Unless you are an envy-inducing parent who “just didn’t notice” the teething process at all because “it didn’t seem to bother” your baby, you are likely to have suffered alongside your little one as they grew their milk teeth.
The trouble with teething is that it manifests in all sorts of ways and affects each infant differently and at various ages. But in the main, teething begins around three months and can last until a child is about two years old. Typically, it will involve pain as the teeth grow (it is in fact the growing process that hurts the most, not the actual moment when the tooth finally pushes through the gum), bright red cheeks, plenty of dribble and spells of diarrhoea. So, not the best of times, really.
However, there is plenty out there designed to help babies through this stage (and it is just a stage – we all have to remember that, even at 3am when we’ve a hysterical one-year-old frantically biting their own hands to deal with).
Here we round up the best teething products and remidies.
Silicone Teething Necklace
Instead of bubbas gnawing on diamond rings, solid gold pendants or intricate beads – pop on this silicone necklace and let them go hell for leather on that.
The Brighton style is just one of many silicone necklaces from Nibbling. Comprised of a string of flat non-toxic silicone beads the necklace attaches with a clasp that opens easily when tugged by babies.
We pumped for the mint and marble, which has a richness of colour that makes it feel really rather sophisticated. This is a genuinely lovely necklace – I have and will wear it even without a baby in tow.
£35 | Selfridges | Buy it now
Sophie la Girafe Teether
Soothing gums since she was created in France, 1961, Sophie is surely the world’s most famous giraffe. There are so many features to this seemingly simple natural rubber mammal, but let’s start with the smell.
The natural rubber of the Hevea tree – whose sap is used to create Sophie – has a distinctive, comforting smell that babies love and want to taste. The rubber is also soft to the touch and makes for a gentle teether – with so many chewable parts, including horns and muzzle. The consistency is similar to a bottle’s feeding teat.
£9.49 | John Lewis | Buy it now
Teething babies often dribble to such an extent that t-shirts and jumpers can be soaked through within seconds. Unless you particularly like more outfit changes than fashion week, dribble bibs are a godsend. We love this pack of three from Next. They are big without being cape-like and come in beautiful, contemporary designs that make them appear more fashion accessory than essential item. They are also really soft and kind on sensitive skin.
£7 | Next | Buy it now
Ashton Parsons Baby Teething Powder
Never go anywhere without a box of Ashton Parsons. Ever. Trusted by parents for 150 years, babies seem to love the taste of this herbal powder which is sugar free and made from tincture of Matricaria which is extracted from German chamomile flower heads – so you won’t have a fight on your hands when it comes to administering.
In fact, our little tester opened their mouth like a baby bird opens its beak in anticipation of a big juicy worm. Doses are helpfully split into 20 tiny individual sachets so you won’t have to faff about with measurements. It numbs the gums and peace is quickly restored.
£6.10 | Amazon | Buy it now
Kidsme Icy Moo Moo Teether
We love this ingenious but playful contraption. Stick it in the freezer to make the textured silicone teether ice cold and soothing for sore gums. The thick ring means it is easy to grip and the cow-hide pattern means it’s hard to lose!
And when you don’t need it for the pain of teething, you can employ it for the pleasure of ice lollies by using it to freeze juice, fruit puree and even milk. It stands up well to dishwashing, too.
We really liked that the cap keeps the actual teether protected from germs; excellent for on-the-go parents who, like me, tend to sling things inside handbags of dubious cleanliness.
£5 | Jojo Maman Bebe | Buy it now
Lamaze Freddie the Firefly
A cacophony of colour, texture and sound, this friendly firefly is brilliant for on-the-go, thanks to the ring it has which easily attaches to a buggy or car seat. It is far from subtle but with a whole lot of different textures across Freddie’s body, teething tots will be distracted by discovery.
Our 13-month-old teething tester particularly liked the knotted arms and legs, chomping on them incessantly. The discovery of a deliciously munchable ladybird in a hidden pocket went down a treat too.
£10.99 | Amazon | Buy it now
Mokee Teething Rail Bumper
Many cots come with teething rails built in, but if yours doesn’t and you want to protect the furniture as well as giving your baby something to gnaw on, we recommend these cot bumpers.
Made of the softest jersey fabric, the bumpers fit into place with snaps and can be easily removed for washing. The fabrics have been tested extensively – so they are certified free from toxins and completely safe for babies to chew and suck with impunity.
The muted colours on offer mean that the bumpers will make any nursery look smart and fresh.
£14 | Mokee | Buy it now
Mam Bite and Brush
As the name suggests, this teether allows babies to gnaw away to their heart’s content while also providing a brush in the form of super-soft silicone bristles. However, even if your little one is still toothless the brush is a great gum massager – ideal for helping to relieve the pain.
We loved how this felt so feather light. Perfect for flights and long-distance travel. It’s BPA-free and comes in a range of colours.
£5.50 | Amazon | Buy it now
Baby Bjorn Teething Bib
We’ve all been there: finding the straps of a carrier soaked with saliva from a grumpy, teething baby. Thankfully for Baby Bjorn Carrier One owners, help is at hand. This specially fitted dribble bib attaches to your carrier and can be easily removed after using. It has soft surface made of a fibre called Tencel, which includes a waterproof membrane which dries quickly.
£18 | Baby Bjorn | Buy it now
Baby Bjorn Teething Pads
Much like the teething bib, these pads slip easily onto the straps of the Carrier One (and the Baby Carrier We in order to protect it from dribble. They are machine washable and made from 80 percent cotton and 20 per cent polyester.
We wish they came in packs of two, so that you had a pair for when the others were in the wash.
£13.50 | Baby Bjorn | Buy it now
We love the silicone necklace by Nibbling. Anything that can be worn securely, looks lovely and can be safely chewed, gets two thumbs up from us when it comes to the war on teething!