Much like diapers and potty training, teething is simply a given when it comes to babies. So to be able to pick from some of the best teethers for babies is basically a necessity. This, since your little one is going to need something to soothe them throughout the process.
And when you think about it, going through teething without something there to make it easier, short of medicine, isn’t something anyone could do in peace, let alone a baby.
It’s probably surprising for some parents to know that not all teethers are made of the same materials and that they aren’t all made to chew on frozen.
In fact, there’s a wide range of the best teethers for babies, so much so that one is bound to be the right teether for your own infant, even if you have to go through a trial by error process with them. And luckily, most teethers are affordable, so it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to go through a few different ones until you find the right one for your own child. And of these eight, one is bound to be perfect for them.
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1. Nuby Teethe-eez Teether
The beauty of the Nuby Teethe-eez Teether is that your baby can use the small silicone ring to hold onto it or you can loop it through your own finger to hold it in place for them as they chew on the other end with their gums and growing teeth.
BPA-free, it also has multi-textured surfaces to stimulate, soothe, and even clean your baby’s gums. What helps to set it apart from the more common teethers though is the carrying case that comes with the Nuby, to prevent it from attracting any lint or hair while in your diaper bag, as well as keeping germs away from it while your baby isn’t using it.
- Material Used: The Nuby Teethe-eez Teether is made from 100% silicone.
- Where To Buy: You can find it on the manufacturer’s website or on Amazon and in-store at Target or Walmart.
- The Best Part: The shape of the teether is good for both the front and back of your baby’s mouth, so they can use it regardless of which teeth are coming in.
- The Not So Great: For some babies, their excessive drool might build up within the tiny silicone bristles.
2. Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether
The design of the Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether is pretty self-explanatory, even for your little one. It has a small ring that fits their hand perfectly and tiny fingers they can gnaw on to soothe their gums as they teethe.
In general, babies love biting and chewing in fingers anyway, so to prevent them from hurting themselves and to help promote healthy gum and teeth development, this mimics the feel of chewing on fingers. The little fingers of sorts on the teether are also just the right length, without being so long that they make your baby gag on them while chewing on them with their back teeth.
- Material Used: The Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether is made from soft hygienic silicone.
- Where To Buy: You can find the teether on Amazon and in-store at Toys ‘R Us or Bed Bath & Beyond.
- The Best Part: To clean the teether, you can sterilize it in boiling water or even toss it in the dishwasher without damaging it.
- The Not So Great: If you use it for your younger baby, the prongs might be a little too long for him or her.
3. So Pure Teether Giraffe
If your baby is prone to playing with small soft toys or stuffed animals at this stage, then he or she will probably love the So Pure Teether Giraffe as their teether of choice.
The two small rings are the perfect size for your baby’s hands and they can grip either one easily while gnawing on the other one. But since the entire teether is made from rubber, your baby can actually chew on the entire teether toy. And each ring is made with different textures to help your baby along as they first begin to teethe and then progress into the later stages of teething.
- Material Used: The So Pure Teether Giraffe is made of 100% rubber.
- Where To Buy: You can find the teether on the manufacturer’s website and on Amazon or in-store at Pottery Barn Kids or Walmart.
- The Best Part: Since it’s shaped like a fun animal, the teether is more likely to hold your baby’s attention and help them get used to it.
- The Not So Great: As your baby’s teeth really start to come in, they might actually chew through this particular teether.
4. Lil’ Teethers Baby Teething Toy
It’s hard to ignore the fun shapes and designs of the different Lil’ Teethers Baby Teething Toys available, but as a solid teether, they’re also lightweight and easy to open and bend.
Plus, you can attach any one of them to a pacifier or toy clip so you can keep an eye on them and also prevent them from falling and coming into contact with germs. Although they aren’t filled with a liquid or any kind of gel that freezes, you can also put the teethers in the refrigerator or freezer for extra comfort for your baby’s gums. And when you need to wash them, the top rack of the dishwasher is totally acceptable.
- Material Used: The Lil’ Teethers Baby Teething Toys are made from 100% silicone.
- Where To Buy: You can find the teethers on the manufacturer’s website or on Amazon.
- The Best Part: There are a handful of fun shapes to choose from, like a cactus, doughnut, or cloud.
- The Not So Great: Some babies might find that the teethers are almost too firm.
