**What are they?**
When my little girl was struggling with the early to mid stages of teething and chewing everything in sight my mother suggested that I get her some Bickiepegs as that's what she gave me when I was little. Basically Bickiepegs are a sugar and salt free biscuit which are baked incredibly hard and are used for toddlers to gnaw on, so the teeth can break through the gums. They aren't pain relieving but they provide something to chew on which is safe, and it will relieve the uncomfortable itching sensation new teeth can cause.
**Price and Availability**
Bickiepegs are extremely widely available. I bought them from Boots, but you can also get them in Superdrug, all large supermarkets, independent chemists and online. The price varies from around £1.50 - £2.50 per 38g box however the average is around £2. I paid £1.99 in Boots which I think is fair.
I can't remember the packaging for Bickiepegs ever being significantly different, they're in a purple edged cardboard box with a picture of a smiling child on it and the word Bickiepegs in a script on the front. They look very cheerful and they're easy to find.
**What's in the Box**
You get the Bickiepegs hard teething biscuits (which are hard and dry so do not need individually wrapping) and two small pieces of woven ribbon.
They're around 2inches in length or so, and they have a small square hole at one end. You thread the ribbon through the hole and tie a knot in it. this is so you can either attach it to baby's zipper (which I do), loop it around their bib (mine was in a bib constantly due to the drool!) or even attach it to their dummy. Basically it's better if they can't drop it on the floor as this would not only distress them but it's also unhygenic, though you can rinse Bickiepegs under the tap if they've been dropped at home, I wouldn't do this for a very small child and I wouldn't wash a Bickiepeg which has been dropped outside.
Bickiepegs are made of Wheat Flour, Wheatgerm and Water with no added colourings, flavourings or sweeteners.
My little girl took to Bickiepegs like a duck to water in that she started chewing like a maniac as soon as she was given one. But the thing is because they're flavourless they don't really hold any more appeal than a regular teether which can be sterilised - there is no real need for a teether to be made of edible ingredients, after all. I also found that within an hour the cotton tie was soaking and making her clothes wet, and she was trying to nibble on the knot, so I was constantly watching her to make sure she wasn't going to get it off and swallow it.
Because the consistency of Bickiepegs is so very hard they almost have a sheen on them and they just drip drool! They might be better for kids who grate their teeth on teethers as they may benefit from something you can wear down safely but for munchers like my daughter, overall I feel she was happier with a plastic water filled teether which I could put in the fridge for a cooling effect on her gums.
I only bought 1 pack of Bickiepegs and whilst she did chew them all, some were dropped outside within minutes, some were discarded in favour of other teethers so I don't really feel that we had our money's worth.
Overall I'd say for £2 it's worth a try but only if other teethers have proven unpopular. Because these teethers are 'disposable' or at the very least, a food, so you can't reuse them as such. Some kids may take better to them and I think that's down to the style of teething so by all means give it a go, but I personally can't strongly recommend them and can only really base my rating of 2 stars out of 5 on our experiences with Bickiepegs.
My baby girl is currently going through the dreaded teething stage and is gnawing on anything and everything she can get into her mouth. Luckily she doesn't seem to be in too much pain as she isn't really crying but I don't think my fingers can take her chewing on them much longer.
I had never heard of Bickiepegs before and it was my mum who suggested I try them. Apparently they were a godsend for my brother and I when we were babies. So since mother always knows best I popped out and bought a box.
There are nine 'pegs' in a box and according to the information printed on the box these are used in the royal nurseries. These are basically very hard baked biscuits, about three inches in length with a little hole through one end for you to attach a piece of ribbon or string. There are two bits of white string included in the box. These are about 6-7 inches long.
Looking at the biscuits my initial thought was that they looked the perfect size for a baby to choke on, but since these have been around for nearly 100 years I decided maybe I was being a bit over anxious. However to be on the safe side I used the ribbon to attach the peg to a bigger teething toy before giving it to Zara.
Initially she didn't seem overly impressed with the little brown stich hanging from her rattle but after a few minutes she was chewing away vigorously on it, and seemed to be quite enjoying it too. The only thing was when it gets covered in drool and dropped on the floor you can't exactly wash it.
