If you have a baby at home you must have noticed that right in the first months he or she starts to take everything in front of them into their mouth, including hands and feet. Welcome to the child’s oral phase, which is exactly during the first two years of life and also coincides with the birth of the first teeth. And it is exactly in this period that a simple object begins to have fundamental importance for your child’s oral health: the teething toy.

In this period, all the child’s touch seems to be in the mouth. This brings them into contact with the world by putting everything in their mouths, so it is important to be careful about the hygiene of what is offered to children at this stage.

It is also during this phase (more specifically from six months onwards) that the first teeth start to appear in the baby’s gums, which can cause itching, a little irritation and even pain. By the way, this is another reason for children to want to put objects in their mouth: the attempt to scratch or relieve these unpleasant symptoms. And that’s where teethers come in.

Teething toys can help relieve the symptoms of rashes. Plus, it’s an object designed to be taken into the mouth, so it’s better than other possible toys that could be dangerous.

If you have a baby at home you must have noticed that right in the first months he or she starts to take everything in front of them into their mouth, including hands and feet. Welcome to the child's oral phase, which is exactly during the first two years of life and also coincides with the birth of the first teeth.
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Made of plastic, silicone, fabric or vinyl, baby teethers can be found in various shapes such as animals, children’s cartoon characters, geometric figures and body parts and, besides being useful for oral health, they also work as toys and a good distraction for the baby.

Helps with hygiene

Some models go further and even help in the hygiene of the baby’s mouth. There are some models on the market that associate bristles to also help cleaning. But, in practice, the idea is that from the first tooth, parents buy a toothbrush for babies and start brushing with it.

Ideal model

To avoid problems with these objects, it is important to be picky when buying one for your baby. The ideal is that they are made with specific materials, free of BPA (toxic substance found in plastic), hygienic, and without connected parts so that they cannot come loose in the baby’s mouth.

There are also models that have a gel inside and should be placed in the refrigerator because low temperatures provide greater relief to gum irritation caused by the pressure of the teeth.

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