Most of the parents just wonder whether buying a teether would make a sense in buying the right product. Yes, there are certain factors to consider while buying the teethers. Parents will not notice a tooth in the baby’s mouth for the first 7 to 8 months but the symptoms start early in the 3 to 4 months. But in such a time, the little ones experience a lot of pain and thus they are given with teethers to help your baby not to feel the pain.
Here you will see how to choose the good teether for your baby.
Avoid Plastic Teethers:
It is a must avoid the teethers that are made from plastics, BPA, PVC, or phthalates.
BPA stands for bisphenol-A, which is a harmful chemical that imbalances the estrogen hormone and thus disturbs the body’s hormonal system. Such hormonal imbalance is not safe for growing babies. Though some of the regulatory bodies like the FDA tell you that the small quantities of BPA are safe to use, but still many companies are manufacturing BPA-free teethers. It is always best to buy the teethers that are free from BPA.
PVC stands for Polyvinyl Chloride. PVC is one of the most commonly used plastics in the world for manufacturing various products. PVC is just toxic and it is bad for health. Thus, avoid the teethers that contain PVC.
Phthalates are chemicals that are added to teethers for making plastics soft. Babies who suck teether containing this harmful chemical ingest a known carcinogen. Thus, avoid the teethers containing Phthalates.
Rubber teethers are not much problematic when compared to plastic teethers. But still, some rubber materials used in teethers may cause allergies after prolonged use of them. Silicone is a type of rubber but doesn’t cause any allergies. Medical-grade silicone has hypoallergenic effects and hence safe for babies. The babies should provide silicone rubber teethers.
If you are much concerned about the chemicals in plastic teethers and allergic reactions caused by rubber teethers, then it is better to switch to wood and fabric teething toys. Such materials are extremely safe to use for your babies especially maple wood and organic cotton materials.
Some of the teethers are even handmade using hardwoods that come with an organic flaxseed oil finishing. Such hand-made teethers are designed in various attractive shapes such as fish and hippo, etc. Babies love the varied textures, colorful and shaped teethers, and thus when they suck, they feel relax about the tandem gums pain.
Therefore, parents can buy the teethers that are free from harmful materials such as PVC, BPA, Phthalates or even allergic rubbers and can prefer wood and fabric teethers.