What do you do when your baby is in pain? When they exhibit a high level of discomfort, not because of colic but teething?

Well, you’ll opt for Tylenol, extra hugs, and some munchies. These will not help much. You’ll need to look up the best teething toys.

Why teething toys? Your baby will not stop putting objects in their mouth if you don’t.

Chewing is the only way your baby gets relief from the irritation resulting from teething. Since the gums are tender and sensitive, hard surfaces and objects will cause more harm.

Therefore, you need baby-specific products that have soothing and gum-massaging effects. That is what the teething toys will do.

  • The fussiness will reduce, and you’ll realize that your baby will forget the pain for a few minutes if not hours.
  • Since the teether is handheld, your baby’s little fingers will learn to hold things and develop excellent motor skills.
  • The teething surfaces have different textures, and your child will feel the difference – this develops and enhances sensory/ tactile skills.
  • Most teething toys have bright colors, and the colors stimulate visual senses.
  • A teether is hygienic and safe.

So, with all these benefits of teething toys, how do you buy the best? You thought right, the wrong teether will cause more harm than good. And, yes, the market is full of teething toys.

But, with a budget, and knowledge of what makes the best teething toy for babies, you’ll find a teething toy that is suitable for your child.

To prevent your baby from harming his or her delicate gums, we have a review of our top 5 teething toys. These are the cutest pain and discomfort relieving toys:

5 Best Teething Toys for Babies Reviews 2017

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Name

Material

Recommended Age

Editor's Rating

Price

Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy

(Editor's Choice)

BPA free

0-24 months

Nuby Icybite Hard/Soft Teething Keys

(Editor's Choice)

BPA free

3+ months

Ike & Leo Teething Toys

BPA free

2 or 3 months

Munchkin Twisty Figure 8 Teether

BPA free

1 to 10 months

Sophie La Girafe - So Pure Teether Giraffe

100% natural rubber
BPA free

3+ months

1 – Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy

Teething is the most challenging stages in your child’s growth, and a teething toy makes it bearable for your baby. This is because your child will put anything they find in his or her mouth.

Rather than risking diseases, you’d rather have a clean and safe teething toy. The Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy is one of the best on the market.

This is a soft, safe and a mesmerizing toy in the form of a maze that helps in teething. This Winkel Rattle and teether is an award-winning teething toy, and a must have for every parent with a toddler.

This Manhattan Toy Winkel recently won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, and the Special Needs Adaptable Product Award thanks to its innovative design, maintenance of quality and the adherence to set safety standards.

Its safety comes from the fact that the toy is BPA-Free. It works for any child aged between 0 and 12 years.

It has a lightweight design (weighs 0.6 ounces and measures 5 x 4 x 3.5 inches) comprising of soft tubes which make it easy and safe for your child’s little hands to grasp it. These features make this an effective toy to build your child’s gross motor skills. The bright colors of the loops/ tubes grab the baby’s attention fast making him or her less fussy.

The incorporation of an enclosed rattle in the center cube helps in reinforcing cause effecting learning because your child gets to explore sound and its effects.

You can safely refrigerate this toy to enhance the soothing effects when your child has sore gums or teeth.

Things We Liked

  • The thin colorful tubes fit a child’s small hands making it easy to use. The tubes build gross motor skills.
  • The loops and the bright colors hold a baby’s attention for a long time. It also enhances eye-hand coordination.
  • It is safe, BPA-Free and it doesn’t have any sharp parts that can hurt your child. The loops are soft and pliable.

Things We Didn't Like

  • You cannot wash it in the dishwasher – it will melt.
  • The rattling sound could be louder.

2 – Nuby Icybite Hard/Soft Teething Keys

This set of toy teething keys is what your child needs if he or she is above three months old.

It is a multi-surface teething surface to help your child’s natural teething process. It is works on your child’s hands, the gums, and the teeth.

The Nuby keys have offset surfaces made of a soft textured material which assists in the eruption of teeth through your baby’s delicate gums. The texturization massages and stimulates the gums aiding in the eruption of teeth.

The design of these Nuby Icybite Hard/Soft Teething Keys uses patented PurIce technology that provides a gentle cooling effect. The cool resilient bottom of the keys soothes the gums while stimulating eruption of teeth safely. The Easy Grip Technological design makes for easy grip by the child’s little hands.

Besides teething, the brightly colored toy keys stimulate visual senses in children. The keys also clean the sensitive gums. The cooling, soothing, cleaning, and massaging effects of the toys result from the use of ice and water in the keys. Therefore, the teethers will cool down the gums.

This teething toy is BPA-Free, Phthalate, PVC, and Latex-free as are all other Nuby baby products. This toy is preferable for children above three months of age because teething is a difficult time for children and parents/ guardians too.

