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Bickiepegs are one of those things synonymous with baby-hood, a bit like rusks. My mum always laughs at my brother's obsession with them. How he would always have a soggy, half-chewed one hanging around his neck as a baby. I think I remember stealing his Bickiepegs myself for a bit of a nibble when I was a toddler. So it went without saying that as soon as my daughter started teething I went out and bought a box of them. On opening the packet my first thought was how small they were. Much smaller then I remembered them. Obviously I was small myself so they would have seemed bigger but I would have had to be Thumbelina size for these biscuits to have seemed as big as I remember them. They have obviously been a victim of downsizing like a lot of foods these days such as chocolate bars. The next thing was the ribbon. How on earth did my brother have his Bickiepeg hung around his neck on a piece of ribbon which is about 12 centimetres long if that. It looks like the downsizing has effected the ribbon size too. It says on the instructions that you can attach the Bickiepeg to the baby's clothes but never around the neck. They have obviously bought into health and safety risks since my brother's day but having said that the ribbon is still too short to attach it to your baby's clothes - if you can find an appropriate place to attach it that is - and allow them to have a chew when they want to. I even tried attaching it to my daughter's wrist but once it was tied on there was no ribbon to spare to allow her to bring it to her mouth. So that wasn't happening. Instead I abandoned the ribbon and held onto it myself as my daughter gave it a suspicious chew. She seemed quite taken with the taste and continued to gnaw at it for a little while but then the fatal moment occurred when she actually bit through the Bickiepeg and then came the heart-stopping moment as I fished around in her mouth for the bit she had bitten off which was about a centimetre in length - big enough to have got stuck in her throat in other words. After that I was reluctant to even offer my daughter a Bickiepeg again. I tried on a couple of other occasions simply because I couldn't believe this teething biscuit that I had such fond memories of was a no go for my daughter. I watched her like a hawk every time she had one. I did allow her to hold it herself as she gnawed at it but I was actually quite relieved every time she cast it aside. I won't be buying another box as Bickiepegs. They will just have to keep their place in the past when they seemed to be a better product all round.
My little man nearly has all his teeth now but we have had some problems getting there and he has taken to teething a lot harder than my other two. Teething toys were great for his front teeth but he found it hard getting anything to his back side teeth. My grandma suggested these bickie pegs to me so I picked them up on my next shopping trip. The pegs them self are small and thin made up of hard biscuit wheat flour, wheat germ and water with no additives which is a big plus for me. They have a whole at the top of the peg which allows the ribbon to be toed into the whole and then around something safe so that little one can not swallow it and as they are so small that it down not get lost. The size of them means little one concentrates on trying to hold it so not only does it reach places other teething accessories find it hard to it also distracts maybe away from the pain. I found that Logan liked trying to hold the peg and loved it could get to his side teeth but he just did not like the taste in his mouth. He would chew for a few minutes and then pull a very strange face of disgust and try to throw the peg away. Then I found 2 minutes later he would pick it back up and try all over again. The one peg lasted for ages and at the end of the evening when Logan was put to bed found it was still intact just a few crumbs missing from it so they are long lasting. My main downside is the ribbons you only get two in a pack so after we used 2 pegs these actually sat unused in our cupboards.I know there not bank breaking but to improve on germ fearing mothers I do think it would be better to add more than 2 ribbons for 9 pegs. They are suitable from 6 months plus and cost around £1.50 for a pack of 9 and are available at most supermarkets. I think it is a case of hit and miss with these so I would say give them a go.
