To be perfectly honest I can't remember when the Nuby Bug a Loop teething ring arrived in the Sandemp house, or even how much it cost. It must have been around the time twenty month old Jake started teething in earnest, so probably around a year ago, and I can't imagine I paid much more than £5.
Formed of various beads, this teething ring is slightly large than most and a little different being almost bracelet in shape, only much bigger. It's probably a little big for a three month old to handle, but a six month should have no problems.
The many beads feature various shapes, sizes, textures and materials, which are designed to soothe baby's sore gums. There are no special water/liquid filled beads, but sticking it in the fridge overnight does get it cold enough to provide a little extra soothing power. Among the textured rubber beads there are some very cute little bugs, there's a bee, dragonfly, ladybird and butterfly. Made of hard plastic, these bugs feature wings and legs that add extra texture and interest.
Threaded on a double length of cord with a hidden knot, any worries that the cord may break and the beads become a choking hazard have proved to just be worries and not fact. Even with very rough use and repeated chewing the cord hasn't shown any sign of fraying or breaking. That's not to say the beads don't show signs of wear and tear, because they most certainly do. There is not a bead on the ring that doesn't have a least one tooth mark, I may not know when the ring arrived but I do know that there have been times when it was the only teether that soothed Jake's tender gums.
But it's not just been used as a teether, now Jake is twenty months old his emerging teeth don't hurt him quite so much so he doesn't often chew on the beads (he does still occasionally, but go figure). Instead he now uses it as a twiddle toy, something to keep has hands busy (and off my nipple) while breastfeeding. The different textures and the way the beads, especially the bugs, spin on the cord make this idea as a twiddle toy.
While obviously not for every child, the Nuby Bug a Loop teether has been a godsend for us, both as a teether to sooth sore gums and lately as a toy to keep little fingers busy during nursing.
My husband brought this home after an emergency shopping trip because I melted our last teether (did you know that you can't microwave sterilise those things? I did not). He says it was reduced to £3 in Tesco. He picked it because it was all one solid ring - our previous teether was loose plastic "keys" on a ring and his abilities don't yet extend to getting those into his mouth without having them held for him.
Advantages: At four months old he can hold and wave this easier than the last one. It's colourful, and he certainly likes having it to grab onto.
Disadvantages: He doesn't actually seem to get it into his mouth much! He's only a little fellow and I think maybe the beads are too big for him to comfortably mouth? A thinner side for little guys would be nice.
Also our previous teether had bits which cooled and soothed if put in the freezer. This one doesn't. It would be nice - but there's probably also a limit to what I can expect for £3.
When pregnant with my daughter I discovered nuby, a brand I didn't hear off when I had my son 4 years earlier. I loved the bright, unique products so stocked up for my soon to be daughter. I heard many mums raving about the nuby bug-a-loop teething toy so promised myself i'd buy one before baby started teething.
I bought this while boots had a 3 for 2 offer on so it was technically free, it usually retails at boots for £4.99 but you can get it cheaper in other places (£4 at asda)
I love the look of it, the bright colours and the bugs make it very visually appealing to mums as well as baby.
I gave it to my daughter when she was 6 months old and starting to show signs of teething. She didn't really know what to do with it. it didn't easily fit in her mouth so found it virtually impossible to chew on to ease teething. She did on a few occasions manage to chew on the dragonfly, but as it is a lot harder it hur her gums and I ended up with a screaming baby with teething pain and a bruised gum. I have since also heard of a few bug-a-loops breaking and the beads going EVERYWHERE, including in babies mouths. luckily as my daughter wasn't keen after the dragonfly incident, this hasn't happened to us.
it has now been thrown to the bottom of a toybox and is only brought out when its dressing up time, it makes a lovely bracelet or a crown.
i'm glad I got it free because at £4.99 I think it would have been a big waste of money.
Now that my son has finally cut his first two teeth it's safe to say that teething has well and truly kicked in for him and that his main focus at the moment is cramming anything and everything into his mouth. He has a number of rattles and toys that he likes to hold and chew, his favourite at the moment being the Nuby Bug-a-Loop teether, the subject of this review.
Comprising 'links' of brightly coloured plastic beads and shapes the Bug-a-Loop teether is the perfect size for a baby's hand and my son grips his tightly as he chews down on the different textures and sizes it has to offer. It's a cute looking teether featuring a number of insect-shaped beads that twist and turn but are safely secured to the inner string which feels sturdy and strong. There are different textured beads that offer my son something safe to chew on with some of the links feeling rubbery to the touch and others hard and cool. Some feature raised nodules which are said to massage a baby's gums and being brightly coloured and attractive-looking it's always the first thing he reaches for when he is presented with his toys. It's definitely well made and has withstood many knocks and bangs and is light enough for him to happily hold and waft around. He does have a tendency to hit himself in the head with the teether when he's being particularly boisterous and at times this causes him a moment of surprise but he's never hurt himself with it and I don't think it would cause too much harm in any case. The inner string that holds all the links is tight and taut and I have no concerns that it's going to snap any time soon due to how well it has been put together.
