May 28, 2015

Is Your Baby’s Teether Toxic?



Congratulations Jess B. and Jessica E. for winning the wooden teethers (randomly assigned to a prize from Muley Baby and In Between the Raindrop respectively).  Winners have been emailed and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner(s) is drawn.Teething Solutions


You want to know what will make you want to run for the hills?  As in, literally sell your possessions, run for the hills, and set up camp shunning all modern day goods and living only off the land? 

Researching the toxic chemical found in baby toys.  Yes, BABY TOYS.  Lead?  Not just for paint in old houses.  BPA?  Not just in plastic bottles.  Pthalates, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and organotin compounds?  Not just for…well chemistry books that we don’t understand.

All of these (and MORE!) can be found in your baby’s toys…you know, the ones they immediately bring to their mouth as soon as they get their hands on them.  To their MOUTH.  And if you knew the negative side-effects these chemicals can have on us, well, like I said you’d be running for the hills in an effort to avoid anything that’s ever been manufactured ever again. 

I know I sound dramatic, but these chemicals are no joke.  They’ve been linked to reproductive issues, developmental disabilities, cancer, immune deficiencies, and more. (source) Rocks and sticks sound like great toys, now don’t they?

Ok, realistically, I know I can’t feasibly protect my children from all of these awful chemicals (I’d like to rant about how toy makers shouldn’t be making poisonous toys, but it’d be a waste of breath…we all know a lot of them just care about money and not our kids).  Anyway, I know I can’t protect them from everything, but there are certain things I can be intentionally cautious about.  At the top of my list? Teethers.

If I’m buying a product that is intended to go in my baby’s mouth, it better be non-toxic.  For me, it was especially important that I find good, non-toxic, natural teethers (since they chew on them so much). And is there anything more natural than wood?  I mean, there’s not even any explaining I need to do…it’s just…wood.  I searched and searched and I found two Etsy shops that had everything I wanted in a wooden teether:

1) made of wood (duh?)

2) unfinished (no chemicals or any other ingredients…just pure wood!)

3) something my baby would enjoy chewing (well, the last criteria wasn’t too hard to meet).

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The first teether is by Muley Baby.  It’s an adorable spin on the traditional teething ring featuring wooden beads and 100% cotton fabric.  Each bead is held in place by a secure knot to eliminate the risk of the beads coming loose. These teethers also come in “boy” and gender neutral colors.  Oh, and they make a pretty cute bracelet for mama!

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Sharelle from Muley Baby is a stay-at-home mama of a 3 year-old girl and 8 month-old boy.  After her youngest had to be hospitalized, Sharelle and her family were faced with a number of bills. In an attempt to offset the cost of medical care, she started making these adorable teethers!

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The second teether is a Mama Rocks necklace by In Between The Raindrop.  It doubles as both a teething and nursing necklace (read more here if you want to know why I love nursing necklaces).  It’s made from a cotton cord and geometric unfinished maple wood beads.  The teether stays on mama and gives your baby something to chew on and fiddle with as he or she keeps close to you.  It’s jewelry that you can wear and that your baby can yank/chew/slobber on to her heart’s content.  (Wish I’d had one of these sooner…maybe my dolly wouldn’t have broken my favorite necklace a few months back!)

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Amanda from In Between The Raindrop is a mommy of three (two boys and a girl), aged four, three and 15 months. She started her business when she became frustrated with her jewelry always breaking or just not being functional in her life.  She took matters into her own hands and now makes functional, affordable, and super cute products that make breastfeeding, baby wearing and just all around entertainment of the baby easier. 

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Both Muley Baby and In Between The Raindrop are generously giving away a teether to 2 lucky Best of Baby readers. (Muley Baby is offering a Fox themed teething ring to one US winner and In Between the Raindrop is offering a silicone teething necklace or accessory or wooden crochet necklace to one US or Canadian winner) That’s 2 winners folks! Winners will be randomly selected and assigned to a teether. Check out the shops and then enter below!

And if you don’t want to take your chance on winning, both shops are generously offering a discount during the course of the giveaway.  Use Foxy15 at Muley Baby shop (US only) and BOB15 in In Between The Raindrop  (US and Canada).


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 (Note: Babies should not be left to play with these necklaces.  Although they are teethers, they are for mamas to wear, not for babies to play with on their own.  This can pose a strangulation hazard.)
Iulia from Best of Baby was given this necklace in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are her own.  No other bloggers promoting this giveaway were compensated in any way.

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Iulia is a former educator turned stay-at-home mama of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sass and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, she has an ever-expanding repertoire of bloopers, insights, stories, and impassioned opinions to share. Iulia likes to think she has this parenting gig figured out, but her littles remind her daily just how far from the truth that is.

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    Reply Daffny May 28, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    It wouldn’t give me an entry for visiting the Raindrop site (which I don’t mind, but thought I would say something in case others experience a problem.) I think my favorite item from that shop would be the Silicone Teething Necklace Natural Wood Nursing Necklace in orange and aqua. I love how the colors work together, and also how they pop and capture your attention. Similarly, I’m a fan of MuleyBaby’s All Natural Wood Teething Ring in Foxy. It’s so cute, and orange is a big favorite at our house! With our little guy starting to reach out and grab things to stick in his mouth, these seem like a must have around here!

    • Reply Bestofbaby May 28, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Daffny, thanks for notifying me! I recreated that entry it should (hopefully) work now!

        Reply Daffny May 28, 2015 at 7:04 pm

        It does indeed! Thank you!

    Reply Kelsey Ferguson May 29, 2015 at 9:24 am

    What a fun giveaway! My favorite item(s) from In Between the Raindrop are the fabric nursing necklaces. I have been eyeing something like this for a while now. I’m hoping if I wore something like that it would save my hair from little tugs. I love the pink polka dot teething ring from Muley Baby. So cute! Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I now have two more shops in my Etsy favorites. 🙂
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    Reply Joanna R. May 29, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I like the wood and mint green silicone necklace!

    Reply theartinpartyplanning May 29, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Scary! My kids are past teething rings, but they likely were toxic 🙁

    Reply Kristen M. May 29, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    My baby is working on her first teeth and I would love to get something more natural for her! My favourite item from the shop is probably the Silicone And Wood Bead With Maple Wood Ring.

    Reply Kristen M. May 29, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    My favourite item in the MuleyBaby shop is the wood teething ring in Foxy.

    Reply Vickie@Vickie's Kitchen and Garden May 30, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    It’s so worrisome thinking about all these chemicals. I’m glad there are alternatives for the teether. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

    Reply carissa joslyn June 1, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    I love the Silicone Teether Giraffe Food Grade ! its totally cute!

    Reply carissa joslyn June 1, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    From MuleyBaby I love the Unfinished Wood Bead Teething Ring; Teal! Love these natural teething options.

    Reply Gillian June 2, 2015 at 6:33 am

    I’m not sure if this counts or not but I adore the pregnancy necklaces! If I had to choose a teething necklace, I’d request one made with pinks … 🙂

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    Reply sue June 4, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I love the unfinished wood teething ring. My youngest is just starting to teeth. These would be perfect!

    Reply Rachel June 4, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    My favorite teether from In Between the Raindrop is this giraffe teether:

    Reply Rachel June 4, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    My favorite teether from Muley Baby is the navy polkadot.

    Reply Terri Presser June 5, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Thank you for sharing this informative post with us at Good Morning Mondays. I am sure it has helped those at this stage in their life. Blessings

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