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The Best Baby Teethers of 2020


Teething can be a frustrating and uncomfortable time for mom and baby. When your baby is in pain, you want a solution right now! 

Here is the list of the best baby teethers based on my experience and parent recommendations.

I will start with the classic baby-held teethers. Toward the end, you will find options for you or your child to wear to keep the teething texture handy all day.

The Best Baby TeethersWhy It's BestMom Rating
Baby elefun Baby Teething ToysCute, easy to wash, freezer safe♥♥♥♥♥
Maple Landmark Maple Teether PairWooden teethers, made in the USA♥♥♥♥
Baby Banana Toothbrush and Training TeetherInfant toothbrush, also good for teething♥♥♥♥
Munchkin Fresh Food FeederCombine feeding with teething relief♥♥♥♥
Boppy Teething ScarfStylish, protects clothes, convenient chewer♥♥♥♥♥
Goobie Baby Audrey Silicone Teething NecklaceCute way to keep a teether nearby, good for nursing too♥♥♥♥♥

27 of the Best Baby Teethers

Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys

Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys

The Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys is a very classic teething toy. Many babies love to have toys that look like your interesting objects – phone, keys, remote, etc.

This set of keys is great for babies getting teeth or who just love to chew. They are designed to go in the fridge to get nice and cool for those sore gums. It is not recommended to put them in the freezer, though.

There are different textures on different areas to give your child a variety of surfaces to choose from. This allows the toy to be used for front and back teeth, and for stages from sore gums up through fully erupted teeth.

This toy is for ages three months and up. It comes in two different color schemes. Most parents are happy with this item, though some think it is a bit big and heavy for smaller babies to hold. You could cut the ring to remove the keys for individual use, though that isn’t how they were intended to be used.

These keys cannot be boiled or put in the dishwasher to clean. You must hand wash them. And you must inspect the gel-filled keys for any nicks or cuts often to be sure your child doesn’t ingest the gel.

We didn’t have this exact set, but the key-shaped teethers we had were used often in my house through the infant and toddler years.

Maple Teether Pair

Maple Teether Pair - Made in USA

Maple Teether Pair is a set of teethers we did buy for our second baby. We loved that they were a natural material and made in the USA.

The wood is sanded very smoothly and it isn’t treated with any chemical finishes. Unfortunately, our son didn’t really like them as much as we did. The majority of parents are happy with them, though.

You do need to be careful with how you clean these teethers as well. The manufacturer recommends you wipe them with warm, soapy water. If you soak them or put them in the dishwasher, they may crack when they dry. Some users have reported cracks in the teethers, and that may be why. So just wipe them down and inspect them for cracks before each use to be safe.

If you like the wooden idea but want something in a cuter shape, check out Owl Shaped Maple Teether and Pi Shaped Maple Teether.

Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder

Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder, 2 Pack, Blue/Green

The Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder is for teething and introducing solid foods. You can put bigger pieces of food in the mesh and allow your baby to gnaw on it.

The mesh should ensure only very small pieces of food get through to reduce the risk of choking. You definitely need to supervise your child during use, though.

These work best for very soft foods, like banana, or for frozen cubes of food or milk. Frozen foods will also work well for teething pain. Your teething baby might even enjoy chewing on the handle when they finish the food!

The food feeder is safe to put in the top rack of the dishwasher, though we recommend you rinse food bits off right after use to prevent them from drying on the mesh.

If your child is at least six months old and is trying out solid food, this is a nice option to explore foods and fight teething pain.

Mombella Mimi The Mushroom Soothing Teether 

Mombella Mimi The Mushroom Soothing teether for Breast Feeding Baby who Does not take Pacifiers/Premature Baby who has weak jaw movement/0-6month with Sucking Needs

The Mombella Mimi The Mushroom Soothing Teether is for younger babies, up to six months old. It can be used as a teether or a sucking toy for babies who don’t like pacifiers. It comes in a variety of colors.

It was designed to mimic breastfeeding. It needs to be held up to the baby’s mouth for use, unlike a pacifier that you or your child can just pop in. You may need to help a young baby get it to their mouth. It is not recommended for children 6 months or older.

Many experienced moms say their younger babies love this toy for sucking comfort and to chew on. Just be aware that pieces can break off even when the child has no teeth, so I would only recommend this for use when you are able to supervise your baby.

Another complaint is that a lot of hair and fuzz sticks to the silicone, so you need to be prepared to wash it often.