It's a bright cheerful item that draws my son's attention and he spends plenty of time chewing down on the different links it offers him, some of the 'bug' links have little wings that give it it's cutesy appearance and the Nuby brand name features predominately on the largest, blue link. I'd say it's suitable for baby's of either sex and is recommended for ages from 3 months plus, it's BPA free and apparently dishwasher safe although I put his in my steriliser to keep it clean. For around a fiver I think it offers great value for money, it certainly keeps my son entertained and even when it's not in his mouth it's something that he'll happily hold and play with.
Nuby is a respected brand name in the baby industry and has a number of products available to buy, I'm confident that this is a safe product for my son to have and it definitely helps him when his gums are sore and he wants to bite down on something other than my finger or knuckle!. All in all I'd recommend this teether to other parents and as there's nothing to complain about or have concerns over it gets a 5 star rating from me here.
I bought my son's Bug-a-Loop instore in Tesco but it's available online from the likes of amazon where it currently retails for £4.99. Thanks for reading my review.
I came across this teether when my girls first started showing signs of teething and I realised that they didn't have any. Next time I was shopping I popped into Boots to see what was on offer and this bug-a-loop teething ring caught my eye. It is made by Nuby which was a brand I had heard of and so thought it would be of a high quality, which it is!
What is it?
The teether consists of 20 plastic beads on a double cord which form a circle which can be easily twisted around. 4 of the beads are 'bugs' a ladybird, bumble bee, dragon fly and butterfly, but all are brightly coloured and different textures. It is BPA free which is essential in my mind for a teether.
Both my girls quickly took to these teething rings, when they were first teething and only had tiny mouths they could still fit the smaller beads from this into their mouths. The teether has a lot of raised bumps on it which seemed to help with their teething. As the teeth coming through got further back being able to twist this teether allowed my girls to still chew on it where it hurt.
It is easy for little hands to hold on to and move around as they chew, it is suitable from 3 months but my girls were slightly older when they started using it. The bright colours and in particular the bugs entertained them too and they would go for the bugs rather than the other plainer beads.
As they both liked these teethers I used the straps from buggy books they had eaten to attach these to the buggy. They stayed on the buggy until recently as they liked playing with them, wearing them as bracelets as well as using as a teether.
How have they lasted?
Really well and I'm very impressed, the colour has faded off in some areas but amazingly there are no teeth marks on it. The plastic is fairly hard which allows your baby to bite down on this without worrying about it breaking.
Price and availability
I bought mine in Boots when there was an offer on buying 2 Nuby teethers, a similar offer is on now where you buy one and get the second half price. This teether is currently (February 2013) £5.05 in Boots, £4.27 in Tesco and £7.49 on Amazon so it pays to shop around. For around £5 it is really good value as it will last your little ones through their teething years.
Would I recommend?
Yes, if I could only have had one teether for my girls this would be the one that I would choose.
So the Nuby Bug-a-Loop teether... I am a big fan of Nuby products and when I saw large groups of my friends with one of these I had to get it! And i'm so glad I did!! This is the only teether i have bought that i have felt wasn't a waste of money! To start with it is a ring which makes it really easy for my little boy to hold it's also very bright and colourful which he seems to love as he took it straight out my hands and started chewing it! It has various different textures which I can only imagine (no I haven't and am not going to start chewing on it) it is doing brilliant things for my poor teething baby!
So that's a check for my little boy (7 months old) But also a very good thing as well is my 3 year old likes it!!!
The teether being very colourful appealed to her at first and then all the bugs on it (ladybird, dragonfly, bee, butterfly) She was pointing and telling my son what they were! I can imagine it is brilliant for learning colours and insects!
It's easy to keep clean as it just needs washing in soapy water. And it is very well made! It looks to me to be held together with a think string and pulling it with all my strength I couldn't break it! So that cancels out any concerns of choking.
I also love that if I have my hands full I can slide it on my arm like a bracelet! So much easier to juggle all the other stuff you have to take out with you!
Bad points I can't actually think of any for this product! I general I would recommend to anyone with a young baby who is teething or going to be soon! You can't go wrong!
I came across this while shopping in Tesco and I have to admit I picked it up as my youngest son was not happy and this kept him occupied. He was 6 months old at the time and beginning to get his first teeth so I knew we would put it to use but was not expecting much as most teethers we have tried have not fared well with my children.
The teether is shaped in a loop with bright beads all the way around it and small bees and lady birds to separate different beads of this teether. Each of the beads have a rubber covering on them and different textures to stimulate baby some have small bumps others have ridges on them.
Some of the bugs have wings on them which create soft rounded edges that can reach to awkward parts of little ones mouth.
It is a good size so young babies can hold it very easily but at the same time not too big so that it cannot fit in the mouth. It bends and moves around and does what the child wants very easily and as it is very light it is great for little hands.
The bright colours hold little ones attention as do the different textures so if they are using it to play with or to soothe there pains from teething there is variety for little one which I think is what helped my little boy stay interested in it.
As the beads are plastic but then have a softer rubber coating this means they provide the support needed to the gums while a new tooth is coming through but at the same time they are not harsh on little ones mouth so provide soothing in comfort.
