Oh the joys of a teething baby. Mark had his first teeth cut this week (his two bottom ones!) and boy has it been an experience. Mark started displaying signs of teething about 8 weeks ago but it took many weeks before we could see anything under his gums & an additional week for those pearly whites to finally break through.
Needless to say, the past 6 weeks have been filled with Mark jamming everything in his mouth, occasional screaming, a little less sleep, a lot more coffee, and the cutest rosy cheeks. Thankfully, after this experience, I think we finally have a few tricks to help Mark deal with teething in the future.
Our munchkin has been incredibly particular with what teething toys he accepts. Before we entered the teething period, I stocked up on the “must haves” I read about on other blogs. I purchased many of the products other moms swore by, such as Sophie. For whatever reason, Mark rejected most of them. In his defense, he never took to a pacifier (despite my encouragement) and is still hit or miss on taking a bottle. It seems, despite my obsession with silicone products, my munchkin may not be a fan.
So that brought me back to the drawing board. I happened to pop into a local Antwerp store that sells high end natural toys and decided to give a natural rubber & wooden rattle a try. Turns out, this kid lovessss wooden teething toys! With this new knowledge, I was able to revamp our teething toy collection.
Mark’s Favorite Teething Toys (at 5.5 months!)
- Bezisa Marble Rammelaar – His absolute favorite! I love that these products are produced in The Netherlands & are handmade of natural materials. Not to mention, they are absolutely beautiful!
- HABA Teething Rattle– German made, handcrafted, & meeting all European safety standards. Mark loves shaking it around so it doubles as a great small toy too.
- Sophie So Pure Teething Ring– I first picked up the “original” Sophie, but Mark never took to it. At the recommendation of a friend, I purchased this one and Mark absolutely loves it! It is (currently) the only pure rubber teether he takes.
- PlanToys Mini Fire Truck – We love Plan Toys. They are wonderfully made, natural wooden toys & I imagine they will last for years and years. We have a few but Mark is always happy to play & bite this mini fire truck.
- A cold wet wash cloth – We picked up thicker washcloths that we designate for teething. Dabbed with a little cold water, Mark enjoys the coolness on his gums.
- Dad’s Index Finger – For whatever reason, munchkin loves his dad’s index finger. All others (including mine) are not nearly as satisfying for biting 🙂
I am sure Mark’s teething toy preferences will continue to change as he grows & gets more teeth. I am certainly curious if he will ever love silicone things like his mama! What were your little one’s favorite first teething toys?