Selection Of Teether Material For Babies Aged 3 Months?
Hello, this is my first time having a child. My child is now 3 months old. Is it okay to give teether / bites for babies? Because he had started to put the object that his hand had reached into his mouth. And what kind of teether material is safe to give to babies? Thank you.
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As the baby gets older, his curiosity in exploring what is in his body and the objects around him will also increase. Not only that, according to the theory of psychosexual development, at the age of the baby until the age of 2 years, the point of baby's sexual satisfaction lies dominant in the mouth area. In the age range of 5 to 12 months, most babies will also experience a tooth eruption for the first time, so there is often discomfort around the gums that makes it want to always bite or crunch something. These things make a baby often put anything in his mouth.
Of course, this condition should be addressed wisely by parents. One step you can take is to give your baby a teether. There's nothing wrong with giving a teether to a baby, even though he's only 3 months old. However, do not just randomly choose the teether. Do not let, giving teether which originally aimed to calm the baby and facilitate its development, it actually endangers the baby.
The following suggestions you can do as a guide in the selection of teether in infants who are 3 months old:
Choose teether material that is safe, BPA-free, does not contain artificial coloring, PVC, and phtalates
If the baby is still 3 months old, where his teeth have not yet grown, it is safer for you to use teether made from latex or silicone containing gel
It is better not to use teether that contains water, because it is at risk of leaking if it is made of less good material
At the age of 3 months, you should choose a teether that is small, fits in the baby's hand, with a standard shape, such as round or triangle, because he just learned to hold
Keep the teether clean, wash with hot water after use (do not boil), then store and dry in a clean container
Avoid using the teether for too long (a maximum of 20 minutes)
If the baby starts showing signs of teething, you can cool the teether in the refrigerator to help minimize pain in the gums that are inflamed due to the growth of the teeth.
If the teether looks no longer suitable for use, discard and replace it with a new one
When your baby's age is more than 6 months later, you can replace this teether with finger food, such as steamed carrots, cucumbers, or apples that have been cut in the form of sticks so it is easier to hold and consume by the baby.
That's all our explanation. For more details, please consult directly with your doctor or pediatrician.
I hope this helps.