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Teething is a time most mums dread in their baby's life. It makes them irritable and grumpy and can disturb sleep. Its definitely a testing time for all concerned. Because of this there are hundreds of products designed to help ease the pain and stress of this time. Teething rings/toys are a large part of this market and the nuby keys are a brilliant product.
I purchased the teething keys in boots for around £4 which is a good price for a teething toy in my opinion. They are widely available at many other shops both online and at baby or toy stores and prices differ from place to place. The nuby brand is well known and well trusted so alot of well known stores carry their products.
Although the keys can't go in a heated steriliser you can easily wipe them down with a sanatiser wipe or use them in a cold water steriliser to keep them clean for baby.
The keys are all brightly coloured plastic with a gel bottom part designed for baby to chew on. They keys are all attached to a blue plastic ring with the nuby logo on the top. There are soft grippy stars all around the ring too which aids baby's grip on the ring. The toy is suitable from 3 months which is usually when teething can start from. I think the keys are a good size for a baby; there chunky enough for baby to grip onto but not too big or heavy that its hard for them to pick up.
The main selling point of the toy is the gel bottom part of the keys, this is the part designed to help with teething as its soft and chewable for baby and as all mums know teething babies love to chew anything and everything! They also have ridges and bumps along them to soothe their sore gums.
The best part for us was putting the keys in the fridge. When you do this it cools the gel inside the keys right down so when you take them out its really cool and soothing on your little ones gums. My daughter loved to bite down on them after being in the fridge and it helped to calm her down and take her mind off her sore gums.
This teething toy was a great buy for us. Our daughter adored the bright colours and the cooling gel on her gums even more. It kept me happy too as it meant I wasn't constantly having to apply teething gels or powders or give her calpol. Its a much better way to try first before medicine.
We bought these as our baby girl hit her first teething mile stone, lots of drool, lots of pain and the baby need lots of comforting and we thought these could help. They sort of did I suppose.
We picked them up simply because she liked keys, she always had our car or house keys and thought that she may like this set of three chillablle keys, alas these babies aren't half smart, despite us trying to dangling this 'new' set of keys she always wanted the house or car keys making our job of trying to soothe her painful teeth all the more difficult.
The chilling bit did work ok, but due to the nature of teething and it having a habit of sneaking up on us we generally gave her the keys warm, she chewed on them for five minutes, easing the pain before getting bored. This was the same after spending a little while in the fridge, five minutes in her mouth before she found the exercise boring.
A couple months down the line she lost interest entirely, never even holding the keys as we attempted to help her teething so we had to look elsewhere for a solution.
They do look good, have lot's of bright colours but ultimately longevity wise it wasn't what we were expecting. Then again children do tend to lose interest in things such as this rather quickly. It did help and for about £3 you can't really complain, we got a good month and a half's use out of them before they went to the bottom of the toy box, never to see the light of day again.
I first came across these Nuby teethers when a fellow Mummy friend had them for her son. My son picked them up and didn't let go of them for the next hour. So the next time I went shopping I bought them for my son. They were very popular with him since then.
They consist of a rubbery feeling ring with 3 key shaped teethers hanging from it. They all have different colour tops and teether parts so they look bright and colourful. Inside each key there is a fascinating gel substance. When you squeeze them you can see the gel crack and reform. Each key also has different bumpy surfaces providing extra textures for your baby to feel with their mouth and hands.
The ring is easy for baby to hold and my son seemed to enjoy chomping on this just as much as he did the actual teethers. It feels very good quality, it doesn't feel cheap or flimsy at all. It is well made and a good size. The special gel inside is created to keep the teether cooler for longer once chilled. I often put the teether in the fridge to make it really nice and cold when my son was teething alot. The gel definitely seemed to stay cooler than the water filled teethers I have also used.
I don't think it is designed to be put in the freezer and we found that the fridge did just fine. I have also read reviews before purchase that some people were disappointed that it can not be steralised. I have never sterlised any teethers/bowls/plates spoons etc etc. Unless you steralise teethers every 2 minutes they won't stay sterile!
I paid about £4 for this teether and it was used alot by my son and yet it shows barely any signs of wear. It is very good quality and a great design. The special gel inside makes it quite unique and it looks great.
I purchased this bright teething toy for my son when he was just a few months old. I picked it up in Tesco for about £3, and it is currently on the Boots website for £3.75, or amazon for £5.99. It is suitable for three months and over, is BPA free and has been designed for small hands to hold.
