Oh sweet babies of ours… is there anything we won’t buy for them? Especially in that first year, where we’re caught between wanting to play with them all the time, and to find toys that will actively amuse them at the same time. Better still if that toy can actually help with something as troublesome as teething! Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about baby teethers.
What should you be looking for in a baby teether?
Like with anything that goes in baby’s mouth, you need to find baby teethers made of great quality materials that won’t fall apart. Materials such as sturdy silicone, rubber, or wood are a good place to start. Remember, babies can be pretty rough with their teethers, so it’s important that you provide one that’s non-toxic and can take a fair bit of gnawing and chewing!
- No moisture trapping
You know how bath toys can become mouldy over time? The same thing can happen to things like baby teethers if moisture is able to become trapped in nooks and crannies. For this reason, you should choose a teether free from areas where moisture can become trapped. Single piece, hole-free teethers are best for this!
- Free from BPA, lead, cadmium, phthalates, PVC and latex
Yep, if you can’t even pronounce some of these chemicals, odds are they don’t belong in your baby’s mouth! Look for food grade silicone, rubber, or wood.
What should you be avoiding in baby teethers?
It is imperative that you avoid baby teethers made of materials like PVC and vinyl. PVC contains chlorine and possibly lead and other heavy metals. It also contains hormone disrupting phthalates, which are often added to make the material soft and pliable like in rubber ducks and bath toys. Not for baby’s mouths!
How should I care for my baby's teether?
Like with anything you put in baby’s mouth, such as dummies, bottles and drinking vessels, it’s important to continually sterilise them. Sterilising using hot water and a microwave steriliser at home is acceptable, however it’s a great idea to have a portable steriliser for when you’re out and about.
Here are the top 10 baby teethers in Australia in 2021:
The unique one-piece design of the Baby Loves K-Bear Teether means no pieces can become loose and there are no holes where moisture can become trapped. This sweet little koala cub also features dual texture – smooth on one side and textured on the reverse for the ultimate massage for sore gums.
They’re made with high quality, 100% food grade silicone that is free from BPA, lead, cadmium, phthalates, PVC and latex and they will not absorb odour and does not encourage the growth of mould, fungus or bacteria. They’re so easy to clean – just pop on the top shelf of the dishwasher or wash in mild soapy water. You can sterilise them too in boiling water.
The cute little k-BEAR silicone teethers have been tested independently for compliance against Australian safety standard AU/NZS ISO:8124 (part 1, 2 and 3). They also went one step further and had the test results validated by Baby Safety Australia (INPAA), so they can proudly say that these are the only silicone teethers in Australia to carry the INPAA tick of approval.
What customers say...
“My son hasn’t put this down since it arrived! He loves it.” – Jamie C, babylovessleep.com.au
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The Mama Chew Hex + Wood Teether not only looks great, it is the perfect size for little hands to explore and those teething troubles. Super soft + squishy silicone for sore gums and strong teething wood for those new teeth, the opposing textures are perfect to chew on!
– 100% food grade + non-toxic BPA free silicone beads
– Untreated natural beech wood that is hard wearing and naturally antibacterial.
– Designed for your teething baby
– Super soft + squishy silicone for sore gums and strong teething wood for those new teeth, the opposing textures are perfect to chew on
– BPA free, hypo-allergic, free of phthalates and harmful chemicals
Perfect for babies over 3 months+
A baby shower gift whether you know the gender, or not! This is also great as a gift for the baby who seems to have everything, as teethers are needed in spades once those pesky teeth start to show through!
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Halo Teether in Lilac$21.95 Add to cart
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Halo Teether in Butter$21.95 Add to cart
Hex + Wood Teether in Rainbow$23.95 Add to cart
Hex + Wood Teether in Peach$23.95 Add to cart
Hex + Wood Teether in Maroon$23.95 Add to cart
Hex + Wood Teether in Olive Green$23.95 Add to cart
AWARD WINNING! Bronze for FAVOURITE TEETHING PRODUCT 2019 by My Child Excellence Awards, voted by over 23,000 Australians!
Australia’s Original Natural Teething Toy, made out of 100% natural rubber, Mizzie The Kangaroo baby teething toy is designed for infants’ sensory development and sore gums. Stimulating babies’ sense of sight, touch, smell and hearing. And of course, she squeaks!
– Made from 100% natural rubber
– Soothes on gums
– Water-based non-toxic dyes
– Free from PVC, BPA, nitrosamines and phthalates
– Made for little hands
– Designed by Australian parents
Mizzie The Kangaroo baby teething toy is a perfect baby shower gift. A baby teething toy stimulates and develops babies’ sight through her playful colours and features; touch with her soft and rubbery texture; hearing – she laughs with a ‘squeeze’ when she is hugged hard; Smell – from her 100% natural rubber form the Hevea tree
Mizzie The Kangaroo baby teething toy is tested and certified to all Toy Safety standards in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Europe.
What parents say...
“I bought this for My 5 month old Granddaughter and she loves it.” – via mizziethekangaroo.com
“It’s cute and a good size & shape for her little hands. It has a soft texture and is a nice bright colour, my daughter is very impressed by Mizzie.” – via mizziethekangaroo.com
“Great teether I wish this was around when my two were young. I would recommend this.” – via mizziethekangaroo.com
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Teething Dolls were created using the Rudolf Steiner methodology to encourage a child’s imagination. As newborns and babies, we do not see faces for what they are with features. The blank teething doll face encourages a child’s imagination and sense of understanding.
