When babies are teething, they spend a lot of time putting things into their mouths trying to soothe their aching gums. So it’s no surprise that many parents feel safer choosing natural, eco-friendly products for their babies to chew on.
Of course, an eco-friendly teether doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Perhaps the most natural teether is your baby’s own fists. When that no longer satisfies your baby, one simple solution is to wet some organic washcloths or other small cloths,freeze them in individually sealed containers and offer one to your baby after it defrosts a little. Just be careful to watch your baby to ensure that she isn’t biting off pieces of the cloth.
If you’d like to buy an eco-friendly teether for your baby, there are several on the market that promise to satisfy your baby’s natural urge to chew. Here’s an overview of some of the top picks:
Made of 100% natural rubber, this teether is free of phthalates, colors, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Evatane, silicone and bisphenol-A (BPA). Its surface is gently textured to provide a soothing surface for massaging irritated gums and its shape is easy for small hands to hold.
The one-piece design helps to prevent the accumulation of dirt and bacteria in cracks and joints. Plus, rubber is naturally soft, so it encourages babies to chew.
This teether is sustainably produced and its packaging is made from recycled and biodegradable materials printed with soy ink
These natural teethers measure about 3 1/2” in diameter and are 3/4” thick, making them a good size for babies to hold yet small enough to comfortably chew on. Made in Vermont from sustainably harvested maple trees, each teether is rounded and sanded smooth. The teethers are left unfinished, so you don’t have to worry about toxins from chemical finishes.
Wooden teethers are also durable and naturally anti-microbial. To clean these teethers, simply wipe clean with a damp cloth and mild soap.
This product combines two effective natural teethers: 100% organic cotton terrycloth and untreated maple wood. This combination not only provides different textures to soothe teething babies, it also helps to develop a baby’s tactile senses. Plus, the maple wood is splinter-proof and naturally antib-bacterial.
Handmade in Canada, the Ringley Knotted teether can be used wet or dry. It is free of dyes and harmful chemicals.
Made of U.S.-grown certified organic cotton, the Organic Teething Bonbon is handmade in Canada. To use, simply dip the knotted ends in water, leaving the wool-stuffed center dry, and throw it in the freezer until you’re ready to use it. The cool, firm knots help to soothe irritated gums, while the warm, wool center allows babies to comfortably grab the teether without getting their hands cold.
This 7-inch-long teether can also be used as a first toothbrush. It is available in two colors and…
These 5-inch knit teethers are made with certified organic cotton filled with recycled fibers and dyed using natural minerals and plants. The durable knit material massages baby’s aching gums as he chews. The teether also functions as a rattle.
You can choose from four different animals with these teethers: bear, bunny, elephant or monkey. The teethers are packaged in a box made of recycled paper.