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I’m considering starting a baby consulting business. Consultations will go like this.
My baby is cranky. She’s probably teething.
My baby doesn’t sleep. He’s probably teething.
My baby wants to eat all the time/won’t eat anything. She’s probably teething.
My baby bites me/other kids/the dog/wood chips at the playground. He’s definitely teething.
But after having two kids who have grown lots and lots of teeth, I have tried just about every product and technique to relieve teething pain. Here, then, are my recommendations for the best teething products.
The best teething products & tips
Hyland’s Baby teething tablets. Edited 10/13/16: The FDA has asked parents to stop using homeopathic teething tablets such as Hyland’s as it investigates the link between the teething tablets and baby illness and even death over the last six years. Hyland’s has stopped selling the tablets in the US.
- Nuby Silicone Teethe-eez Teether. There’s something about the nubbins on this flexible teether that feels awesome on a baby’s gums, especially on her first teeth—or at least that’s what I presume, after watching Kiwi mow this thing with a vengeance.
- Sophie la Giraffe. There’s a reason why this French import is on just about every darn baby registry you see these days: Babies love it. Maybe it’s the satisfying squeak whenever they bite Sophie. (So that’s what sound a giraffe makes!)
- Munchkin Fresh Food Feeders. Pop a piece of frozen fruit—or an ice cube-sized chunk of frozen breast milk—into these little mesh bags for delicious teething pain relief. Babies can hold onto the handle, which doesn’t get cold.
- Munchkin Orajel Back Teeth Teether. This silicone toy has different textures on each side. Hey, variety is the spice of teething life!
- Freezer French toast sticks or pancakes. For babies who are eating solids, frozen pancakes or French toast sticks are money. They’re cold, solid enough to rub the gums but soft enough to chew, and they count as a snack. As Kiwi works on her molars, these have been a lifesaver.
- Teether bibs. Teething babies drool—a lot. So whoever thought of combining a drool-catching bib with a teether, like this one, is a genius.
- Innobaby EZ Grip Massaging Teether. This teething toy may look like a torture device, but all the bumps and grooves are like a shiatsu massage for your infant’s mouth.
- Razbaby Raz-berry Teether. This pacifier-shaped teether was all the rage when Peeper was a baby. I haven’t seen it around as much lately, but babies who are used to a binky love to chew the ridged raspberry.
- Teething necklaces. All the teething necklace companies out there will try to tell you their products just *may* be mistaken for the hottest runway accessory of the season. This is a lie. But who cares if it’s fashionable if it keeps your baby from leaving teeth marks on your collar bone?
If you and your baby are enduring a cranky teething phase, I hope these best of the best teething products help. And if your kid ends up biting one of mine, don’t sweat it. I know he’s probably just teething.