Fussy baby because of teething? “Putting mild pressure on the area encourages eruption, and cold temperature relieves pain and itchiness,” Dr. Carina De los Reyes, former president of the Philippine Pediatric Dental Society Inc. told Smartparenting.com.ph.
To do this Dr. De los Reyes recommends getting a wash cloth soaked in cold water and rubbing it over your baby's gums. “A mother may also have the baby chew on a teether previously chilled in the fridge,” she adds. Here are a few adorable picks to choose from:
1. Little Toader's AppeTeethers
Little Toader AppeTeethers in LOL! Sucker (P600) and 3 Carat Teether (P400), BabyMama.ph
AppaTeether's are BPA free, lead free, PVC free and phthalate free. They're made with food safe coloring and food grade silicone. Plus, they come in one solid piece with no parts that can pose as choking hazards. And, it meets U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards. Did we mention they're super cute and colorful too?
This owl-shaped teether from Haakaa, the maker of everyone's favorite silicone breast pump, is made with no artificial colors, BPA, PVC, and phthalates; it is alsoallergen-free. Its patented one-piece design is easy to hold, textured and has no joints or cracks where mould and dirt can hide. It meets U.S. FDA standards too.
3. Dr. Brown's Coolees
Dr. Brown's Coolees in Grape (P349) and Watermelon (P299), Baby Company stores
Just how adorable are these fruit-shaped teethers? They're made to stay cold but remain flexible (they don't get rock-hard), after you take them out of the freezer. The cold provides added relief to your little one's teething gums. They're BPA-free and comply with the European Toy Safety Standard.
Philips Avent Teether Elephant (P429.75), department stores
What's the advantage of a teether with a trunk? This elephant-shaped teether can reach front, middle and back teeth. It can also be cooled in the fridge and is sterilizer-safe. It's BPA- and phthalate-free and complies with all international safety standards, according to the Avent website.
Flexible and a little smaller than most, this textured teether is just the thing for little ones. Being a little softer, there's lots of places for wee hands to grip and hold. It's freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe too. Plus, this tree-shaped teether is 100% eco-friendly, made with FDA-grade silicone and free from phthalates, PVC and BPA.
If you're looking for a no-fuss teether, you've just found it. Pigeon's cooling teethers come in simple and fun fruit shapes, and are filled with safe, sterilized water so they're soft and chewy. But also because of this, they may be a little to heavy and chunky for younger babies. They're also BPA-free and can be cooled in the fridge, but they shouldn't be placed in the freezer.
Baby always dropping his teether? Try this cute solution! The Yummy Mit Teething Mitten is a teether worn like a glove. It's made with 100% cotton material with a food-grade silicone top that you can place in the fridge to cool. This teether is BPA, latex, PVC, lead and phthalates free, and exceeds federal safety requirements including the CPSC, ASTM and CPSIA.