Teething Toys

When your baby starts sprouting teeth, he may have some discomfort, which is a normal part of the teething process. If you're wondering what you can do to help ease your baby’s discomfort, a teether or teething toy can come in handy as it gives your baby something to chew on that helps comfort his achy gums.

We surveyed more than 6,000 Pampers Parents to find out which teething toys are the best. Read on to find out what you should look for in a teething toy, and pick from among the best teething toys for your baby.

Why Your Baby May Need a Teether

Usually between 4 months and 7 months your infant’s teeth will begin to push up through the gums. Her front teeth will typically come in first, followed by the molars, and finally the canines. Teething lasts until well into toddlerhood, when she will have a full set of teeth.

Some of the normal symptoms of teething include:

  • Some pain or discomfort

  • Drooling

  • Irritability

  • More crying

  • Sleeping less

  • Mild fever.

There are a few ways to ease your baby’s discomfort during the teething process, such as giving her pain-relief medicine, massaging her gums with your finger, or giving her a teether to nibble.

The factors that I consider when buying a teething toy are color, size, and the option to allow the baby to choose what they’d possibly like.”

Pampers Parent

Except for one, all the teethers on this Pampers Parents list are made from food-grade silicone, which gives your baby something springy to chew on. The Sophie the Giraffe teether is made from natural rubber, which you may prefer to silicone. Whichever you choose, a teether can come in handy for distracting your baby from the pain of her new teeth poking through her gums.

7 Best Teething Toys

Here are the seven best teething toys in ranked order as chosen by thousands of Pampers Parents. Try one of them to help relieve your baby’s aching gums and provide some much-needed relief when he’s teething.

1. Nuby Silicone Teethe-EEZ Teether

Why pick this one? Pampers Parents chose the Nuby teething toy as the best for several reasons: its pacifier-like shape, its durability, and its budget-conscious price. In fact, the Nuby is the second-least expensive teething toy on our list.

Made of soft silicone, the Nuby fish-shaped teether is made for babies who are 3 months and older. It features multiple teething surfaces such as bumps and protrusions, which the manufacturer claims can help with the eruption of new teeth.

It’s also a good size for your little one’s hands to hold onto, which many parents praised. This is the only teether on the list that includes a hygienic carrying case to keep it clean when your baby isn’t using it.

Highlights: The teether is BPA free, so you don't need to worry that your little one is ingesting this chemical. The teether is also available in different colors.

Price*: about $4.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

  • Pros: It’s easy for your baby to hold and it has a large surface for him to chew on.

  • Cons: Things like hair and lint tend to get stuck in the teether easily.

2. Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether

Why pick this one? What could be more adorable than your little one chomping away on this little banana-shaped teether? Since it’s shaped a lot like a toothbrush, it’s easy for your baby to hold onto while the soft silicone bristles gently massage her sore gums. Some Pampers Parents also liked the idea that the teether can encourage good dental hygiene in the future.

This teething toy is dishwasher and freezer safe. It’s recommended for babies from 3 to 12 months old.

Made of silicone, the teething toy is free from BPA, latex, and phthalates.

Highlights: The banana teething toy comes in different colors like pink and blue, as well as different themes and shapes like unicorn, dragon, shark, octopus, and corn cob.

Price*: about $6.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

  • Pros: It’s a great way to introduce the toothbrush, and it’s very easy for your baby to hold.

  • Cons: A protective cap would be nifty for keeping it clean when on the go.

3. Vulli Sophie The Giraffe

Why pick this one? This cute giraffe doesn’t look like your average teething toy. The manufacturer claims that Sophie the Giraffe can stimulate your little one’s five senses:

  • Sight: Its colorful spots provide visual stimulation.

  • Sound: The squeaker provides entertaining sounds.

  • Taste: It’s safe for your baby to chew on since Sophie is made of natural rubber.

  • Scent: The toy has the smell of natural rubber.

  • Touch: The giraffe’s long neck and legs make it easy for your baby to grip, and your little one will love the feel as Sophie the Giraffe is soft to the touch.

Many Pampers Parents thought Sophie the Giraffe was too expensive. Other downsides included difficulty in keeping it clean and mold-free, as well as a lack of durability.

If you own a dog, you might want to keep this squeaky toy far away from it.

Highlights: Each box has a QR code, which you can use to authenticate the toy, and you’ll also find a cute story about Sophie the Giraffe inside the box.

Price*: about $25.16 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

  • Pros: It’s adorable and squeaky. Plus, it helps develop all the senses.

  • Cons: The squeaker hole can collect saliva, making it difficult to clean.

4. RaZbaby RaZ-Berry Silicone Teether

Why pick this one? The RaZbaby teething toy is shaped like a pacifier with a loop to make it easy for your child to hold onto. The shape means that it can be used hands-free, too. The end is textured with bumps to soothe your baby’s sore teething gums as she chews on it.

