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When my daughter was teething I went though a number of teethers and one of the first I tried was the Tommee Tippee Soothing Teether. You can buy these in Boots or Mothercare (or online) for around £2 each, as they come in a pack of 2 priced at £4. The picture shows them as red and blue but I've seen them in pink and green as well (though I got the red and blue ones). They're suitable really in terms of design for boys or girls.
The Tommee Tippee Soothing Teethers look like dummies where the teat is a flat dimpled teether to chew on. You'd think that this would be nice for the baby as they can recognise the shape but to be honest I think my daughter found it a bit confusing. She was never much into dummies, so introducing one you can't actually suck (or be 'soothed' by!) is strange to say the least. You can chew the whole thing but that's just confusing for a baby who doesn't understand you can't do that with all dummies - in fact it's a bit dangerous really. There are air holes in it but overall I think that giving a baby a chewable version of a non chewable item is a bit odd, like giving them a chewable shoe or something - it's confusing.
My daughter just couldn't take to the Tommee Tippee Soothing Teether and on reflection I wish I hadn't bought them. She sort of played with them for a bit and chewed on them lightly but the design means you can't get to the back of the mouth for the painful molar teeth and therefore it's only really usable as a teether for thr front 4 to 6 teeth. I bought a hand shaped teether from Boots which is far better and a puzzle style one which is by Tommee Tippee and that's much nicer as a toy and a teether.
I can't recommend this, it's a bit of a waste of money. I'll give the Tommee Tippee Soothing Teether 1 star out of 5 for being a somewhat conusing idea not particularly well executed.
When I spotted these teether soothers in Tesco at just £2 for two I decided I would try them as my little boy was teething and nothing seemed to help him. In appearance they look like a fantastic Idea they look like a dummy but rather than a teat there is a rubbery replacement with lots of bumps on it. I thought this would be idle for his front teeth that were coming through and as I always use tommee tippee products as they are good quality I was excited to try them.
In the pack you receive two different variations. Both similar in style the lumps and bumps are in different places and different sizes so it provides some variation for little one. I think these would suit a child that usually has a dummy better as they will have an idea of what the soother is and what they are supposed to do with it.
The problem with these soothers is because little one is used to a teat when I tried giving this to my son he just looked at me like I had gone mad. He tried putting them in his mouth but found it to unusual and spat it back out. Each side having a different pattern means once it becomes ineffective on one side you can turn it over or use the opposite side to massage different parts of the gum. One side is just too large and mixed with the flat edge it is impossible for a child to place it in their mouth fully while biting down on it to sooth the pain.
The teether the other side is a good size meaning it can fit in little ones mouth but as it is so small it limits the places it can reach and help soothe. The soft plastic mixed with the different shapes and textures of the bumps make it great to run along the gums. Both sides of this teether have different designs with different bumps meaning little one can choose where on the dummy they would like to chew receiving a different experience each side. Although the bigger side was not very effective my son did find using the handle side a little better as it is small, can fit in the front of his mouth easier and actually reach the places he wanted it to go.
As with all tommee tippee products this is really good quality it is well made and a great sixe for a child six months plus to hold comfortably in their hand. The rubbery texture is both soothing for little one but also gives them a little flexibility on how hard they can chew or bite on it. My son loved the feel of the soother on his hands he liked to feels the bumps and lines no exactly what it is meant for but a distraction all the same. Of course this also works better after you have applied some cal gel or bonjela to the gums as the rubber moving across the gums helps the gel get to work.
I thought these were a great idea in concept but putting them to use was completely different. They would be more effective if little one actually kept it in their mouth or even entertained the idea of trying them but unfortunately this was not the case for us. At £2 they are not bank breaking and the novelty of them did help distract my son for a little while although they are not great for a long time solution.
These teethers were a gift - I would not buy them myself as I think they are hideous looking things and the remind me of a dummy and considering my daughter always hated dummies I couldn't see these being much use. My daughter was given these in pink and purple colours. I am not sure how much the person who purchased them paid for them but I have seen them in Boots for £3.99 a pack which consists of 2 teethers.
These particular teethers are aimed at stage 3 of teething which is for when your child's incisors are coming through.
The teethers came in a pack of two which were in a blister pack which was surprisingly easy to open. When I had the teethers in my hand the teethers felt quite soft which was surprising as in the packaging they looked as though they would be quite hard. Look wise these are very much like a dummy but instead of having the teat a dummy has it instead has a flat disc type thing. This has two different textures - one side is covered in little raised dots and the other side is a texture which is in rigid lines. These are quite well designed in my opinion as the disc fits easily into your child's mouth and it is easy for them to bite down on it and rub it against their gums to ease and soothe the pain.
The teethers are quite easy to hold as they have a little ring like a dummy for your child to keep hold of. One thing I didn't like about the teethers was that they seemed to cover the whole mouth with the base bit that the holder is attached too.
I wasn't surprised when my daughter looked at me like a crazy woman when I gave her this teether. She really did give me a look which said "Why are you giving me a dummy you silly woman?" She hated dummies as a baby so really this was never going to work but I thought it was a waste not to try. My daughter did try it for a minute in fairness to her but she started crying when it was in her mouth so I think it caused her more discomfort than without! Either that or she just really detested it! Even for just a minute this teether was really not easing any discomfort!
I knew the minute I saw these teethers that my daughter would have about as much interest in them as a fly in the air but thought I should try them with her all the same though from my daughter's reaction to them I just should have left them in the packaging to rot!
In all honesty and not just because they didn't work for us I really don't think these are great teethers. I definately think the idea is there but they need to be developed a little bit more.
