When it comes to teething, soothing your little one isn't always easy, especially if they don't want to hold the teething toys you've bought. That's where a teething mitten comes in handy.
Your baby usually starts teething from around six months old (although it can kick in significantly earlier or later), so it's good to be on the lookout for those teething symptoms such as dribbling, discomfort, being clingy or cranky, flushed cheeks and chewing their fingers. It'll also be noticeable if your baby's gums are sore and red where the teeth are beginning to come through or they're often found rubbing their face or ear.
Our pick of the best teething mittens at a glance
While all our picks are great for stimulating your baby and keeping them soothed, we've found that these mittens excel in different ways.
Best all-rounder: Gummee Glove
Best for eager chewers: Nuby Teething Mitt Grey
Best for monitoring teeth growth: Busy Beez Baby Gums
Best for easy cleaning: Munching Mitten
Best for adjustable sizing: Fox Teething Paw
Best for colourful designs: Jomolly Baby Teething Mitten
Best for winter time: Button and Blue Teething Mittens
Why should you opt for teething mittens for your baby?
Teething mitts are a great way to relieve teething symptoms, with the added bonus that your little one isn't going to accidentally lose a teething toy or drop it on the floor (meaning you won't have to play the 'drop and pick up' game).
Most teething mitts have a soft, velcro wrist fasten, with a silicone mitt end for chewing comfort. These are particularly great for younger babies who just won’t keep their little hands out of their mouths and will enjoy playing with the variety of colours and stimulating textures a mitt provides.
It'll prevent your baby from scratching too and they're a useful alternative if your baby starts teething earlier than most when teething toys are too big or unsuitable.
For safety, look out for teething mittens made from food-grade or medical-grade silicone, BPA, PVC and phthalates-free plastic or made with food-grade and naturally pigmented 100 per cent natural rubber.
We've put together a list of our top picks for the best teething mitts that are great for babies.
Nuby Teething Mitt Grey
Best for eager chewers
This teething mitt is perfect for babies who want to chew everything they get their hands on. The textured silicone provides comfort and soothing stimulation for sore gums. It has a safe velcro strap to prevent little ones scratching themselves, and the crinkle-bear fabric helps stimulate their senses.
One mum on Amazon said: "This is brilliant! My baby started teething super early and has a visible tooth coming through at just 3 month so the teething toys would not work for him, he loves putting this on or me holding it for him to chomp on since without it he’s trying to fit both of his hands in his mouth! Highly recommend."
Busy Beez Baby Gums
Best for monitoring teeth growth
The perfect solution for little ones who don't have the ability to self-soothe. This mitt comes in three adorable colours, and even comes with a milk teeth chart to record the dates your little ones teeth cut, and a travel bag that'll help keep the mitt germ-free when not in use.
One mum said: "My daughter (5 months) loves her teething mitten! She started chewing her hand and shoving her fingers down her throat so I decided to get her a mit to see if it helped even though we have no teeth coming through yet and it's brilliant (and keeps her occupied for ages!). I've bought so many teething toys that aren't the right shape and this is excellent for her."
If your baby can't hold a teething ring for long, this Gummee Glove is the perfect solution. It comes with a detachable teething ring too, so you can chill it in the fridge first.
Tested by mum of three Melanie Hudson: "If only the Gummee Glove was available when I had my other two children. We ordered one of these for our baby girl, Charlotte, at three months old when we noticed that everything was going in her mouth. The moment I gave her it, she loved it."
Jomolly Baby Teething Mitten
Best for colourful designs
The teether is designed to fit in your little one's mouth more easily, and the wrist attachment stays on your baby's hand at all times, so it doesn't fall off. Soft and stimulating with this cute dinosaur design, this would be a great choice if your baby struggles to hold teething toys. This one comes with a travel bag too that can double as a laundry bag to machine wash the mitts.
One parent said: "Great size, child is happy chomping away at it and it stops him from making himself gag on his fingers as he hasn't quite got the hang of gripping teething rings just yet. It makes a crinkly sort of noise which gets his attention as well all in all good product which feels like it will last well with no hint that it will fall apart from the repeated slobbering and munching."
Fox Teething Paw
Best for adjustable sizing
This adorable teething paw is perfect for easing discomfort. The silicone paw is safe for little ones to chew, and the glove is designed from crinkly fabric to help keep them entertained. It even has an adjustable strap so it grows with your baby.
User review: "My 4 month old loves this teething paw, easy to fit and easy for him to use - perfect!"
Button and Blue Teething Mittens
Best for winter time
This pair of teething mittens are the first of their kind and solve the problem of it being impossible for a baby to hold a teether while wearing mittens, often resulting in a grumpy little one with either cold hands or sore gums. The warm merino wool bear mittens are mittens that babies actually want to wear, keeping them warm and providing them with a teether for soothing sore gums at the same time.
We love: The cute teddy bear design, perfect for staying warm in the colder months.
Best for easy cleaning
These teethers are an ideal sensory toy for infants who cannot grasp or hold a standard teething toy. The munch mitt can be worn on either hand so it will not fall or get lost. The food-grade silicone tip helps simulate and soothe those sore, aching gums. Available in four beautiful and vibrant colours: green, blue, grey and yellow.
We love: The bright, colourful and stimulating design, and how easy they are to clean! Simply Machine or hand wash and leave out to dry.