Must-Have Teething Toys for Babies

When it comes to baby stuff, I love giving my personal recommendations on great products! Teething is inevitable, and unfortunately there's bound to be a little (or a lot) of discomfort from time to time. We all want to do our best in easing any pains and tenderness that our little one's are feeling, so we look to different products and solutions to make this happen. There's no shortage of teethers/teething toys out there. I know we've personally had our fair share of trying different ones. Some were keepers, some were ehh...just okay.

Of course one of the biggest stresses for me when first shopping for teething toys, was worrying about what they were made out of and where they were coming from. We've all heard stories about toxic chemicals in our toys. You just never know what you are getting. I really wanted to be cautious and try to pick the right teethers for my son, because unlike some of his other toys, these were going to be mouthed and gnawed on quite frequently. In the end, I was extremely pleased to have found a handful of wonderful teething toys on the market that are completely safe. We've had great experiences with all of these, so I wanted to share them with parents out there who could use a few extra suggestions for their little ones.

Must-Have Teething Toys for Babies

Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether: I consider this little giraffe a member of the family! She is made in France out of 100% natural rubber from the Hevea tree, along with food grade paints. Think of her as a squeaky dog toy, but made for babies (actually, I believe the company's original concept was to make a pet toy, but it turned into something even more). She is the perfect size for little hands, and since she is a giraffe, there are extra little nubs like her ears and ossicones to gnaw on. As an added bonus, little ones will also enjoy the fun squeaking action when they squeeze her.

Little Sapling Toys Wooden Teethers: No teething toy collection could be complete without something made out of natural wood. I have a soft spot for handmade items, and these are absolutely beautiful! They're made right out of Huntsville, Utah using Hard Rock Maple, which is naturally anti-bacterial and non-toxic. Each teether has a hole in the middle, making it easier for babies to grasp. There are also plenty of wonderful designs to choose from. We personally own two of the Little Sapling teething toys, a turtle and the State of New York (Yes, you've read that correctly...they make teethers that are shaped like actual states!). We purchased ours a while ago, but I noticed that they now do laser engraving, which is pretty neat! The company even gives back to the environment, by planting a tree for each toy they sell.

Green Toys Twist Teether & First Keys: I know...I know...I reference this company a lot on my blog, and you are probably beginning to think that I'm an official spokesperson for them. As cool as that may be, I'm really not. I'm just a mother who's a true fan of their products and what they stand for. Green Toys is an eco-friendly company. Their toys are made in the USA out of 100% recycled milk jugs. How neat is that?! The First Keys were always a favorite in our home. They are perfect to satisfy a baby's need to gnaw on something with a firm texture.

Chewy Tubes Knobby Q: I accidentally stumbled across this in the baby aisle at my local Wegmans. It's also made in the USA, so of course I was intrigued. The product is actually recommended by speech pathologists to help aid in healthy mouth development, as well as proper jaw alignment and palate growth. We just used it as a regular teether for my little one, since it's composed of materials that make it nice and chewy. The little nubs on it also help to massage achy gums.

Vulli Chan Pie Gnon Teethers: These three teethers are made by the same company that created Sophie the Giraffe. Like Sophie, they're also made with 100% natural rubber from the Hevea tree and food grade paints. There are three teethers to choose from, yellow, pink, and blue– each one has its own original shape. We had both the yellow and blue for my son. The natural rubber is amazing for gnawing and gently massaging those sore gums. Oh, and they also squeak, which always amuses the little ones.

Infant Wash Clothes: Okay so this is not considered a "Teething Toy," in the conventional sense, but I added it on here as a must for any parent who has a teething baby. When I was pregnant with my son, I received a million of these rags (various brands) as gifts. It's a good thing, too, since I found no shortage of uses for them! As a teething remedy, I would wet a few of these with some water and place them in the fridge to get nice and cold. My little one loved chewing on these and they definitely helped to sooth those sore gums.

There you have it! My list of must-have teethers to sooth your little one! Do you happen to own any of the teething toys, mentioned above? Perhaps you have some that you would like to also recommend? Please feel free to chime in, below.