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When Jack did finally get his first front teeth through it was rather about time as he was a little bit of a late starter. However once the front ones were out and the dribble was everywhere, it was time for the middle teeth to start their way out through the gums and me being me I was searching online to see what products were out their to ease the pain somewhat.
It was a silly purchase considering that we had gotten no where when using another product similar to this but that one was aimed at the first set of teeth. However this Tommee Tippee Soothing teether was aimed at the third stage of teething which is the middle teeth (the incisors) and I though I would get it just to see if this style of teether went down any better with Jack.
For the price of around £2 I was able to buy these two different coloured teethers from Amazon. I have seen them in Boots and Superdrug but I would think they would be priced slightly higher than this. The price I paid didn't seem to bad considering we were paying over £5 for two regular dummies at the time.
The Soothing Teethers came wrapped up together in an easy to open plastic covering with a cardboard backing. The colours we chose wee a dirty green and a deep blue but there was also the girly colours of pink and purple to choose from. The soothers are made from a semi soft type of plastic and have a flat circular disc where the usual rubber part would be on a regular dummy. The flat discs have two different types of textures on either side. One side has a sort of dotty lumped texture and the other side is a long rigid line texture. These are of course meant for the child to bite down and to rub their sore gums on to get a little bit of relief from the pain and in theory sounds like a good idea.
They have a ring type holder which jack did find easy to hold in his hands and they have a large section which goes over the lips and not ideal when Jack was dribbling so much as this doesn't allow for the skin to breathe at all. However this wasn't too much of a problem seeing as Jack realy didn't take to these Soothing Teethers and hardly used them at all.
We decided on only using one at a time and really the second teether is still untouched in the cupboard with the first one having gone into the bin a long time ago. We tried and tried to get Jack interested in the item but I think because he was so attached to his regular dummy with a normal rubber teat that when offering these he didn't really know what to make of them.
The disc section of the dummy which is meant to go in the mouth seemed rather large for Jacks small cherub like mouth and when he did try and get it in it looked rather uncomfortable for him and you could quite clearly see that he didn't' get any enjoyment or pain relief from it and therefore after a while we didn't' even bother to offer the item to him.
Another little bit of money wasted and it is starting to add up to a rather large amount! I can honestly say that I wouldn't be buying these again and I certainly wouldn't recommend them to anyone which means that I think a score of 1 star out of 5 is fair!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Babies start teething at around 4 months and they won't have a full set of teeth until they are around 3 years of age. Teething is an uncomfortable time, and can become quite stressful for parents to see their little one suffering and quite distressing for little ones; all babies suffer with teething differently. Once I noticed my son had started teething, his gums became red and he was biting on anything and everything in sight to get relief and leaving teeth marks everywhere too.
There are different teething aids on the market for different stages of teething, I bought a couple of different teething aids for my son to gnaw on which seemed to give him satisfaction and helped to relieve the discomfort. Luckily he hasn't made much fuss whilst he is teething, he has just had the desire to gnaw and clamp down on anything as pressure on the gums helps to relieve the pain. Once his front teeth had come through the stage one teething aids still provided relief however I decided to have a look at the stage two teething aids that were available and soon after I was looking for teething aids that are suitable for stage 3 of teething.
The majority of the teething aids that I had purchased were from Tommee Tippee who are a trusted and well known baby manufacturer. Tommee Tippee's ranges of baby products are also very reasonable and can be cheaper than their counterparts but are just as reliable and durable. Whilst I was browsing around Amazon I noticed a pack of teething aids for stage 3 that came in a pack of two so I decided to give them a go.
The pack of two teething soothers came in a choice of two colours blue and green or purple and pink. I purchased the purple and pink set which cost £4.55 from Amazon the other set was cheaper - I have no idea why; but they were out of stock anyway. I think they are reasonably priced as you are getting two which is handy if one is being washed or sterilised. They are suitable for all forms of sterilisation and can be popped into the dishwasher. They are really easy to clean as they are a solid single piece of material.
They are designed for stage three of teething and are aimed to help relieve discomfort of painful incisors. The teethers are designed much like a dummy in shape the area which is to be gnawed on is flat and has textured surfaces on each side, on one side it has ridges and on the other it has raised bumps. Like a dummy the area which covers the mouth has holes for ventilation and a handle which is quite small. As the entire teether is solid including the handle it is safe as there are no parts which can be pulled or broken off, the handle is also textured in a similar way to the teat section of the teether. The slim flat shape is designed so that a baby can clamp down easily on it and the textured surfaces will stimulate the gums which will provide comfort and relief.
As soon as I saw these I thought my son would love them and the fact that they look similar in design to a dummy, I thought they would be a hit. I washed the teethers in warm soapy water and sterilised them and handed one to my son, he looked rather confused as if someone had squashed his dummy. He held it and put it to his mouth and pulled a strange face and dropped it on the floor. He obviously didn't like the feel or textured of it at all. Since then I have tried to give it to him several times and he just looks at me as if I'm mad and doesn't even bother to take it from me. I have also put it to his mouth which wasn't successful either. I have left them lying around where he can see them and put them in his cot but he has never bothered with them. I just don't think he liked the feel of them in his mouth, and as the area to bite on is fairly small and quite thin I don't think it gives much for a little one to bite on.
My son just didn't take to these at all; other babies may like them as each child is different. I think they are a bit small and the fact that they are solid with no give to them they don't seem as desirable to chew on. I think there are better teething aids than this one, my son still has the set of teething keys from Tommee Tippee which he has used for all the stages of teething, so have proven to be better than these as not only are they a teething aid but they are also a set of keys they can be played with too.
I will leave it up to you to decide if you think these will be suitable for your little one or not.
Tommee Tippee Website: www.tommeetippee.co.uk