Even though teethers ease the pain of tooth eruption, not all babies need them. Baby teethers help soothe babies’ swollen gums when they begin teething. It can be comforting for a baby to chew on a teether, but there are a number of other reasons for babies to chew on them.
In general, babies are prone to put anything (even dangerous objects) into their mouths when they are very young. In this way, the baby is encouraged to move their tongue inside their mouth. It helps them become aware of their mouth and strengthen facial muscles, as well as aid in speech production.
Normally when we see a small baby they always have some object in their mouth. The oral phase makes them want to take everything into their mouth and soon mums realise they need a teether. But how to choose the ideal teether? In this article we will tell you many things about teethers and how to choose the ideal one. Babies like to put toys and other objects in their mouths. They chew, bite and play.
There are several different types of teethers that are made to provide relief for babies during the birth of their first teeth. This is a much awaited and also feared phase by parents, especially first-time parents. It is enough for the baby to start drooling for parents and family members to believe that there is a tooth coming. We often run our fingers over the little gums or make a fine inspection looking for the tooth.
And when we really see that it is coming, the anguishing phase of seeing our little baby presenting difficulties and suffering begins. So, as any mother would do, you look for a method to alleviate your child’s pain and discomfort.
And can you believe it, it is true that babies get some comfort and relief by chewing toys, like teethers, when their teeth are growing. The gums, which are sensitive during this teething phase, become less sore when gentle pressure is applied. Just as every person is different, every baby is different. The types of toys that one baby likes can be very different from another.
There are teethers that can be placed in the fridge, providing soothing freshness to baby’s gums. Be careful not to freeze the teether for too long. It can hurt and be uncomfortable for a baby’s delicate gums. Some teethers have a vibration when the baby bites the toy, which can also provide relief.
As stated earlier, there are many types of teethers with different shapes and sizes, often designed to be attractive to babies. Materials also vary widely and the following ingredients should be strongly avoided:
- Heavy metals
- Cadmium and other toxic substances
Reasons why babies like teethers
There are many other reasons why baby loves teethers so much and the reason is not always gum relief. Part of infant development is the oral stage where babies tend to put everything in their mouths.
Teething toys encourage babies to move their tongue inside their mouths and this promotes a better awareness of this little part of their body. These movements help lay the foundation for learning speech sounds when babies begin to babble as they learn to say their first words, “mama” and “dadada” and “bababa”.
Since babies like to chew on everything, especially when they are in the oral stage, parents should not be surprised if they catch them biting blankets, stuffed toys, book edges, keys, their own little fingers or even their parents’ fingers!
Teething toys also act as calming devices, so always have one in your maternity bag for times when baby is in a stressful condition, such as when having an injection, vaccination or any other similar activity. Some little ones find it difficult to soothe themselves at bedtime and find comfort when they get their nibbler. By using a teether you can also prevent your baby from putting other things in their mouth. Some suck their thumb or fingers, which often ends up being a bad habit. This can be controlled by using a teether.
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