If you are like me, you may feel rather cautious and leery about BPA, PVC, and pthalate-free plastics - especially when it comes to baby teethers. I am frankly always worried about the next toxin of the moment, and try to play it safe by basically opting for non-plastic baby and nursery products whenever possible. Thankfully, with regards to truly eco-friendly teethers, there are a variety of desirable and affordable options available for baby’s budding teeth and your peace of mind!
A classic from France is the Sophie the giraffe teether, made of 100% natural rubber from the Hevea tree and colored with food paint. ‘Sophie’ is excruciatingly cute and thoughtfully crafted. The dark and light bespeckled body is designed for visual stimulation for baby’s developing vision. Her nubby horns and legs provide soothing relief for gums and satisfy the urge to chew while teething. The 100% natural rubber also gives her a pleasant distinct aroma. Sophie makes a little squeal when squeezed, which aids in the development of babies’ sense of hearing and their understanding of cause and effect. A rather endearing teether indeed!
Another great teether designed by a fellow mom, is based on the concept of wetting a corner of a washcloth, then putting it in the freezer – creating an icy, cold refreshing and soothing teether. The Ringley Natural Teething Toy has a ring made of natural, Canadian maple with an organic cotton terry cloth swatch attached to it. Baby is exposed to two very safe and appealing textures. The terry cloth swatch comes both – with or without knots – and retails for $14.99 at Kai Kids.
Other organic cloth teethers include the deliciously cute “veggie” and “fruit” line from Under the Nile. Stuffed with and made of 100% organic Egyptian cotton, these teethers are very safe and tasty. Even better? They sell for only $6.00 individually.
Of course, wooden teethers are not to be overlooked. I think that they are absolutely gorgeous, and I particularly love the hand-crafted designs from Etsy’s Stump Pond Toys.
An 87 year-old retired merchant marine and his skillfull woodworking churns out these gorgeous cherry teethers. The teether is coated with baby-safe mineral oil, and the shape is classic and easy for baby to grasp with little fingers. The teether also doubles as a playful rattle. (Of note, the owner of the shop regretfully announced that in order to stay in business, his prices will increase starting August 1st.)
With all of these gorgeous and mindful designs, you don’t have to give plastic a second thought!