When our son's bottom two teeth started to come through he was in quite a lot of pain and was chewing down on anything and everything. Teething toys were offering relief but my mother in law suggested we try him with Bickiepegs whilst we were out and about and bought Alex a pack for £1.75 from Asda. Bickiepegs were developed back in 1925 to provide the correct exercise to aid the correct development of the jaw and baby's teeth whilst helping with the pain of teething. Bickiepegs are in a small rectangular box with the image of a baby on the front and the purple writing of "Bickiepegs". I found them in the aisle with rusks but as they are so small blink and you could miss them. The bickiepegs are approximately 7cm in length and 1cm in depth and are the perfect size for babies to hold in their hand. Only 2 safety ribbons are included which in my opinion is not enough for 9 biscuits as Alex rotated the bickiepeg several times and the ribbon became wet and soggy and would be ideal for breeding bacteria if reused. Bickiepegs are made from wheat flour, wheatgerm and water and in my opinion resemble dog biscuits their texture! They are very durable and even after 10 minutes constant gnawing only a few crumbs had broken off, if anything they were just a little soggy to touch. The guidelines state that baby should not use them for more than 20 minutes and you should certainly not leave your baby alone with them unsupervised. As far as helping with teething pain goes, I do think these are very useful for babies as they can actually put them into their mouths and bite down on them as well as being able to hold them fully by themselves and move it around their mouths as and when they wish. I would usually give Alex one bickiepeg a day and he would happily gnaw down on it and get adequate relief, it stopped the crying and it also distracted him as he held it in his hands and from time to time looked at it and tried to figure out exactly what it was he was putting into his mouth. A lot of drooling came with Alex using bickiepegs but he did this when he put his hand in his mouth and I would rather him chew this than his hand! Bickiepegs are suitable from 6 months.
My son is now 8 months old and already has 2 teeth which caused him a lot of pain when they were coming through and we did struggle to really find anything for him that was particularly soothing. Several relatives suggested that we try Bickiepegs Teething Biscuits but I couldn't find any in the Supermarkets and shops whatsoever, I assumed they had stopped making them. But I was on the Kiddicare website last month browsing through items in their sale when I spotted a packet of Bickiepegs, finally. I bought a box of 9 which cost £1.72 (Sale Price) and I was optimistic about their effects since I'd heard such great things about them. Only a week or so after we bought the Bickiepegs, my son started getting another couple of teeth and I was crying and very irritated, so it was the perfect time to try out these Teething biscuits. The biscuits are quite hard and don't break up easily, so your baby can chew on them for quite a while before they will start to disintegrate. My son seemed to be really comforted and a lot more content when he was sitting chewing on the biscuit. The biscuits are "Peg" shaped, just like a washing peg with a small hole in the top. There are some threads in the packet of biscuits which you are supposed to attach through these holes and tie them in a loop and then the instructions say to "attach to your babys clothing", but where? I can't think of any place I could attach the string to on my son, the only place I could think of was his dummy clip but when I did that the biscuit was completely out of reach for him. The threads are obviously to make the biscuits safer for your baby to prevent choking etc. but with nowhere to attach it to (and the fact it is actually really difficult to put the threads through the hole in the biscuit) I found I couldn't make use of them and instead I have to stay with my son at all times when he has one of these biscuits. They could be really dangerous if they slip down your baby's throat! The Bickiepegs box states that they have been helping parents since 1925 and that they have been used in Royal Nurseries, so they have obviously been well used in the past. If anyone knows of a good place to attach the Bickiepeg to and still have it in easy reach of my baby please let me know! I do like to hold the biscuit in my baby's mouth myself but he usually grabs it off me and holds it while chewing onto it himself, I'd be much more relaxed if I knew the biscuit thread was attached to him somewhere! The ingredients of the biscuits are said to be specially designed and shaped to exercise the jaws with the hardness to satisfy the bite which emerging teeth are seeking. It also says Doctors, Health Visitors & Dentists recommend them. More specifically, they contain Wheat Flour, Wheatgerm and Water and are suitable for babies over 6 Months and they contain no added Sugar and Salt. They are coming in really handy at the minute for my little boy it's just a shame I don't feel more relaxed when he has them. Any parent who is or has previously used Bickiepegs if you have any tips for me then please let me know!