When the first baby-teeth appear, parents usually choose and buy teething toys. Carefully check the quality of these toys, make sure they can’t break, run threads, tear or crack easily.
Avoid buying toys that don’t have a label to clearly specify that all materials are safe! Some of these toys have been exposed to lots of chemicals during the manufacturing process. Normally, most materials shouldn’t cause problems while simply holding the toy, but your baby or toddler is likely to chew on it, so make sure you pay attention to the materials used.
Metal is forbidden! Metal pieces might contain lead. If your baby develops lead intoxication, the effects are severe, even disastrous; besides, symptoms are difficult to associate with the cause, which makes this condition difficult to diagnose.
The most popular toys are made from organic materials: textiles, wood, natural rubber. Pay attention to details: the varnish used to treating the wood must not be toxic and/or exfoliate; textiles must lack threads and strings that can be accidentally removed thus becoming hazardous to your baby, and finally make sure the toy doesn’t have too much dye, as this can be toxic. You can always find toys with equally vivid colors based on food coloring!
In the beginning (prior and during the time first tooth erupts, when pressure on the gums is considerable), baby needs a soft toy, such as a silicon based toy. You can find soft plastic toys that contain a liquid; keep these in the fridge for a couple of minutes if you feel this might help your baby just before the tooth erupts. Do NOT exaggerate or freeze: act according to baby’s reaction.
The role of these toys is to distract attention from the discomfort and alleviate pain associated with baby-teeth eruption. Dental eruption takes quite a lot of time (the first two and a half years). Do not forget about baby’s first check-up at the dentist’s!