I think this one would be worth a try if you have a younger baby who doesn’t like the pacifier, but only to use when you can keep a close eye on them.

Nuby Silicone Teethe-eez Teether with Bristles

Nuby Silicone Teethe-eez Teether with Bristles, Includes Hygienic Case, Blue

The Nuby Silicone Teethe-eez Teether with Bristles is OK for newborns and up. It is made of one piece of soft silicone with a variety of surfaces for your child to explore.

There are a few different color options. The teether (which is our editor’s favorite!) comes with a case for you to easily throw it in a diaper bag to bring along with you while keeping it clean.

Parents like that it is small enough for young or petite babies to get in their mouths. Many infants seem to like the bristles on the end.

This teether is known to quickly break or leak in baby’s mouth, though. Make sure you inspect it carefully before each use.

I like that the Teethe-eez has different textures, including bristles. I think many infants will be able to find at least one part they enjoy chewing on.

Green Sprouts Cooling Ring Teethers

green sprouts Cooling Ring Teethers, Clear

The Green Sprouts Cooling Ring Teether is also a very classic type of teether. The rings are filled with water and are designed to go in the fridge to chill.

A good point about these teethers is they are for newborns and up, so they are great for any age baby. Some parents thought they were too big for their younger babies to hold and chew on, though.

These water teethers can only be surface cleaned, so don’t try to microwave or heat sterilize them. They are not recommended for the freezer, just the fridge to chill.

As with many filled teethers, these teethers can spring leaks, but since they are filled with water, this isn’t as concerning as with gel-filled options. If they do leak, you would need to discard them to ensure no plastic pieces can be chewed off around the hole.

We had a set of teethers very similar to this. It was nice to leave them in the fridge to pull out when needed.

Infantino Good Bites Textured Carrot Teether

Infantino Good Bites Textured Carrot Teether

The Infantino Good Bites Textured Carrot Teether is an adorable choice for your child. Who wouldn’t smile to see a baby gnawing on a big carrot?

The carrot teether is made of silicone and is for newborns and up. It has handles to help your baby hold it, which some infants also love to chew on. There are different textures on the orange and green ends to give your child options of chewing surfaces.

The silicone is a good firmness, not too hard but not too soft. It tends to attract fewer hairs and fuzzies than some other teething toys. 

This teether is a bit heavier than some others, which could make it a little harder for smaller babies to hold well.

Some cons to this teething toy are that it is not recommended to be chilled or heat sanitized or boiled.

I don’t remember seeing this kind of teether when my kids were young enough, but I would give this one a try. It looks cute and sturdy.

There are two other food-shaped options from Infantino: Lil’ Nibbles Fruit Kabob and Lil’ Nibbles Peas in A Pod Teether.

Itzy Ritzy Cactus Water Teethers

Itzy Ritzy Water-Filled Teethers; Set of 3 Coordinating Cactus Water Teethers; Cutie Coolers are Textured On Both Sides to Massage Sore Gums; Can Be Chilled in Refrigerator; Set of 3 Green Cacti

Another set of adorably shaped teething toys is Itzy Ritzy Water-Filled Teethers. These are cute cactus shapes that will be great for fans of the desert or those who want to hop on the cactus trend bandwagon.

This set of teethers is made of silicone and filled with water, which makes them soft and easy to chew. They can be put in the fridge, but not in the freezer. They also cannot be boiled or microwaved. You can clean them with a damp cloth and soap and let them air dry.

Each toy in the set is textured on both sides, so your child can chew on it any way he can get it to his mouth. The holes in the middle give an easy spot to grip as well.

You’ll love the cute shapes and, while you will be happy with your purchase, you may notice that the toys don’t stay cold very long after being taken out of the fridge. We’ve noticed that toddlers with teeth can poke a hole in these teethers fairly quickly, so they might be better for babies with few teeth all the way in. 

I think these would be great as a gift to parents who are fans of desert and cactus decor.

Baby Teething Toys for Newborn Infants 

Baby Teething Toys for Newborn Infants (6-Pack) Freezer Safe Infant and Toddler Silicone Teethers Soothe Babies Gums, Perfect Baby Shower Gift

The Baby Teething Toys for Newborn Infants (6-Pack) would also make a lovely gift for new parents or give your own child a variety of teethers to try out. It comes with six different toys in two distinct varieties, so chances are high your child will love at least one of them.

