10 Best Teething Toys To Soothe Gums and Reduce Pain

Becky Gamester-Newton
Dec 22, 2023 By Becky Gamester-Newton
Originally Published on Jul 06, 2021
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Teething can be a really tough time for both you and your baby.

Unsettled nights, drooling and hand chewing are all common as part of babies teething. When the days are long and your last good night's sleep seems a long time ago, finding the ideal teething toy (and maybe an ice lolly) becomes a priority.

From the age of two months babies can start experiencing teething pain, even if teeth do not start to appear for another couple of months. Nobody likes to see their baby in pain, so it's a good idea to have a few teething toys at home ready for when they are needed to soothe their little gums.

Take a look at the best baby teethers around with our recommended picks.

Kidadl's Top Pick

All our teething toys have been recommended by parents, but if you're in a rush then we reckon the Matchstick Monkey is most likely to be used and loved by your baby and therefore hopefully it will provide the most relief.

1. Matchstick Monkey Teething Toy

Green Matchstick monkey teething toy.
Image © Mori

The design of this popular teething monkey is not just nice to look at, babies simply love using it. Little hands can't help but grab hold of the monkey teether arms which naturally encourages them to chew on the head, where there's a textured panel to help with applying teething gels and powders. This BPA-free and food-grade silicone baby teether can go in the fridge for cooling and even the dishwasher so it's easy to keep clean. We also love it for its cute design.

Main Features

  • Price: £9.99
  • Encourages your baby to develop motor skills
  • Dishwasher safe

Best For Families On A Budget

2. Nuby Wacky Teething Ring

Nuby Wacky Teething Ring.
Image © Nuby

This handy teething toy for babies is popular with both babies and parents. Babies love to play with the crinkly leaves and chew on the different surfaces designed for front, back and middle teeth. This teething toy isn't as convenient to clean as others, but you can't go wrong at this price.

Main Features

  • Price: £2.49
  • Has different surfaces for front, middle and back teeth
  • Crinkle leaves

Best Teething Ring To Gift

3. Sophie La Girafe Teether‍

Sophie La Girafe Teether.
Image © Sophie la girafe

This teething giraffe has been around for 50 years and it's more popular than ever. Babies love to play with this teething toy, it's lightweight and easy for little hands to grasp and they're impressed when it gives out a little squeak, too. We think this giraffe teether for babies makes a lovely present as it's packaged in a nice gift box too.

Main Features

  • Price: £15
  • Comes in attractive gift box
  • Squeaks when squeezed

Best Cold Teether

4. Dr Brown's Coolees Watermelon Teether‍

Dr Brown's Coolees Watermelon Teether.
Image © Dr Brown's

One thing that does help relieve sore gums and teething pain is the cold, and this teething toy for babies is perfect for the job. You can put it in the freezer so that you're ready to tackle the next bout of irritability or drooling, and it's also BPA-free. Its flexibility makes it popular with little hands and mouths, making it one of the best baby teethers around in this budget price range.

Main Features

  • Price: £3.46
  • Freezer safe
  • Reaches all parts of the jaw

Best Teething Glove

5. Gummee Glove‍

Gummee Glove.
Image © Gummee

This teething mitt is the perfect solution to babies' teethers being dropped all the time. With the adjustable wrist, you can make sure the teething mitten fits on your baby's hand comfortably. Parents have reported that these teethers really seem to soothe sore gums when nothing else seems to work, making it one of the best teething toys for babies.

Main Features

  • Price: £10.99
  • Detachable silicone teething ring
  • Velcro can be adjusted for baby's hand

Best Teething Book

6. Bright Starts Teethe And Read‍

Bright Starts Teethe And Read.
Image © Bright Starts

Teethers for babies needn't be just rings or animals. We love this teething book from Bright Starts because not only do the teething corners provide pain relief, but it's a brilliant introduction to the world of books for even the youngest babies. Your teething baby will love the crinkle pages too, encouraging them to chew and 'read' the colourful pictures.

Main Features

  • Price: £5.99
  • Two textured teether tabs
  • Easy to hold spine

Best For Texture

7. Nuby Chewbie Baby Teethers

Nuby Chewbie Baby Teethers.
Image © Nuby

Babies love the different textures on this baby teething toy. This two pack has four different styles of silicone bristles and ridges to experiment with, and they're easy to grab hold of as well. An added benefit is that the bristles should help clean as well as soothe sore gums, so they're ideal for that painful pre-tooth stage. This should keep them occupied and pain-free for as long as you need.

Main Features

  • Price: £3.99
  • Approved by orthodontic dentists
  • Dishwasher and steriliser safe

Best Teething Rattle

8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Mirror Teether Rattle‍

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Mirror Teether Rattle.
Image © The World of Eric Carle

This multi-textured babies' teether is a winner when you're on the go. As it includes a hook and loop, you can easily attach it to buggies and car seats so you don't need to worry about any tears because they've dropped it! Inspired by the hugely popular children's book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', this is sure to quickly become one of your baby's favourite toys. It also features a mirror and crinkly material, so your baby will be entertained even if they don't need the teethers.

Main Features

  • Price: £9
  • Multi-textured
  • Hook and loop to attach to buggies, cots and car seats

Best Teething Dummy

9. Brush-Baby FrontEase Teether

Brush-Baby FrontEase Teether.
Image © Brush-Baby

If your baby loves their dummy, then this is the best of our recommended baby teething toys for you. Parents find that this teething toy enables an easier transition from the dummy and babies love that they can chew it all day long. The biting surface is shaped to fit the front of their gums, and it can be cleaned easily and safely in the dishwasher.

Main Features

  • Price: £4.99
  • Gum-shaped biting surfaces
  • Comes with hygiene cap

Best Teething Jewellery

10. HexNex 5 Bead Teething Necklace‍

HexNex 5 Bead Teething Necklace.
Image © HexNex

If getting your hair pulled is something you regularly have to endure while your baby is in a sling or feeding, then this necklace is worth a try. The colourful silicone beads will attract the attention of your baby, and if they get a little too enthusiastic then the safety clasp will release so you don't need to worry about neck strain! While this is not strictly a teething toy, babies can enjoy chewing on the beads while supervised as the necklace is round your neck. We also think the fact that you can wear this teething toy as a necklace is a great idea as it means there is one less thing to pack in your bag for a family day out!

Main Features

  • Price: £9.95
  • Beads made of BPA-free silicone
  • Can be put in the fridge

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for the best teething toys, why not take a look at the best baby sensory toys, or for something different take a look at the best swivel car seats that will last your kids for years.

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Written by Becky Gamester-Newton

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism

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Becky Gamester-NewtonBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism

A countryside lover at heart, Becky grew up in the Yorkshire Dales and now resides in West Sussex with her family. She has been living in London for more than 10 years, where she pursued her journalism career before relocating to the countryside in 2019. In her free time, she enjoys watching live sports and drinking tea while being entertained by her chatty toddler and middle-aged cat. She has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Central Lancashire.

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