Teething time is no fun….all the crying, the sleepless nights, the crankiness. I’m sure it’s hard on the baby, too!
Seriously, though, if you have ever been around a teething baby, you know the mixture of sadness for them and frustration for the situation at hand.
Since I was a child, teething remedies and the actual teethers themselves have changed quite a bit. My Granny used to rub whiskey on the gums of a teething baby. In hindsight, several of my uncles are alcoholics now. Connect the dots…
Whenever I took care of teething infants, I used many different items to try to soothe their pain: wet rags, teething cookies, my knuckle, my wallet, the coaster on the end table. You do what ya gotta do.
What’s worse than one teething baby? TWO teething babies! Totally kidding! These little ladies are precious!
One of the things that makes wooden teethers so popular right now is that some (such as maple) have natural antibacterial properties. Combine that with the fact that it is not plastic (which could contain BPA) and the natural wooden ring is a relatively safe and non toxic teething option. When shopping for a one, be sure it is made out of a hard wood such as maple (which is the most common). Other hard woods that you may find these made from are cherry and walnut. The wood can come treated or untreated. Personally, I prefer the treated and here is why: the purpose of the treatment is to prevent splintering. Generally the rings are treated with
One of the teething trends right now is using wood as a teether. There are always pros and cons to any teether. Today I’d like to go over those with you so that you can be better equipped to decide if wooden teethers are right for your little one.
beeswax, olive oil, or a combination of both. This treatment helps moisturize the wood.
Some rings can be purchased with or without cloth attached. The cloth is usually in the shape of “bunny ears” or a square like a wash cloth. The cloth’s purpose is to help absorb up the drool. For this reason I am a fan of a teether with a cloth attached, preferably one that can easily be removed for washing purposes. If your little one is drooling a lot, I’d also recommend getting some bandana bibs. They are technically made to be fashionable drool bibs and will help absorb up the moisture.
If you do decide to go the wooden teether route, here are some tips on how to care for the wood itself:
- Do not soak it in water
- Wash with a mild soap and wet cloth
- Allow to air dry
- Do not put in the freezer
- If it starts to dry out, rub it down with oil. You can use olive oil, just keep in mind it will eventually go rancid. To avoid that, use coconut oil.
- If you see any cracks or splintering, toss it immediately.
- And never leave a baby unattended with a teether
When properly cared for, they are a great, non toxic, and natural teething option. I hope you found this helpful! I do sell teething rings, however they are not available online. If you are local to Atlanta, you can purchase them at the beehive atlanta or The Local Exchange in Marietta.
‘Til next time,