Four of the teethers are fruit-shaped and have a nice handle and stand. Two are flat toys that could be hooked on a pacifier clip.

A bonus to these teethers is they can be put in the freezer and can be sterilized in hot water, unlike many other options.

You’ll love the variety of toys and chewing surfaces in this pack and the texture, which is more flexible than some silicone teethers. Some of the fruit teethers are too narrow, though, and can be inserted too far into the baby’s mouth. Make sure you supervise your child with those toys in particular.

I think this set would be a great gift to new parents because of its variety and the way the toys can withstand heat and cold.

Baby Teething Toys – Elephant Teether

Baby Teething Toys - BPA Free Silicone - Cute, Easy to Hold, Soft and Highly Effective Elephant Teether - Teethers Toy Best for Freezer, Little Boys and Girls 0-6 6-12 Months, Babies Shower Gifts

The Baby Teething Toys – BPA Free Elephant Teether is another option that can be put in the fridge and freezer as well as being safe to put in the dishwasher, sterilizer or boiling water to clean.

The Elefun teether comes in blue or pink and is recommended for newborns to 24 months. It is approximately 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches, so it’s not very big. It’s a great size for most infants.

The elephant has five different textures on it, and the trunk helps baby to reach her molars with the toy.

This teething toy is great because babies love the shapes and the size and it’s very durable.

This may have a strong chemical smell when first opened. It is made from 100% food-grade silicone. Unlike other options, this teether has very few complaints about pieces coming off, which makes this teether stand out to me.

You can also get this teether in a gift set with a pacifier clip: Elephant Teethers Toy with Clip

I would recommend giving this teething toy a try because of its cute design and the variety of ways you can safely clean it.

Bonbino Teether Rings

Bonbino Teether Rings - (4 Pack) Silicone Sensory Teething Rings - Soothes Baby Gum Pain! (Multicolor)

The Bonbino Teether Rings (4 Pack) comes in a few different color packs, the multicolor pictured, a pastel set, a pink set, and a blue and green set.

The rings are made of food-grade silicone and have some bend to them. They are also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

I couldn’t find a manufacturer recommendation on chilling these, but because they are simple silicone, I would imagine that they can be put in the freezer without damage.

Each ring has several textures on it, but each ring has the same set of textures. The only difference between rings is the color.

It is nice to have several rings so it is easier to find one when your child wants it. You’ll also appreciate that it is dishwasher safe. These silicone rings don’t attract as much dirt and hair as other teethers.

Some complaints are that it doesn’t reach baby’s back teeth very well and it’s a little big for some babies to chew.

I think this set does look very usable and safe, but if I was buying a set of teething toys, I’d prefer some more variety.

Vulli Sophie The Giraffe Teether

Vulli Sophie The Giraffe Teether, Brown/White

The Vulli Sophie The Giraffe Teether, Brown/White has been a very popular baby toy for several years. It is made of rubber, unlike many silicone teething toys, so it is fairly soft.

The paint is food paint, which the manufacturer says can fade. Many parents agree the color can come off pretty quickly, but at least it is safe for ingestion.

Sophie also has a squeaker inside, which many children love. But that makes cleaning more complicated, as you don’t want water to get in the squeaker hole and cause mold inside Sophie. So it is only recommended that you clean the giraffe with a damp cloth and soapy water while you cover the hole. 

You might be skeptical of Sophie’s price tag before making the purchase, but there are legions of fans that report she was well worth the cost. It’s hard to explain why, but many babies just love her.

If you have a pet at home, you might need to be extra careful to keep Sophie out of reach, as many animals will be very interested in her squeaker as well.

There is another Sophie option that’s more like a traditional teether and has no squeaker: Sophie La Girafe – So Pure Teether Giraffe. Many parents were upset to find this version was made in China, though, as the original Sophie is made in France.

I thought Sophie was kind of a weird trend when my kids were babies, and I never bought one. But after my research, if I had a really miserable teether who didn’t like other options, I might heed other parents’ advice and try Sophie.

Nuby Silicone Gum Massager

Nuby Silicone Gum Massager, Colors May Vary

The Nuby Silicone Gum Massager is designed to rub on your child’s gums, but many infants like chewing on it as well. It is for ages three months and up.

It has bristles that when positioned properly will massage baby’s top and bottom gums. But to use it like that will probably require parent involvement, more like toothbrushing. 

