Teething Stages and the Best Teething Toys for Each One

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Teething is an important milestone in a baby’s developmental journey, but it can also be a challenging time for both babies and their parents or caregivers. That said, understanding the various stages of teething and having the right teething toys on hand can help make this period more manageable and comfortable for everyone involved.

In this article, we will walk you through the different teething stages your baby is going to experience, and recommend the best teething toys for babies in each stage. This way, you can more effectively soothe your little one through the process of teething.

Stage 1: Babies Show Early Signs of Teething

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During the earliest stage of the teething process, which usually takes place between 0 to 6 months, you may notice that your baby has become more irritable and appears to be drooling excessively. They may also start to chew on their fingers or place toys into their mouths in an effort to relieve the discomfort they’re experiencing. Though no teeth are visible yet, the journey has begun and your child’s teeth will soon start to push through their gums.

Recommended Teething Toy

At this stage, soft and flexible teething products are ideal for soothing sore gums. Try the following:

Silicone Teethers: Soft silicone teethers are gentle on delicate gums and provide a satisfying chewing sensation for babies. Look for ones with various textures to massage different areas of the gums.

Stage 2: The First Teeth Begin to Emerge

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As your little one’s teeth begin to emerge, typically between 6 and 8 months, they may start to experience increased discomfort. In response, they may start to bite down on harder objects to relieve pressure. During this stage, you should see the bottom and/or top incisors (front teeth) emerge.

Recommended Teething Toy

The best baby teethers during this stage are those that are designed to be chewed on from different angles, or those that can provide relief through temperature changes. For example, you could try:

Water-Filled Teethers: A water-filled baby chew toy can be chilled in the refrigerator, which provides soothing relief for inflamed gums. The cold temperature numbs the gums, while the soft texture of the teething toy offers a satisfying chewing experience.

Stage 3: The Primary Molars Begin Erupting

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During the third stage of teething, which usually occurs between 10 and 14 months, your baby’s primary molars (back teeth) will start to break through the gums. Because this stage causes considerable discomfort, you may notice that your baby is drooling more and may be considerably more irritable than usual. 

Recommended Teething Toy

Ideal teething rings for babies in this stage tend to have varying textures and shapes, which can help massage the gums and provide relief as new teeth emerge. During this stage, it may be wise to choose slightly harder teething toys for babies. Try the following:

Textured Teething Rings: Teething rings with textured surfaces are excellent for massaging sore gums and providing gum stimulation. Opt for ones made from safe materials like BPA-free silicone or smooth, natural wood.

Stage 4: The Canine Teeth Emerge

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During this stage, which takes place around the 16 to 22 month mark, the canine teeth will break through your baby’s gums. This stage can be quite uncomfortable due to the sharp edges of the canine teeth pressing against the gum line before they finally break through. 

Recommended Teething Toy

This stage of your baby’s teething journey is similar to both Stage 2 and Stage 3. As such, the same recommendations for baby teething toys can be implemented during Stage 4 of teething to provide babies with as much comfort as possible.

Stage 5: The Large Molars Become Visible

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During this last stage, which is usually between 24 to 33 months, the large molars (far-back teeth) finally emerge. This stage is usually the most uncomfortable and painful for toddlers due to the large size of these molars. Because of the discomfort experienced during this stage, many soothing methods may no longer be effective. For parents, it’s essential to try various methods of providing relief until something works effectively enough to get little ones through this final stage.

Recommended Teething Toy

Teething toys for toddlers should be durable and offer substantial chewing resistance to help alleviate discomfort during this stage. The best teething toy during this stage is:

Hard Rubber Teethers: Hard rubber teethers are designed to withstand vigorous chewing and provide firm pressure against the gums. Look for ones with ridges or knobs to target the back molars effectively.

Teething is a natural process that all babies and toddlers go through, but it can be a trying time for both little ones and their parents. By understanding the different stages of teething and choosing the best teething products for babies in each phase, you can help alleviate your child’s discomfort and make this important milestone more manageable. With the right tools and a little patience, you can help your baby sail through the teething stage with a smile.

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