Teething babies can drive a mom crazy! They are so pitiful and you just want to love on them but at the same time you’re going crazy and just want your happy little baby back. I’ve been there!
There are so many things you can try to help soothe your teething baby. There are gels and medicines but there are also teething toys.
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I know all babies are different and some like teething toys more than others but they are worth a shot right?
Before we get into the recommendations for baby teethers, let’s talk a little bit about why it’s important to make sure your baby’s teething toys are non toxic.
A few years ago a study came out that showed that some “BPA-free” teething toys actually did contain BPA. This study showed that some of the gel or water filled teething toys contained parabens, BPA and other harmful chemicals. Let’s talk a little bit more about those chemicals.
Parabens have been known to disrupt the endocrine system. This means that your body might see them as hormones which can lead to problems. (source)
According to Mayo Clinic, “Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. It can also affect children’s behavior. Additional research suggests a possible link between BPA and increased blood pressure” BPA shouldn’t be in any of your baby’s products including their teething toys.
There aren’t a lot of studies on phthalates but this article says that some are endocrine disruptors and can affect reproduction and development.
There are other chemicals and things that you want to look out for in teething toys but these are the main ones.
Why choose non toxic teething toys?
I don’t know about you but I definitely don’t want those things in my baby’s toys, especially the ones that go in their mouths! That is why we go for non toxic teething toys.
There are so many companies out there that sell non toxic teething rings and teethers, you just have to check out their website and make sure they are free from all these toxic things. I’m going to share a few of the most common & recommended brands.
Natursutten products are made from 100% rubber so you know that your baby isn’t being exposed to other nasty chemicals. I’m also a fan of these because they are a natural color and not bright and obnoxious like most baby toys. That’s just my preference though. These are one of the most recommended natural rubber teethers on the market.
Free from: Parabens, PVC, Phthalates and BPA
Ryan and Rose
First of all, these Ryan and Rose teethers are sooo cute. I’m a sucker for cute baby toys, but that’s not the point. They are made in the USA by moms and dads and they started as a small home business. I love the history behind this company and these teethers are a great non toxic option for your baby.
Free from: Lead, PVC, BPA, Phthalates and Latex
These teethers are made from Maple wood. They aren’t coated in harmful finishishings, instead they are sold unfinished so your baby isn’t ingesting any nasty chemicals. They are also primarily made in the USA which is a great perk! Wooden teething toys are one of the best teething toys in my opinion.
Free from: Since their products are made from unfinished wood, they are free from any harsh chemicals.
Sophie the Giraffe
Most moms have heard of Sophie the Giraffe as it was really popular a little bit ago. This company makes the regular Sophie the giraffe as well as another style teether. Sophie is made with 100% natural rubber and then painted with food grade dye.
Free from: Phlatates and BPA
Camden Rose sells natural wooden teethers. They are made from Maple wood and come unfinished. This company also sells lots of other wooden toys.
Free from: Phlatates, PVC,
Grimm’s Natural Wood European Baby Teether Grasping Toy
I had heard of Grimm’s before because they make a lot of wooden toys and such but I never knew they had teething toys until I did a little research. These products are made in Germany. They are made out of natural wood and finished with vegetable oil. I’m not a huge fan of the finishing so I would probably opt for one of the unfinished wooden toys but I still think this is a good option.
Free from: Phlatates, Latex, Lead and BPA
Lou Lou Lollipop
This company sells silicone teethers as well as wooden ones. Their wooden teethers are finished with organic olive oil and beeswax and are made from beech wood. Oh and I can’t forget to mention that they are absolutely adorable!
Free from: Lead, Cadmium, PVC and phthalates
They have many different teethers made from silicone and wood. They also have teething jewelry. Another great thing about these teething toys is that they are available at Target so you can get it right when you need it.
Free from: BPA, Phthalates, Cadmium, Lead and Metals
Itzy Ritzy has teething toys, teething jewelry and teething mittens. They are made with food grade silicone and are so cute. They have so many different shapes and patterns, you are bound to find something you love.
Free from: BPA, PVC, Phthalates, Lead and Cadmium
These super cute teethers are made from food grade silicone. This company gives a meal to a child for every product they sell so it’s a great company to support. Theirs teethers are super cute and come in lots of colors.
Free from: PVC, BPA and Phthalate free
Like I said before, there are so many different teething toys out there for babies. Just be sure you check them out to make sure they are free from all those nasty chemicals.
What are some of your favorite teething toys? I would love to hear from you in the comments!