Most children will enjoy chewing on it any way they can, not necessarily with the bristles positioned correctly. Even the handle is a nice flexible spot to chew on!

This massager is made in blue, aqua, green, and pink, but you may not get to choose your color. Pay close attention when ordering if the color is important to you.

It might be too big for your baby’s mouth, especially petite or younger babies who just don’t have as big of gums. Even so, baby will still find a way to gnaw on it.

I would recommend this teether for infants who already like the bristle feeling, as that is the main attraction of this teether. If you don’t know what your child will like, I would try an option with a variety of textures instead. This massager might also be good if you intend to use it as a toothbrush.

Nuby Soothing Corn Teether

Nuby Soothing Corn Teether, Green, Green

Next is a cute food-shaped toy, the Nuby Soothing Corn Teether. It has handles for your child to hold and a stand to help keep it upright and clean when not in use.

The corn teether is for infants three months and up. It is safe to put in the top rack of the dishwasher or to boil and steam sterilize.

The corn and husk provide different textures for teething babies to choose from.

There is also a banana version, but the peel of that doesn’t come all the way down to form loop handles like the corn. It still gives babies a place to grip, though.

Both versions are made of 100% soft silicone. The parts past the handles aren’t as long as some other toothbrush/teethers available.

I think this is a cute option that looks sturdy and durable.

green sprouts Cooling Teether

green sprouts Cooling Teether (2 Pack) | Soothes Gums & Promotes Healthy Oral Development | Safer Plastic Filled with sterilized Water, Chill for Extra Relief, Textured Surface to Massage Gums

The green sprouts Cooling Teether is made from silicone and filled with sterilized water. It is meant for babies 6 months and up, and it is meant to help with front teeth. It probably won’t help with teething pain from molars.

The cooling teether is designed to be chilled in the fridge. It may break if you freeze it, as the water inside expands. It is also not to be boiled or steam sterilized. These teethers need to be hand washed.

There are a few different shapes. The ones pictured above are round with five “fingers” sticking out of them. They have the same texture all over. There are also fruit-shaped teethers that have a bit of extra texture at the leaf/stem end.

A lot of parents and infants enjoy this teether because it is easy for baby to grip. 

You might find that this teether is harder than you’d hoped, and you might find that the nubby fingers are too close together. You may even experience a leak in the rings. You would need to discard them if a leak develops, but the water inside isn’t much of a hazard.

I think I would prefer a teething toy with more variety in texture, but if you know your child likes the water filled ones, this would be a good choice.

Manhattan Toy Classic Baby Beads

Manhattan Toy Classic Baby Beads Wood Rattle, Teether, and Clutching Toy

Another wooden option that will be fun before and after teething time is Manhattan Toy Classic Baby Beads. This toy is made up of several colorful wooden balls attached by elastic.

The paint is water-based and lead-free to be safe for your child to chew on. But the balls also twist and turn because of the elastic, so it is interesting to hold and move as well as chew on. As the balls move, they make a nice clicking sound, which adds another level of interest.

This toy is suitable for newborns up through toddlers. The manufacturer says they are also good for older children with autism to play with, and several parents agree.

Most parents would agree that the wooden balls seem too big to be choking hazards if they were to come off of the elastic, which is a definite plus. The pain could come off very easily in your child’s mouth, though, so I’d recommend washing them first and then keeping an eye on their use.

These may also be a little heavy for young babies. But I like that this toy might outlive the months or year of teething. I would recommend this as a general older infant/toddler toy that might also help with teething.

Baby Banana Toothbrush and Training Teether 

Baby Banana - Yellow Banana Toothbrush, Training Teether Tooth Brush for Infant, Baby, and Toddler

The Baby Banana is one of the few teething options I found that was made in the USA. It is meant to be a toothbrush for ages 3-12 months, but it also provides good chewing options for teething infants.

Baby Banana is dishwasher and freezer safe.

It also comes in several other varieties, including shark, unicorn, dragon, corn, and Baby Banana – Pink Banana.  Not all the varieties list where they are made, though, so if USA is important to you, choose one of the bananas.

Some parents prefer it as a toothbrush; some preferred it as a teether. It’s a matter of what works for your baby. Be warned – bristles can break off after some use, so be sure to inspect it before each use.

I think this looks like a cute way to introduce toothbrushing. We used the finger toothbrushes for my kids, but they bit me fairly often, so one of these might have worked better.

