The Best Teething Toys for Sore Baby Mouths – 2018 Edition
A baby’s first tooth is an important milestone – but also one with potential problems. Teething can be a tough time for little ones and their parents. But irritations from erupting teeth can be soothed with teething toys.
Not sure which toy will provide safe and effective relief for your teething tot? We’ve rounded up the top teething toys for 2018. Plus, we’ve also included a complete guide to help make teething as painless as possible.
Ready to learn which teething toy is the best one to choose? Here’s what you need to know:
- Our #1 Choice – Nuby Silicone Teethe-eez Teether with Bristles
- Our #2 Choice – ATON Baby Teething Toys
- Our #3 Choice – Nuby Soothing Teething Mitten with Travel Bag
- Our #4 Choice – Vuminbox Baby Bandana Drool Bibs with Teething Toys
- Our #5 Choice – Nuby Ice Gel Teether Ring
- Frequently Asked Questions about Teething Toys
- What is Teething?
- What Does Teething Begin?
- What are the Signs and Symptoms of Teething?
- Is Teething Painful?
- How Can I Help Reduce Teething Pain?
- Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever
- Gentle Pressure and Massage
- Wet, Cold Washcloth
- What Order Do Teeth Emerge?
- What Should I Look for in a Teething Toy?
- Texture Variation
- What Teething Techniques Should be Avoided?
- How Do I Care for My Baby’s First Teeth?
- A Final Thought
Our #1 Choice – Nuby Silicone Teethe-eez Teether with Bristles
Super-soft teether which stimulates and cleans gums which helping reduce teething irritation.
- 100% silicone teether is soft and comfortable
- Includes bristles for natural gum stimulation
- Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
- Doesn’t stay cool for long after being in freezer
- Only available in pink
Perfectly-shaped for kids three months and older, this soft teething toy is made from 100% silicone and is BPA free. Features multiple different bristle patterns to massage and stimulate gums. Helps reduce irritation during tooth eruption.
The silicone is easy to keep clean. Simply run it through the dishwasher periodically. Avoid boiling and warming in the microwave. Also includes a carrying case for easy and hygienic transportation.
Our #2 Choice – ATON Baby Teething Toys
Five fruit-shaped teething toys made from food-grade, BPA-free silicone. Also includes pacifier clip to keep toy from falling on the floor.
- Full set of five teethers
- Easy to clean
- FDA-approved silicone construction
- Only one teether is round
Teething pains vary depending on the location of the emerging tooth. This set of five different teething toys is versatile enough to provide comfort during the entire process. Toys look like a cherry, grape, strawberry, orange and (for some reason) a frog.
Each teether is made from 100% food-grade silicone with no BPA, Lead, Petroleum, Latex or phthalates. Toys are FDA-approved and completely safe to chew on for long periods of time. Plus, they’re easily cleaned with steam or soapy water.
Also includes a free pacifier clip which keeps the teether from falling onto the floor. Clip is made from soft plastic and won’t scratch or irritate skin.
Our #3 Choice – Nuby Soothing Teething Mitten with Travel Bag
A soft, flexible mitten which is perfect for kids who can’t hold traditional teethers. Also includes a variety of sounds and textures for mental stimulation.
- Teething mitten slips over right or left hand
- Variety of silicone teething surfaces
- Mitten makes crinkling noise when touched
- Can slip off smaller hands
Not every baby can hold a teether – but this mitten is a great alternative. A Velcro strap keeps the mitten secure on either the right or left hand. Plus, the soft mitten protects your child from accidental injury but still allows them to put their hand in their mouth, which is often a natural instinct for many kids.
Mitten is made from soft silicone with teething surfaces to massage sore gums. Multiple different surfaces create a variety of tactile sensations. Additionally, the mitten makes a fun crinkling sound when touched with the opposite hand.
Our #4 Choice – Vuminbox Baby Bandana Drool Bibs with Teething Toys
Stylish bibs made from 100% cotton with attached teething toy helps relieve teething pain while also preventing big messes.
