I didn’t think it would happen so early. The dreaded teething stage is now upon us. Just the mere suggestion strikes fear into the hearts of many parents. My youngest is just shy of six months old, but he’s exhibiting all of the signs; crankiness, pools of slobber, chewing on anything and everything, and of course a tiny bump on his gums.
There are approximately a bajillion teethers on the market to choose from. They range from super cheap to more than you’d like to spend on a baby toy, and they come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. When you’re shopping for a teether, there are a few things to take into consideration. Here are a few tips on how to choose the perfect teether for your baby.
For the first few teeth. The first set of teeth are going to be the bottom two and top two front teeth. Generally these begin to come in between six and nine months old. Your baby’s motor skills are limited at this stage so you’ll want something that has a larger, easy to grip handle, but is also small enough for them to get partially into their mouth to chew on.
For super droolers, cloth teethers are pretty awesome. They are easy to hold on to, easy to get into little mouths and they provide the sort of comfort that a blanket might provide. Best of all, they’re absorbent. The downside is that you’ll have to throw it in the washing machine pretty frequently, but having an alternate would solve that problem pretty quickly.
Unfortunately it doesn’t get any easier after the first few teeth. The process of growing teeth is painful from the first one to the last one, and as babies get older they are even more aware of what’s going on. Teething tablets are great to have on hand, and you’re going to want a teether that can reach those side and back areas of the mouth easily. Sophie the Giraffe is a favorite for that very reason.
This is a tough stage for both baby and parents. I don’t remember what it felt like for me, but I can’t imagine it feels really all that great. The best thing you can do is to comfort as much as possible. When choosing the perfect teether, for me it’s not about the price or how trendy it is. It’s about what fits our situation and what makes my baby the happiest. Because a happy baby means a happy mommy.