Here comes the tooty pegs

Here comes the tooty pegs

It’s that time. The start of another milestone in the Little Mans little life. He’s teething!

Teething can be extremely traumatic for a baby but obviously every baby is different. Some babies (and parents) are lucky enough for the first nashers just to pop through without any issue whereas others might scream for months, drool enough to paddle in it and chew on anything that will fit into their poor little mouths. That’s not to mention the bright red cheeks and drool rashes. 

For a little while now Little Man has been excessively dribbling and practically pulling his gums off so we know it won’t be too long until a tooth pokes its way through. While we’re yet to endure the tears, he does seem to have some discomfort as he pulls at and rubs everything on his gums, if you get too close he’ll have either a body part or an item of your clothing rammed in his face in seconds.

After having a look online I realised the options and variety for baby teething products is immense! I didn’t have a clue where to start.

We were kindly sent some helpful items to try out while Little Man is trying to push these teeth through. 

Funky Giraffe Bibs* sent us three of their XL bandana bibs. I have previously bought Funky Giraffe’s standard size bibs and was massively impressed but the XL bibs are on a whole different level! 

I love them. The size is perfect for my very dribbly man. 

Funky Giraffe bibs have a massive range of funky designs which are all well made and fleece lined. The lining protects even the dribbliest babies clothes underneath. The Little Man has reflux so not only are they complete saviours with the dribbles from teething but they’re great for saving his clothes from his sicky outbursts. 

The XL bibs are a reasonable £5 each which I don’t think is too bad considering the prices of bibs in some other well known high street baby shops. Funky Giraffe regularly have offers on their website too so it’s worth watching out and following them on Twitter and Facebook to be the first to hear of any. 

Usually we go through at least 4 normal bibs each day, whereas 1 maybe 2 of the XL Funky Giraffe bibs last all day.  We’ve had no problems with any wetness soaking through and they look soft and comfortable and don’t ride up round his neck at all. Each bib has adjustable press studs on the back which means they’ll still be able to be used when Little Man gets older. 
I’m definitely going to buy some more of these larger sized bibs. I wish I’d found them weeks ago. 
GUMIGEM have created a unique idea – jewellery for parents that’s also a treat for babies! Their silicone jewellery is BPA, PVC, Lead, Latex and Phthalate free and is the perfect size for little hands .. and mouths!
I was sent the Button Pendant in Splash to try out*. It costs £12.95 on the website and comes with a protective plastic purse for when it’s not in use. GUMIGEM also offer free postage on all orders over £40. 
The silicon button comes on a black cord chain with  breakaway clasp, so you don’t end up being strangled by little hands! It’s quite a long length to allow baby to grab it and chew while it’s attached to your neck. 
Little Man was intrigued instantly and seemed pretty impressed. It was in his mouth in an instant. He will happily chew it while cuddled up on the sofa with me. As the button is soft and malleable he seemed to enjoy it more than he does some of his harder teething toys. I think the fact it is also mouth sized helps keep his interest. 
I do quite like the GUMIGEM idea and I think the texture of the pendant is great but I don’t think I’d wear the necklace out of the house, and I do think Little Man prefers to chew his toys in his own space, he doesn’t necessarily want to be cuddled up to me all day, so I think it’d be a nice idea if there was a way to attach the pendant to something he could play with alone too. 
I’ve noticed that GUMIGEM also sell bangles which can be used alone by babies so I think that may be a better option for us. 
The GUMIGEM necklaces would make a lovely alternative idea for a baby gift or for a baby shower. 
We were also sent some Dentinox Teething Gel* to try. I wasn’t even aware they produced a teething  gel until we were sent it. We’ve used their Infant Colic drops  previously when Little Man was tiny and suffered from really bad trapped wind and found it worked well. 
Dentinox Teething Gel is suitable from birth and helps numbs pain during teething. It’s reassuring to see that it’s also sugar free. 

Prior to trying the teething gel we’d previously used another brand which the Little Man really didn’t like. I have no idea whether it worked with numbing the pain in his gums because all he did was spit it out. He seems quite happy with the taste of Dentinox. After having a little taste myself I found it less sweet than the other brand we’d previously used. The gel comes in a standard squeeze tube and is easy to dispense. You simply apply a little to a clean big persons finger and gently rub into those poorly baby gums to give an anaesthetic effect. Dentinox teething gel contains Lidocaine which numbs pain.

Dentinox It’s also suitable from birth, so no matter how early those teeth start to make a appearance it can be used without worrying. 

The Dr Browns Coolee watermelon teether* that we’ve been using is great. The colours are bright and eye catching and it’s a great shape for little mouths, although the little man insists on chewing the green edge most of the time. The teether is freezer friendly and gets nice and cold quite quickly, although it doesn’t feel like it stays very cold too long. The teether is small enough to comfortably fit into my change bag pocket for when we’re out and about but I do need to keep a close eye as it has a tendency to slip down the side of things or hide under little bums in the pushchair.

The little man seems pretty impressed with the teether and he’ll happily chew away without any encouragement.

I’m impressed with the price. As Dr Brown’s products are such good quality I had expected quite a hefty price tag on the teether but it’s a bargain at £2.99 which is much cheaper than the majority of other teethers on the market. Another thing I really like is the fact the surfaces are smooth and there are no hidden ridges for dirt or food stuffs to get lodge in and as it’s dishwasher safe

We’ve tried a few different ideas to help with our teething journey, I’ve listed a few of the ones we’ve tried below –

A flannel chilled in the fridge – Little Man sucks and chews for ages. The cold crisp flannel soothes his sore gums and keeps him cool at the same time.

A chunk of icy cold apple – Obviously this is a full supervised one but Little Man loves this. We cut a large chunk off and apple that’s been in the fridge and he knaws at it until it’s a soggy mess. 

Amber – I know some people love this but we bought an anklet and I have to say it had no effect whatsoever. The cynic in me thinks people ‘want to believe’ in amber. 

Sophie Le Giraffe – Another one that people rave about but it still just resembles an expensive dog toy to me. Little Man will take it or leave it. He prefers the squeak to the chewing though I do know some children go wild for them.

I can’t wait to see the Little Mans first little tooth. I just hope it’s not too traumatic on it’s way through.

What worked for you when your little people were teething?



    1. 10th July 2014 / 4:21 am

      Awww bless the little man, both are a pain coming through I remember my wisdom teeth makes me cringe. Love the bib, hope the gel is smoothing and helping your little man.

    2. 10th July 2014 / 7:23 am

      eek he's sooo adorable! I never tried those bandanna dribble sheets but I think I might with my next baby x My son was really difficult with teething well I say difficult he just slept it off most of the times but the only thing that would take away the pain was calpol frozen frubes and a dummy. Nothing else worked it was very odd indeed. Even the granules didn't work and everyone told me they were the best!

    3. 10th July 2014 / 2:32 pm

      I didn't know dentinox did teething gel either 'til I was also sent some! I love the gumigem necklaces, such a good idea! x

    4. 10th July 2014 / 2:51 pm

      teething is never fun! bonjela, frozen teething rings and a gumigem pendant worked for us!

    5. 10th July 2014 / 5:10 pm

      Teething is horrible! Hope they pop through quickly for you both. Funky giraffe bibs are lovely, I bought Harry loads x

    6. 10th July 2014 / 5:12 pm

      Fab post! Totally bookmarking this page for future reference!

      Jenna at Tinyfootsteps

    7. 12th July 2014 / 8:07 pm

      You have one cute baby there! Think he will break some hearts in years to come!

      Follow me too? Oh So Gawjess



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