If you are looking for more oral health items, check out our list of best baby toothbrushes and best baby toothpastes.

The American Academy of Pediatrics also offers a Guide to Children’s Oral Health with good information on caring for your child’s teeth and handling teething.

Coffee Teething Toys and Teethers by Tulamama

Teething Toys and Teethers by Tulamama. Bendable & Freezer Friendly. Highly Recommended by Moms. 100% Silicone (Similar to Nipples & Pacifiers), BPA & Phthalates Free, FDA Compliant. Coffee

The coffee to-go cup is just one option available for Teething Toys and Teethers by Tulamama. Others include milkshake and adorable animals such as raccoon, bear, hedgehog, and fox. Some options come in a gift set with a pacifier clip.

All of the options are made from 100% silicone that is bendable. They are also compliant with California’s Proposition 65. They are freezer safe and dishwasher safe.

These teethers have texture on both sides to help baby grip and have interesting places to chew. The coffee and milkshake toys might help your baby feel like he’s imitating you if you often get the real drinks.

You might find these teethers hard to clean, though. You may also experience cracks or breaking, especially on the raccoon toy. 

Sometimes mom and baby just need matching lattes. While I am not a coffee fan, I would consider the cute hedgehog set as a gift.

Infantino Cuddly Teether Fox

Infantino Cuddly Teether, Fox

If your child really enjoys their lovey or blankets, you may want to try Infantino Cuddly Teether, Fox. While there are parts meant for chewing, the main body of this toy is fabric.

The fox’s feet are textured plastic for chewing, and it also has a plastic ring coming from its neck. The fabric ears and front paws also provide softer places to chew. It is appropriate for newborns and up. 

Inside the fabric is crinkly material to give your child extra sensory experiences. The fox can be put in the washing machine, but it needs to air dry.

If your baby keeps refusing the harder teethers, try this! Some kids like to chew on soft surfaces, and this one is great because it’s washable.

We had a similar toy that was dog-shaped, and our kids loved the crinkly sounds so much! I don’t remember if it helped with teething as much, but I would recommend it as a good all-around infant toy.

Grabease Silicone Baby Training Spoon and Chewable Toy 

Grabease Silicone Baby Training Spoon and Chewable Toy + Pacifier Clip. Ergonomic Easy-Grip Handle and Choke Protection Barrier. BPA-Free, Phthalate-Free. Self-Feeding Toddler Spoons (Grey)

The Grabease Silicone Baby Training Spoon and Chewable Toy is meant to be easy for baby to use to feed herself plus a safe toy to chew as well.

The spoon handle is too short for adults to use comfortably, but it should allow an older baby to grip it pretty well. There is a guard between the handle and the spoon that is meant to prevent the entire spoon from going into your child’s mouth.

Smart and curious babies could fit the entire guard into their mouth, though, so I’d recommend supervision when your infant uses this as a spoon or teether.

It comes with a pacifier-type clip, which you might love or your might hate. It does attach to the spoon/toy kind of oddly, wrapping around the spoon handle. (I guess there isn’t really a better spot to put it without adding a hole.) You wouldn’t want to use the tether when it is being used as a spoon since food would get all over the string and fabric. But it might be handy when you are using it as a teether.

The spoon is one piece of food-grade silicone. Spoons were some of my kids’ favorite things to chew on, so I would have given this a try if I had come across it years ago.

teetherpop

teetherpop - Fillable, Freezable Baby Teether for Breastmilk, Purées, Water, Smoothies, Juice & More (Baby Teether is USA Made & BPA Free)

The teetherpop is another feeding/teething item. You can fill the flexible silicone top with purees, breastmilk, smoothies, or water. Slits in the top allow your child to get a little bit out at a time.

You can also fill them and put them in the freezer for homemade pops that will provide a nice chill to sore gums as well as some food. There is a cap to put on while it freezes or to take it on the go.

This teether is made in the USA as well. It comes in several colors and is meant for ages 6-24 months. It is safe to put in the top rack of the dishwasher.

There is very little mess with this, as the liquid can only come out a few slits. A few complaints are that the teetherpop leaks and the cap breaks very easily.

I think this looks like it will work better than putting frozen cubes in the mesh feeders. If you have older kids who are eating regular ice pops, your baby or toddler might like feeling like a big kid with their own pop.

Bright Starts Grab and Spin Rattle

Bright Starts Grab and Spin Rattle

The Bright Starts Grab and Spin Rattle is primarily a rattle, but the handle is designed to help with teething.