What is great about this teether is unlike others we have tried this can actually reach little ones teeth and not just the front ones which is a great deal more than we have found in any other teether. As each bead is small and has different textures when it is twisted and turned it can reach most of little ones mouth and the bead can be turned and twisted to provide different feel.
Each and every piece of this teether twists and turns around to keep little one amused but also to make it flexible so while in little ones mouth it can help ease their pain so it is multi functional. This means it can be carried around as a toy and as there are so many different parts to explore it is a small yet effective toy and has lots for little hands to do when it is not being used as a teether.
My only downside is although we have never had a problem with the wings of the bugs these have no rubber covering on them and so are just hard plastic which worried me that it could cut or hurt little ones mouth. My son thought different and loved to bite on them but I found myself checking each time he used it that it was not hurting his gums.
As a teether this works well can reach inside babies mouth easily and the different textures helps provide comfort to babies. As a toy again the different textures help keep little one interested and as each bead and bug twist and turn there is lots for little one to explore.
It is recommended from 3 months plus which is about the right age range for this and can last all the way up to when your child stops teething. We have had it 12 months now and it has proved to be durable and effective and I will purchase one again for my baby expected in June.
I bought this teether for my little girl about two years ago and I'm now using it for my little boy who is three months old. I think it goes without saying that I think it's a really good teether given that it has lasted this long and still looks as good as new.
I first bought it because when I saw it in Boots I thought it was really cute looking and it looked more like a fun toy than a teether and one that I wouldn't mind taking out with me and having the baby play with.
As the name suggests this teether is in a full loop and almost looks like a cute necklace with lots of funky different coloured beads on it. This is a really easy object to hold, much more so than other teethers I have used in the past and my three month old little boy already grabs it and the colours definitely grab his attention.
This teether is full of lots of different bright colours, reds, yellows, blues, greens and purples. The best thing about this teether though are the little bug figures on this teether that give it it's distinctive look. There is a red and black ladybird, a butterfly and two little bug creatures with outstretched wings. All the surfaces on these bugs are textured so they provide something to chew on which Nuby say helps to assist in the eruption of teeth by gently massaging sore and tender gums. For example the black spots on the ladybird are raised so they must be quite nice to rub your gums against if they are feeling particularly bad. All the rest of the beads and links on this teether also have different textures making this a really easy teether to get your gums around.
My little boy is not teething yet but when my daughter was she would chew on this all the time and it really did seem to help.
The teether is BPA free (some sort of chemical I believe that is found in some plastics that can be harmful) so its good to know its not present in a teether that my kids are chewing on. Like I've mentioned above I bought this in Boots and it cost me around £5, not a bad price in my opinion and something I definitely recommend.
As I have mentioned in many of my recent reviews, my almost six month old daughter is teething very badly, but unfortunately we have yet to see any signs of first teeth appearing. My daughter has actually been in the early stages of teething since 3 months, drooling a lot, and wanting to chew on everything, but we are now at the point of ticking all of the teething symptom boxes. Most of my daughters favourite toys at the moment are those that she can chew on, and so when she was given this Nuby Bug A Loop Teether by her grandparents, her eyes lit up.
This bug a loop teether can be purchased in many of the supermarkets as well as toy shops and I have seen it in various places around the £3-£4 mark. This product, like other Nuby teethers I own, is BPA free which I am happy about. It states on the packaging as well that this is suitable for children 3 months plus, although my daughter was four months when she first received this teether.
This teether, is as you would guess by the name, in the shape of a ring. The teether is made up of a variety of different shapes all attached with internal string. There are textured round coloured parts, there are the 'bugs' many of which have wings or parts that baby can really get a good hold of and chew at, as well as smaller beads in between.
My daughter loves being able to hold this herself and has got good enough motor control at this stage to bring it up to her mouth herself and move it to the part that she wants to chew on. There is no doubt that her favourite part of the whole ring are the wings of some of the bugs. It seems to be something that she can chew more and at the moment, seems to help with the teething - although there are times when she can't put anything near the gums without crying. Between her other favourite teether Sophie the Giraffe, and this one, I hardly go out the door without having them both with me, for my daughter to chew on. She can spend quite a long time chewing away at this teether, and the fact that there are so many parts within the ring with different textures, it keeps her busy for a while and also, obviously helps with the teeth. The ring is very colourful which is also eye catching, and my daughter automatically took a shine to this teether when it was first produced, probably due to the colours.
The only negative thing I have to say about this product, and it is the same with the other Nuby teether that I have, is that it cannot be sterilised either in a steriliser or even by cold sterilisation. It can only be cleaned by a damp cloth, which I think it pretty poor, as my daughter can often drop this when out and about, and I would rather sterilise it to know it is clean that just give it a wipe, but I am scared of damaging it. I try not to therefore give this ring to her when she is in the buggy or somewhere where is can drop on dirty ground.
All in all, my daughter loves this teether. It is colourful and there are lots of different textures to keep them busy and help with those sore gums. It is a good shape for a baby to hold themselves but it is just a pity that you cannot sterilise the product.