Every new parent knows the frustration of teething. It's also a common misconception that teething is just a one-time event. The truth is, babies can start teething as early as 4 months old and continue to do so until they're 4 years old. That means a lot of drooling, screaming, and sleepless nights for both parents and babies alike.
Choosing the Right Toy
Choosing teething toys is not easy. With so many different types and styles out there, it can be hard to know which one is right for your child's age, stage of teething, or your personal preferences. There are three major things you want to keep in mind when picking out teethers: what type of material they are made from, how tough they are and if they produce any noise.
The Best Material For Chewable Teethers.
While there are many materials that work well for teethers, some of these materials may not be safe for baby's mouth. This is why it is important for parents to know what material they should be looking for when purchasing a teether. The safest material for baby would be silicone because it will stretch and compress. It can also withstand high temperatures, which makes them easier to steralise.
How Long Can My Baby Use a Chewable Toy?
Chewable teething toys are designed for children 6 months and older, although they can be used by babies of any age who are able to hold them in their hands. In fact, some parents report that the mombella mushroom is a firm baby favourite from as young as 3 months' old as it is easy to hold onto with little hands. Baby can chew on it, or suck on the pacifier-like knobs, to relieve any teething pain.
Making Sure Your Child is Safe While Using Their Favourite Toy
Teething toys are typically made from soft material like rubber, fabric, or silicone. Parents can help ensure their child's safety by being careful not to use teething toys that are too small for their baby and that have any small pieces that could come off and be swallowed. Though parents may think they're being helpful by providing an object for their baby to chew on when he or she is in pain, it is important that that object does not pose a choking risk and that it is clean and safe for baby's mouth. Always inspect your child's teething toy before giving it to them.
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