For some kids, teething is no biggie. “I never noticed my babies getting teeth,” many a mama has told me, as I melted her with my laser-like glare. For others, teething is a personality-altering event of head-spinning, Exorcist-esque proportions. That would be my children.
That’s when you need to call in the big guns. Tylenol. Ibuprophin. Hyland’s Teething tablets--if you do that kind of thing, that is--and you’d better believe I do. . . But when you’re in between alternating doses and the apple of your eye still resembles The Scream, you need a serious teether and I do declare I’ve discovered the holy grail.
I’ve tried just about every type of teether, from conventional grocery store brands to the adorable Vulli natural rubber and BPA/PVC/Phthalate-free versions, to knotted hemp and chilled spoons. But I’m not a big fan of plastics, neither of my two boys took to the pricey Vulli versions, the hemp led to cotton mouth (they’re too little for that!) and seemed a little germ-ey, and I don’t know what it is about my boys, but they just can’t seem to gum a spoon without gagging themselves.
I’ve often been advised to try a sterling silver teether, but have you looked at the price tag on those? $44 sounds like a lot for a teething ring until you’ve sat through a day of wailing with one of my children, but outside of Valentines Day, I object to heart decorations of any kind, ever, unless they’re really ironic, even for the under-2 set, so these are not an acceptable splurge. Prior to Tiffany & Co’s contentious recalls (they’re apparently out of the teether business now, as I couldn’t find even one on their site), I certainly wouldn’t have minded a Man in the Moon sterling silver teether, but at $150, I, and apparently no one I know, was willing to drop the cash for that little keepsake. And I love the clean-lined, modern design of the chiming silver rattle I found at Uncommon Goods, but $70 is still really pushing my price point for stuff my kids can chew on.
Enter teething ring perfection: the Nambe Baby Rattle for $25 at Bed Bath & Beyond in 18/8 stainless steel. Like all things Nambe, it’s simple, fluid and satisfying to even the tiniest touch, and it’s also easy to clean and chill. At $25, it feels less insane to let my sweet Lou gum it all the day through than say a $70+ version and it costs about 50 percent less than all the un-used teethers I've purchased throughout my mama tenure combined.
What’s that sound? Silence? My family breathes a collective sigh of relief. Ahhhhhh. . .