The toy consists of a strong plastic oval-shaped loop. Attached to this are three shapes that I can only describe as flattened dummies! The colours are very bright, as you would expect in a baby product, with lots of red, blue green and yellow. I actually love the look of this toy, which is why it really appealed to me. It is interesting to look at, with a range of colours and textures and is very bright and vibrant. I prefer this to the baby toys that tend to be pastel shades - this to me is more stimulating and pleasing to look at.
Soothing sore gums
The top parts of the dummy shapes are made from hard plastic, and each has a different texture on the side. What makes this more interesting than other plastic teethers is that the 'soft' part of the dummy is in a clear coloured plastic. Inside is what the Boots website calls "purICE gel". Pop this in the fridge and the substance inside the dummies cools down, and stays cooler for longer than normal water-filled teethers. The plastic material also has different textures, which is designed to soothe and stimulate baby's sore gums.
Straight into the fridge ...
As soon as I got this home from the shops I popped it into the fridge for half an hour or so. My little boy wasn't s at all when I gave this to him as it was so cold! So I decided, as he didn't really have any teething problems early on, to let him have this as a toy rather than a teether to begin with. As he was also a bit too small to hold it or do anything with it, it was down to me in the early days to show him the toy and shake it for him. And, I'll be honest - he couldn't have been less interested! So this went into the toy box until he was a few months older...
What happened next?
My little boy is now nine months old and this toy has made an appearance from time to time, and I have to say he still isn't very interested in it. For some reason he doesn't seem to like putting the dummy part of the toy into his mouth to chew - I am not sure if he finds it difficult to hold, or if the shape is awkward. And this is in spite of whether or not I put it in the fridge for him first! He does seem to have quite a short attention span with toys but he will pout everything in his mouth so I am surprised that this hasn't really interested him. Although I must admit - and like most other babies I am sure - he seems to prefer to put things in his mouth that aren't toys at all, such as tissues, paper and anything that belongs to his big sister!
I have mixed feelings about this teether. I love the look of it, and it has been really well designed I think, with all the different colours and textures. And I think for under £4 it is a great price. But my little boy has yet to show a real interest in it, which is a shame, and it certainly hasn't been something he has chewed on to relieve his sore gums. But I would still recommend it to other parents, or to people looking for a small gift for a new baby, as I think it is something that could be worth a try - especially at the relatively low price - and it is such a nice looking item.
I will just add that, despite this being for ages three months and over, I can't really see any reason why this couldn't be given to a younger baby - except that they may not be ale to grasp it! But it seems perfectly safe to me and it has no small parts.
These teething keys were something I bought for my son when teething pains started several months ago.
There are 3 different coloured keys that are filled with a gel like substance. This is non-toxic called "purl ICE" which I assume to be a trade name. The keys are all on a blue and white ring that allows them to be jangled if you are your baby wants too. There is also a small oval section with the Trade name of Nuby on it.
Though the three keys are different colours they all have the same shape and indentations on the gel section. This doesn't appear to cause any frustration for my son as he bites down on them and this allows him to be used to the shape and how to angle them best into his mouth to relieve his discomfort. The tops sections of the keys are all slightly different shapes with some different textures. Whilst this is a nice idea in practice my son actually finds these sections hard to manipulate these into his mouth to bite down on. So for us these textures at 10 months are largely redundant. The ring of the teething set is hard plastic and my son actually at times seems to prefer to chew and bite down on the ring itself and the oval section with the Nuby name on it. I think at times he prefers the hardness of these sections to the soft give of the keys themselves. The keys are a little large and initially when he was younger he found them hard to manipulate but from around 8 months he was more than able to get them into the position he wanted in his mouth.
Keeping these clean at times is a bit tricky due to the rough surfaces of the keys. They need a good wipe if they get anything on them as the surfaces can trap bits of dirt or food stuffs very easily. As they can't go into the dishwasher they have to be cleaned by hand which is a bit irritating.
My son overall seems to like these keys to chew on when he is teething however he prefers at times the ring itself to the keys. Whilst they don't take away the discomfort of him teething they do seem to help ease some of the pain. At £3.75 from Boots they are a good buy.
The Nuby IcyBite keys are one of those toys that might look small and inconsequential, but is (in our household at least) beloved by Baby as being interesting to feel, see, rattle and chew. They bring relief to her when she has teething pain and when this is the case will keep her occupied for quite some time, chewing and chomping with great concentration and satisfaction.