My little one seems to quite enjoy these little pegs but I'm not sure I am completely sold on them. The seem very small and although you can put ribbon on them you don't want to be using a long length and putting it around a babies neck, but using a short piece I still think leaves a chance of choking.
I would give these 3 out of 5. Great for babies to bite down but a little bit small I feel.
I remember these from when my sister was teething and she is now 21 so you can see that this sort of thing has been around for many years, when I looked them up for the purposes of this review I found they have been used since 1925. When my eldest began trying to chew on everything I asked my Mam about them and she bought us a pack.
The product comes packaged in a mainly white and lilac cardboard box with a picture of a happy little baby on the front which of course is supposed to encourage you to buy the product, don't think a picture of a screaming teething baby would have quite the same effect! On the box you are told that these will help to exercise the jaw and help give the bite to satisfy emerging teeth, there are no added sugars or sweeteners and there is also no artificial ingredients or flavourings.
The only place I have actually managed to find the product is from Boots stores or online so they don't really seem all that readily available. In the box you get 38g which is 9 long finger like biscuits for around £2 so they are decent value.
The biscuits are made up of wheat flour, wheat germ and water they are shaped to make it easy for your baby to bite at the back of the mouth although don't give to a baby under 6 months old. The pegs have a hole in the top end where you attach a ribbon or string although you only get 2 ribbons in the pack which is pretty poor in my opinion.
Sophie liked to hold the biscuits and she would try and chew on them but then she would get bored with it and fling it, I think if the biscuit had some sort of taste to them she would have been more interested. Whilst he was chewing on the biscuits she didn't complain so they must have actually helped she just wouldn't use them for long.
The biscuits do last for ages as they as so hard and they go soggy from chewing rather than bits breaking off them which of course you wouldn't want with a young child. I would say that these are worth a try I have heard of people that swear by the product just my daughter didn't.
When my eldest daughter (who is now almost sixteen) was teething I was given a sample packet of Bickiepegs by my Health Visitor, who was very keen to stop babies being medicated constantly with pain relief during the teething period. Now, Charlotte didn't suffer badly with her teeth so I didn't really have to use much at all - but she despised the Bickiepegs to such a degree that I ended up binning them after watching her heaving each time she put one in her mouth. They completely slipped under my radar when my other two daughters were teething, but again they didn't have the appalling pain that other babies go through as their teeth are making an appearance so I didn't really need to shop for anything 'special' for them.
Now David is here and teething however I'm willing to try anything; he's a miserable little sausage at the best of times, but is in a lot of pain at the moment as he cuts four teeth which are all pushing through at the same time - my house is a screamy nightmare even though he's pretty much constantly dosed up on baby Nurofen and Calpol. Bickiepegs have been reasonably good for him; I wouldn't say they're particularly brilliant at controlling his pain but they seem to take his mind off it, and the action of chewing at the Bickiepeg is soothing for his gums so at £1.99 I'd say they're a good buy all round.
I'm sure all you parents will be well aware of Bickiepegs, and considering they've been sold since 1925 I'd imagine grandparents too will extol their virtues. For those of you who haven't experienced the joys of a teething baby, a Bickiepeg is basically a long narrow biscuit with an extremely hard texture. It's not the kind of biscuit you'd want to eat, in fact they're so incredibly hard that it's almost impossible to bite through one - I have sensitive teeth and no way would I even attempt to take a bite out of a Bickiepeg for fear of my teeth falling out!
For your money you get eight Bickiepegs; the biscuits are around two inches long and have a squared off shape which makes them easy for baby to hold with the length ensuring they can (usually) get it into the correct position for putting into their mouth. David began using Bickiepegs from around eight months old and even from that young age had no problem holding the biscuits and steering them towards the particularly painful sections of his gums.
The texture of the Bickiepegs is excellent for their purpose, even now at eighteen months old they provide David with a huge amount of relief - although being a greedy bugger he does get annoyed sometimes that he's chomping on a biscuit but not filling his belly! The slim design enables him to get the Bickiepeg exactly where it's needed; at the moment the offending teeth are coming through in the spaces between teeth which have been present for some time, plastic teethers are simply too bulky to fit in these soon to be filled gaps but the Bickiepegs generally slot in nicely.
