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The Best Baby Teething Toys for Sore, Swollen Gums

Stick to the basics, parents.

The first tooth is cause for celebration, and gloriously cute Instagram posts. Reality, however, sets in soon after, as parents deal with screaming children and their very sore gums. 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. And none of that is fun, which is why it’s wise to invest in teething toys. The best baby teethers, per the AAP, should be cool to the touch but “tough to chew on.” Teething rings are a good idea.

Not a good idea: Teething necklaces and beads, because of the risk of choking, or plastic teething rings filled with liquid, which babies can bite through and then access the often bacteria-laden liquid inside.

A flat teether just textured enough to be enticing, this one is made from food-grade silicone and needs to be hand-washed.

You can refrigerate the two inserts, which then snap into the handle that stays at room temp. The double-sided inserts have four different textures to sooth the gums. Hand-wash only.

Ah, the classic that's beloved by parents, year after year after year. Not only is this one cute giraffe, but she's made from rubber and moving her around promotes hand-eye coordination.

A cute bird that has a great mix of bumpy and smooth textures to keep babies engaged and happy, this one is made of rubber and should be washed by hand.

Haakaa makes some of our favorite manual breast pumps. Its textured teethers are just as thoughtful. These food grade silicone teethers are round, so they're easier for babies to grasp, and they can be frozen for added relief. You can boil them to clean them.

Not only does this rubber llama look cute, but it has an easy-to-grip textured surface so babies can shove it right into their mouths. Hand wash this critter with soap and warm water.

This textured silicone teether is designed expressly to massages those painful, painful incoming molar gums. It's dishwasher-safe.

Part colorful toy, part teether, this silicone lemon ball has multiple textures and an open design; the stem can be used as a starter toothbrush to get your kid ready for the real thing. It's diswasher-safe.

Cover all your teething bases with this set of three. The stage one teether has multiple textures and soft bristles to massage baby gums. The front and side teether has bumps to reach side gums and teeth. And the molar teether, as you might guess, massages the back molars. The teethers are made of silicone and are dishwasher-safe.

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