I had never heard of Nuby until I had a baby of my own, but they are a large company and have been established for over 30 years, with a presence in the UK since 2004. Their range of teething toys is very distinctive and available in Boots, Mothercare and the major supermarkets, with the products generally costing between £3 and £6. The IcyBites Keys cost £3.99 in Boots where there were a range of other cheaper teething keys and I debated for some time which to buy with my hard won Advantage Card points.
Why was I prepared to pay this amount?
Visually the Nuby IcyBites keys were easily the most appealing. They were the most brightly coloured: a blue ring with white spots onto which the three keys are hung, with the red and white Nuby logo at the top; the main part of the bow of each key is made of hard plastic with a differently coloured rubbery, textured, teething section at either side. So the bows are orange and yellow, red and blue, purple and green. The blades of each key are made of a malleable, translucent plastic that matches the side colour at the top.
Since the keys were encased within plastic and cardboard packaging I could not feel them, but I was able to see that they probably would fit in Baby's mouth, whereas some of the others were a little large, there was a greater variety of textures, the colours were bolder and the keys were filled with 'purICE' gel which the pack informed me stayed cooler longer than water. I was also reassured that the keys were BPA free, (Bisphenol-A) though I understand now that this was only really a concern when used in plastic feeding bottles that were heated to high temperatures during feed preparation.
Finally, this teether had won an award: Practical Parenting and Pregnancy Awards 09/10 Bronze. I was influenced by this, making the assumption that readers of the magazine would have contributed to the decision in some way.
Am I pleased with the product?
Yes! If these were to get lost or damaged they would be replaced pretty swiftly. Baby will pick these out as the toy of choice from her toy basket. She has also located identical sets at playgroup and her cousin's so we always take our own to these places now to try and limit germ exchange! I have chilled them in the fridge when she is red-cheeked from teething and needing comfort and they do seem to calm her. They seem to have this effect without being chilled as well though and I think this is due to the textured surfaces.
The shape of the key is such that Baby rarely jabs them to the back of her mouth causing gagging. The bit that she chews is quite short and very often she will chew the handle which has a firmer texture than the keys themselves.
The keys also serve us well as a rattle. Baby is happy to grab and shake them and her attention is drawn if anyone else does this, so they often provide a necessary distraction.
Small, light and easy to transport this is one of two Nuby items that I would not be without.
Thanks for reading!
When you have a baby and they start teething you look around for anything that may help relieve there discomfort and so we bought a range of teethers for him. One set that we bought we're these Nuby key teethers.
We bought them from Amazon for £5.25 which is roughly the price you pay for most teethers.
The actual product itself is 3 brightly coloured keys that have different sort of textures all over them. The top of the keys, the handle is a hard type of plastic and then the key is a bit more squidgy to sooth a baby's gums as they bite into the keys, as the nodules on the keys almost massage their gums. Then there is the ring which they are attached to, this is hard plastic again and can also be used for the baby to chew on.
The keys can be placed in the fridge to chill the keys which helps relieve the pain of teething even more. Nuby have called these icy bite keys as they believe there technology has allowed these to stay cooler then the majority of water filled teethers. I can confirm this having a variety of the water filled ones as usually within 5 minutes the water filled ones are room temperature however these stayed cool for a good 15-20 minutes giving my son relief for longer.
They advice to use these from 3+ months which we did as it wasn't until 3 months our son started teething.
I would recommend these to anyone who has a teething baby as it defiantly gave him respite from the pain of it.
When I had my baby last year a friend gave us a hamper full of useful baby essentials, including the Nuby Icybite Keys. These were soon forgotten about until my son got to about three months and became more interested in holding things. He was quite late for teething with his first tooth appearing at eight months so we didn't use them as a teether until then.
- The Keys -
The keys themselves, which are suitable from three months, are lightweight and easy for a baby to hold. They consist of a hard plastic ring that is covered in blue rubber with white spots, this feels lightly textured. At the top of the ring is the Nuby logo and attached to the ring are three chunky plastic keys. They are eye-catching bright colours of blue, red, orange, yellow, purple and green. The top of each key is plastic and has different textures such as different sized bumps and grooves. The bottom of the key is made from a thinner plastic and contains a gel substance. The idea is that the different textures will be interesting for a baby to play with but will also provide a good chewing surface, particularly nice for a teething baby and the packaging claims the textures will "aid in the eruption of new teeth". You can also put these keys into the fridge to cool the gel and then when your baby chews on the gel filled parts of the keys it will give a soothing effect for sore teething gums. The plastic is BPA free and the gel is non toxic.
