What are Teethers?
Teethers are one of the major toys that many parents buy for their babies when they find new teeth developing for them. Such teethers help babies to feel comfortable when they chew teethers and give some pressure to the tender gums. It is good to give light pressure to the tender gums for the growth of new teeth. Some parents prefer to provide the teethers after cooling for some time refrigerators but make sure that you are not providing the frozen teethers to your baby. Such teethers could hurt the baby’s delicate gums.
Why Babies Use Teethers?
The main reason for babies to provide with teethers is to provide some relief when the teeth are developing. Such teethers soothe the baby’s gums when the teeth are growing in the 3 to 7 months of age. It is a well-known fact that in the early phase of the baby’s growth and development, all babies try to put things into their mouths. Such munching of things helps the baby to take their tongue inside their mouth and thus helps for learning speech sounds. To avoid the baby munching other things like toys, books, their fingers, blankets, etc. parents provide them, teethers to chew for the safety of them.
Are Teethers Good or Bad for babies?
Teethers are manufactured using different types of materials such as rubber, silicone, plastic or wood and also available in various attractive colors and designs to attract the babies. Most of them are round in shape so that babies easily hold them for munching. But many parents have doubts about whether teethers are safe for their babies? Here will see them briefly.
Most of the baby products such as baby bottles, children’s drinking cups are strictly banned when they are manufactured using certain chemicals. Such harmful chemicals include bisphenol-A (BPA) and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals. When babies consume such chemicals, they will produce some hormonal changes, causing harm in the reproductive and neurological systems. This was proved by many scientific researchers.
Now the problem, whether the teethers contain BPA and other chemicals? As BPA is strictly banned in most of the counties such as the United States and other European countries, manufacturers are not using the BPA in teethers production
But in the early days, teethers include the range of parabens and the antimicrobial agents like triclosan and triclocarban that are harmful endocrine disruptors. Then they found out that the presence of potentially harmful chemicals will cause major issues to the babies, who suck on teethers. Thus, the teethers are chemically tested to check the presence of such parabens and BPA and then allowed for the purchase of them by parents.
Thus, it is good for babies to provide them teethers when they are free from BOPA and other harmful endocrine disrupters.