How to Choose the Right Teething Toys for Your Baby
Best Teething Toys
Many parents are excited when their babies start teething. Although the age at which teething starts varies from one baby to another, most babies get their first teething experience at around 6 months from birth. A good indication that a baby has begun teething is when she starts biting, crying, refusing to eat and drooling all over the place. It is definitely exciting to know that your baby is developing her nice set of pearly whites. However the entire process can be a difficult and painful one. Most babies experience pain, discomfort and irritability during the entire teething process.
There are many ways parents can do to lessen the pain and discomfort of their babies during the entire teething process. One of the ways to deal with teething babies is letting them play with teething toys. Teething toys are by no means necessary during teething. However it can be a lifesaver at times.
Teething toys are good for alleviating the pain and discomfort a baby feels during teething. The simple act of chewing something can relieve the pressure on their gums. Babies can chomp on teething toys instead of their parents’ fingers. These toys provide comfort for your baby so that you can enjoy a little peace and quiet time.
Teething toys come in a wide selection of styles, materials and designs. It may be tempting to just grab the first teething toy you see but you should be putting some thought into buying the right teething toy because buying the wrong one can do more harm than good. Here are a few things and factors to keep in mind when shopping for teething toys.
Materials of The Best Teething Toys
The material used in making the teething toy usually indicates how safe it is for chewing. Most babies will happily chew anything they can get their hands on especially when they are teething so the material of the teething toy is very important. You do not want your baby chewing on a plastic teething toy. Plastic toys often contain harmful chemicals like BPA or bisphenol- A which is a known hormone disruptor, phthalates and more. You should definitely stay away from teething toys made from plastic and instead choose between silicone, wood or cloth. These materials are far safer and they are sustainable as well as eco-friendly.
You may also want to avoid some teething that have fillings that you can refrigerate if you are afraid that your baby might poke holes in the teething toy and possibly swallow the filling.
Parts & Accessories of The Best Teething Toys
The size of the teething toy is also important because airways are so small that they choke easily. Make sure that your teething toy is big and it does not have any detachable parts that could be potential choking hazards. Also inspect the teething toy’s construction if it is flimsy. If you are buying a teething toy made from cloth, make sure that threads are properly stitched.
There are many teething toys that can double as a rattle or sensory toy. These toys are usually a good investment because your baby would be entertained while chomping down the teething toy.
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