– Tactile and easy to grasp for little hands.
– Hemp material does not contain any residual chemicals from the manufacturing process.
– Antibacterial and anti-fungal so no hidden nasties, awesome for sensitive babies skin.
Teething Dolls are good for baby and for the environment.
Anyone who wants to provide their baby with a teether toy made from safe, antibacterial and anti-fungal material. This is also a great gift for anyone looking for something that’s a little outside-the-box!
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Soothing rays provide gum relief, poppable bubbles keep hands busy (like bubble wrap, but better!).
Seriously soothing teether for gums—with the added bonus of Doddle & Co’s patented “pop” technology for busy hands.
– Responsive bubbles encourage fine motor skill development and hand-eye coordination.
– Hollow bubbles are easy for baby to grab & hold on to.
– Dishwasher safe.
– Refrigerating or freezing is optional (it’s effective at room temperature, too).
– 100% silicone. No lead, PVC, BPA, latex or phthalates.
– Playful micro-textures massage sore gums (and entertain fingers).
What parents say...
“These teethers were a great purchase. They are soft in some places and then harder in other spots where the silicone is thicker. They have a variety of textures too. They can suction onto things and then “pop” off which I think my daughter will enjoy as she gets a little older.” – via amazon.com
- Handmade in France
- Soft and nobbly parts to soothe baby’s sore gums
- Easy to grip – even for small hands
- Long legs for entire gum chewing or hard to reach molars
- All natural food paint
- Dark spots provide visual stimulation for babies
- Squeaks when pressed to stimulate baby hearing
What parents say...
“My daughter has 2 Sophies, the one with the handle and the full body one. She loves both and we often have to take them with us when we go out. Excellent teether toy, and also just a great toy in general. Easy clean, soft rubbery feel. Baby just loves Sophie! Perfect size for her to hold and perfect sized legs and face for her to suck on.” – Tiffany B, productreview.com.au
The Nana Nubs Banana Massaging Toothbrush from Nuby is specially designed to instill positive and important dental hygiene for your baby from the beginning. Nuby NanaNubs Banana Massaging Toothbrush is made of extra soft silicone with your baby’s comfort in mind. Massaging bristles clean and soothe new teeth and tender gums.
- Gently cleans gums
- Soft massaging bristles
- 100% silicone
What parents say...
The Silicone Teething Ball is the perfect tool for little ones who are starting to teethe. Its easy-to-hold shape and soft silicone frame is thin enough to fit in your baby’s mouth while still providing relief. You can also chuck out Teething Ball in the freezer to provide added cooling relief to those little aching gums!
The specially-designed Teething Ball is BPA free, FDA approved and made from pliable, food grade silicone. Silicone is a hypoallergenic and non-porous material, making it safe for teething. The ridged design helps to develop your baby’s motor skills while providing safe, soothing relief from aching gums and new teeth.
- Made of 100% food grade silicone
- Soft, flexible and durable
- Easy-grip for your baby’s little hands
- Helps develop fine motor skills
- Helps soothe teething pain and itching gums
- Dishwasher and microwave safe
- BPA, PVC and phthalate-free
What parents say...
“Purchased this for our 4 month old grandson’s stocking. He loves it. Light weight and easy to hold and chew!” – Kem, amazon.com
This silicone fox teether is a crowd favourite! It is made from beechwood and 100% food grade silicone. They are easy for small hands to hold and can be put in the freezer to really help numb sore gums. The silicone fox teething toy is the perfect gift and comes in 4 beautiful colours – Khaki, Orange, Grey and Peach. My Luxeve teethers come in a beautiful reusable calico bag. Teethers are one of those items that you need when out and about but you want to make sure to keep clean so this solves all problems!
Please take care of your fox teether by regularly wiping clean with a non-toxic baby wipe or quickly in warm soapy water. Please do not soak the teether, sterilise it or put it in a dishwasher. If the beechwood needs some love, you can rub a small amount of organic coconut oil to improve its longevity. Ensure you dispose of the teether if there are signs of damage and always ensure your little bundle of joy is supervised when using it.
Your baby’s safety is our priority, all of our teethers comply with safety standards AS/NZS 8124:3 2012.
“Great size that fits nicely in Lila’s mouth and good shape for her to hold onto.” – myluxeve.com
This award-winning, organic, developmental and protective teething mitten was designed specifically for babies first stages (3-8 months) of early teething.
- This premium product is handmade, safe, lightweight and absolutely adorable.
- Made from high-quality bamboo and certified organic cotton terrycloth which is excellent for the drooling teething baby!
- Prevents thumb sucking
- The teether is 100% non-toxic, made from food grade safe silicone, BPA & Phthalate-free teether.
- Invented and created by a mother to ensure safety and functionality so it’s simple to use anywhere.
- Developmental and sensory benefits with the crinkle ruff and rattle.
- Easy to sanitize, machine washable and steam steriliser safe.
- Anti-bacterial mitten, eco-friendly and hygienically friendly
- Excellent babies first keepsake
- The worlds medically endorsed safest teething mitten that babies LOVE AT FIRST BITE™
What parents say...
“The shipment came in on time. The products are absolutely amazing my three-month-old son is an early teether and is loving his wooden teether. We also received a handwritten letter thanking us and wishing us safety during this crazy time. I love this company so far and will absolutely recommend their products to all my family and friends with babies!” -Stephanie Smith, mitteez.com
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