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When should I give my baby teething toys

When should I give my baby teething toys

When your baby starts teething, it can be a rough time. Before reaching for the medicine cabinet, offer your little one a teether. Here's everything you need to know about these amazing tools:

When to offer a teething toy

  • Offer one to your baby when he or she is showing signs of an imminent tooth eruption, such as fussiness and drooling. You might start offering a teether before you see any actual teeth develop, just in case your baby is experiencing symptoms early.
  • Offer the toy again if your baby becomes fussy after eating, taking a nap or falling asleep at night. This can be an indication that your child’s gums may be bothering him or her while sleeping.

How to get the most out of your teething toys

Teething toys can be a great way to soothe your baby's sore gums, but be sure to choose ones that are soft and easy for your little one to hold. Look for a flexible material and no BPA. While some soothers are made of plastic or other hard materials, there are many soft rubber options available as well.

Teething rings and chewable rings made of silicone rubber are good choices because they're easier for babies to grip than plastic or metal options (and they won't hurt if they fall out of their hands). Some parents also find that cold washcloths soaked in water offer relief from the discomfort caused by teething. If you choose to cool the washcloth in a freezer, please do so for no longer than 15 minutes. A frozen washcloth (or any frozen toy/soothing aid) could cause freezer burn on your baby's gums.

Some teethers can also be cooled in the refrigerator to help soothe your baby's hot, itchy gums. The Gummee glove is perfect for this, it features a detachable teething ring which can be refrigerated. It means that your baby's hands needn't be cold when holding the cooled teether. 

What kind of toy should I get?

When choosing a teething toy, you'll want to make sure that it's easy for your baby to hold. You'll also want to choose something soft and squishy, to help soothe and comfort their gums. Always check the packaging to ensure the products comply with relevant safety testing.

Teething toys can help soothe sore gums for babies and toddlers.

There are many different types of teething toys on the market. It’s important to know what kind you are buying before purchasing a product, as well as its potential benefits for your baby or toddler.

Some toys may be better suited for older children who can chew on them and others may not be safe for babies under six months old due to choking hazards.