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13 teething products my babies can't get enough of

From all the gummy smiles to getting ready to chomp anything in sight.

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I vividly remember the moment my babies started teething. First came the drooling (so much drool!), then came the hand chewing, the toy chewing, chewing anything near and available to them. Then came the crankiness until pop, a tiny tooth came out, and we were back to normal in a couple of days. Every single time I've desperately shopped online looking for something—anything, really—that will help them and myself get through this.

After years of research and experimenting, these are the products I highly recommend for when your baby is going from all the gummy smiles to getting ready to chomp anything in sight.


Bebe Au Lait wooden teether

Rainbow Wooden Teether

This teether will keep your baby entertained for hours. It's non-toxic, anti-microbial and the beads make it super easy for tiny hands to grab. Plus, the rainbow is the perfect shape for them to chew on. It comes in a bunch of different shapes to choose from.

$15

Chewbox animals

Silicone Baby Teethers set of 6

Coming as a set of six (which is great if you are looking to have a variety of shapes and colors in different places) you can attach to the stroller, car seat, swing, you name it. My toddler still loves to pretend that the dolphin and turtle are swimming together through the house so once your babies are done teething, they can easily transition to bath toys.

$14.99

Linen crinkle teether

Linen Crinkle Bunny Ear Teether

My babies love these Montessori teethers. The crinkly linen keeps them engaged while the wooden circle allows them to easily grab the toy and chew on it with their gums.

$12.99

VIVAIODAYS rescue balm

Olive Oil All Purpose Rescue Balm Gel

An all-purpose balm for all the things, including rosy cheeks from extra drool caused by teething. It's super easy to apply and can be used year long, especially during cold months when drool and wind can cause delicate skin to get a bit more irritated. The product is gluten-free, cruelty-free and certified vegan.

$24

BogginHead bandana teether

BooginHead Baby Newborn Cotton Bandana Teether Bib

The two-in-one bib by BooginHead is amazing. The cloth part catches all the drool while the silicon part allows babies to grab onto it or chew to soothe their gums with the little indents it has. Bonus points for being super stylish and easy to wash.

$9.10

Nûby mittens

Nuby Soothing Teething Mitten with Hygienic Travel Bag

Teething babies love to have their hands in their mouths. I, however, hate the smell of dried up saliva on them (can anyone relate?). These mittens solve that problem. Babies can chew on the mittens while keeping their hands clean and dry. Ideal for babies who cannot hold teethers yet.

$9.99

Anjie + Ash teething necklace

Stevie Teething Necklace in Bubble Gum

I'll admit I've worn these necklaces when I don't have a teething baby (or even a baby) around because that's how stylish they are. Now that I have two teething babies (yay, twins!), you can find me wearing one all day long. Designed to be easy for babies to manipulate, they also feature a patented clasp that releases if they tug too hard. There are different sized beads to keep baby engaged, and are all made of non-toxic silicone.

$27

Mombella mushroom

Mombella Mimi the mushroom super soft silicone baby soothing teether toy

This mushroom is all the rage in my Facebook mom groups right now. So much so that some orders have been delayed because of high demand. The reviews speak for themselves though, babies love it! It's easy to grab and easy to chew on, plus the bright color keeps them engaged.

$6.99

Bebe Au Lait bandana bibs

Vintage + Modern Floral Classic Muslin Bandana Bib Set

Made for stylish babies, these bibs will not only catch all of your baby's drool, it will also level up any outfit they are on. The pack comes with two coordinating bandana bibs so you can also match all of your kids. There are many different colors and patterns for you to choose from and keep your baby dry and looking fly.

$15

Green sprouts cooling teether

green sprouts Cooling Teether

Our favorite feature? This round teether can be frozen for extra soothing power on baby's gums. It's filled with distilled water for safety and the little shapes on each ball give extra comfort for baby. Easy to grab by tiny hands and easy to clean for busy moms.

$3.99

Fillable + freezable teetherpop

Fillable, Freezable Baby Teether for Breastmilk, Pur\u00e9es, Water, Smoothies, Juice

If your baby has started solids already, this teether is ideal for them as it allows baby to experiment with flavors while soothing soft gums. You can fill the teether with anything—breastmilk, purees, frozen fruit—and keep frozen for extra comfort.

$12.99

Lexypexy wooden teething toy 

The Sullivan Teething Toy

Can we talk about how adorable this pretzel is? Plus, it's made from all natural, non-splintering, sustainable maple wood that makes tiny gums super happy. It comes in so many adorable options and is fantastic for photoshoots.

$26

Zarbees natural gum massage gel 

Zarbee's Naturals Baby Gum Massage Gel

Our pediatrician has always recommended Zarbees to us for our toddler because of all their natural products. This gel is safe for 2-month-olds and up and is alcohol and drug-free.

$6.97

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A very important letter for new mamas

Listen, mom-guilt is a dirty liar. Yes, it's your job to fill your little human's needs, but you matter too. Don't forget to take care of yourself. Hang out with friends, take a drive blaring 90's hip hop or shower without interruptions—trust me, you'll be a better person (and mom) because of it.

Dear new mom,

You will shave again someday. Today is not that day.

Set expectations low, my friend, and set your partner's lower—at least where body hair and overall hygiene are concerned.

That conversation could go something like this: “From now on let's not consider shaving a “standard," but more like a gift that happens on birthdays and the first day of summer."

Voila, you are a gift-giving genius. You know what else is a gift? Shaving the inch and a half of skin that is between your skinny jeans and your boots. You're welcome world.

You will not be perfect at parenting.

Boom.

I have yet to meet a perfect mother, but when I do, she's going to be a tiger who is insanely good at making up songs. (Daniel Tiger's mom, we salute you.)

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

SONTAKEY  I Am Enough Bracelet

May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3

$35

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A few years ago, while my wife's baby bump got bigger and my daddy reading list grew longer, I felt cautiously optimistic that this parenthood thing would, somehow, suddenly click one day. The baby would come, instincts would kick in, and the transition from established couple to a new family would be tiring but not baffling.

Boy was I wrong.

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