Kmart vs Target vs Big W vs Small Business for Teethers

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Welcoming a new member into the family is an exhilarating experience, but as any parent knows, it also comes with a unique set of challenges. One significant milestone in a baby's early life is the teething phase, a time when those first adorable teeth start making their debut. 

As your newborn begins this journey between the ages of 4 to ten months, you may find yourself searching for effective ways to soothe their aching gums and alleviate the discomfort associated with teething.

Beyond mere relief, teething toys play a crucial role in your baby's sensory exploration and overall development. Recognising the signs of teething, such as drooling, irritability, red swollen gums, and flushed cheeks, indicate a teething toy may be a good investment. 

Babies instinctively reach for objects to chew on during this time not only for pain relief but also as a means of exploring the world around them through their mouths. Teething toys provide a safe and valuable avenue for them to navigate and understand different sensations.

As you explore options for the perfect teething companion, recognising the best materials for teething toys is essential. Wood, known for its hardness and durability, offers a natural option that doesn't easily break. Beechwood, in particular, is an ideal choice with its natural antimicrobial properties and non-splintering nature.

Silicone, a flexible and water-resistant rubber, presents another excellent option. Its temperature-resistant quality allows for safe use in the dishwasher and fridge, while its food-grade status ensures the utmost safety as your baby explores these tactile wonders. 

Beyond ensuring safety, incorporating sensory elements into a teether significantly contributes to your baby's overall development. These elements engage their senses, promoting tactile exploration, refining motor skills, and encouraging cognitive development. A well-designed teething toy goes beyond gum relief, providing a holistic developmental experience for your little one during this crucial stage.

 

Big W - Lamaze Bristle Buddies $7

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The Lamaze Bristle Buddies from Big W are teething toys available in assorted shapes, providing a diverse and engaging experience for your little one. The unique bristle feature introduces babies to the sensation of a toothbrush, making teething not only soothing but also an early introduction to oral care.

PROS:

  • Dishwasher safe for convenient and easy cleaning.
  • Easy-to-hold design, perfect for little hands exploring their teething journey.
  • Bristles specifically crafted to massage sore teething gums, providing comfort during this phase.
  • Brightly colored, capturing the baby's attention and making the teething experience visually engaging.

INTERESTING FEATURES:

  • Introduces the baby to the sensation of a toothbrush, fostering an early familiarity with oral care practices.
  • The material from which it is made remains unspecified

 

Big W - Playgro Bend and Twist Teething Rattle $10

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The Playgro Bend and Twist Teething Rattle is a fusion of a teething toy and a rattle, offering a multifaceted play experience for your little one. Designed with chewy teething paddles, this innovative toy not only provides comfort for sore gums but also engages your baby's oral exploration.

Adding to the sensory stimulation, the rattle component produces stimulating sounds, captivating your baby's attention and encouraging auditory development. The inclusion of various textures enhances the tactile experience, promoting sensory exploration and contributing to your baby's overall sensory development. 

PROS:

  • Bright,  fun colours add visual appeal to capture your baby's attention.
  • Designed to help develop fine motor skills through tactile exploration.
  • Aids in sensory development, providing a rich and engaging teething experience 

INTERESTING FEATURES:

  • It may not be easy for a baby to hold due to its design.
  • Recommended for babies six months and older, so may not be suitable for babies who begin teething earlier

 

Kmart - Wooden & Silicone Teether $7.00

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The Wooden and Silicone Teether from Kmart is a charming addition to your baby's teething essentials, available in soothing light green and pink hues. This teether boasts a thoughtful design with interlocking rings made from both natural wood and soft silicone, providing a diverse tactile experience for your little one.

PROS:

  • Neutral and stylish colours for a versatile match with household colour schemes.
  • BPA-free, ensuring safety for your baby during teething.
  • Easy-to-hold design

INTERESTING FEATURES:

  • Not dishwasher friendly; handwashing recommended. This may be inconvenient for time poor parents. 
  • Suitable for babies 3 months and older.

 

Kmart - Silicone Teether Ring $10.00

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The Kmart Silicone Teether Ring presents a practical and engaging solution for your baby's teething needs. Crafted with an easy-to-hold ring design, this teether incorporates a variety of interlocked shapes, all made from soft and safe silicone material.

PROS:

  • BPA-free for baby's safety.
  • Brightly colored to engage and entertain.
  • Easy-to-hold design for little hands.
  • Facilitates exploration of different shapes, contributing to sensory development.

INTERESTING FEATURES:

  • Suitable for babies older than 3 months

 

Target - Silicon Teether $4

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The Assorted Silicon Teethers from Target bring comfort to your baby's teething experience. Available in adorable koala or elephant designs, these teethers are crafted from soft silicone, providing a gentle and soothing solution for teething gums. 

PROS:

  • BPA-free, so safe for baby to chew on. 
  • Crafted from a soft and chewy material for gentle relief.
  • Adorable animal shapes add a touch of cuteness and create interest for baby.
  • Dishwasher-safe for convenient and easy cleaning.

INTERESTING FEATURES:

  • The teething ring is solely designed for the teething period and does not serve as a dual-purpose toy.

 

Grace & Maggie - Rainbow Stacker and Teether Toy $24.95

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The Rainbow Stacker and Teether Toy by Grace and Maggie offers a vibrant assortment of four colours: DustyPastel, Earth (pictured) and OceanFeaturing four stackable rings, it combines the functionality of a teether with a toy to aid in cognitive development. 

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PROS:

  • Soothes teething babies and serves as a stacking toy for prolonged use.
  • Promotes hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills through ring stacking.
  • Freezer-safe feature enhances soothing comfort for teething infants with a cooling effect.
  • Dishwasher-safe and can be easily sterilized in a sterilizer for convenient cleaning.
  • Available in a variety of colours to cater to individual preferences.

INTERESTING FEATURES:

  • Award-winning design recognized for excellence.
  • Crafted from high-quality silicone for durability and safety. 

 

Grace & Maggie - Koala Teether $14.95

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Introducing the Grace and Maggie Koala teether – an irresistibly adorable teething ring designed to bring comfort and joy to your little one. Available in an array of delightful colours, including Pink Salt, Eucalyptus, Thunder, and Joey Blue

Crafted with utmost care, the Koala teether is made from non-toxic silicone, prioritising the safety of your precious little bundle. The soft and chewable material ensures a gentle yet effective solution for soothing sore gums during the teething phase. 

koala teether

PROS:

  • Easy-to-hold design for a comfortable grip, catering to little hands.
  • Freezer-safe feature provides extra soothing relief during the teething period.
  • Soft on tender gums, ensuring a gentle and comforting experience for your baby.
  • The adorable design adds a touch of charm, making it visually appealing for little ones.

INTERESTING FEATURES:

  • BPA-free, phthalate-free, and non-toxic, ensuring utmost safety for babies' mouths.
  • Incorporates tactile elements on the back for an enhanced sensory experience, contributing to your baby's overall development.

 

Teething toys are essential companions during this developmental phase, offering comfort and engagement for both babies and caregivers. 

 

From safe materials to engaging designs, these toys play a crucial role in soothing discomfort and promoting early sensory and motor development. 

 

Do you have a question about our teethers? Feel free to email us.

 

Written by Laura Agrimi, mother of 2 and owner of Grace & Maggie.

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