Toys to bite: a pleasure for baby

Toys to bite: a pleasure for baby


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Rattles, teething rings, rubber animals ... biting toys are a boon for your baby. They do not just allow him to calm his irritated gums, they teach him a lot of things.

Before 3 months: bite toys are there just in case

  • Nothing more unpredictable than teeth. The average baby sees their first dawn around 4 months, but there are more early ... and later. Be that as it may, the first tooth prepares its exit well before showing itself. The red cheeks, the beginning of a fever, the obstinacy of your little one to bite your fist are the manifestations.
  • Before 3 months, your baby does not coordinate at all. His hand can not go in search of the object that would allow him to make the gums and even less to bring it to his mouth ... but the chance (or, more effective, a boost from you!) Can help him by putting one of his toys to bite into contact with his palm. Instinctively, it will close on this treasure because the newborn has a reflex to grab with his hand any object that comes to caress his fingers. Chance again - or still your help guides his hand to his mouth? Here is the toy between his gums. What a pleasure to be able to rub it against the painful area! A pleasure runs at the beginning because the hand of your toddler skips quickly under lack of strength, but he has just tested a sensation that he liked and that he would like to find to ease his discomfort. His gestures seem disordered, yet they are destined to find this magical object.

Around 4 months: it's the right moment

  • Nature does things well (even if your baby thinks differently now), her gum fires push her to want to bite everything in her mouth. He knows that this pressure will, at least temporarily, relieve him. With this clenching of jaws ... he is learning to bite. Until now, his mouth only knew how to suck, in a movement of aspiration produced by the cheeks and the tongue. By the time your baby goes to a diversified diet, natural mechanisms teach him to grind! But as with all his new acquisitions, he needs learning and toys to bite are valuable tools.

Around 8-9 months: the toys to bite are there to let off steam

  • Your baby is going through a disturbing crisis. Since sitting, he has a better view of things, especially his body. Especially since its muscle tone allows it to "operate" all its members, together or individually. This body awareness brings another: you are not physically attached to it!
  • Until then, he was convinced that your arm was an extension of the bottle (or spoon) which itself was part of his mouth when he asked for food. He thought that your hand was an accessory only to make the connection between him and you ... Well, no! He understands that you are two different people and that worries him ... he is afraid that you will leave him.
  • From this moment when the separation anxiety, your baby is seized with a frenzy of appropriation, it clings to you, but also to all objects. What would really reassure him would be to be able to "swallow" people and things to find the serenity he had when he thought the world and he were one. It is for this reason that he desperately tries to put everything in his mouth. And as (happily!) He does not manage to make this project come to fruition, he gets angry and bites ... And since you are the person whom he most desires to have close to him, he devours you literally ... literally and figuratively.
  • Offer him toys (rams, teething rings, rubber animals ...). It is best that he learns to manage his frustrations with them rather than with your cheek.

To facilitate the action

A good catch: by the time your baby needs these toys the most to calm his teething, his grip and coordination are not yet ready to catch them. So, make it easier for him. The teething ring is not bad, but the bunch of keys is better because it offers several easy-to-grasp elements and the clinking of the keys gives it a sound information that the mistletoe in its search.

Good tracking: choose a yellow or blue toy, these are the two colors that your baby's eye distinguishes first.

A good idea, the chilled ring. Filled with a liquid that cools after a passage to the refrigerator, it offers a small local anes-thesie, the cold temporarily mitigating the pain.

A good tooth: the real toy to bite must be hard plastic, the soft rubber of his giraffe can not bring the same satisfactions.

Karine Ancelet