“ Brand: Mothercare / Health Aid: Teething Rings & Gels „
Another teether review. I am sorry but we had so many and most of them are on DooYoo! Teethers are obviously a great business for baby companies and I am sure my family and I funded a huge part of it! I can safely say I was a first time Mum who was a manufacturer's dream!
The Mothercare "Fun At The Zoo" teether cost £3.99 from Mothercare about 3 years ago now. I am not sure if the cost has increased or if they still make the teether. The teether is brightly coloured in primary colours of yellow, orange, blue and red. It is a stage 2 teether which means it is for when the front teeth are coming through.
In the centre of the teether is a rattle so this teether has a dual use as a rattle and teether as well as a distraction aid for your child from their painful gums. The rattle is actually a ball in the middle which is filled with tiny balls and a white disc with one side having a lion on it and the other I think was a giraffe. The ball spins around and my daughter used to enjoy doing this but did lose interest in it very quickly.
The little handles around the outside of the ball are actually the teething parts and they are filled with water so this is another teether that you need to stick in the fridge to make it cool. The little teething bits are loops and they have little bumps on them which are supposed to create comfort when a child bites down on it and help to soothe the gums.
My daughter didn't really like it much. She used it about twice. I think she found it a little bit too big for her mouth and just a bit awkward so this ended up as being one destined for the kitchen drawer.
It is a bit big in my opinion but I do think some children will like it. My daughter had no problems in holding it, it just looked really big whilst chewing and the loops have to be held at an angle to fit them into the mouth to chew. I did find it to be well made and durable it just wasn't for my daughter I am afraid.
Why this teething ring?
When my son first started teething at 5 months I went and ram raided Mothercare at our nearest shopping outlet to find something to help him with the pain and his insatiable need to chew and bit down on things. This was one of the products that in my desperate bid to help him I threw into the bag.
What is it?
This teether has a hard circular centre that contains a clear ball inside the ball it has some beads and a disc with a fun at the zoo picture. Around the outside there are four brightly coloured water filled loops for your child to bite down on.
This product is a stage 2 teething toy. What are the stages of teething I hear you ask well here is what they say are the first 2
Stage 1. Teething discomfort can start well before teeth even come through. You can often feel the teeth that are about to merge; gently run the tip of your finger over your baby's gums. You should be able to feel the teeth just below the gum.
Stage 2. The first four teeth (the incisors) are usually the first to appear. Seeing the emerging of the first tooth is often a happy occasion for parents. Teeth often emerge in pairs. It is usually the two upper teeth that erupt first."
Now they often say the first teeth come between 6-10 months now as with everything in the baby world this can happen later or earlier depending on your child
My son loved the fact that this made a noise and would often shake it around the place and if it was on his highchair tray it would be pushed around the place. In fact he actually preferred this as a toy rather than a teether to sooth his mouth.
This teether had only limited use for teething as due to its shape it can only be used for the front part of the mouth unlike some of the other teething items I bought. For example compared to the Tommee Tippee keys which can be used for both front and back teeth this ring was soon consigned to a box and put away.
It also seemed to be a bit heavy for my 5 month old son as though he was able to hold it his co-ordination meant at times he kept hitting himself with it. This seemed to be a common problem with teething rings at this age.
He never liked the ring to be fridge cold and if it was given to him when it had been in the fridge then he would drop it in disgust. As I was using a cold water steriliser for things he actually found that the coolness the ring took on from the water to be a nicer sensation for him. I think if you don't have a cold water steriliser it will be hard to keep this item clean as it is not suitable for use in an electric or microwave steriliser.
I bought this product from Mothercare for £3.99 I can't see it on the website currently but I think it is still available alongside all of the other Fun at the Zoo range in store.
More used by son as a toy than a teething ring. I would suggest trying the Tommee Tippee keys rather than this item. But I am giving it a few stars for its entertainment value that it had for my son.
Bryn has been teething since about 4.5 months and in an attempt to stop him chewing his hands and making them sore, he has tried a number of teethers. Last week we were at Mothercare in Manchester and I wanted to pick something up to entertain him on the train on the way home, when I saw this and thought if it works as a teether as well, it's doubly good. At £3.99 it seemed a bargain, and it is available through mothercare stores as well as online at their website.
The product has a hard yellow plastic centre which contains a rotating clear ball. This ball contains a number of beads and a white disc with two images and slogans on. The ball rattles as it spins and can easily be spun by my 5 month old with one hand while holding the toy with the other. He finds this entertaining for about 5 minutes at a time, but he does have a very short attention span.
Around the edge are four plastic loops which are waterfilled and can be bit down on for teething. These loops are smooth apart from three ridges. Unlike other knobbly teethers which made Bryn cry when he bit down on them, these appear to be chewed on happily without causing him any discomfort. The loop shape of these four parts make the toy easy to hold and manipulate for a baby. Like other teethers, this can be cooled in the fridge to allow greater relief to the baby. It is a stage 2 teether, which means that it is to be used when the front teeth are starting to come through. My only criticism of the product is that it can only be sterilised through cold sterilisation methods, although this is common for most water filled teethers.
Rattle teether with water filled bumps