“ Brand: Bright Starts / Type: Teething Rings & Gels „
While we were in asda I cam across this teething accessory and at only £2.50 I thought I would give it a go as we had tried so many teether and found it hard to find one that my son Logan can comfortably use. It is brightly colored and automatically catches baby interest. It is easy to hold for my son who was around 5 months old when we first brought it.
Like a giraffe it has a body which is a cooling teething ring for little one and the neck is made of plastic and has two rings that slide up and down the next providing a distraction for your little one. The body of giraffe has a hole in the middle of it and a cooling liquid that you can put the toy in the fridge for 5 minutes and it helps sooth little ones gums.
This is useless though as the big bulky shape of it makes it impossible to fit in a small babies mouth. There are two small sections for the leg which are smaller and so can reach some of the areas of the gums that little one needs to relieve their pain.
The neck of the giraffe is made of hard plastic and has two plastic rings these also can be used for teething but again because of the shape they can only really reach the front teeth and therefore useless for this purpose.
Although this teether is attractive to baby to play with it really is just a simple rattle. There is no way this can effectively be used as a teether as it can not reach required parts of little ones mouth.
As I have only one child at first I had no clue whether my baby was screaming for food, tierdness or teething pains. We tried allsorts, rocking to sleep singing songs playing music, so eventually at 4 months old we put it down to teething. Thats what everyone was telling me but I could see no signs of little teeth. Then stared the teething gels , powders and teething rings but to no avail. It turned out she was just very vocal and passionate.
We bought her all kinds of teething dummies, rings and toys including this one. This cost about £5 (can't remember exact price as it was a gift from Grandma) but I do remember looking at it and thinking it a bit expensive. The teether is a very strange looking giraffe. Maybe from another planet. He has an adorable strange green and yellow face with ears made from a hard chewable plastic. A long thin wiggly blue neck , with two rings around. The rings are different textures for your baby to feel and explore. They are also suppossed to be a rattle , but to be honest they don't really make a nice sound.
His body is made from a soft green chewable plastic just hard enough for babies gums. It is a circular shape so baby can get a good grip on it with both hands and gums, for practising biting.Sticking out from the ring are two legs. This are very big. I would expect the legs to be the part that would be easiest to chew on , but they are so big they didn't even fit in her tiny mouth. Even at 18 months old and teething they are too big.
The ring is filled with a special liquid that can be put in the fridge to cool .The coolness is a great relief for babies hot painful gums. Dissapointingly she never chewed on the cool soothing body, only the adorable cute face.
To dissinfect I would put it in my cold water steriliser which worked fine.
After a while I got fed up of constantly sterilising and washing this giraffe as it was the only thing that she never put in her mouth. She tret it more as a toy. She would love to hold the neck in her hands to practise holding. And would occasionally rattle it around a bit. It must have been all the strange textures and un griaffe like bright colours that attracted her too it.
Recently at 18 months she has started to chew her hands and bracelets alot so I released Giraffe from the captivity of his cupboard. This time she sat chewing on his body for about 5 minutes and then threw him away. This was sadly not a big hit in our house. The only thing that gave her any pain relief were some wooden stacking rings.
At the tender age of 10 weeks Jack started to show some familiar yet dreaded signs- excessive drooling, chewing his fists, running his tongue along his gums.......having had 2 children already I knew this was the start of the teething stage, fortunately when I'd been shopping for baby bits before he was born I picked up a teether although I hadn't imagined I would need it so soon.
The Brightstarts Jiggling Giraffe teether is a cool gel teething ring and rattle in one, the giraffes bottom and legs is made of a flexible plastic which contains a fluid which goes cool when you pop the teether in the fridge, the solid plastic neck section features 2 textured plastic rings which can be rattled about and then the giraffes cute little face is made of harder but chewable plastic. The baby can hold the giraffe around the neck or through the bottom section if their hands are small enough otherwise they can hold the head to chew on the giraffes bottom (charming eh!) or wave the teether around like a rattle.
Being so young Jack has quite small hands and so is able to hold the giraffe around the neck comfortably without the rattle rings getting in the way, he's already coordinated enough that when I put the teether into is hand he moves it straight to his mouth for a chew. Because he is only 11 weeks old at the moment I still have to sterilise anything that goes into his mouth, the plastic that the teether section is made of isn't suitable for microwave or steam sterilising as it is likely to melt so I use cold water sterilising fluid and leave the teether to soak for half and hour before Jack uses it, in order to make sure it stays cool I'll either add some ice to the water or put the jug complete with sterilising fluid and teether into the fridge (if there's enough space) while he still gets the soothing effect from chewing on the giraffe at room temperature it is all the more effective when the teething gel is cool.
The giraffe is made with bright bold colours which are attractive to your baby's eye and with the rattle rings around the neck it is a multipurpose item, entertaining your little one as well as soothing their teething pains. This is a handy little design feature as it means once your little one has finished teething they can still use the teether as a rattle. The different materials (albeit plastic ones) and textures also gives your little one added stimulation which is great for early learning and development. The giraffe has a really adorable face and Jack is always transfixed by its eyes, all the features are moulded into the plastic so there's no chance of them coming off.
There are endless teething rings and devices on the market but I'm particularly fond of the Jiggling Giraffe and wish it had been around when my other 2 were babies, it soothes Jacks pain as well as entertains him, it's easy for him to handle despite his young age, it is durable, very easy to clean (a little warm soapy water) and I can attach it to other Brightstarts toys. I like to use one of our dummy clips, threaded through the giraffes bottom section, to attach it to the pram when we're out and about so it doesn't get dropped on the floor, it comes everywhere with us at the moment just in case the teething pain kicks in or if Jacks a little grumpy and needs cheering up. While I paid £4.99 on Amazon for the teether you can get it from the Brightstarts website for $3.99 plus p&p from the USA, it might not have been the cheapest teether available but it's definitely worth the money.
Check out the Brightstarts website and the teether here- http://www.brightstarts.com/BSSub14x53x1x8486.aspx
This is one of my nine month old son's very favourite things! Bright Starts are a brand that I trust, having bought many of their products for my baby. I bought this for just £5.90 from Amazon.
The bright colours of this toy make it most attractive for young eyes. The giraffe has soft, rubbery and chewable ears. It has two rings around it's neck which easily attract your baby's attention with a rattling noise when shaken. The body of this giraffe is a liquid filled teether which is ideal to pop in the refrigerator in order to cool and sooth your teething baby's gums. In addition the body is a ring shape which enables your baby to obtain a better grasp of the toy. It is very simple to wash, a bowl of soapy water will usually do.
My little boy adores this and it is always the toy of choice to pop into his changing bag when we go out and about. He never fails to lose interest in this toy!