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Matchstick Monkey Teething Toy Review

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Mother&Baby Awards
  • 2020 Gold Best Teething Product

At a glance:

These innovative monkey teethers are ergonomically designed to reach right to the source of the teething pain with bumps on the back of the head. Teething trouble is a thing of the past with this range and these are the perfect companion for your little one to provide comfort.

How did this product make your life easier?

Kirsty: My 6-month-old found other teething toys frustrating as he couldn't find a way to hold onto them and fit it in his mouth. The Matchstick Monkey is designed in such a way that it makes it incredibly easy for him to hold onto and use. The nobbly part on the back of the monkey's head is good for putting teething gel on and you can also put the monkey in the fridge which helps to soothe.

Lauren: It's easy for my little one to hold, he can easily reach the problem areas on his own so I don't have to hold it for him. The bumps on the back of the monkeys head help me to apply teething gel those harder to reach areas, while also giving him a nice textured area to chew on to help soothe his gums. The design is lovely, he's very drawn to it and reaches for it over other teething toys. It's also very easy to clean, which is important to me as a busy mum.

Esther: This teether is really great to put in the nappy bag so the baby can use it as needed when we are out and about. It keeps her entertained for ages and is rarely dropped as is so easy for the baby to hold. The bristles on the back of the monkey’s head to help apply teething gel is a genius idea which works really well.

Would you recommend this to other mums?

Liana: Yes I would definitely recommend this teething toy to a friend. I found it was fun for my daughter to play with as well as being good for her teething, unlike other toys she puts in her mouth. Being a small toy makes it easier to take out with us on days out! Being a teething toy I have found it very easy to clean as she would often use it while eating so it had to be cleaned a lot! She was interested in the fun colour and I have seen that she finds it’s really easy to hold and get a grip of.

Sarah-Jane: The shape of the Matchstick Monkey means that it is easily grasped by a small baby, making it suitable from the start of teething while the unique shape means that it is also suitable once those nasty back teeth start to prove bothersome as well. The Matchstick Monkey has proven to be a form of relief from the emergence of my son's first teeth right the way through to him now getting his canine teeth through at 18 months.

Alexandra: It can be easily attached to the pram and car seat. Teething is horrible for them and the function where you can apply teething gel to the toy and then in the mouth is great. The way it is designed makes it good for little hands to handle. Who doesn't love monkeys? It's one of the animals my son is drawn to. 

Would you choose this product to win?

Esther: I think this is one of the best teethers I have seen and will definitely purchase for my friend's babies who are struggling with teething pain. It will make such a lovely gift that I know will be used all the time. The colours and practical design of this teether are great and I personally think it should win.

Kirsty: Yes I think this product should win - I haven't seen any other products that are as easy for my little one to use and he loves chewing on it to ease teething discomfort. The ease of use and clever design definitely makes it stand out. My son loves the colour of the monkey and it would make a fab present.

Lauren: I would yes. As above, it's a very reasonable price, given the quality of it. It's bright colour and cute design are attractive to both myself and my little one, so it would definitely catch my eye. I have seen reviews for this particular toy and it appears to be a firm favourite among other parents which is also something I'd take into consideration when buying.

What changes would you make to this product?

Esther: I can’t think of one thing to change about this product as I think they have thought of everything – easy for baby to hold and use as well as being attractive and useful to help apply the teething gel. Maybe branching into other animal designs in case some little ones have a preference for a different animal but this is the only thing I could think of to improve the product as I think it is a real gem on the market.

Sarah-Jane: To be honest the teething toy is pretty good as it is and I’m struggling to think of a way that it could be improved. Although, the colours are fairly boring and the range could be added to/changed annually to incorporate patterns. Some kind of clip/attachment included would be a bonus as although I improvised with something from another brand that I already had a lanyard of some description to attach to a peak would be a nice addition.

Lauren: If I could change one thing about this toy, it would be for it to be packaged more responsibly. I noticed there was a lot of plastic packaging. I have recently become more aware of the environmental issues around plastic, so I try my best to reduce the amount of plastic we use, especially if it's single-use. I would definitely be more likely to buy this if it was packaged in biodegradable or recycled materials.

While training as a journalist at the University of Gloucestershire for 3 years, she was nominated for the Best Feature Category at the Midlands Student’s Media Awards this year, and Head of News and Social Media for the university’s radio station, Tone Radio. Ellie has been published by the likes of Heatworld, Heart, Gloucestershire Live, and ITV West Country. 

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