11 Best Teething Toys and How to Find the Right One for Your Baby
A tooth pushing its way through your baby's gums is bound to bring drool at best and tears at worst. The best way to help is giving them something safe and appropriate to chew that allows for a little counter-pressure. Babies are famously choosey, as you've likely already learned from trying bottles or pacifiers, which is why we rounded up 11 of the best baby teething toys on the market today. Your baby will tell you whether the freezer teether, bib, mitt, or some other option works best!
Teething Toy: Nuby Baby Soothing Banana Teether
Families are just crazy about this banana-shaped teething toy! The Nuby Nananubs Banana Massaging Toothbrush is all about the shape—it's long and thin and can reach even your baby's back gums. The handles make it easy for your baby to wield, and sterilizing is a cinch. As a bonus, the soft silicone bristles promote oral hygiene by gently cleansing your baby's tiny teeth!
Mom's Necklace: Chewbeads
Wear Chewbeads (or just hand them to your kid) and they'll have something to grab onto and gnaw wherever you are. The beads are made from soft, nontoxic silicone and come in bright colors or your basic black and gray. The necklaces are great accessories on their own, too—we've had staff moms wear them past their baby's teething stage!
Sippy Cup: The First Years Teethe Around Sensory Trainer Cup
Mitt: Malarkey Kids Munch Mitt
This was invented by a mom who knew that babies always manage to get their own hand in their mouth. Your little teether can wear a Makarkey Kids Munch Mitt and bite down on it instead of their tiny fingers for some much-needed teething relief. It comes with a carrying case to keep it nice and clean (and easy to find in your bag).
Flashcards: Bella Tunno "Count On It" Teething Flashcards
It's never too early to introduce your baby to their A, B, Cs and 1, 2, 3s. The Bella Tunno Teething Flashcards stimulate your baby's brain as they flip, sort, and "read" each card before placing it in their mouth for a teething session. There are several flashcard options including numbers, letters, sports objects, animals, and shapes. The cards can also be kept on a ring and attached to a highchair, carseat, or stroller for easy access.
Bib: BooginHead Bandana Teether
Bandana bibs are popular for catching drool, and the addition of a food-grade silicone teether on the tip is brilliant! Your baby can flip up the end of the BooginHead Bandana Teether to bite down on the teether part. Two snaps in back help it fit your kiddo into toddlerhood. And the whole thing can be thrown in the wash for cleaning.
Utensils: NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensils
By the time your little one's teeth start to cut, they'll be a pro at grabbing for the spoon during lunch. The NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensils is a two-for-one feeder and teether—your baby can practice scooping cooling yogurt and gnaw on the spoon for sweet relief.
Pacifier: RaZbaby Teether
Since fussy babies are soothed by sucking and teething babies get relief from chomping, it makes sense to offer the opportunity to go back and forth between both of those things with the RaZbaby Teether. It's a bumpy, nubby pacifier made of food-grade silicone that infants ages 3 months and up find delightful.
Ring: Itzy Ritzy Ring Cactus Rattle and Teether
How adorable is this teething ring for babies? A ring teether is super traditional, but the Itzy Ritzy Ring Cactus Rattle and Teether is a sweet modern riff on the bracelet shape. Your baby will love biting on the silicone ring itself or the nubby cactus, and two small silicone circles rattle around for additional distraction and entertainment.
Rattle: Manhattan Toy Winkel
Pre-teething, this rattle will help your baby learn how to grab and hold with its colorful and easy to grasp tubes. Babies will love to shake it and hear the rattle noise from the middle cube. Once teething begins, the Manhattan Toy Winkel can pop in the freezer for extra cooling gum relief.
Squeak Toy: Sophie La Giraffe
Mention Sophie to a veteran parent and they'll know exactly what you're talking about. This rubber giraffe squeaker toy is possibly the most raved about teether—the higher price tag is well worth it for a happy baby. The face, legs and ears are great for front teeth teething, and your baby will smile with delight every time she squeaks. After a long day of being chewed, Sophie can go straight into the dishwasher for a bath.