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If your sweet babe suddenly starts freaking out — crying for no reason, not sleeping, is irritable or even pulling at their ears — it could mean that they are teething. Teething can start as early as three months and last for several years, and it’s a very challenging time for babies and parents. The process of “cutting a tooth” is as painful as it sounds, but there is help in the way of teethers.
Teethers offer relief in the form of counter-pressure, and babies find great comfort gnawing on them. Just like a pacifier, the best teethers are the ones your baby likes. There are also multifunctional teethers that not only help ease the pain of the teething process but also act as rattles, toys, toothbrushes and more. You might even find that your baby becomes very attached to their teethers, so it’s a good idea to invest in several at a time.
We rounded up 11 of the best teethers for babies to soothe their sore gums, recommended by parents who’ve been there.
Best Overall: Sophie La giraffe
Best Teether Toy: Matchstick Monkey Teether Toy
Best Cold Teether: MAM Cooler Teether
Best Teether Mitt: Munch Baby Munch Mitt
Best Teether Toothbrush: Baby Banana Bendable Teething Toothbrush
Best Gum Massager: Nuby Teethe-eez Teether
Best Molar Teether: Green Sprouts Molar Teether
Best Spoon Teether: Olababy Baby Training Spoons
Best Teether Necklace: Chewbeads Jane Necklace
Best Natural Teether: Loulou Lollipop Wood and Silicone Bunny Teether Ring
Best Teether Rattle: Innobaby Teethin’ Smart™ EZ Grip Berry Teether & Rattle