There is a clear chamber with small colored balls that roll around as your baby moves the rattle. There are also two shapes that can move along the handle. They have textures that may interest a teething baby.

It is recommended for infants 3 months and up, and it is easy for a child to grasp.

The rattle can be hand-washed, but if it is submerged in water, the clear chamber can retain water. If you place it in the sun and let it dry, it will dry out, but I would recommend just wiping it clean to ensure mold doesn’t develop.

Also beware that the color received may vary from the photo, so if you are picky about colors, you may want to choose another teething toy.

This toy also should only be used with supervision because the shapes on the handle can get stuck in a child’s mouth. You may also find that the handle’s hardness bothers baby’s mouth.

I think this is a good choice for a general baby toy, but only if you will be supervising your child during use.

Boppy Teething Scarf

Boppy Teething Scarf, Heathered Gray

Next, I will share some wearable teething options. The Boppy Teething Scarf is a cute way to keep a teether handy as you carry your baby around.

It comes in a few different colors, and it can be worn a few different ways. Attached to the fabric of the scarf is a round silicone teether. 

The scarf is for adult use only, but the teether is recommended for ages 3-12 months. The scarf is machine washable, which is good, since it will get drooled on.

Most moms will like the convenience of the scarf. If would be great if it was a bit larger to also double as a nursing cover, but as is, it is a bit small for that.

I would have given this a try as a shirt protector as well as a teether when my kids were babies. Though it would be odd to wear when you weren’t with your baby, I think it would be great for going out with your child or wearing around the house.

Bebe Neutral Cookie Teether Necklace

Bebe Neutral Cookie Teether & Gum Massager

The Bebe Neutral Cookie Teether & Gum Massager comes with a necklace for mom to wear to keep the toy nearby or to hook around a stroller handle.

It is recommended to remove the string if you want to just hand the teether to your child. Once the lanyard is removed the “cream filling” ring may be taken off of the cookie portion. This makes cleaning easier, but it may be a hazard if your child removes the ring and tries to eat it.

There are also options that come with a pacifier clip instead of a necklace if you don’t intend to wear it.

The green cookie is a medium hard chewer, but there are other color and hardness options. The red is the softest texture, and the black is the hardest.

The green texture is probably just right for a teething baby, though the black looks most like an Oreo. Black, which is the hardest texture, can hold up even to chewing by older children and adults.

I think this looks super cute, but I would recommend removing the white ring if you are detaching the cookie from its string or pacifier clip. I had an older child who needed a necklace to chew on for a period of time, and this would be a good option for that too as it doesn’t look babyish.

Malarkey Kids Munch Mitt Teething Mitten 

Malarkey Kids Munch Mitt Teething Mitten - The ORIGINAL Mom-Invented Silicone Teether Mitten with Travel Bag – Ideal Teething Toys for Baby Shower Gift - Green Polka Dot

The Malarkey Kids Munch Mitt Teething Mitten is a good choice for babies who can’t quite grasp a toy and get it to their mouths yet. It also helps protect the hands of infants who constantly chew on their fingers and gives parents a break from picking toys up off the floor.

You put the mitten on your child’s hand, and velcro helps hold it on. The top of the mitten is textured silicone for safe chewing. There is also crinkly material inside the fabric to provide an auditory experience as well.

It comes in several different colors and is designed for babies 3-12 months, though at the top end of that range, children may be able to remove the mitten themselves.

The mitten may be hand washed or machine washed, and it can be put in the dryer on low/medium heat or gentle.

This genius little mitten is so helpful! While the plastic part might be too hard for their child and the sizing might be off for your child’s hand, it’s still a smart option.  

If you are really trying to prevent your child from chewing their own fingers too much, you may want to buy two in case your child just goes for the hand without the mitten.

I think this does look like a good solution for babies who are hurting their hands with chewing or who can’t grasp a toy very well yet.

Bandana Bibs with Teething Corner

Bandana Bibs with Teething Corner, Teething Bib by Giftty, BPA-Free Silicone Teether and Adjustable Snap for Baby Boys, (Aqua, 5-Pack)

Bandana Bibs with Teething Corner (Aqua, 5-Pack) are a combination bib and teether.

The bandana-style bibs have two snap closures to allow for sizing adjustment. On the front of the bib is cotton fabric and the back is fleece. There is also a silicone teething surface at the bottom of the bib. 