The hard/ soft teethers help cut and strengthen new teeth. The colorful shapes are great distractions for a fussy baby.​

Things We Liked

  • Easy grip design is ideal for little hands and helps with coordination.
  • PurIce makes up the cool resilient surface that soothes and stimulates the gums. It stays colder for longer compared to water teethers.
  • It is safe, and baby can chew on it - All Nuby products are BPA free.

Things We Didn't Like

  • You cannot put it in hot water or a sterilizer. It melts easily.

3 – Ike & Leo Teething Toys

The Ike & Leo Teething Toys come as a package suitable for infant babies and toddlers. This package includes a pacifier clip, teether holder, and a set of four silicone teethers. These teething toys are ideal for relieving pain in sore gums as the teeth erupt through the gum.

The teethers are BPA-Free and freezer-safe. Do not be wary of the silicone – the teething toys are 100 percent food-grade silicone, and they are therefore 100 percent for your baby’s use. It is also free of PVC and Phthalates, and it is FDA-approved and certified.

The teethers are ideal for use by newborns, 2 or 3 three-month-old babies. Since teething is a tough, painful time for babies, the teethers work to soothe, massage, and to reduce discomfort and fussiness.

The teether set has a perfect design of rings to fit your baby’s little hands. This teether can reach all the way back to the molars. To prevent the teether from falling, the set includes a pacifier clip which we adore because it keeps kids distracted longer.

Safety warning: we’d like to keep your baby safe. So, when using this teether set, not that the pacifier clip isn’t a toy. Therefore, if the clip is loose, discard it. You shouldn’t let your child use the clip at night or when napping.

You should also avoid the temptation of lengthening the ribbon/ attaching to longer cords because that is a strangulation hazard.​

Things We Liked

  • FDA-approved and 100 percent safe. It is free of BPA, Phthalates, ...
  • High-quality teethers designed using a soft material.
  • PERFECTLY SHAPED for little hands.
  • Very cute design and easy to wash.

Things We Didn't Like

  • They do not stay cold for long.

4 – Munchkin Twisty Figure 8 Teether

To help your child through the difficult teething process, you may need this teether.

It is a Parent’s Choice Gold Award winner thanks to its effectiveness. It has four gentle teething surfaces. This means that you’ll find the right soothing sensation for your child’s irritated gums.

The design is perfect for babies thanks to the fact that it is twistable and it has a colorful design.

It is easy to hold and has a perfect grip. It is, therefore, helpful in the development of motor and sensory skills. Most children find this toy irresistible and fun.

This Munchkin Twisty Figure 8 Teether works for infants up to 10 months.​

Things We Liked

  • Good for development of gross motor and sensory skills.
  • 4 teething surfaces make it easy for you or your child to pick the surface they are most comfortable with.
  • It is twistable.
  • The colorful design keeps your child entertained.

Things We Didn't Like

  • It is a little too hard, heavy, and big for some babies.

5 – Sophie La Girafe – So Pure Teether Giraffe

For your baby to go through the uncomfortable teething phase easily, you’ll have to get them a fun, easy to use, safe, and a soothing teether. A teether with all these features is hard to come by.

But, this 1.4-ounce teether is among the best and the safest teethers on the market. It is BPA, Phthalate, Latex and Lead-free and suitable for babies of all sizes. It is the first teething ring made of 100 percent natural rubber.

It features a soft model for the advanced teething period, and your child gets to choose the teething surface he or she is most comfortable with thanks to the two rings with different textures.

It is easy to hold, and it is, therefore, a perfect toy to develop your baby’s gross motor and sensory skills.

The choice of the textures also depends on your child’s age and his or her needs. This teether gives fast relief for aching gums.

Things We Liked

  • It's soft and kind of velvety.
  • Soft model for a more advanced teething period.
  • Small and easy for babies to hold.

Things We Didn't Like

  • It is a little hard for toddlers to chew.
  • Pieces of rubber started chipping off with chewing.

Conclusion

Getting the best relief for your baby’s aching gums and endless discomfort during the teething process is every parent’s big need. Sometimes painkillers don’t work too well, and with your baby reaching for and putting everything in the mouth, you must exercise caution.  The best solution to this is a teether.

Besides soothing and massaging the gums, relieving the pain and discomfort of teething, the right teething toy will help develop motor and sensory skills for your baby.

Overall, we highly recommend the Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle. It has a mesmerizing loop design. These loops/ tubes come in different colors to hold your baby’s attention. The tubes also fit in your baby’s hand easily. It is lightweight, possibly the lightest teething toy and the tubes are soft.

The rattle at the center cube has a quite rattle letting your child explore the different sound effects. It also comes with Colorburst Winkel, Zoo Winkel Lion, and a Zoo Winkel Owl.

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