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Carley Roney

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Teething can be tough on a baby (not to mention everyone else in earshot). And, when you get tired of the little one gumming on your knuckle/purse strap/BlackBerry, you just might need a little help. Good news! There are some unbelievably cute (and effective!) teething toys from which to choose. There’s the freezable, the vibrating, the hard, the squishy, the squeaky, the attachable... we’re certainly not running low on options.

When choosing baby’s comfort-buddies, I suggest getting a toy or two that can easily travel in your diaper bag, a couple of soft, engaging or otherwise lovable ones that can double as “regular” toys (and aren’t just something to chew on), and at least one that can be refrigerated or frozen. As with most toys and gear, you may have to experiment to find out what works best for your baby’s particular stage and style. Just be sure your choices are non-toxic, have chewable textures, and are - above all - easy to clean!

From little mesh bags to big hunks of rubber, these are my favorites.

Best Teethers by Carley Roney

The Best You Can Get

  • Sophie the Giraffe by Vulli

    Carley says: Maybe it’s the texture of her “skin,” or the feel of her nubby horns on sore gums. Perhaps she’s extra-alluring because she comes from the French Alps. Whatever the reason, babies loooove Sophie. And, since this giraffe teether is made of natural rubber, food paint, and no toxic gunk whatsoever, we moms are pretty much nuts about her too. Plus, there are chewable appendages sticking out every which way, a squeaker in the body to keep baby amused, and she’s just the right size for a baby’s grip. Now, you won’t find Sophie in the $0.99 (or $10) bins, but trust me, the moment of silence is worth the twenty bucks.

    • Phthalates & BPA free
    • 100% natural rubber
    • Easy to hold
    • Tons of chewable parts
    • Squeaks
  • Organic Fruit Tote by Under the Nile

    Carley says: The great thing about the fruit tote from Under the Nile - aside from being organic and super-safe - is that it offers a whole, gummable game for baby. Smaller babies can practice grabbing and mouthing (the fruits are small enough for tiny hands), and toddlers can stuff and easily carry the soft “basket” around the house. Even better, it’s all machine washable. And hey, it couldn’t hurt to teach baby about healthy shopping, right?

    • 100% organic Egyptian cotton
    • Pesticide- & chemical-free
    • 4 soft chewable veggies
    • Cute tote for interactive play
    • Machine washable
  • Rainbow Baby by Kathe Kruse

    Carley says: The Kathe Kruse Rainbow Baby dolls come in a choice of colors, the wooden ring and soft body are absolutely chewable, and the little face just makes you want to melt. This isn’t only a teether - it doubles as a “lovey,” and is appropriate for even the tiniest babies.

    • Soft body
    • Removable waxed beech wood ring
    • Six color choices
    • Machine washable doll
    • 6.4 inches tall
  • Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder

    Carley says: If baby is on the way to solids, mesh feeders are awesome — they ease teething pains while teaching little one to chew and introduce him to new flavors. This great one from Munchkin comes in stimulating colors and has a textured handle that’s easy for baby to hold while he gnaws on whatever treat you’ve put inside. Nearly anything works, but frozen fruits, veggies, and even an ice cube are especially great for teethers. It’s top-rack dishwasher safe - just beware that gooier items (like bananas) can be tough to get out of the mesh.

    • Chewing action soothes gums
    • Introduces solids safely
    • Great for frozen fruits
    • Easy-grasp handle
    • Great for 6+ months
  • Raz-Berry Teether by RaZbaby

    Carley says: If baby likes a pacifier, this teether could be a winner. As the name implies, the Raz-Berry is designed to look like, well, a raspberry. Why? Raspberries have little bumps, and little bumps apparently feel really good on aching gums. It’s made of flexible 100% medical-grade silicone, and baby can gnaw away while both her hands remain free for other fun.

    • Soothing bumpy texture
    • Pacifier shape
    • Non-toxic 100% silicone
    • Hands-free

You will be happy with any of these

  • Massaging Action Teether by The First Years

    Carley says: This Massaging Action Teether from The First Years may seem basic, but if you look closely, it’s full of extras. Each of the three star tips has a different texture, the handle is designed to be held with two tiny hands, and a little spinning rattle at the bottom keeps baby entertained. The star vibrates when baby bites down, and though the sealed-up battery isn’t replaceable, its eight hours of life should be plenty to make it through the teething days.

    • Multi-textured
    • Vibrating gum massage
    • For age 6+ months
    • Sealed internal battery
    • Rattle on handle
  • Organic Teething Bonbon by Dress Me Up

    Carley says: The Organic Teething Bonbon is about as simple as it gets - a wad of cotton and wool – but man, does it work! You just soak the knots for a sec in cool water (preferably boiled first) and pop them in the freezer. Grab one when baby needs it for a super-soothing fix. You’d think it would be chilly to hold, but the wool stuffing in the center warms up fast to baby’s touch. They are machine washable, but it’s best to hang them to dry (remember to untie the knots).

    • Organic cotton flannel
    • Wool stuffing
    • Freezable
    • Machine washable
  • Freddie the Firefly by Lamaze

    Carley says: Freddie the Firefly is a busy little critter, meaning there’s tons of stuff to keep baby engaged. It’s all-around chewable, but the best bits are the dangling ladybug, the rings and the knotted legs. It comes with a big ring for attaching to car seats, strollers and high chairs, and the high-contrast colors and multiple noises (squeaking, crinkling, and clinking) are extra entertaining when baby’s not busy gumming.

    • Clips to car seat, stroller, or high chair
    • Multiple activities & textures
    • For newborn+
    • Cuddly
    • Dangling teether
  • The Teethifier

    Carley says: I wouldn’t call the Teethifier pretty, but it sure is a cool invention. As far as I know, this is the only teether designed to reach way back to baby’s rear gums, without the risk of choking. The chewy bits are bumpy, so they provide some great massage action, and the pacifier shape keeps baby from shoving it in too far. Plus, some parents say it works well as a transition in the pacifier-weaning stage.

    • Reaches rear gums
    • Textured nubs
    • Pacifier shield prevents over-insertion
    • FDA-approved Santoprene
  • Natursutten Apple Teething Ring

    Carley says: Sweet and simple, the Natursutten Apple Teething Ring helps comfort baby and is easy to take anywhere. The shape is perfect for baby’s grasp, and it’s covered in little bumps for a good gum massage. If you’re using it at home, stick it in the fridge for a while to chill the water inside for some extra soothing.

    • Phthalates & BPA free
    • No chemical softeners
    • Textured to soothe gums
    • Can be refrigerated
    • Filled with water

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