When they were developed, almost 100 years ago, Bickiepegs were quite a marvel - they provide exercise for the jaw (like most babies and toddlers don't exercise their jaws enough!) and most importantly provide relief through the simple action of biting and chewing. I personally think they work exceptionally well for such a simple idea - and so does David! In true Pavlovian style the mere appearance of a Bickiepeg is enough to stop the teething whinge, although if his pain is particularly bad he'll obviously still need 5ml of Calpol to help take the edge off it.
The thing I hate about Bickiepegs is the revolting feel of them once they've been sucked and chewed to within an inch of their lives. They don't crumble or dissolve so I find soggy and very slippery semi-chewed biscuits all over the house, usually with a hair or two attached and generally looking (and feeling) absolutely foul. In all my years of being a mum I don't think I've ever seen a Bickiepeg being 'finished' (or even 'started' in eating terms!) but then again, as I've already stated, these are a teething remedy rather than a food despite their 'biscuit' moniker so I definitely don't hold this against the product! I give David a fresh one each day (or whenever he needs one if his teething pain isn't happening on a daily basis) as I hate seeing the Bickiepegs in their semi-chewed state and don't actually think it's very hygienic considering this is something that goes into David's mouth for reasonably protracted periods of time to reuse them.
I must mention here the ribbon I discussed briefly earlier; these do not arrive attached the the Bickiepegs and you don't get a full quota of ribbons either. Tying them is hugely fiddly as they're so short, you can use the biscuits without the ribbons but I like to use them to either give David something to hold or (when he was smaller) to tie the Bickiepeg to the neckline of whatever he was wearing that day in hope of avoiding it touching the floor and becoming encrusted with the fluff and hair I mentioned earlier. It's always a surprise how many ribbons you're going to get as the quantity varies seemingly with each box, I think the most ribbons I've ever had was seven and the least... none.
Bickiepegs are made of just three ingredients - wheat flour, wheatgerm and water. There's no added salt or sugar so nothing to endanger or irritate your child (unless they have a wheat allergy, obviously) and even now with so many alternatives available are still recommended by doctors, dentists and health visitors. I recommend them too, they might be uber icky when chewed and dribbled on but they do seem to soothe David even when more medicated products have no effect - used in conjunction with teething powders and/or Calpol (as a last resort) they do the trick superbly. Whether they really do stop the pain or just act to take his mind off it I'm impressed - and so is David, which is all that really matters.
My Mum introduced me to the wonder of Bickipegs when my son starting teething (he's now 7 months with two teeth). She used to work as a nursery nurse before I was born (25 years ago), and Bickipegs were what they used for all the babies suffering the typical gripes of teething.
The biscuits themselves are sugar free, so not damaging to those little teeth struggling to push their way through the gums! They are really hard and only after serious gnawing do they start to 'dissolve' away. They come with a safety ribbon, which I actually discarded because I found it to be more of a hindrance than a help to my son (his fingers got tangled up in it, or he just ending up chewing that!).
My main gripe would be that I'm not sure how hygienic they are, given how long it takes for them to actually reduce in size, surely it's not that hygienic to be putting them in and out of the mouth. However, using a fresh one each time could get pretty expensive, and there aren't many in the packet!
There are obviously many non food teething toys/aids, but I think my son likes the biscuit taste, and it serves as a useful distraction as well as helping with the pain by giving him something tough to gnaw on!
My niece is currently going through the terrible teething stage. Despite my advise to use calgel my sister in law decided to try these Bikiepegs. I had never heard of these teething aide before. Apparantly they have been around for a number of years and are very succesful in the soothing of pain associated with teething.
I was very intrested in seeing these bicipegs for myself and I have to admit when I visited my niece, I was very impressed with the look of these bickiepegs. They are small and wheat in shape and colour. They are suppose to be attached to baby using the cute white ribbons that are included in the box. This is in order to stop the bikiepeg falling to the floor.
The basic concept of these bikiepegs is that they are quite hard in texture so that baby can knaw away thus providing pain relief. I have to admit they smell very unpleasing. Very oaty and malty. I found the smell became quite pungent after a while and made me feel quite uncomfortable.
