15 Must-Have Teething Toys to Soothe a Cranky Baby

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Teething can be a frustrating experience for babies and parents, and finding the right set of soothers can make all the difference in the world. Sometimes something as simple as a lullaby or a quiet bath can distract your little one, at other times teething can feel like a full blown illness, with fever and gastric distress. Brushing every day can help kids build lifetime habits, and it makes it easy for parents to know when the next tooth is about to erupt, so they can stock up on those essentials and get prepared.

This training toothbrush gets kids interested in dental hygiene and empowers them to soothe some of the aches and pains of teething on their own. Its extensive reach and flexibility make it useful for reaching even back teeth and molars, so it will be a useful friend all throughout the baby and toddler years.

An adorable first birthday or baby shower gift, this set of teething toys features a fox, a hedgehog, and chewable beads on a pacifier clip strand; they travel well and are great for use at home or on the go. A single mitten is good for test use, if you aren’t sure your little one will tolerate them. If you learn that mittens are the right choice for you, two pack sets are also available.

Strong enough to handle rough chewing and soft enough for babies to really sink their teeth in, this teether is shaped like those popular sandwich cookies everyone loves. It’s a comfortable size for little hands and they can grip it one or two handed, plus by virtue of being designed in the size and shape of food, it’s naturally a comfortable size for babies to chew on.

For babies who never stop trying to chew on mom or dads car keys, get them a set of their own that are designed to be chewed on. This set comes with a gel filling, allowing them to be chilled without being frozen, making them much safer for chewing kiddos.

Some babies teeth early… Way too early. These pacifier teethers are suited to babies 3 months and up who don’t have the hand eye dexterity to use other teethers.

From cutting their first teeth to bringing in their last new molar, this BPA free giraffe teether is made of food grade silicone and is dishwasher safe, so it can go on any adventure and be safely cleaned afterwards.

Reviewer Feedback: “My son absolutely loves this giraffe and I don’t say this lightly. He is a picky baby when it comes to teething toys but this one has so many different options for chewing he never loses interest in it. He especially loves chewing on the little round red circle that serves as the tail; you can also loop a pacifier clip through it which is handy.”

Nuby’s brightly colored linkable rings are visually stimulating and fun for little ones to grasp, and can be attached easily to strollers or carseats, or any favorite stuffed toy with soft tags or clips. They’re fun for toddlers too, and a great choice for building hand eye coordination while offering safe, chewable toys.

A good gift set for new or expectant parents, teething mittens keep babies from chewing on their hands. Little ones teething can cut their gums or face with their fingernails, can break the skin on their hands on sharp new teeth, and even the constant exposure to saliva can cause red, rashy breakouts. This food grade silicon mitten gives them a safer way to chew, plus it’s impossible to drop a teether that’s securely fastened to their hands, so it’s a great choice for car rides.

If your little one is a hair or jewelry puller, offer something safer- and less painful! Silicone teething necklaces are bright and intriguing, so kids opt for them first, and the variable size and shape beads are perfect for applying variable pressure and helping babies bring in those teeth.

If your baby is restless and fussy while teething, keep those gums lubricated so skin breaks less painfully. Nuby’s benzocaine and belladonna free soothing gel uses chamomile and vegetable glycerin to soothe and soften. The applicator is a silicone massaging toothbrush that’s perfectly shaped for bringing in those painful upper teeth.

This textured carrot teether toy by Infantino features small, raised bumps, which help break through gums, and then aid in wearing in those sharp new teeth. Cold carrots fresh from the refrigerator have long been used as a teething aid by desperate parents and miserable children; keep the tradition going with a carrot shaped teether that they can’t bite a piece off of.

Reviewer Feedback: “This is a HIT with our twins. They fight over it! I bought it for their Easter basket not really thinking much of it, but they love it. It’s a great material and easy to grab. The thickness is nice for teething. It also is NOT hollow so it’s easy to wash and no mold issues.”

Babies and toddlers can get a good grip with these dual nub teethers. The dual prong design means they can reach either, or both, of their rear molars, and the ridged design helps get in those hard to reach places. While they’re safe for almost any age, the older your little one is, the better control they’ll have while holding teethers, and the less likely they will be to gag themselves accidentally with pronged designs like this one.

If your baby is anxious to chew everything in sight, make it a learning experience. These soft feeders are great for filling with cold, juicy fruit, soft foods like avocado, or cooked vegetables like sweet potatoes. They expose kids to new flavors and textures while ensuring no larger pieces get swallowed by accident.

Chill off on a warm day with a cold treat that soothes red, achy gums. You can make fill these freezer molds with anything from juice or yogurt, to even formula and milk; whatever your little one will enjoy eating. While putting ice directly on their gums for an extended amount of time can be harmful, frozen treats can offer a brief chill that can soothe that swelling and soreness.

This teething ring is filled with sterile water, so it can be chilled before use for extra soothing. Babies will love the variety of textures to massage gums, and it’s easy to handle at all ages.

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