5. RaZbaby RaZ-Berry Silicone Teether
You may not love the idea of your baby using a pacifier, but since so many babies will use a pacifier at some point, the RaZbaby RaZ-Berry Silicone Teether might be much more approachable for them. It’s shaped like an actual pacifier, which they may already be chewing on anyway because of their sore or tender gums.
As it gently massaged your baby’s gums, the teether stays in place a little easier since it’s shaped like a pacifier. It can also be frozen for extra soothing when your baby needs it, which may happen as teeth begin to break through the gums.
- Material Used: The RaZbaby RaZ-Berry Silicone Teether is made from 100% medical grade silicone.
- Where To Buy: You can find it on the manufacturer’s website and on Amazon or in-store at Target or Buy Buy Baby.
- The Best Part: It’s relatively easy for your baby to hold the teether in their mouth and to also grab the tony loop on the end of it.
- The Not So Great: If your baby has never used a bottle or pacifier, they might not like the feel of this particular teether in their mouth.
6. Dr. Brown’s Coolees Soothing Teether
Your baby doesn’t have to be familiar with Dr. Brown’s bottles in order to enjoy the Dr. Brown’s Coolees Soothing Teether, but it’s always nice to keep your baby’s accessories in the same brand family if you can help it.
The fruit-shaped teether is also freezer-safe and designed to soothe sore gums while reaching all parts of the jaw while your baby teethes. It also stays cool without any kind of liquid inside of it, which can feel safer for some parents. And since they don’t have a liquid filling that is sometimes used to keep teethers cold, they don’t get too cold for your baby’s gums.
- Material Used: The Dr. Brown’s Coolees Soothing Teether is made from BPA-free silicone.
- Where To Buy: You can find the teether on Amazon and in-store at Bed Bath & Beyond or Walgreens.
- The Best Part: The teethers are designed to reach all parts of their gums to really soothe them without missing any parts.
- The Not So Great: If it’s particularly warm outside, it might lose its coldness a lot faster.
7. Green Sprouts Ring Cool Teether
The Green Sprouts Ring Cool Teether is the typical teether that most parents know and recognize right off the bat. The circle shape makes it easy for your baby to hold onto the teether, which is filled with distilled water so you can freeze it, and then allow your baby to hold, gum, and chew on it.
Plus, the textured surface of the ring allows it to massage your baby’s gums in every little area. It also adds sensory play, in a way, since it’s filled with water and fun for your baby to use by him or herself.
- Material Used: The Green Sprouts Ring Cool Teether is made from BPA and PVC-free silicone.
- Where To Buy: You can find the teether on the manufacturer’s website or on Amazon and in-store at Bed Bath & Beyond.
- The Best Part: They tend to stay cooler for longer than some other teethers.
- The Not So Great: If you let them actually freeze solid, the teethers can be almost too hard.
8. Munch Mitt Teething Mitten
Babies seem to be forever fascinated with their hands, whether they chew on them or use them to inadvertently scratch their face with their fingernails, so the Munch Mitt Teething Mitten is even more useful than just as a teether.
It can be worn on either the right or left hand and with a secured strap, you can be sure that it won’t fall off your baby’s hand and onto the floor.
The textured silicone surface of the top of the mitten provides relief from teething and since your baby would be chewing on their hand otherwise, the mitten protects their hands from the chewing and saliva that comes with chewing on them without a mitten.
- Material Used: The Munch Mitt Teething Mitten is made of food-grade silicone.
- Where To Buy: You can find the teether on the manufacturer’s website or on Amazon and in-store at Target.
- The Best Part: By using the mitten, you could be dealing with less drool-soaked clothes and bibs from your toddler throughout the day.
- The Not So Great: Once your baby learns to actually take it off, it might be hard to get them to keep the mitten on them.
As far as popular baby brands go, it’s no big surprise that Nuby, Dr. Brown’s, and Comotomo are among the brands that represent some of the better teethers out there.
But to be fair, any teether on this particular list will get the job done for your baby. Ultimately, whether you like it or not as their parents or caregiver, the choice will be up to your child since it’s them who will be the one actually using the teether on a daily basis.
Simply biting down on teethers with babies’ sore or tender gums provides the kind of relief they need to get through the teething phase, so if you can narrow the list down to a select few that he or she responds well to, then you’re doing your part in helping your baby get that relief.