The appearance of the first tooth is an exciting milestone for parents (if we disregard the constant crying and anxiousness of their little one) but it is not at all exciting for the baby. Teething is usually a painful and uncomfortable process and it takes about two years to come to its end. For most babies, this process starts around the time they are six months old. However, once the first few teeth come out, it becomes less painful.
So, if your baby starts drooling, has irritated gums, feels pressure on the gum tissue, starts chewing or experiences fever and mild diarrhea, then the process of the first tooth growing has started. This means that now it is the perfect time for you to buy your little one a couple of quality teether rings that will help relieve the discomfort and pain. When babies start teething, most of them try to put things into their mouth. Fingers are the easiest thing to chew on, but toys, books, and blankets are also a common target. Nevertheless, the healthiest and the best thing for your baby to take out all the pain on are teether rings.
Teether rings are designed to be easily gripped and put in the mouth. Chewing something hard provides light pressure to the gums and helps the baby feel much better. Baby teethers are usually made of plastic, rubber or wood and come in an endless range of sizes, shapes and colours. When looking for the right baby teether, choose one that is easy to put in the mouth but make sure it is not too small or too big. Another important thing to keep in mind is safety. Buy teethers that are verified to be safe for babies to use, such as BPA-free and non-toxic teethers. In other words, choose wooden teether rings.
Some parents think that wood is too hard to chew on, but that’s actually the main reason why these teether rings are made of wood. The hardness of wood helps relieve the pressure from aching gums. Also, wood is a naturally anti-bacterial material which makes these teethers extremely safe to use. When it comes to maintaining, wooden teethers are very easy to clean. Just wash them with baby soap, rinse them well and tap dry with clean cloth. Leave them to air dry and they’ll be ready to be used again. Due to the fact that wooden teether rings are made of non-toxic, 100% natural material – they might get rough after a couple of washes but this is a common process for wood. If you don’t want to leave the toy like this, you can smoothen it using sanding paper.
Unlike other teethers, those made of wood can last for a long time if properly cared for. Also, they have no”insides” that will trap water, so you can have a peace of mind knowing that your baby’s favorite wooden teether will never turn moldy. Just make sure you give the toy enough time to air dry and your baby can enjoy it for as long as he/she needs it.