The bibs can be machine washed and dried. Parents say they hold up well after washing, and most say they are absorbent.

The fleece underside makes them a bit warmer than all-cotton bibs, so they might not be the best choice for hot weather.

They also come in some other colors: Teething Bibs Baby Bandana Bib Sets (Pink 5 Pack), Baby & Toddler Bandana Teething Bib (Black and blue 5 Pack), and Bandana Bibs with Teething Corner (Black Forest, 5 Pack).

I think these bibs would work well for keeping a drooling baby dry and providing a teething option on the go that’s less likely to be dropped.

Goobie Baby Audrey Silicone Teething Necklace for Mom

Goobie Baby Audrey Silicone Teething Necklace for Mom to Wear, Nursing Necklace Chew Bead (Teething Necklace - Black)

Goobie Baby Audrey Silicone Teething Necklace for Mom is a silicone necklace that comes in a variety of colors.

The beads are food-grade silicone, which makes them safe for you child to chew on. It also may keep a nursing baby’s hands occupied while breastfeeding.

The beads don’t go all the way around the cord of the necklace, which decreases the chances of mom’s hair getting stuck in it. That can be a problem for silicone necklaces because hair likes to stick to silicone.

A common complaint is the hair and fuzz that collects on the beads. Black shows the debris more, so you may want to consider one of the other colors. But when the necklace is dirty, you can put it in the dishwasher’s top rack. The cord is designed to dry quickly. 

To some, this looks a lot like real pearls; some think it is clearly fake. I think it looks more like real jewelry than some other teething necklaces I looked at. I don’t think I would wear it to work or events without my child, but I think it would be fine in any setting where you are with your child.

The exposed cord in back and ability to put it in the dishwasher sets this teething necklace apart in my opinion.

How We Selected the Best Baby Teethers

Safety and cleaning

I rejected several toys that had many complaints about parts breaking off. But none of these options are completely break-proof, so you need to watch your baby carefully and inspect the toys regularly.

Teethers that were easy to clean in the dishwasher or sterilizer ranked high on my list. Busy moms (and dads) don’t want to have to hand wash everything their baby uses.

Engaging and fun for baby

Every baby has their own preferences and interests, but I chose teethers that I thought most infants would enjoy. Toys with a variety of ways chewing surfaces or multiple purposes were more likely to make it on the list. 

Natural materials

Many teethers on the market today are silicone, but I also included options made from wood and rubber if you want to avoid plastics.

FAQs About Baby Teethers

Is it OK to give teethers to babies?

Yes, giving your baby or toddler something cold or hard to chew on is advised by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Just be sure to choose an object that is too big to be swallowed and doesn’t have small pieces that could break off.

It is also important to regularly disinfect teething toys.

Also, make sure you check teethers for signs of wear or breakage regularly. It is best to supervise your infant with any toy.

What are pediatrician recommendations for teething?

The AAP has several other recommendations for getting through teething.

They recommend wiping drool regularly to prevent rashes. Your child may like having her gums rubbed with a clean finger. 

If a teething toy is not enough to ease your baby’s pain, acetaminophen may also be used. Topical teething gels are associated with risks for serious complications, so acetaminophen is preferred if pain medication is needed.

What are the best materials for teething toys?

Many teething toys are made from food-grade silicone, but some are made from wood or natural rubber. Most of the ones I looked at were labeled as BPA-free, but it’s a good idea to check the information for the specific product you are considering.

As long as the materials are safe, the best choice for your baby is one they will use and enjoy!

Final Word

While the best teether for your child will depend on your baby’s preferences, I recommend trying Baby Teething Toys Elephant Teether. This adorable elephant-shaped teether checks a lot of the boxes that should please mom and baby. It is safe for the freezer and dishwasher as well as boiling and other sterilization methods. There are several textures on it and the trunk provides extra reach for back teeth.

For a wearable option, I also recommend the Boppy Teething Scarf. Mom can wear it to protect her shirt from drool and spit up while it also provides a safe place for baby to chew. And it is machine washable.

Teething can be a tough time, but these parent-recommended options should help make it a bit easier on the whole family.

Megan Ryan
Megan Ryan
Megan Ryan is a stay-at-home mom to three kids in elementary school. She is also freelance editor who enjoys editing novels and Christian books. She still has a lot to learn about being a mom, but she's happy to share the lessons she's already learned.

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