One of the questions that most new parents ask is: when do babies start teething? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, baby teething usually starts somewhere between four to seven months. The two front teeth (central incisors), either upper or lower, usually pop up first, followed by the opposite front teeth. The first molars arrive next.
Teething, of course, isn’t fun. Nor is it painless for most babies. Their gums are sore and inflamed. And that means sleepless nights for you. But the AAP recommends that instead of hitting the medications, give your baby something made of firm rubber to chew on. A wet washcloth can often suffice.
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The FDA cautions parents against buying any teething jewelry because of serious risks “such as choking, strangulation, injury to the mouth, and infection.” Make sure to clean teething toys after your baby uses them, and know that it’s perfectly fine to let them chew on them all day. Here are some of the best teething toys and rings out there.
Because this teether has no holes, there's nowhere for nasty mold to grow. It's made from 100 percent natural rubber, from Malaysian hevea trees and hand painted with food-grade dyes. It's BPA-free and phthalate-free. Once your baby outgrows it as a teether, use it as a bath toy.
You can go full vegan and get your baby a banana and avocado as well. All the teethers are fully chewable, of course, and soft on delicate baby gums. And who knows, maybe it will teach your kids to eat their veggies.
Another great rubber teether, this one takes the form of a watermelon.
Like its brother kale, this watermelon has no openings where mold can congregate. It’s easy for baby hands to hold and shove into their mouths. And it’s made of rubber, as the AAP recommends.
This toy is a teether, a rattle, and a mirror in one. It's machine-washable, and babies can suck on it to their hearts' desire.
This toy is a rainbow of activities, and it has a teething element that’s soothing for cranky babies. Just remember to wash it after every use.
This teether is made of pure natural rubber. It has no PVC, no BPA, no phthalates, and no artificial colors. It's one solid piece, meaning there are no cracks or joints and nothing to break off.
The material of this rubber teether is soft and gentle against your baby’s gums. It’s easy for a baby to hold and the multi-surface texture feels nice when it’s in your baby’s mouth.
Babies love this giraffe, and for good reason. It's made from 100 percent natural rubber that feels nice against aching gums.
The animal’s soft parts to soothe your baby’s sore, aching gums. Note that this toy is not dishwasher-safe and should be washed with warm water and soap.
This baby teether is made of all natural rubber, and has an easy-to-hold handle and bumpy textures to soothe inflamed gums.
Another teether from a brand we trust, made of natural rubber with textures that feel good in your baby’s mouth.
The MAM teether is made from rubber hevea trees in Thailand, and is lightweight, flexible, and fits right into baby hands. It might even help with hand-eye coordination, when your baby pushes this into her mouth.
This teether is a multi-textured teething toy that’s made to alleviate gum pain and keep your baby engaged. Instead of throwing this in the dishwasher, you should wash it by hand and let it air-dry.
These teethers are easy for babies to hold and gum, and have multiple textures to massage gums.
These teethers are made of silicone, are PVC- and petroleum-free, and can reach both the front and gums for all stages of teething. And they’re dishwasher-safe.
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