Your Teething Baby vs. Germs

Hey Mommas and Daddys…

We are all well aware of the present threat, so I’ll skip that part. We have enough fear being pumped at us every single day. You don’t need to hear it here too.

So let’s talk prevention as it pertains to teethers and your little one...

What I do want to do is give you 4 quick and easy steps to keep your teethers safe and prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.

Let’s be honest, a teething baby puts everything in their mouth. So we won’t be able to stop them putting things in their mouth, so we really just need to make sure they are putting safe things in their mouth. In this case, clean teethers.

Here are the top 4 keys to keeping bacteria off your teethers:

1. Material - Make sure your teethers are made from 100% safe, food-grade silicone. Food grade silicone has a natural resistance to bacteria, making it safer and hygienic. Plus, it can be safely boiled to sterilize, if desired. Silicone does not react with food or beverages and does not produce any hazardous fumes.

2. Safety in Numbers - Always be sure to have more than one teether. This way you can be washing or boiling the others and continue to rotate clean teethers into the mix. I recommend having 3+ teethers. If you can only afford one you’ll just have to be fast at washing and drying. :)

3. Dishwasher Safe - Make sure your teethers are 100% dishwasher safe. I always recommend a quick hand wash, and then a run through the dishwasher on a hot sanitize cycle. But that’s me, I prefer to be safe when it comes to germs and do a hand wash + dishwashing cycle.  

CAUTION: When you boil your teethers and run them through a HOT sanitize cycle, be sure you allow the teethers to COOL DOWN before you give them to your little one. They don’t take long to cool. Be sure to check the temperature with clean, washed hands to be sure the temperature is suitable. 

4. Know the Source - Every country has different safety standards and regulations. I personally trust my kids with American made teethers that are produced in clean, sterile environments in the United States. Look for the American made logo on the product. 

Last tip…

I get a lot of questions from parents about HOW often to wash their teethers. 

The answer is... it varies.

Here are a few best practices:

- If you are out in public always wash the teether when you get home.
(hand wash, dishwash, or boil)
-  If your child has a playdate, wash the teether after you get home.
(hand wash, dishwash, or boil)
- If guests come to your home, wash the teether(s) after your guests leave. 
(hand wash, dishwash, or boil)
- If you’ve been home alone with your child all day I find it best practice to run them in the dishwasher when you go to bed so you start the day with clean teethers.

So remember…

1. Material

2. Safety in Numbers

3. Dishwasher Safe

4. Know The Source

5. Sterilize often

If your teethers meet the above specifications... then awesome! Just keep them clean. 

If your teethers don’t meet the above criteria, or if you aren’t sure, then I suggest investing in new teethers.

They don’t need to be our teethers, but please just make sure the teethers you do find meet the criteria listed above. Our teethers are proudly made in America, made from 100% food-grade silicone, sourced in the USA, are sold in 3 packs, and are dishwasher safe.

Plus, they ship to your door and arrive quickly… usually 2 days.

To check out our teethers click the link below.

>>> Baby Teething Tubes - 3 Pack <<<

Stay Safe & Be Well

Melissa & Trevor
Baby Teething Tubes Co-Founders