The 8 month old Little Lord is suffering from teething of epic proportions- don’t believe me? He can show you his teething HULK SMASH skills here. He has a tooth through at the bottom, and one coming down on the top gum. It’s relentless, and painful for everyone involved until Sophie the Giraffe entered our lives.
I have tried everything to appease my teething HULKSTER, but I couldn’t find anything that quite did the trick. Some common teething aids are;
- teething gels, which are great for momentary relief, but they don’t have any staying power, also if you are going down this route, make sure to choose sugar free versions!
- milk lollies, these are also great for momentary relief, to cool the mouth down, but again, once the lolly is finished, the teething drama heats back up again. Only use milk lollies etc. supervised and if your baby is able to handle a lolly depending on how weaning is going for you.
- amber necklaces, I haven’t tried this as I am too worried about strangling, my son is a wriggler, (he is crawling and standing) but some Mama’s do swear by them.
- teething granules, I’ve tried these and (sugar free again!) much like the gels, they have no real staying power
- teethers, I have several, rings, toys with nobbly bits to chew, but nothing really stuck for my Little Lord
After a bit of research (and desperation- no, seriously, his gums are angry!) I decided to purchase Sophie The Giraffe in Fresh Touch Gift Box it cost £11.20 and honestly, the Little Lord absolutely loves it! It won’t take away all the slobber and the countless number of bibs that you may need to wash, but it really does the trick on those red, swollen gums.
The reasons why it is such an effective teether are;
- the legs on the giraffe can be put into the mouth and really chewed on
- the giraffe squeaks, (yes much like a dog toy, but not as annoying) and it keeps the Little Lord intrigued about where the noise is coming from- helping his motor neuron skills
- the rubber is friendly and 100% natural, so there are no harmful chemicals getting chewed on in the process!
- it’s hand painted and the paint used is friendly, it grabs my son’s attention, he crawls (catapults at blistering speed) towards this giraffe after his naps
- it’s the perfect size, his hand can grip all the individual legs or head and really maneuver it into his mouth, wherever he feels the need to chew
- it’s bendy and flexible, handy for those hard to reach places
- easily cleaned
There are a few cons;
- the Little Lord seems very attached to the giraffe now, which I don’t have a problem with but other parents might
- the paint can fade, depending on how you clean the giraffe, it’s because it’s friendly paint so I don’t mind this point
- your baby needs grip to handle the giraffe, so perhaps not for very young babies, although I think handling the giraffe could develop those skills
This is 100% completely honest review, I purchased this item in a moment of parenting desperation and was slightly aghast at the price of it, but now, coming out of the teething fog, it’s well worth the price.
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