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Nuby Icybite Keys - The fridge is a perfect place to keep your keys
Nuby Icybite Keys
Member Name: maxwell_star
Nuby Icybite Keys
Advantages: Toy and teether, nice textures and colours, BPA free, can put in fridge to cool
Disadvantages: My son had no interest as a teether, can't sterilise
When I had my baby last year a friend gave us a hamper full of useful baby essentials, including the Nuby Icybite Keys. These were soon forgotten about until my son got to about three months and became more interested in holding things. He was quite late for teething with his first tooth appearing at eight months so we didn't use them as a teether until then.
- The Keys -
The keys themselves, which are suitable from three months, are lightweight and easy for a baby to hold. They consist of a hard plastic ring that is covered in blue rubber with white spots, this feels lightly textured. At the top of the ring is the Nuby logo and attached to the ring are three chunky plastic keys. They are eye-catching bright colours of blue, red, orange, yellow, purple and green. The top of each key is plastic and has different textures such as different sized bumps and grooves. The bottom of the key is made from a thinner plastic and contains a gel substance. The idea is that the different textures will be interesting for a baby to play with but will also provide a good chewing surface, particularly nice for a teething baby and the packaging claims the textures will "aid in the eruption of new teeth". You can also put these keys into the fridge to cool the gel and then when your baby chews on the gel filled parts of the keys it will give a soothing effect for sore teething gums. The plastic is BPA free and the gel is non toxic.
- Using Them -
So my son happily held, shook, sucked and dropped these on the floor from around three months of age but by about six months he was no longer interested in them and they were relegated to the toy box in favour of more exciting toys. At eight months he transformed into a teething monster with all the associated traits: he wouldn't eat or sleep, his cheeks were red, he dribbled like a tap had been turned on, constantly had his fists in his mouth and he was unbelievably grumpy. So I dug out the keys, put them in the fridge and gave them to him hoping they would soothe his pain. However, he held them briefly before chucking them on the floor. He didn't attempt to put them in his mouth and he wouldn't let me do this either. He seemed to prefer chewing on his fists. I also noted that they didn't seem to stay cool for as long as I had expected, although I wasn't particularly bothered by this since my son had no interest in using the keys as a teether.
- Cleaning -
From reading the packaging one thing that bothered me was that the keys aren't suitable for sterilisation in a microwave, electric steam steriliser or cold water sterilisation. Perhaps this is because of the gel but it is quite unfortunate because I have felt the need to sterilise all toys, feeding equipment and dummies regularly as my son loves throwing things on the floor. You simply have to wipe the keys clean which doesn't quite seem enough to me.
- Price and Availability -
We were given the keys as a gift so I'm not sure how much my friend paid but I can see that they are £4.09 in Boots and are available at a similar price in supermarkets and online. I suppose this is reasonable as Nuby is a well-known, good-quality brand and it can be used as a toy and teether. The problem is that you don't know if your baby will like to use it as a teether until you try it. Before my son was teething I did buy another teether in Tesco for 69p which doesn't work so well as a toy but is definitely a better price if your child does like to use a teether.
- Would I Recommend? -
Overall I would say the Icybite keys are probably worth a try if you have an unhappy teething baby, although they didn't work for us. At least they can be used as a toy if your baby doesn't want to chew on them.
Summary: Worth a try for an unhappy teething baby
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