Good Question: Safe Teethers

Good Question: Safe Teethers

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Carrie McBride
Mar 25, 2008

Is your baby teething? So is Carey's.

She writes in: With so much attention being paid to the dangers of plastics and lead in toys, do decent options exist for teething babies? My daughter is 4 months old and wants to put anything she can get her hands on in her mouth...I just want to make sure whatever "it" is, is safe!

Read on for some of our ideas and to contribute your own.

As more and more parents become aware of the potential hazards of BPA and phthalates in plastics, the industry is responding with safer alternatives. And, you can always go old-school with teethers made from wood or fabric (and don't forget teething biscuits).

The RaZ-Berry is a combination pacifier-teether made entirely of silicone which gets high marks from parents as a soothing teething aid ($3.95). There's also a RaZ-Blueberry version, too.

Sophie the Giraffe has been a fixture in French childhoods since 1961. She squeaks when squeezed and her bumpy head sooths teething gums. Sophie hails from the French Alps where she is made with natural rubber and non-toxic paint ($20).

There are many wood teethers available, just be sure that if they also have paint that the paint is non-toxic. Some of our favorites are made by Haba. You can do a Google search for them and we also found a good selection at Maukilo. If you prefer a simpler wood teether without paint, you can find several good choices at Tiny Bird Organics.

Not all babies get the same satisfaction from chewing on a fabric teether, but yours may. Look for something wool or 100% cotton and small enough for little hands and mouths to grasp. These hand crocheted flowers by Anne-Claire Petit ($30) are also a rattle.

Two good resources for finding safe teethers are the Safer Toy Guide by Cool Mom Picks and How to Find Safer Teethers over on Squiddo. Both can point you to many teether options which are BPA, phthalate and PVC-free.

Readers - anything to add? What's been your child's best, safest teether?

As always, send your Good Questions (with a photo if you can) to nursery(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com.

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