Although baby was initially intrested in these bickiepegs. She became very cross as she did not like the taste. I also noted that the texture of the bickiepegs were so hard that they provided little if any relief for her gums.
After a couple of fruitless attempts, my sister in law threw these away. They were a complete waste of money. Not only were they really awful in smell and texture but they offered no degree of usefulness.
In concept these bickiepegs do look rather good. Infact, I was very impressed at first as they are a very novel idea. However, I don't think these bikiepegs are any good, Certainly not their £2 pricetag. They are awful!!
My 9 month old niece currently has 6 teeth, with more on the way and she will chew on the strangest of things, including the car seat, DVD cases, the window sill and door frames. We decided we had to get her some more things to chew on that would not damage her teeth nor be damaged by her teeth!
I was in Boots when I saw Bickipegs. These claim to be teething biscuits so I thought they would be perfect for her to chew on, with out being damaging in any way, and they may just taste nice for her too. I bought a box, and gave them to my sister for my niece to get her jaws on. My niece seems ok with them, but she is not exactly fussed on them. She will happily chew on them for a while, but not long after giving her a Bickipeg, you will find her chewing on your phone or keys and the Bickipeg no where to be seen. No where that is till a week or so later when you magically find it in the bottom of your make up bag!
My niece does not refuse them or throw them away straight away, so they can not taste too bad, we all know how fussy kids are when it comes to food. On the other hand though I do not think they taste that great as she won't keep hold of one very long and if you give her something she does like, she won't let go if it until it has all gone.
Bickipegs come in boxes of 9, and seeing as my niece won't really pay much attention them, we have not bothered to get another box since the first one ran out. I think I paid a couple of pounds for a box of nine, but I can not be too sure.
Bickipegs have been around since 1925, according to their website, and they are also Kosher and Vegan, so if you wish your child not to eat meat, dairy or unkosher foods, these are perfectly safe for you to give to your baby. It is recommended that you do not give these to a child younger than 6 months, but my niece has been chewing on things for a while, since about 4 - 5 months, so we gave her some earlier than this, more to save the new sofa from any more mini tooth holes!
Many people I have known to use these say they have worked wonders for their children when it comes to teething and helping to relieve the pain, but as a chewing deterrent, they are not so great! I recommend these to people, even though my niece did not appreciate them so much, as all babies are different and you never know, these may just be the perfect thing for your child. You can buy them in Boots, Superdrugs, Some Pharmacies and Some major supermarkets.
Bickiepegs are little biscuits for babies when they are teething. They sound great in theory but they are a little bit of a disappointment. These are suitable from 6 months of age. They have been around since 1925 so I thought they would be a good idea as something that has been around that long must be half decent, right?
These were invented by a paedatrican who wanted to make something to combat the pain of teething for babies as well as being beneficial to a baby's chewing and jaw skills. The receipe is apparently the same today as it was when these were first made, boasting of no added sugar or colouring.
I picked these up in the chemist before I purchased a teething ring for my daughter. I think they cost around the £2.50 mark. Now the first thing I did not like about these so called biscuits was that there was a little ribbon through a hole in the base of the biscuit which would then tie around your child's wrist. I felt this was a bit strange and possibly dangerous to the child. I felt much better letting my daughter just hold it in her hand and removing the ribbon.
The biscuits are oblong shaped and quite thin. They are a strange brown colour with darker brown flecks and have an awful strange smell about them.
I thought that these biscuits would be of a biscuit consistancy however they are absolutely rock hard! It is like biting rock (I tried!). When I gave one to my daughter, she looked quite excited (though I am not sure why as appearance wise these looked like hard bits of cardboard and they had a reaklly strange smell to them). I think she was excited about the prospect of a biscuit. She took it willing and chewed. And chewed some more. And then some more. She looked at me as though I was the biggest idiot in the world and threw the biscuit down. obviously this was not combatting any pain she was feeling nor diminshing her want of a real biscuit.
To my daughter's credit, she did try a few times but nothing was making this biscuit any softer. She dribbled and she chewed and it done nothing.
