Your baby’s first toy is often something to mouth or bite down on—it’s all about sweet relief. Babies generally start teething early, before they’re even sitting-up on their own, between 3 and 6 months. A teething toy is an object your baby chews on to relieve sore gums, which can be sensitive due to erupting teeth. Chomping down on a teether feels good because it offers counterpressure to the rising tooth. Teethers that you cool in the freezer have the additional benefit of numbing your baby’s gums a bit too.
The best teething toy is whichever one your baby takes! Some babies may want to hold a teether themselves; others like to grab onto a teething necklace that moms wears. Teethers can be made of wood, silicone, natural rubber, BPA-free plastic, or fabric; different babies have different preferences, so expect some trial and error while you find what baby prefers. Here are 20 of the best, all appropriate from birth or from 3 months of age.
Sophie The Giraffe
She’s a legend in the baby world. Since 1961 this French-born, natural-rubber teether has delighted babies and their parents. Those skinny legs are easy to hold onto while a baby bites Sophie the Giraffe’s head, especially her horns and ears. Some babies flip her around and bite down on the legs, which can reach back toward the molars. Regardless, most parents who invest in this teething toy say it’s worth every penny.
Buy it: $25, BabiesRUs.com
Chewbeads Christopher Teething Necklace
These chic teething necklaces offer an ingenious way to easily soothe a baby. Instead of handing him a teether that he’ll more than likely drop, let him grab onto a necklace that you wear. Babies want to nab your jewelry anyway, so it just makes sense! Chewbeads necklaces (and bracelets!) come in tons of colors, from neutrals to brights. We’ve known moms to rock them even when they’re not holding a baby.
Buy it: $35, Chewbeads.com
Munchkin Fun Ice Ring Teether
Stash these soft, flexible teething rings in the freezer; when you hand one to your baby, it will numb her sore gums as she bites down. Because you get two to a pack, you can always have one “on ice” while she gums the other!
Buy it: $5 for two, Munchkin.com
Your baby can chew or suck this nubby raspberry teether, depending on what’s most soothing. After all, a young infant’s teething pain might coincide with his inborn urge to suckle. This silicone teething pacifier can do both.
Buy it: $5, MyRazbaby.com
Haba, a German toy company, makes this set of beads on an elastic band that forms a perfect wooden teething ring. It appeals to parents who prefer to give their baby natural wood to bite down on, and it attracts babies with those bright rainbow colors.
Buy it: $13, Amazon.com
Nuby Teethe-eez Teether
Nuby’s teething ring is a silicone teether with soft bristles on one end of the fish-like shape. Babies dig the massaging feeling of biting down on those flexible bristles! They can also chomp on the other end, for a change in texture. Bonus: it’s easy for little hands to turn around and manipulate.
Buy it: $5, BuyBuyBaby.com
Manhattan Toy Winkel
Manhattan Toy’s Winkel is a big teething toy, sure, but it’s lightweight and doubles as a rattle and a first grasping toy for a curious baby. The Winkel is made of very pliable BPA-free polyurethane that feels good when a baby sinks her teeth into it. Put the whole thing in the fridge or freezer to cool it off and it feels even better on her gums!
Buy it: $11, Target.com
Boppy Teething Scarf
This combines the wearability of a teething necklace with the satisfaction of a baby teething ring. You can wear the neutral-colored scarf several different ways, and the silicone teething ring is sewn in so it’s always there for your baby.
Buy it: $20, BabiesRUs.com
Apple Park Cubby Soft Teething Toy
Another variation on a teether? One made of soft, organic cotton, like this bear from Apple Park. A baby with especially sensitive gums may need to bite down on something extra-gentle, and this, filled with corn fibers, fits the bill. It also makes a gentle jingle-bell sound when shaken.
Buy it: $18, ApplePark.com
Fisher-Price Coffee Cup Teether
This may win for the cutest teething toy. It’s hilarious to hand your baby this “coffee cup” with a chewy teether lid! Where a real coffee has foam, this has a mirror and rattling beads to fascinate your kid. Though it’s age-graded for 3 months and up, many parents say it’s a good teething toy for toddlers, who love to imitate grown-ups!
Buy it: $5, Target.com
Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether
Babies love to bite and suck on their own fingers for teething relief, but it makes their skin red and chapped. The Comotomo silicone teether replicates the shapes of baby fingers in silicone. Babies can hold the round end and bite the finger shapes, or do the reverse and bite on the ring. Both are nubby and satisfying.
Buy it: $7, Amazon.com
Oli & Carol Olive The Deer Bracelet
Designed in Spain, this sweet teething bracelet is for your baby to wear around her own little wrist, so it’s always within reach. The body is natural rubber, hand-painted with food-grade dye. And those big ears just beg to be chewed!
Buy it: $18, OliAndCarol.us
Infantino Go GaGa Textured Balls
Every one of these balls is fun for a baby to hold and mouth! A few are grooved, others are nubby, and some are spiky. They’re safe from birth, but parents report that older babies and toddlers take to these teething balls best, because they’re also fun to roll and chase.
Buy it: $10, Target.com
Loulou Lollipop Teether
These are actually three teething rings looped together. Two variations are available: one made of two maple hardwood rings paired with silicone beads, the other offers one hardwood ring and double the silicone beads. Either way, your baby has a choice of what to chew.
But it: $25, LoulouLollipop.com
Cheeky Chompers Neckerchew
Here’s another thing about teething babies: they drool. A lot. This jaunty bandana-style bib protects your teething baby’s outfit from getting soaked, and also has a teether at the end for chomping. Plus it’s reversible!
Buy it: $20, Amazon.com
Malarkey Kids Munch Mitt Teether
Slide this teething glove onto your baby’s hand so that her teether is always, well, at hand! As easily as she can get her fingers to her mouth, she can get this teether to her gums.
Buy it: $16, Amazon.com
Skip Hop Bandana Buddies Activity Toy
Technically it’s the bandana this little fox wears around the neck that’s a teether (it comes off for an adult to wear as a teething bracelet), but parents report that their babies chew on every bit of this toy. The crinkly ears and soft body are all bite-worthy. And there’s a bonus teether, shaped like a leaf, tucked into the fox’s pocket.
Buy it: $15, SkipHop.com
Little Toaders AppeTeethers
You might get second glances from people when they see your little baby biting down on this carrot, or any of other funny fake food in this line of teethers, including a teether shaped like strips of bacon! As hilarious as AppeTeethers are, parents report that their soft texture is also a genuine hit with teething babies.
Buy it: $7, Walmart.com
Green Toys Twist Teether
Green Toys products are all recycled plastic derived from milk jugs (so it’s BPA-, phthalate-, and PVC-free). The twist shape is easy for your baby to hold, and each charm on the toy has a different teething texture for him to try.
Buy it: $11, GreenToys.com
Ike & Leo Teething Toys
The four silicone teethers in this set can all go in the freezer to get nice and cold for your baby’s sore gums. A pacifier clip is included; use it to attach a teether to your baby’s shirt so it won’t get dropped!
Buy it: $16, Amazon.com
Updated February 2018*
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