Your baby’s first teeth are a huge milestone, but before they reach this, you’ll be faced with a fair amount of drool and tears of discomfort. Luckily, there are plenty of baby teethers on the market to help ease pain.
How can you ease your baby’s teething pain?
We’ve summed up 10 ways to ease your baby’s teething pain here, but if you’re looking for some natural ways to ease the pain alongside the teether, try:
- Soaking a new and clean dishcloth or flannel in warm water or chamomile tea and give it to your baby to chomp on. The warm water can ease aching gums and actually help teeth to break through the gums.
- Put your baby’s teether in the fridge for half an hour – the cold sensation will help relieve sore gums.
- Depending on your baby’s age, freeze a cucumber – alternatively, freeze strips of cucumber as the combination of cold but crunchy can help.
- Teething gels contain a mild anaesthetic to numb the gums. Choose a sugar-free gel and check with your GP if your baby is under four-months-old.
How to clean your baby's teether
Most of the teethers in this list can be cleaned in a dishwasher or a steriliser for added convenience. It’s also a good idea to find one that can be put in the fridge, as cooling the teether can give relief to swollen, sore gums.
What are the best baby teething toys on the market?
With plenty of different teethers to choose from, it’s a good idea to experiment with a couple of different ones that offer the right amount of pressure to ease discomfort. Try different textures and different shapes – circular teethers are the best for when the front teeth are coming through, whilst a longer, thinner design can help with molars.
From winners in the Mother&Baby Awards to the products our mums rave about, we’ve summed up the best baby teethers on the market here.
Created in France in 1961, Sophie La Girafe has been helping teething babies for a long time. Stimulating all five senses, Sophie squeaks when pressed and has dark spots for visual stimulation. With long legs that help hard to reach molars, soft and bumpy ears to soothe sore gums and a light and easy grip for small hands, Sophie will soon become your baby’s best friend. That said, compared to others on the market, Sophie La Girafe cannot be submerged, or put in a steam steriliser or dishwasher as it affects her squeak.
Sophie La Girafe has won various awards at the M&B Awards over the years; read our full review here.
Tested by mum Jenny Paige for the M&B Awards 2016: "I would recommend this to a fellow mum because Sophie La Girafe is a very baby friendly and soft teething toy. Sophie is hand crafted making each Sophie unique. Sophie is make of a soft rubber making her very durable when the baby is chewing on her. She has lots of different angles and areas for the baby to chew on in the hope that each area will give some relief to a teething baby. Sophie is easy washed down to keep her fresh and clean. She also squeaks when squeezed. As a teething toy, Sophie is fashionable and an attractive toy to have. The packaging is lively and I think this would make a lovely gift to a new baby."
If you’ve ever noticed how much your baby seems to love biting fingers, they’ll love the Comotomo Silicone teething toy. Designed to mimic a baby’s fingers, the teether is made from a hygienic silicone material. The teether can be held from all sorts of angles, and its circular shape is great for when front teeth are coming through. With no moving parts or in-built squeaks, the Comotomo Silicone Teether can be sterilised in boiling water, your bottle steriliser or put in the dishwasher.
It was Shortlisted in the 2018 M&B Awards in the Best Baby Toy category.
Read our full review of the Comotomo teether here
Tested by mum Laura Warne for the Mother & Baby Awards 2018: "I would highly recommend this product, and already have to many of my friends! The design of the teether is simple, easy to transport and really easy to clean. My little boy loves to play with this teether and always prefers this one to the many others that he already has. There is also no need to chill the teether, like others suggest, which is great."
This clever necklace not only looks great, but has soft chewable silicone beads your teething baby will love. Team with your favourite V-neck dress for a mummy morning or special occasion, and rest assured its safe for your little one to gnaw on. Made from 100% food-grade silicone, the necklace is heat-resistant, dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe.
It was Shortlisted in the 2018 M&B Awards in the Best Pregnancy/Maternity Product category.
Read our full review of the Nibbling Brighton Teething Necklace here
Tested by mum Stacey Matthews for the Mother&Baby Awards 2018: "The necklace is very comfy and I forgot I was wearing it at some points, which is a bonus, as my initial thought was that it would be uncomfortable and heavy around my neck, but I was wrong. As the product is around your neck, it takes away the constant need to have to bend down to pick up a teething toy that the baby has dropped. It also saves my hair from being pulled out as his focus is on the necklace which is great."
