumps for maximum soothing and munching.
Built into either side of the glove are textured disks for more munching fun. Aa removable teether is included in the glove.
6. Frozen Fruit & Veggies
Bananas, apples, and carrots and so much more can be frozen and then gnawed on by your teething baby for both pain relief and a tasty treat.
Just be sure to cut them into finger sized chunks and monitor them while they are munching away. This ensures they don’t choke on their fruity teethers.
7. Cold Steel
Cute and colourful the Skip Hop Explore & More Stay Cool teether designed to cool quickly and stay cold to deliver soothing comfort for baby at home and on-the-go.
The soft silicone animal shape is lightly textured making it perfect for soothing sore gums.
The stainless steel disk in it’s centre keeps cold for longer so pop in the fridge or freezer for extra soothing power. This disk is coated with soft silicone and is textured for teething
It’s cute animal shape is perfect for little exploring hands.
8. Breast Milk Icey Poles
For babies between 4 and 6 months old you can make a frozen nutritious teether out of the milk they feed on.
Simply pour some breast milk or baby formula into an ice pole mould.
For babies older than 6 months you can also pop in some fruit or veggies before freezing to add extra texture and flavour.
This is a teething trick that also promotes future dental health. Chewing on a toothbrush gets your teething baby used to having a toothbrush in their mouth and at the same time they are giving their gums a good massage.
10. Freeze a Baby Bottle
Fill a baby bottle with a little water and place it upside down in the freezer.
Once the water is frozen solid in the teat take it out and give it to your teething baby.
They will love chewing on the cold but soothing teat.
11. Silicone & Wooden Teething Ring
The DUO Silicone & Wooden Teether from One Chew Three gives your little one the best of both worlds.
This Australian made teether sports a soft, chewable non toxic silicone balls as well as natural smoothed beech wood balls all designed to soothe and massage sore gums.
Plus it also has a natural beech wood ring to provide greater relief and assist teeth to break through that last layer of gum.
These are modern, practical teethers that provide sensory stimulation, fine motor skill development and elements of play so they can can grow with your baby.
12. Cold Spoon
Chill a metal spoon in the fridge for a few hours, then let your baby enjoy. Wooden mixing spoons also have a great hard texture that babies get a lot of relief from.
Gently massage your teething baby’s gums with a clean finger to provide pressure and relief. You can also massage their cheeks and jaw for relief.
14. Fresh Food Feeder
The OXO Tot Silicone Self-Feeder not only soothes your baby’s aching & sore gums, but it is also a great way to safely introduce fresh fruit and veggies to their diet.
Simply place the cold or even frozen apples, strawberries, oranges or a whole rainbow of yummy fruits or veggies in the large capacity pouch and let your little one munch away to their heart (and mouth’s) content.
The silicone is easy to clean (really!) and the childproof lock is easy for grown-ups to take apart.