What has made me write this post?
We have had a number of issues with the teethers and soothers that we have purchased for our little one. There are so many of each for sale, how do you know which are the best ones to purchase.
In each case we opted for ones that are as natural as possible and that are BPA free. BPA is a chemical that is in many plastics, so best to get BPA free products where you can, especially for your little ones, who should be as chemical free as possible.
What are soothers?
Soothers, pacifiers or dummies as we call them in the UK are teat-like objects, normally made from plastic, and often with a handle, have a soothing or calming affect for babies and toddlers. Hey often help to calm babies particularly when teething.
What are the biggest issues that we had we soothers?
We found that many are too big for small babies, even the ones that claim to be for newborns; it is not true we have cupboard full of useless soothers! We also found the traditional cherry style soothers were better for small babies as they fit into their mouths better, even though initially they were too big too!
Some babies and children get so addicted to their teethers it can be difficult to draw them away from them as they grow. When children start to get their teeth you need to be careful that the use of a soother does not damage how the teeth grow, to avoid wonky teeth.
What are teethers?
Teethers are objects that babies chew to help them overcome the pain of teething. There are many on the market from traditional rings to characters.
What issues did we have with teethers?
The biggest issue that we found is that babies that cut teeth early with really small mouths cannot use most teethers as they are huge. We bought cold rings, various Sophie giraffes, all too big!
Some natural teethers
If you want to try something different then your baby/toddler should chew/drink on cold things. Try giving them a slice of apple from the fridge to chew on, rusks are great to suck or chew, some cold water or natural juice, apple or peach puree, yoghurt, teething rings that have been chilled in the fridge, your clean fingers are also great to relieve the pressure of teething.
* Make sure that you supervise with the teething solutions mentioned in this article to avoid choking.
The differences we found with the teethers
These two teethers are similar sizes, however unlike the popular Sophie the Giraffe the matchstick monkey, is much easier to hold, and the bits of the monkey fit in baby's mouth easier. The head and the tail fit in really easily, and the two handles are easy to grab for baby to manouevre into their mouth easily. What is great with the monkey is the little brush on the back of its head to help to add teething gel into baby's mouth.
We found that we only needed to give our baby a soother to help with cutting teeth, and the soothers that are on the market are too large, and bizarre shaped. We found that the older 'cherry style' is best suited to tiny mouths. We love giving our baby cold water or apple juice as well as a slice of apple to chew on.
For teethers we had lots too! The best ones we have found are the nibbling teething toy, which is also a soother chip, and one that our little one found so easy to hold and fits in her mouth is a matchstick monkey. The matchstick monkey is ace as you can add teething gel to the brush-like head to smother on your child's gums.
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This post was entirely independent and was not collaborative.