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Anyone who has read some of my reviews will no doubt have seen some for teething products. As a mother to a teething baby, I tried numerous remedies and teethers (as I'm sure a lot of parents do!) with varying degrees of success. Another product that we tried were these 'gummy' teethers from Tommee Tippee.
These are available in packs of two (pink or blue) for around £4.99. Our pack looked slightly different to those pictured above in that they looked slightly less like a dummy. Instead of the ring on the front to grab hold if, ours had a large rounded front with two finger holes in to pull the teether out of the child's mouth. The idea of these is that they can be held in the child's mouth like a dummy (not ideal for us as our son had refused a dummy!) but the 'teat' part is different in that it is rounded like a mouth guard so that it can be bitten on. This would suit all teeth as it covers all area of the gum.
I found that these were really handy for applying teething gel when my son wouldn't let me touch his gums directly. I could apply the gel along the mouth piece and pop this in his mouth and, as long as he bit down on it, at least some gel would be applied. Aside from this use, we didn't really have much success with these teethers. My son had little interest in them as they weren't 'interesting' to look at nor did they 'do' anything. He would never pick these up himself and put them in his mouth nor would he keep them in his mouth for long if I put them in. I think this is probably because he didn't like a dummy and, had he been used to taking a dummy, we may have had more success with these. I think the idea of these is a good one, they are a good shape to reach all teeth, but they just didn't work in practice for us.
When my little one was teething I think I may have bought every entire product that was supposed t help sooth my poor babies gums. One of these products was the Tommee Tippee teethers.
I noticed these in the shop as they look like dummy's however the part when the actual 'teat' would be is a curved plastic (which is silicone, so nice and soft on babys gums) with nodules on for your baby to bite down on. I thought that these maybe useful as my son was used to having a dummy and so may find these better then some of the teethers her already had. I bought mine from a supermarket for around £4.29 for two.
When I got home and opened the pack I noticed that the two teethers were to be used for different stages of teething. the first for the front teeth and the second for teeth at the back. I though this a good idea as the embossed circles and lines were placed where your baby needing soothing the most.
My baby was about 5 months old when I bought these for him and as he knew what to do with his dummy he did the same with the teether. He seemed slightly confused at first as to why he couldn't suck it like he did his dummy, but eventually he got the hand of it and began to chew it. But then slowly it would be pushed out of his mouth and I would have to put it back in for the cycle to start again. In the end I didn't really bother with them as he was much better with other teethers he could hold in his hand and chew on.
I ended up using the teether to put the teething gel on as i would apply it to the curved plastic and then my baby would bite it and so i knew it was covering his gums where it needed to be.
For me I wouldn't recommend these, I think there rather expensive for what they are and don't really do the job as good as other cheaper teethers do that are out there.
My little one showed signs of teething when he was just 8 weeks old. Cue me trying to find whatever I could to satisfy his need to chomp on everything in sight. He doesn't have a dummy so that wasn't an option but I'd seen these teethers in the supermarket so bought a pack of two blue ones. One a slightly paler blue than the other. These teethers are designed so that baby can chomp on the curved part whilst keeping it in their mouth a bit like a dummy. The part which goes in baby's mouth has embossed lines and circles on it to help relieve pressure on sore gums. They are also designed so that teething gel can be applied to the teether to help it get to the right places on baby's sore gums.
Each of the two teethers is differently marked so as to target different parts of the gum as different teeth show signs of coming through. I was very keen to get going with the teethers but had to sterilise them first. They must only be cold water sterilised so out came the Milton tablets and after 15 minutes we were ready to roll. These teethers are meant for children 3 months and over so as my son was only 8 weeks, I found that his mouth was a little small for the teether. I held it while he had a little chomp on it and eventually, he took it into his mouth. I was expecting him to be able to hold it in his mouth and have a good old chomp on the teether but instead, he pushed it around with his tongue and eventually spat it out. This carried on until I held it for him to chew on and he seemed to gain satisfaction from doing this. It may be because he's not used to having a dummy that he was unable to keep it in his mouth or perhaps it was too big for his mouth.
The teether is made out of silicone making it nice and soft for baby to chew upon. They do seem a good way to apply teething gel if you don't want to apply it with a clean finger. I did find that my son quite liked just licking the gel off the teether at times so using the teethers as an applicator also has its downsides!
I paid just under £5 for the pair of teethers which seems a reasonable price for the pair. However, we haven't used them as much lately simply due to him not being able to hold it in his mouth himself or pop it back in once it's dropped out of his mouth. So far, no teeth have popped through but when the time comes and he is cutting teeth, we will use these again and his mouth will be bigger to enable him to keep the teethers in his mouth more effectively. At the moment, they are sitting in the cupboard, waiting for the teething process to begin in earnest!