Many Pampers Parents liked the fact that it can double as a pacifier. The shape also makes it easier for your baby to get used to as she might already be familiar with using a pacifier.

This is the least-expensive teething toy on our list.

Highlights: Made of soft, food-grade silicone. The teether is BPA free.

Price*: about $3.56 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

  • Pros: It’s very easy for your baby to hold, it has a unique texture, and it’s a fun shape and color.

  • Cons: There is no cover to keep it clean, and it may be too large for some babies.

5. Baby Elefun Elephant Teether

Why pick this one? The Baby Elefun teether's five teething textures (bumps of different sizes and shapes) give your infant multiple options. Since the teether is made from one solid piece of silicone, there are no parts that can break off, which many Pampers Parents noted as a favorite feature.

The ergonomic shape is easy for little hands to hold onto. This teether is suitable for use by younger babies, which is a benefit when comparing it to some of the other teething toys on this list.

The food-grade silicone is free from BPA, PVC, phthalates, cadmium, lead, and other heavy metals.

Highlights: The teether comes with a money-back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied you can return the toy within 90 days. It also has a full lifetime warranty.

Price*: about $7.98 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

  • Pros: Your baby will love the easy-to-hold size and the different textures.

  • Cons: It could come with more color options. It’s only available in pink and green.

6. Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether

Why pick this one? The Comotomo teether was designed to mimic your baby’s fingers. That’s why the ring has four prongs, which are long enough to reach the back molars but short enough so as not to cause a choking hazard.

This silicone teether is designed to give your baby hours of comfort. Pampers Parents loved that it was easy for their babies to grip and chew on.

Highlights: For sterilizing purposes, it can be placed in the microwave, boiling water (although experts don’t recommend this), dishwasher, or sterilizer. It’s made of hygienic silicone that’s free from BPA, PVC, and phthalates.

Price*: about $6.80 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

  • Pros: It’s easy for your baby to hold onto, and it reaches the back molars.

  • Cons: It could be available in more colors, and include a few more varying textures.

7. Bumkins Nintendo Silicone Teether

Why pick this one? If you're an old school gaming fan, this Nintendo Gameboy teething toy could be the perfect teether for your little gamer. The teether is easy to grip, and has a textured back for massaging sore gums. The colored buttons and design offer visual stimulation as well. The teether is recommended for babies 3 months and older.

The manufacturer claims the teether is safe to clean by boiling (although experts don’t recommend this) , handwashing, or by placing it in the top rack of the dishwasher. It’s made of hygienic, food-grade silicone that is BPA free, PVC free, cadmium free, phthalate free, and lead free.

Pampers Parents appreciated the nostalgic vibe of this teether and that it featured a bumpy side for soothing irritated gums. Many also commented that it might keep your baby from grabbing your smartphone.

Highlights: If you’d like a different design, Bumkins also offers more than a dozen different styles, including comic-themed teethers, animal shapes, and more. You might like to order a couple so that you have a few different shaped teething toys on hand.

Price*: about $9.49 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents pros and cons:

  • Pros: It’s easy to grip, it’s fun and nostalgic, and it’s easy to clean.

  • Cons: It might not be narrow enough to reach your baby’s molars.

Safety Tips When Giving Your Baby a Teething Toy

To select a teether that’s right for your baby, here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind:

  • Make sure the teether is big enough so that your baby can’t swallow or choke on it, long enough to reach the back molars but short enough so it doesn’t cause choking, and sturdy enough so that it won’t break into pieces.

  • Avoid teething rings that are filled with liquid, as these can break or leak.

  • If you like, you can chill your baby’s teething toy in the refrigerator, but not in the freezer as extreme changes in temperature can cause the plastic to get damaged.

  • Don’t boil the teether to sterilize it, as this, too, can cause damage to the material. Instead you might consider using a sterilizer, running it through the dishwasher, or washing with hot soapy water.

  • Never tie your baby’s teething ring around her neck or to any other body part, as this can create a strangulation hazard.

  • Avoid teething necklaces as these, too, can be a strangulation risk, or a choking hazard if a small piece breaks off.

Whichever teether you choose, you’ll be helping your little one survive the teething period by giving him something exciting to distract him from the discomfort of sore teething gums.

For even more great stuff for your little one, check out our top baby gear as voted by Pampers Parents.

Recall Notice

Before buying a product, always check that it’s approved and hasn’t been recalled on sites like the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

How We Got These Results

We surveyed thousands of parents in the Pampers Community and asked them to choose the products they love the most, and to share their views on specific products and product categories. Based on the survey responses, we have taken the top product picks and added our own research to create this article. The aim is to help you choose the right product for you and your family. We might receive commissions on purchases made from the links in this article, but the products featured are the Pampers Community’s top choices.