Aside from purpose-made teethers, there are quite a few items that are alternatives to teethers. Here are some things you can use as a teething aid. Keep in mind these have not been tested to Australian Standards for use as toys for teething.
- Dummy – A dummy/pacifier can work as a teether since it’s made for your baby to put in their mouth.
- Washcloth – An organic washcloth can be wet and put in the fridge to cool. Then give it to your baby for them to chew on. When finished it can be used for bath time.
- Biscuit – Teething biscuits are biscuits that won’t crack or crumble when chewed. Instead, they dissolve slowly. You can buy them or make your own at home.
- Raw Fruits – Raw fruits and vegetables are another edible teething aid. They make a healthy choice of something to chew on. Carrot sticks and soft, cold watermelon are particularly good choices!
- Mesh Feeder – A mesh feeder can be filled with frozen fruits, formula, breast milk, or frozen peas. Then given to a baby for them to suck the juices out of. It also makes for a good teether! This is ideal for a baby who hasn’t started on solids.
- Popsicles – Homemade popsicles made from all-natural ingredients can make for a nice, cold teether. This is also a great way for you to experiment with various foods to see what your baby likes.
- Baby Toothbrush – A baby toothbrush, not necessarily one intended for teething, can be gnawed on to soothe sore gums. Just make sure that the bristles aren’t coming loose or splaying.
- Weaning Spoon – A weaning spoon can also be used. You’d likely already have a collection of them by the time teething comes around.
- Finger – Your finger can be used too. But not necessarily as something to chew on! Wash your hands and then use a finger to gently rub and massage your baby’s sore gums.
Whatever you give your baby as a teether be sure to supervise them at all times.
This article has been written by Luisa Figueroa. She is the maker of the My Little Love Heart range of teethers and baby accessories.