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Teethers Matter: The Best Teethers for Your Baby’s Development
At a certain point, babies will start to put just about everything in their mouths. It’s a normal part of their development and helps them soothe their sore gums, so if they’re going to be putting things in their mouths, you might as well make sure it is good for them and helpful in their oral development. Not all teethers are created equal; in fact, some are dangerous and can even hinder your baby’s oral development. Keep reading to learn more about harmful teethers, giving your tot the best chances for oral development, and the top teethers for safety and development.
Can Some Teethers Be Harmful?
As unbelievable as it may sound, there are so many teethers that can actually be harmful to your baby in many ways. According to a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, 59 teethers were purchased online in the United States, analyzed, and tested for 26 potential endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Shockingly, all of them contained bisphenol-A (BPA) and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Studies in animals have shown that endocrine disruptors interfere with hormones and cause developmental, reproductive, and neurological harm, according to the study authors.
Many teethers also come with rings, ropes, or beads connected to them to make them easy for baby to hold. Unfortunately, these can cause choking hazards. Teethers are constantly being recalled due to detaching parts, ropes becoming untied, and much more. Some teethers can also cause gagging if they are able to reach too far back into the mouth, causing unnecessary trauma.
The Best Chances for Oral Development
Not all teethers are helpful when it comes to baby’s oral development. Many teethers can encourage prolonged sucking, which can be very harmful to oral development. In fact, children who used a pacifier or sucked their fingers for 3 years or more were three times more likely to develop a speech disorder. (source: https://www.tandemspeechtherapy.com/2018/05/24/pacifier-use/) That is why it is important, when choosing a teether for your baby, to make sure it helps them instead of hinders them. Some of the benefits of finding an oral development toy include:
They help with speech. Even though your baby is a long way away from their first intentional words, oral development teethers can help make it easier when the time comes. Assist with jaw strength and tongue posture. Pacifiers and other forms of sucking (other than breastfeeding) can hinder jaw strength and tongue posture. Good jaw strength and proper tongue posture decrease the chances of SIDS as well as help to prevent sleep apnea when they are older. Helpful when transitioning to foods. Having great tongue control early on through oral development teethers means your little one will have an easier experience when it comes time to start introducing solid foods.
Top Teethers for Your Babys’s Development
Finding teethers that do not contain harmful chemicals, do not pose a choking hazard, assist in oral development, and are easy for baby to use isn’t like finding a needle in a haystack. In fact, we have made it easy for you by creating products that are ONLY safe for your baby.
Our teethers are:
Held to the very highest standards (Conforms to Toy Safety Standard ASTM F963 and EN71) Uses the highest quality TPE available Will not break or crumble Safeguards in place to prevent choking Top-rack dishwasher safe Freezer safe BPA-, phthalate-, PVC-, latex-, lead- free Award-winning Stimulating, massaging, and great for oral development
Innobaby’s star teethers stimulate the muscles of the lips, tongue, and cheeks to improve oral motor skills. All of this aids in nursing, eating solid foods, drinking from cups, and speech development. The light and easy-to-grip handle also improves hand-eye coordination, and giving two to baby will allow for bilateral movement and stimulation of both sides of the brain.
Innobaby holds its teethers to the very highest standards (Conforms to Toy Safety Standard ASTM F963 and EN71) and uses the highest quality TPE available, because Innobaby wants the best for your baby, just like you.
Awards: Winner of The National Parenting Center's 2013 Seal of Approval. Named Best of April Box by Citrus Lane & Winner of Best in NY Baby Show 2013.
Innobaby's Award-Winning Teethin' SMART Massaging Flower Rattle Teether offers an easy-to-grip handle and lightweight design for even the youngest teethers. The unique dual-sided shape and textured petals offer gentle relief for swollen, sore, and tender gums. The soft and flexible design reaches all parts of the mouth for a thorough and gentle gum massage while stimulating oral sensory nerves for improved speech and oral development.
Created to be safe for your baby, our teether is designed with ventilated breathing holes for safety while the baby chews. Innobaby's Teethin' SMART Massaging Teethers are a safe, toxic-free way to help babies satisfy their teething needs. BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and PVC free. The different textures will also improve oral motors skills by stimulating the tongue, lip, and cheek muscles, which aid in nursing, transitioning to solid foods, drinking from cups, and speech development.
Awards: Winner of The National Parenting Center’s 2013 Seal of Approval Winner of Best in NY Baby Show 2013 Winner of the NY Now Best in Baby Gear 2014 Named Best of April Box by Citrus Lane
Innobaby’s fruit teethers stimulate the muscles of the lips, tongue, and cheeks to improve oral motor skills, which aids in nursing, eating solid foods, drinking from cups, and speech development. The light and easy-to-grip handle also improves hand-eye coordination—just give two to baby will allow for bilateral movement and stimulation of both sides of the brain!
Innobaby holds its teethers to the very highest standards (Conforms to Toy Safety Standard ASTM F963 and EN71) and uses the highest quality TPE available. Other teethers may be too small or break apart easily, but you can trust ours.
Award-winner of The National Parenting Center's 2013 Seal of Approval. Named Best of April Box by Citrus Lane & Winner of Best in NY Baby Show 2013. NY NOW best in baby gear 2014.
For more information on oral development toys are more safe, toxin-free products for your family, check out innobaby.com