- Innovative bib/teething toy combo
- Stylish and easy to use
- Bib made from super-absorptive cotton
- Teething toy can only be used when bib is worn
This six-pack of bibs / teething toys helps comfort kids while also keeping them clean. Each bib is made from super-absorptive cotton with a 101% polyester fleece backing to keep little ones comfortable.
Bibs stay secure with two nickel-free snaps. Adjustable sizes suitable for kids between the ages of three months and two years. Quick for parents to put on and take off.
Our #5 Choice – Nuby Ice Gel Teether Ring
This ring of teething toys provides a wide variety of surfaces to help soothe eruptions throughout the mouth.
- Teething ring with multiple different textures
- PurICE non-toxic gel keeps ring cool
- Helps improve fine motor control
- Can’t be boiled
- Can’t be put into freezer
This teether ring has multiple teethers to provide a wide range of tactile surfaces. Kids love the variety of sensations which help ease pain from teeth erupting in the front, back and middle of the mouth. Plus, manipulating the teether helps develop fine motor control and coordination.
The ring can be placed in the refrigerator to create a cooling touch. Unique PurICE technology keeps the ring cool for extended periods of time. Suitable for kids three months or older.
Frequently Asked Questions about Teething Toys
What is Teething?
Everybody has two sets of teeth: Baby (primary) teeth and adult (permanent) teeth. Barring any abnormalities, most people will have 24 baby teeth and 32 adult ones.
Teething is the process where the baby teeth first emerge. Before these teeth erupt through the gums, they’ll form in the jaw and slowly push their way upwards. The entire process can be painful, especially for young ones who don’t understand what’s happening.
What Does Teething Begin?
Every baby is different. However, generally, teething will begin at the age of six months. The first complete tooth should appear around the age of one.
You’ll want to schedule your child’s first dental appointment either after the first tooth appears or by the child’s first birthday – whichever occurs first. A pediatric dentist is a type of dentist who specializes in childhood dental care. He or she will help ensure all baby teeth emerge correctly.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Teething?
Some kids handle teething just fine. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Others will develop a wide variety of symptoms, some of which can go on for a long period of time. Here’s what to look for:
- Excessive crying
- Difficulty sleeping
- Frequent drooling
- Swollen gums or lips
- Red, flushed cheeks
Of course, many of those symptoms are pretty common even in healthy babies. Mainly, you’re looking for multiple symptoms which occur over the course of several days. Additionally, you’ll want to watch out for a few very specific signs which are typically found only in teething:
- Increased interest in sucking and mouthing toys
- Difficulty eating or refusal to eat
- Ear pulling (which can indicate a tooth is erupting on that side of the face)
Also watch out for fever, diarrhea, vomiting and other signs of illness. Teething normally shouldn’t make a child sick, so you’ll want to take him or her to a pediatrician if any serious symptoms develop.
Is Teething Painful?
Truthfully, nobody is 100% sure if teething is painful. However, at the very least, the sensation of teeth erupting is new and confusing. Your child will almost certainly be irritated during the teething process.
The entire teething process typically lasts about two years. But don’t worry. Your child won’t be uncomfortable for that entire time. Instead, discomfort tends to drastically decrease after the first few teeth appear. This is likely because the baby becomes used to the teething-related sensations over time.
How Can I Help Reduce Teething Pain?
While the severity of the pain felt by the child is debatable, there’s certainly no doubt the child is uncomfortable and irritable. Fortunately, treatments are usually both simple and effective. Here are a few common solutions to try:
Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever
Acetaminophen and ibuprofen can both provide temporary pain relief. Acetaminophen is typically more effective at pain relief while ibuprofen helps reduce swelling. Of course, always follow recommended dosage for your child’s age (and don’t use both of the pain relievers at the same time).
Note that pain relievers should be used as sparingly as possible. If pain relievers need to be used for more than a few days, check in with your doctor. The source of the pain might be something more serious than a teething issue.
Gentle Pressure and Massage
Pain from teething can occur well before the tooth emerges. Counterpressure can be an effective way to dull pain which originates deep in the gum and jaw. Simply rub your child’s gums with your clean finger. Your finger can be either bare or wrapped in gauze.
