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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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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