I think the Bickiepegs were a complete waste of time and money. My daughter just became more frustrated with them rather than having them relieving her pain. I would not recommend these in any way shape or form.
Bickiepegs is an item which has been around since 1925 and was developed by a paediatrician with the aim of combating the pain which is brought on from teething and also to aid with the baby's development of the jaw and the chewing skills needed!
The recipe is said to be the same today as it was when they were first made and they boast the fact that they contain no added sugar and contain no artificial sweeteners or colours. They are suitable from baby's aged six months and up, vegetarians and vegans plus the Bickiepegs themselves are Kosha.
So with all this being taken into account, plus the fact that a single packet contains 9 individual biscuits (35g total) and costs under two pound at £1.98 you would think this was a sound purchase. Wrong!
The Bickiepegs not only look revolting as they are a woody brown colour with flecks of darker brown inside them, they don't smell too appealing either and Jack was having none of it. The Bickiepegs themselves come with a set of little white cotton ribbons that can be attached to each biscuit individually through a hole in the top of the biscuit. This is simple to do and then the loop which has been made is meant to slip over the child wrist to enable the biscuit is not dropped. This aspect did in fact seem to work well.
They are of a good shape to fit well into little hand and into little mouths as they are like a long rectangle shaped stick. The design seems to me like a good one however Jack wasn't in the least bit interested in the biscuits. After an initial chew and dribble over them, you could tell by the look on his face that he didn't find them a nice thing to chew on and it wasn't apparently helping with his teething pains or his want of an edible biscuit.
The Bickiepegs are so hard to touch that it would take a considerable amount of time for him to be able to chew the whole thing down and even with the amount of dribble he was producing this didn't seem to soften the Bickiepeg at all and after a lot of chewing and drooling he was soon fed up with it.
The next few time is offered him the Bickiepeg he seemed to try to chew it less and less until he was offered the item and didn't even want to attempt to hold it. Of course we persisted in trying to give it to him on other occasions but still he wasn't interested in the least.
The fact that these little Bickiepegs are all natural and have reasons for being so unattractive, tasteless and having that funny smell to them may be good for some people and indeed some babies may well like them. But our experience of the item was really pretty useless and again it was money wasted and definitely not something I would want to rush out and purchased again for our next child.
I have to really give a score based on our experiences and for that reason I think a 2 out of 5 star rating is in order. I would not recommend these based on the fact that Jack would much prefer to chew on a plastic toy than these and would get the same jaw exercise and relief for his little gums.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read
I was recommended these by my mum as something she used when I was teething. I was unable to find them in my local supermarket and instead had to go to a chemist to find them.
I was not happy tying the ribbon around my son's wrist. The ribbon provided was small and was not happy letting him put it near his mouth.
The biscuits are indeed hard - as my husband found out when he tried to bite it and prove the box wrong! I felt they could have been a little longer as my son found it hard to hold onto. As long as I held it for him he was happy to chew on them. I am not sure they provided him much relief as he got quite bored once he realised he was not getting any food from them. We ended up switching to regular biscuits under supervision!
For a child who is weaning the baby led way I think these are great. I will grab a pack for my next baby without a doubt as they did provide some relief when he was interested!
There is nothing worse than a teething baby in my opinion, and like most mums i bought a lot of things with my first baby to try and ease the discomfort for him. He started dribbling and chewing his little hand to death from around 3 months, and the first teeth didn't appear until 6 months, so we had quite a long time to try and find a suitable solution.
Teething gel is an absolute given, but we were also looking for something else as you can only apply that a certain number of times in 24 hours and you also don't want to give a little baby too many different things. These seemed as though they might be ok.
They come in a pack of nine hard biscuits. Each one is a rectangular shape, with rounded edges so it is not sharp on their gums. They have a hole in one end for you to tie a bit of ribbon through. From the website, these are kosher, and also suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
From reading the packet, i thought these would be a great option as they are a natural product and also claimed to help teething.
I couldn't wait to get home and try them.
I sat my baby in his bouncy chair and got one prepared for him to try by tying on the ribbon. The first problem i had with it is i found the ribbon was quite short. I wasn't convinced that my baby wouldn't shove the whole thing in his mouth and then choke on it. I didn't dare move from his side while he had it.
