Our Picks of the Best Organic Teething Toys for your Baby

baby teething on a wooden block

Having a teething baby on your hands isn't much fun. It can cause your little one to lose their appetite as well as lead to irritability and disturbed sleep patterns, with symptoms sometimes persisting for months. 

So, what can you do to naturally soothe your baby’s sore gums? Finding the right organic teething toy is a must. But with so many options on the market, how do you know which toys are safe for your baby, and which should be avoided?

What are the signs of a teething baby? 

Firstly it's important to know the symptoms of a teething baby, so you know what to spot when they go through this all important milestone. You may notice the first signs of teething when your baby starts to gnaw and chew on their fingers, or anything else that they can get their hands on. Other symptoms include:

  • Flushed cheeks
  • Red, sore gums where the tooth is coming through
  • Pulling at their ear
  • Excessive dribbling

Babies usually start getting their first teeth at around 6 months, but it can happen at any time in their first year or beyond. 

What to avoid when choosing a teething toy

So what ingredients should you look out for and avoid when choosing a teething toy for your baby? 

  1. PVC / Vinyl - PVC is a widely used synthetic plastic found in many household objects. PVC contains chlorine and can even contain lead and other heavy metals. PVC is to be avoided as these chemicals are toxic to babies and small children.
  2. Phthalates - often called plasticizers, phthalates are often used to make plastic softer, which would otherwise be brittle and easy to break. When objects containing phthalates are handled or put in the mouth, these harmful chemicals can be absorbed or ingested. As mentioned above, keep anything away from your baby that is made from PVC or vinyl, as these objects may contain phthalates or other harmful chemicals. Most labels don’t call out phthalates making it tricky to detect where they have been used.
  3. Bisphenol-a / BPA - BPA is an industrial chemical that is used to make hard plastics and has been shown to mimic hormones in the body, disrupting normal body function and causing health issues.
  4. Paints and Varnishes - it is best to avoid all paints and varnishes on children's toys that are not water or plant based as these can contain lead, which is used in the manufacture of the paint, with exposure posing a serious health risk.

What to look out for when choosing a natural teething toy

Now we've gone through what to avoid, what should you look out for when choosing an organic teething toy for your baby?

  1. Natural rubber - Natural rubber from the Hevea tree is free from chemicals, preservatives or agents. It is also a renewable resource and is fully biodegradable so great for the planet too. Natural rubber is non-toxic to babies making rubber toys safe for them to chew on and explore.
  2. Organic cotton - organic cotton products are not produced using pesticides or other harmful chemicals. Where possible choose products made with GOTS certified organic cotton to ensure that the cotton has been ethically sourced and is fair-trade.
  3. Food-grade paints - Food-grade paints will ensure that any coloured elements or finishes on your baby’s toy are non-toxic and safe to be put in the mouth.
  4. Untreated wood - wood is always a great alternative to plastics as it is non-toxic and free from BPA, lead, phthalates and other chemicals so is safe for babies to handle and put in their mouth. Where possible look for the FSC-certification which means that the wood has been sustainably sourced. 

Best Organic Teething Toys - Our Picks

Here's a list of our top picks for organic and non-toxic baby teethers:

Konges Sløjd Molar Tooth Teether - Natural Hevea Rubber

This cute teether from Konges Sløjd is shaped like a molar tooth and has an easy grip and a sweet smiley face for your little one to interact with.  

Konges Sløjd Molar Tooth Teether - Natural Hevea Rubber

Konges Sløjd Molar Tooth Teether - Natural Hevea Rubber
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Fabelab Bunny Teething Ring – Organic Cotton

With a grabbable ring made from natural maple wood and chewable floppy ears in the softest organic cotton, this teether from Fabelab is a must have to soothe your baby through the all-important teething milestone, and it comes in three different colours to choose from.

Fabelab bunny teether
Fabelab Bunny Teething Ring – Organic Cotton

Bezisa Natural Wooden Teething Ring

Soothe teething babies whilst developing their motor skills, this teething ring from Bezisa is easy to hold for little hands and has a crinkly surprise inside.

monstera leaf teether from Bezisa
Bezisa Monstera Leaf Wooden Teething Ring

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