Product Type: Nuby baby products
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Nuby Icybite Keys
Member Name: CrazyEgg
Nuby Icybite Keys
Advantages: Good value, effective calmer for mild to moderate teething trouble, easy for baby to hold.
Disadvantages: Can't think of any!
The Nuby IcyBite keys are one of those toys that might look small and inconsequential, but is (in our household at least) beloved by Baby as being interesting to feel, see, rattle and chew. They bring relief to her when she has teething pain and when this is the case will keep her occupied for quite some time, chewing and chomping with great concentration and satisfaction.
I had never heard of Nuby until I had a baby of my own, but they are a large company and have been established for over 30 years, with a presence in the UK since 2004. Their range of teething toys is very distinctive and available in Boots, Mothercare and the major supermarkets, with the products generally costing between £3 and £6. The IcyBites Keys cost £3.99 in Boots where there were a range of other cheaper teething keys and I debated for some time which to buy with my hard won Advantage Card points.
Why was I prepared to pay this amount?
Visually the Nuby IcyBites keys were easily the most appealing. They were the most brightly coloured: a blue ring with white spots onto which the three keys are hung, with the red and white Nuby logo at the top; the main part of the bow of each key is made of hard plastic with a differently coloured rubbery, textured, teething section at either side. So the bows are orange and yellow, red and blue, purple and green. The blades of each key are made of a malleable, translucent plastic that matches the side colour at the top.
Since the keys were encased within plastic and cardboard packaging I could not feel them, but I was able to see that they probably would fit in Baby's mouth, whereas some of the others were a little large, there was a greater variety of textures, the colours were bolder and the keys were filled with 'purICE' gel which the pack informed me stayed cooler longer than water. I was also reassured that the keys were BPA free, (Bisphenol-A) though I understand now that this was only really a concern when used in plastic feeding bottles that were heated to high temperatures during feed preparation.
Finally, this teether had won an award: Practical Parenting and Pregnancy Awards 09/10 Bronze. I was influenced by this, making the assumption that readers of the magazine would have contributed to the decision in some way.
Am I pleased with the product?
Yes! If these were to get lost or damaged they would be replaced pretty swiftly. Baby will pick these out as the toy of choice from her toy basket. She has also located identical sets at playgroup and her cousin's so we always take our own to these places now to try and limit germ exchange! I have chilled them in the fridge when she is red-cheeked from teething and needing comfort and they do seem to calm her. They seem to have this effect without being chilled as well though and I think this is due to the textured surfaces.
The shape of the key is such that Baby rarely jabs them to the back of her mouth causing gagging. The bit that she chews is quite short and very often she will chew the handle which has a firmer texture than the keys themselves.
The keys also serve us well as a rattle. Baby is happy to grab and shake them and her attention is drawn if anyone else does this, so they often provide a necessary distraction.
Small, light and easy to transport this is one of two Nuby items that I would not be without.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A really useful product that is I would hate to be without.
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