8 of the best teething toys

Looking for a teething toy to soothe your baby's gums? We've tested loads – and picked out the best

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A teething baby wants a toy they can gnaw, bite, nip, rub on their sore gums and dribble safely all over – which means soft, flexible teethers with knobbly bits and uneven or ridged textures are a parent’s new best friend. Look for teething toys you can chuck in the dishwasher – and chill in the fridge for a bit of extra-cooling pain-relief.

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Here’s our pick of the best baby teething toys, as rated and tested by babies (and their parents)…

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1. Sophie La Girafe, 14.99

GOLD winner, Best Teething Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: From birth

What it is: A flexible, squeaky, smiley natural-rubber giraffe, painted in non-toxic food-grade paint, with lots of gum-able, chewable surfaces to explore.

Why we love it: Sophie’s been captivating teething babies for over 50 years, and it was no different for our baby testers. They all positively – and literally! – drooled over this little bendy giraffe.

What our baby and parent testers made of it:

  • ‘Adelena absolutely loves playing with her Sophie: she enjoys gumming and chewing on the various shaped and texured parts, and she likes hearing the squeak it makes when you squeeze it – it never fails to make her smile and giggle. I think it’s perfect – and comes in such a nice box, it would make a lovely new-baby gift.’ Claire, mum to Adalena, 9 months

Available at: John LewisLa Redoute and Amazon

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2. Matchstick Monkey Dancing Monkey Teether, £14.95

SILVER winner, Best Teething Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 3 months+

What it is: A soft-texture silicone monkey-shaped teether, designed to be held easily. Has ridges and a bristle pad. Can be cleaned and sterilised in the dishwasher, and chilled in the fridge for added pain relief. Choose from 8 colours.

Why we love it: We really rate this teether’s clever design and fun colours. And all our testers really loved the monkey’s cheeky smile.

What our parent and baby testers made of it:

  • ‘Evie really likes this monkey. And I love the quality. The silicone is easy to wash and you can sterilise this really easily.’ Kaysie, mum to twins Evie, 6 months
  • ‘Lovely quality – and great to play with.’ Karla, mum to Klae, 8 months

Available at: Matchstick MonkeyJoJo Maman Bébé and Amazon

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3. Bubba the Whale Teething and Bath Toy, £8.99

BRONZE winner, Best Teething Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: From birth

What it is: A jolly-looking whale-shaped teether-and-bath-toy-in-1 made from super-tactile and resilient natural rubber with food-grade dyes and paints. Comes with a drawstring storage bag.

Why we love it: It’s definitely very chew-able – and pretty impossible to puncture. It’s also fully sealed, so it won’t get mouldy inside if it’s used in the bath. And what a great price!

What our parent and baby testers made of it:

  • ‘Henry loves to chew Bubba’s tail. It’s a great, friendly, smiley design. Compared to other products on the market this product, this is very good value for money – and I really like that it comes with a little carry pouch.’ Charlotte, mum to Henry, 9 months
  • ‘This teether is 100% worth the money – Esmae and her twin sister Evie like having it in the bath, too!’ Kaysie, mum to Esmae, 6 months

Available at: Water Babies and Amazon

Gertie the Good Goose Natural Rubber Teething Toy

4. Gertie the Good Goose Natural Rubber Teething Toy, £13.99

Age: From birth

What it is: A fairly large (25cm high) teething toy made from natural rubber. Babies can chew on Gertie’s feet, tail feathers and beak.

Why we love it: This teething toy is lovely and chunky – and big – but still soft (and slightly vanilla-scented). She does a nice squeaky quack when you squeeze her tummy.

Available at: Gertie The Good Goose and Boots

Rosa and Bo

5. Rosa & Bo Silicone Teether, £12

Age: From birth

What it is: A soft silicone teether in a traditional design that’s either a doll’s face or a bunny’s face. Flavoured with rose water. Dishwasher-safe.

Why we love it: It’s super-stylish (not that your baby will care!) and the hole is just the right size for a chubby fist to grab a firm hold of.

Available at: Rosa & Bo

Yummirings

6. Yummirings, £21.99

Age: From birth

What it is: Three interlocking rings made from cutlery-grade stainless steel. Each ring holds a coloured silicone bead and a stainless steel bead engraved with an animal. Dishwasher-safe. Comes with a drawstring storage bag.

Why we love it: This stylish-looking teether comes with added jingly jangly noises – and will come into its own when your baby’s old enough to sit up and explore the way all the rings fit together.

Available at: Yummikeys and Amazon

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7. Infantino Sensory Textured Multi Ball Set, £9.99

Age: 6 months +

What it is: A set of 6 BPA-free, lightweight textured balls in different sizes, shapes and colours.

Why we love it: This ball set won Bronze in our Toy Awards for Best baby toy for 6 to 12 months so its play value is second-to-none – quite apart from well how those squashy balls can satisfy a little teething mouth that just wants to chew down.

Available at: Amazon

Vtech Baby Little Friendlies Musical Penguin

8. Vtech Baby Little Friendlies Musical Penguin Baby Toy, Rattle and Teether, £13

Age: 3 months+

What it is: A 5cm x 12cm x 18cm multi-functional toy with a big red fish teether attached. It has 3 buttons which will introduce animals, sounds, colours and numbers to your baby. It also plays songs and melodies. Requires 1 AA battery (included).

Why we love it: This is the all-singing, all-rattling teething toy, for sure! There’s certainly plenty here to distract a little one from teething pain. We are also much in favour of the volume control button…

Available at: Amazon and John Lewis

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