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 teethers 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 Teether. 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.
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.
It was Shortlisted in the 2015 M&B Awards Innovation of the Year category.
Read our full review of the Cheeky Chompers Neckerchew here
Another cute item from the Nibbling range, this rattle 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 made from 100% food-grade silicone and is 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.