The next thing i thought, and i am sure he was thinking it too, was, What is the point? I tasted one myself and they are really bland tasting. They are so hard that no bit would break off accidentally. I couldn't bite a bit off, so none was going to break away in his mouth. I think if he had used it all day it would not have broken it up.
He just kept spitting it out and knocking it away, so after 5 minutes, i gave it up as a bad job. I tried him with the others in the pack and found the same thing. They did not help him one bit with his teething.
By all means try them for yourself if you think you want to, but in our house, we wouldn't be purchasing them again.
My son in the end found his own solution to teething. He would find himself a textured handle on my nappy bag or the camera case. The sort that has little grooves in the fabric. He then chewed on that, and a tooth would eventually appear.
Bickiepegs are teething biscuits, and which are designed to be chewed on by teething babies. I first tried these in addition to using Calgel teething gel which I'd recommend and Bickiepegs had also been recommended to me by my midwife at the time. They are designed to exercise jaw and provide something with the right firm consistency for a baby to safely chew on as their teeth break through.
Essentially, Bickiepegs are medium sized rectangular, very hard biscuits, and they are a bit like very hardcore digestive biscuits! They are made out of wheat flour, wheat germ and water so are perfective edible, although when I've nibbled on one, they're not particularly nice tasting - it's like chewing on a weetabix that's been dipped in cement.
Bickiepegs come in boxes weighing 38g, with there being 9 biscuits in each box. A box of Bickiepegs from Boots cost me £1.89, which I thought was a reasonable price for the number of biscuits in a box. They can be bought from some supermarkets, chemists and some baby shops.
Although I found that my kids would often chew on their Bickiepegs when they were younger, I'm not sure it was because of the taste, I think it was more of a reflex desire to gnaw on things. I felt a bit like I was putting a running wheel infront of a hamster when I gave my two these to chew on, almost like they chewed on instinct.
They would chew on them, but still cry, as obviously a biscuit can't stop pain, so that in my books makes them a bit of a pointless product unless they can be used in conjunction with a teething gel that actually stops things hurting!
I'm also not sure if some babies would find these biscuits a choking hazard - I saw my sister using these the other day and they do seem smaller now than when I used mine over a year ago. I actually had a box of these spare at the back of my cupboard which I gave to her, and sure enough mine were differently sized, though hers had a ribbon attachment which she'd put round her kids neck to (I think!) stop her kids choking! I didn't approve of the smaller size, they seem to be verging on being swallowable, which is obviously not good.
Although my kids safely chewed on these when they were babies, as I say, I'm not sure I can recommend them - they don't taste nice, they don't numb pain like a teething gel, and the smaller biscuit size is a bit worrying, particularly if a child was left unsupervised. I would stick to teething gels and teeth ring/toys instead - Bickiepegs seem like quite an old fashioned way to go about things!
Any parent with a teething baby will have scoured the chemists for something to take the edge off of the pain and distress that comes with those first few teeth. The tell tale signs of your baby gnawing at their hands and the blush pink rosy cheeks that soon follow is something that mums and dads often feel powerless to deal with. Times like these are when both parents and babies can do with a helping hand, which is where Bickiepegs claims it can be of help.
Bickiepegs have been going strong since the mid 1920's and are a tried and tested product that is simply designed for your restless teething baby to gnaw on. This chewing and biting is a natural reaction to the pain and inflammation caused by teething, so Bickipegs have sought to harness that and the use of their edible teething product seemingly turns this natural reaction into a benefit.
Having bought and used the product I am not so certain of its effectiveness and do feel that the use of a cooled gel teether ring is both safer and easier for a baby to get to grips with.
The Bickiepegs product is basically a very hard slim and compact take on what to me looks like a compressed digestive biscuit. The little rectangular Bickipegs look like slim biccy shaped ingots fashioned out of wheat flour, wheat germ and water.
Bickiepegs contain nothing else than those 3 ingredients. There is no added sugar, no sweetener, no artificial colouring and no added flavouring used in the product. They are just a small solid lump of something that your baby can gnaw away at.
