Teething toys that help soothe your baby’s gums

They’ll drool over these choices.

baby with a block in its mouth
Give them something safer and softer than a wooden block to chew on.Colin Maynard via Unsplash

As your little one transforms their smile with their first baby teeth, they might not feel their best. Teething toys can help their gums feel better, as well as fascinate them with new textures and shapes. For best safety practices, you’ll want to avoid toys with small parts or necklaces (which can present a choking or strangulation hazard), gels and creams, and freezing toys (which can make them too hard for your infant’s mouth). These four simple teethers feature cute and clever designs everyone can feel good about.

Baby Elefun Elephant Teether
You’ll want to pack this pachyderm for daily outings.Amazon

This adorable elephant teether provides a textured surface for happy chewing and gumming. It’s made from food grade BPA-free silicone, and the large hole in the center makes it easier for your little one to hold for longer. Pop it in the fridge to cool it down for babies who are working extra hard on those first teeth.

Moonjax Silicone Baby Teether
Easy to clean.Amazon

Parents who know the list of chemicals and materials they want to avoid by heart will love that this teether is made from just one ingredient: medical grade silicone. There are no dyes or colorings, and the design is easy to clean, without the nooks and crannies some other teethers have that can trap bacteria. You can even throw it in a sterilizer or the top rack of your dishwasher. With jack shapes at the both ends of the toy and room to grab in the middle, your baby can play with the toy and chew on it at the same time.

PBnJ Baby Silicone Infant Teething Mitten
They’ll be smitten with this mitten.Amazon

Let them chew on their own hand and not yours with one caveat—that theirs is covered with a special mitten designed just for teething. The silicone top of the mitt has bumps, waves, and smooth textures for your baby to explore, and the entire mitten is machine washable. There’s a soft cotton layer on the outside and a crinkly middle layer to provide additional stimulation to your curious chewer. The fabric is flexible for a cozy fit and secures with velcro that has been carefully stitched to avoid irritating your baby’s skin.

Teetherpop Baby Teether
For ages 6 months and upAmazon

Older infants and toddlers can enjoy these unique popsicle-style teethers that can be customized to their taste. This clever design features a covered reservoir with small slits so your child can consume frozen fruit or vegetable puree, breastmilk, or other beverages with less mess. It’s made of BPA-free silicone and holds ⅛ cup of liquid.