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Looks great but my baby isn't interested!
Nuby Icybite Keys
Member Name: MrsD76
Nuby Icybite Keys
Advantages: Looks lovely, well designed, quite cheap
Disadvantages: My son isn't a big fan
I purchased this bright teething toy for my son when he was just a few months old. I picked it up in Tesco for about £3, and it is currently on the Boots website for £3.75, or amazon for £5.99. It is suitable for three months and over, is BPA free and has been designed for small hands to hold.
The toy consists of a strong plastic oval-shaped loop. Attached to this are three shapes that I can only describe as flattened dummies! The colours are very bright, as you would expect in a baby product, with lots of red, blue green and yellow. I actually love the look of this toy, which is why it really appealed to me. It is interesting to look at, with a range of colours and textures and is very bright and vibrant. I prefer this to the baby toys that tend to be pastel shades - this to me is more stimulating and pleasing to look at.
Soothing sore gums
The top parts of the dummy shapes are made from hard plastic, and each has a different texture on the side. What makes this more interesting than other plastic teethers is that the 'soft' part of the dummy is in a clear coloured plastic. Inside is what the Boots website calls "purICE gel". Pop this in the fridge and the substance inside the dummies cools down, and stays cooler for longer than normal water-filled teethers. The plastic material also has different textures, which is designed to soothe and stimulate baby's sore gums.
Straight into the fridge ...
As soon as I got this home from the shops I popped it into the fridge for half an hour or so. My little boy wasn't s at all when I gave this to him as it was so cold! So I decided, as he didn't really have any teething problems early on, to let him have this as a toy rather than a teether to begin with. As he was also a bit too small to hold it or do anything with it, it was down to me in the early days to show him the toy and shake it for him. And, I'll be honest - he couldn't have been less interested! So this went into the toy box until he was a few months older...
What happened next?
My little boy is now nine months old and this toy has made an appearance from time to time, and I have to say he still isn't very interested in it. For some reason he doesn't seem to like putting the dummy part of the toy into his mouth to chew - I am not sure if he finds it difficult to hold, or if the shape is awkward. And this is in spite of whether or not I put it in the fridge for him first! He does seem to have quite a short attention span with toys but he will pout everything in his mouth so I am surprised that this hasn't really interested him. Although I must admit - and like most other babies I am sure - he seems to prefer to put things in his mouth that aren't toys at all, such as tissues, paper and anything that belongs to his big sister!
I have mixed feelings about this teether. I love the look of it, and it has been really well designed I think, with all the different colours and textures. And I think for under £4 it is a great price. But my little boy has yet to show a real interest in it, which is a shame, and it certainly hasn't been something he has chewed on to relieve his sore gums. But I would still recommend it to other parents, or to people looking for a small gift for a new baby, as I think it is something that could be worth a try - especially at the relatively low price - and it is such a nice looking item.
I will just add that, despite this being for ages three months and over, I can't really see any reason why this couldn't be given to a younger baby - except that they may not be ale to grasp it! But it seems perfectly safe to me and it has no small parts.
Summary: A nice looking teether that hasn't been a hit with my little one