With soft bristles to massage sore gums and clean your baby’s first pearly whites, the MAM Bite and Brush Teether is two in one. It’s extra light, making it easy for small babies to hold, and has a number of different textures to offer relief for sore gums. It’s also fridge, dishwasher, steam steriliser and microwave safe.
The MAM Bite and Brush Teether was shortlisted for the 2021 M&B Awards in the best teething product category.
Mum tester Alice said: "The teether is portable and is a great hybrid product, giving peace of mind that teeth are being taken care of and cleaned, every if you do not use with toothpaste. The two textures are appealing to my toddler and it is easily cleaned and not easily lost! The quality of the product is great- we really trust mam products as my boy prefers their bottles over any on the market, this teether is no different. We feel completely safe with our child using this product. The quality is evident."
Read our full review here.
These adorable Cheeky Chomper bibs come in a range of cute reversible patterns and were designed by two mums who were fed up of finding teethers on the floor, and constantly changing their baby’s soaked tops. With the clever design, your little one can chew away, whilst the bib catches the dribbles. Machine washable, with adjustable poppers so the bib grows with your baby.
Cheeky Chompers Neckerchew was shortled for the 2015 M&B awards in Innovation of the Year category.
Read the full review here.
Another cute item from the Nibbling range, this teething ring can easily be worn round your wrist, whilst doubling as a soothing teething tool on the move. With a cute rattle to attract your tot, the rattle ring is easy to hold and is made from 100% food-grade silicone. It's also dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe.
This silicone teether also features sensory details to keep your baby entertained while they soothe their gums; there are various textures to explore, ribbons, a crinkly ear and a rattle. The Handychew comes in two designs: Bertie the Lion and Darcy the Elephant. You can pop the strap around your little one's wrist so they don't lose it, or attach it to your changing bag or pushchair.
It was Shortlisted in the 2021 M&B Awards Best Teething category.
Mum tester Talia said: "As a mum, this product makes my life easier because it distracts and soothes my baby when she is teething, which means I can get on with everyday jobs that I couldn't normally do, due to my baby being upset and irritable because of her gums bothering her. The wrist attachment also means it doesn't get dropped as easily."
Read our full review of the Cheeky Chompers Handychew here
Get to the source of the pain quickly with the Matchstick Monkey Teething Toy, available in lots of different bright colours. The soft toothbrush bumps make applying teething gel a whole lot easier and enable your tot to massage those hard to reach molars all by herself thanks to the easy-hold handles.
Matchstick Monkey also won gold in both the 2021 and 2020 Mother&Baby Awards.
Our mum tester Sara said: "This product is an absolute dream! It allows my little girl to get some relief from here teething pains while at home and on the move. The easy ergonomic design means that she can hold it move it around with ease as well as attaching it to the pram or car seat when on the move. The lovely variety of colours allows me to find it with ease at the bottom of the changing bag too!"
Read our full review here.
Babies love playing with keys and these Yummikeys will keep your child far away from yours. Made from completely safe stainless steel, the animal themed keys are cool against your baby’s gums and have accompanying BPA free beads for her to play with too. Plus, if your little monkey mislays them, you won’t have to change the locks. Bonus!
Designed in a rounded shape so your little one can hold it herself ande made from soft silicone, the Bumkins Silicone Sensory Teether will help keep her mind off teething with four different textures to explore with her hands and mouth for some sensory stimulation.
Mizzie the Kangaroo hails all the way from Queensland, Australia and is designed to stimulate your baby’s sensory development while soothing her sore gums. She even laughs with a 'squeeze' when she is hugged hard! Made from 100 per cent natural rubber, Mizzie is free from PVC, BPA and phthalates.
Mizzie The Kangaroo was shortlisted in the M&B Awards 2021 for Best Teething Product.
Mum tester Upasana said: "My little girl loves using Mizzie the Kangaroo. It does provide her with comfort when chewing on the toy and she can bite as hard as she can and I know the product won’t hurt her gums. It has made life easier slightly, as in it keeps my little one calm with her teething long enough to put her down and do a little household chore. If my little girl is crying I give her the kangaroo which grabs her attention with the squeaky noise and stops her from crying. It has also helped when weaning my little girl as she plays with it and chews it while I am feeding her as it keeps her hands busy."
Read our full review here.