I used to think having two teething babes at the same time would be nothing but trouble, but after discovering which natural aids and remedies work for us and don’t, having an 18 month & 6 month old both cutting teeth has turned out to be a piece of grain-free cake.
Today I want to share some great natural teething toys that have made this stage of life so much more simple: TeetherToys.
Last year when Clementine was first beginning to cut teeth, I relied on her amber necklace (THIS one – which I can’t imagine living without!) and homeopathic gels and dissolving tablets given when she showed signs of discomfort. I now know better than to dabble with those pain relievers and am much more aware of the dangers associated with them, so over the past several months I have been on a mission to find safe, natural remedies that actually worked (enter: my DIY Jawline Massage Potion), and a great teething toy.
And, guys, I think we have found the best natural teething toys out there!
WHY I CHOSE TEETHERTOYS
I originally stumbled onto TeetherToys on Etsy.
(Yes, that’s right, Etsy. My favorite place to shop online, as you already know!)
I was surprised to find what a wide variety they had. They are made of natural wood rings/beads and organic cotton cord, and are also designed to double as developmental toys that would appeal to both of my smallies. (Not to mention they are super creative and cute!)
They are made in the California, so there is even potential to support local. I was definitely interested and decided to shoot shop owner, Cindy Baker, an email.
The response I got from Cindy really impressed me. I found out she wasn’t just a creative designer, but also an Infant Development Specialist who has worked with babies for over 25 years. As we corresponded, it quickly turned into more of a consultation. She listened to my babies’ specific developmental needs and was able to give expert advice on which of her teethers would help us most. Best of all, she explained that the teethers were only 1-2 ounces, specially designed to be light enough even for preemies to handle – exactly what I needed for Darla’s little preemie muscles!
Within two days, a box of TeetherToys sat on my doorstep. I’d like to also mention that they were packaged with minimal supplies & recyclable material, which to me says great things about a company in itself.
WHAT MY GIRLS THINK ABOUT THEM
Everything sounded great on paper, but let’s be honest; all of the benefits and perks boil down to white noise if the kids don’t like them. Well, after two months of heavy use, the verdict is still positive, and favorites have emerged from the group!
Here is a little bit of info & commentary about each of the teethers we sampled:
RING AROUND THE RATTLE TEETHER. (Our favorite.) When we received our TeetherToys, Darla was only 4 months old. Though she enjoyed grasping for toys on her play gym, she wasn’t really strong or coordinated enough to lift up or hold on to toys at all. This rattle changed all of that. She instantly warmed to it, the shape was just right for her to tighten her grip around. I have videos of her sitting in her Bumbo, lifting this thing up and down like she is doing reps with a weight.
As far as its gum-soothing properties go, it took Darla until this past week to start gnawing on it, but it now pretty much lives in her mouth. Clementine also sticks this thing in her mouth often, and the balls seem to provide relief for her back molars. Even at 18 months of age she still walks around shaking and rattling it. I strongly recommend this product for any teething age; both of my girls love it and it goes everywhere with us now.
MOMMY RING TEETHING NECKLACE. (A very close second.) I’m sooo glad Cindy recommend this one for us. I honestly would not have chosen a necklace option if it had been up to me, but we would have seriously missed out! Immediately Clementine stole this out of the box and started wearing it herself. I’d like to clarify that due to choking & safety hazards, this fine piece of jewelry is meant to be worn by mamas, not babies. But let’s be honest, I’m a bit of a rule breaker, so I let the girl wear it. BEST. THING. EVER. She had a constant toy with her wherever she went, felt like a rock star with her organic bling, and best of all, she stopped trying to eat rocks every time we went outside since this thing was always stuffed in her mouth instead. I do also wear the necklace sometimes while babywearing and nursing, and both girls enjoy teething on it as well as playing with it instead of pulling my hair… major perks that no other teethers have offered me to date.
NATURAL RING STACKER. (Our third fav.) Both of the kids really enjoy this one as a toy and teether. A huge benefit is the variety of ring sizes and thicknesses it offers, which seems to be good for soothing different sized mouths and areas of the gums. I see them wearing it as a bracelet often (well, we like to accessorize). We love the free movement of the rings on the cord, as opposed to others that have the rings knotted into place. Smaller rings can be moved through bigger ones making it fun to try to stack. Clementine likes to grab the cord and pretend the dangling rings are her set of car keys.
MOP TOP TEETHER. (Clementine loves.) Seriously though, so cute! Clementine likes the look of this one & calls it Dolly. She chomps on both the cord and rings. Darla really isn’t attracted to it yet, but I think that will come with time. This might have to do with the secured positioning & placement of the rings, meaning she has to find a way to hold one of the limbs and comfortably get another into her mouth, which she just hasn’t developed the patience for. As far as natural toys go, Clementine thinks Mop Top is top-notch, and I’m confident Darla will grow into it too.
3-RING CIRCUS. (Darla loves.) This one has been really great for Darla’s fine motor skill development. It is reported to be a favorite among preemies, and it was right on cue for us. It taught her to use both hands lifting an object to her mouth, and eventually how to pass things back and forth between her hands. Over time the cords have loosened slightly causing the rings to turn in some, so instead of looking like a triangle it now is on its way to becoming a 3-sided box. This hasn’t seemed to affect its usage at all though, Darla still enjoys soothing her gums with it. Clementine, on the other hand, has never really gotten into this teether, but clearly she’s at a more developmentally advanced place so I wouldn’t expect every toy to appeal to both girls.
Each TeetherToy really does serve as a teether and a toy, making on-the-go life much easier for us. Instead of loading up our diaper bag & car with tons of age-appropriate toys, books, and teethers for each girl, we seriously only have to take the TeetherToys with us now. The girls trade back and forth and stay pretty well entertained. I’m really glad to have added these to our lives and recommend any family with babes to jump on board!
CONNECT WITH TEETHERTOYS
There are several ways to connect with TeetherToys.
First off, shop their Etsy Shop!
And as you’ve heard me suggest many times before, be sure to shop on Etsy to support indie designers, and to bring new life to vintage and used pieces!!
(GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED)
We will be giving away two separate TeetherToy prizes:
1) Ring Around the Rattle Teether
2) Grand prize: Mommy Ring Necklace and 3-Ring Circus Teether
Click on the banner below to enter!
No purchase necessary. Entries will be accepted until Friday, March 27th at Noon (PST). Both winners will be selected from entries received here and contacted by email on Saturday, March 28th. Participants must be 18 years or older and reside in the US. This product review was written out of my true & personal experience with TeetherToys products. I was gifted the products by TeetherToys for sampling, but will not be financially compensated for my feedback. All items included in this giveaway have been sponsored by TeetherToys.