I feel that the instinctive reaction to bite and chew is what makes babies appear to like Bickiepegs. I really do not think that its the amazing flavour and texture, that is what teething babies like.
Having had a quick munch on one, a Bickiepeg, not a teething baby! I think that Bickiepegs are very unpalatable and also rather dangerous. Babies on the other hand are lovely adorable bundles of joy, that grow up, turn into demanding teens that scream for our attention and never want to get out of bed! So little changes over time!
Prior to purchasing, I didn't realize how small Bickipegs were. I feel that their size could make them more easily swallowed. Although the modern product does have a ribbon attachment that you could slip around the babys knitted jacket for safety, I don't feel thats enough of a safeguard.
There is no way I would want to leave any child alone with a Bickipeg as they could pose such a choking hazard due to their small size. Because of the possibility of this I decided I would not purchase them again and would in future stick to a cooled teether ring and come Galgel or use a plain ring based chewable teether toy and a similar teething gel instead.
I am sure that there are parents who feel the product can be beneficial and I am certainly not disproving of their choice if they feel its something that their baby has benefited from. However due to the comments and findings I have set out above, I feel that I cannot really recommend this product as a safe teething solution.
I feel that we may perhaps confuse the natural reaction to teething pain that is the gnawing and biting, with a childs liking and acceptance of the product. There are other choices we can make to help with teething time, which could be much safer. Sets of plastic teething rings and gel based teether products can be found widely and I feel they have much more to offer than Bickipegs do. My rating for the product is just 1 star.
I had this product recommended to me by my health visitor when I had my first child who was suffering from really miserable teething pain. They have been around since 1925 and have been used by parents for a long time now.
They cost around £1.85 from chemists for a small 45g box containing 9 "biscuits" Which seems quite expensive but each piece is virtually indestructible so lasts for a long time and in fact I've so far never seen one actually disintegrate!
The Bickipegs are a couple of inches long with a hole at one end and come with a ribbon to thread through - probably so they may be easily held.
They are made of wheat flour/germ and water and are very, very hard, providing that satisfying surface to bite down on that a teething baby seems to need. I like the way that no sugar or salt has been added though they do taste truly disgusting like dry tasteless cardboard. Nether the less my daughter seems to enjoy chewing them and I do think they provide a little relief and distraction from the pain when teething strikes and we've used up our quota of calpol. Because theses have no active medicinal ingredient they can be used as and when though obviously we find the teething gels and medicines give stronger relief.
The box states that they are suitable for babies 6 months and over, I guess when weaning is recommended but I don't see it would matter giving these to a slightly younger baby as they are so hard there is no way any chunks could be bitten off and swallowed. Common sense also tells you that you shouldn't leave your child alone with one or tie the ribbon around the neck, although we do sometimes tie the string to her clothes so she doesn't lose it. The string is quite short which must be a safety feature but she can then find it hard to reach her mouth with it so we have to attach it up near her shoulders.
I also think for the price a string should be provided per biscuit (preferably already tied on as its fiddly) as its rather unhygienic to hang on to a sucked chewed string ready for next time though the string isn't essential to use. My friends child is not at all interested in using theses after I suggested she try them she prefers a cold teething ring - so it just shows how different things work for different children.
We tried Bickiepegs when our son was in the early stages of teething, when we weren't really clued up about what best suited him. With hindsight these really weren't the best call.
It's hard to tell, but I think the taste was a bit unpleasant for him. He'd chew a little, pull a face and then abandon. He didn't seem to take to them at all, and they produced a load of sticky drool, more than anything else we've tried. We tried the ribbon provided, to keep them secure, but that didn't last long and for the most part he just kept dropping them on the floor. Sometimes we'd notice, sometimes he'd get to them before us, meaning they weren't always the most hygienic of products for himto be puttin in his mouth - they're not afterall the kind of thing you can wash, re-use or keep clean.
I think maybe these would be suited to older children teething bigger, back teeth, as they seem like something that could be given a really good chow down on, and they would be better at keeping hold of them. But for early teething they were pretty ineffective and a bit gross. They certainly didn't offer any relief to my child, who prefered soothing gels.