Teething pain is similar to a constant, dull headache. Sometimes the pain can be lessened if your mind is otherwise occupied. A new toy, extra cuddles, a favorite more or other distraction can actually work wonders.
Wet, Cold Washcloth
Take a clean, soft washcloth and soak one end in cold water. Then simply let your child chew on the cold washcloth. The benefits are two-fold. The cold temps numb sore gums while the soft, thick fabric provides a comforting tactile sensation against the gums.
What Order Do Teeth Emerge?
Determining if your baby’s on-going discomfort is caused by teething or some other issue can be difficult. However, knowing the order teeth typically emerge can be helpful. This way you can look for any swelling or other signs in the specific spot on the gums where a tooth could be about to emerge.
Here’s the general order where teeth typically emerge:
- The bottom two teeth typically emerge around six to 10 months.
- The upper two teeth typically emerge between eight and 13 months.
- These two upper teeth next to the front ones often emerge between nine and 13 months.
- The lower teeth next to the bottom front ones usually emerge between one year and 16 months.
Between the first and second year, molars and canines will start to emerge. By this age, the child should be comfortable with teething. Of course, you’ll still want to keep up with regular check-ups so your child’s dentist can make sure all teeth erupt in the proper position.
What Should I Look for in a Teething Toy?
Teething toys are durable plastic objects which kids can chew on to help prevent teething pain. They provide pressure and other tactile sensations against the gums, which helps provide relief from irritation. When shopping for a teething toy, here’s what to keep in mind:
What is the teething toy made from? Most teethers are constructed from a pliable silicone. Make sure the teether is BPA-free and non-toxic.
Additionally, you want a teether with a variety of textures. Different textures provide unique sensations against the gums. Each erupting tooth will feel different, so the varying textures helps relieve pain throughout the entire teething process.
Teethers need to be cleaned regularly. Many teethers can simply be thrown in the dishwasher. However, not all teethers can be boiled, which is a cleaning method some parents prefer.
A cold teether often provides added pain relief. Most teethers can simply be thrown into the refrigerator for about half an hour to create a cool effect. However, some teethers will be specifically designed to stay cool for longer periods of time.
What Teething Techniques Should be Avoided?
There’s plenty of teething misinformation out there. Here are a few Old Wives’ Tales you’ll want to avoid:
Stay away from hard foods such as frozen carrots, frozen bananas, zwieback crackers or frozen breads. While babies will happily chew on these foods, they’ll quickly become a choking hazard.
Also, try to prevent your baby from chewing on their hand. Babies have a surprisingly strong bite, and they can accidentally injure themselves. If your child is prone to hand-chewing, a teething mitten can often be a safe and effective solution.
Finally, avoid rubbing any alcohol on the child’s gums. Even small amounts can be very dangerous.
How Do I Care for My Baby’s First Teeth?
Brushing begins as soon as the first tooth appears. Until about the age of two, don’t use any toothpaste. Brush with water only.
As soon as two teeth emerge which touch, you’ll want to start flossing. Floss once a day (the specific time doesn’t particularly matter).
Baby teeth are very susceptible to cavities. Be careful of what’s called “baby bottle tooth decay” which are cavities caused by the sugars found in milk and juice. Avoid putting your child down with a bottle.
Even though baby teeth eventually fall out, you’ll still want to protect them from cavities. Tooth decay can quickly spread from tooth to tooth. Damage to any baby teeth can cause permanent teeth to erupt at an incorrect angle.
Your dentist will be a valuable partner here. He or she will use x-rays and other techniques to monitor the position of emerging permanent teeth. Helping teeth erupt correctly helps reduce the need for braces and other orthopedic devices later in life.
A Final Thought
Teething can be a tough time, but fortunately it’s usually easy to manage with the right teething toy and some tender loving care. Choose a toy which has multiple surfaces to provide a variety of sensations. Also make sure the toy is easy to clean and durable. Teething is tough but relief is available today!