- Using Them -
So my son happily held, shook, sucked and dropped these on the floor from around three months of age but by about six months he was no longer interested in them and they were relegated to the toy box in favour of more exciting toys. At eight months he transformed into a teething monster with all the associated traits: he wouldn't eat or sleep, his cheeks were red, he dribbled like a tap had been turned on, constantly had his fists in his mouth and he was unbelievably grumpy. So I dug out the keys, put them in the fridge and gave them to him hoping they would soothe his pain. However, he held them briefly before chucking them on the floor. He didn't attempt to put them in his mouth and he wouldn't let me do this either. He seemed to prefer chewing on his fists. I also noted that they didn't seem to stay cool for as long as I had expected, although I wasn't particularly bothered by this since my son had no interest in using the keys as a teether.
- Cleaning -
From reading the packaging one thing that bothered me was that the keys aren't suitable for sterilisation in a microwave, electric steam steriliser or cold water sterilisation. Perhaps this is because of the gel but it is quite unfortunate because I have felt the need to sterilise all toys, feeding equipment and dummies regularly as my son loves throwing things on the floor. You simply have to wipe the keys clean which doesn't quite seem enough to me.
- Price and Availability -
We were given the keys as a gift so I'm not sure how much my friend paid but I can see that they are £4.09 in Boots and are available at a similar price in supermarkets and online. I suppose this is reasonable as Nuby is a well-known, good-quality brand and it can be used as a toy and teether. The problem is that you don't know if your baby will like to use it as a teether until you try it. Before my son was teething I did buy another teether in Tesco for 69p which doesn't work so well as a toy but is definitely a better price if your child does like to use a teether.
- Would I Recommend? -
Overall I would say the Icybite keys are probably worth a try if you have an unhappy teething baby, although they didn't work for us. At least they can be used as a toy if your baby doesn't want to chew on them.
When my daughter was born we received a boots gift voucher which we decided to put towards a range of things, including a few toys and teethers. One such teether that we thought looked the part, and looked like something a baby may wish to chew on during that teething stage where these Nuby IcyBite teething keys which we paid just over £4 for in Boots.
There are certain features of this product that make it stand out from some other teethers on the market. Firstly it claims to be BPA free, and since most mothers are conscious of the health of their baby, is always appealing. These keys are called icybites for a reason as the manufacturers claim that these teething keys will stay cooler for longer than water filled teethers, and anything that would give a teething baby relief from the comfort of sore gums or longer is always an attractive property of a teether.
On the packaging it states that these keys are suitable from 3 months plus and we started using them just before the 3 month mark, when we thought our daughter was showing signs of teething - dribbling like mad, everything going towards the mouth, and even rosy cheeks.
The other element to this teether are the multiple teething surfaces that it claims to have which will 'aid in the eruption of new teeth' according to the packaging.
There are three teething keys linked onto a round blue hoop which in itself can be used as a teether. IT is the end of the keys themselves that can be cooled in the fridge and ultimately provide relief for sore gums. The three keys are of various colours, and around the edge of each key is another surface for a little one to gnaw on.
Obviously when we first gave this to our daughter she couldn't hold them herself, but my health visitor had siad just to hold them in her mouth for her to ease any discomfort she may have. She now however has got a lot better at being able to manipulate these keys and the ring they are on, and bring them to her mouth herself. I find that she spends more time chewing on the sides of the keys with the textured surfaces than the actual end part of the key, although when it has come out of the fridge, she will chew on these more. The ring is also big enough for her to be able to get her little fingers around and pull towards her mouth.
There is one major downside to this product in my opinion and that is that it can't be sterilised. It states that this product is not suitable for microwave, steam of cold water sterilisation. The product can only be wiped clean, which I do not think is ideal when my daughter lets go of it and it falls on the ground, or you simply want to keep it clean and free from germs. Why you cannot even use cold water to sterilise is beyond me, but I find it disappointing.
The other downside is that these keys don't make any sound at all. Yes, I know it is a teether, but I think it would have been better if they had at least made some kind of noise to make it more interesting for baby to use both as a toy and teether.
All in all, my daughter seems to like these keys. She has got a lot better at manipulating the keys and ring to get them into her mouth. However, it is disappointing that this teether cannot be sterilised, and it makes no noise.
My two oldest boys seemed to pass through the teething stage relatively easily, but my youngest son certainly appeared to be suffering around the age of six months old. He had all of the common signs and symptoms of teething - grouchy, bright red cheeks and chewing on everything he could get his tiny little hands (and gums) on!
I picked up these Icybite Teethings Keys in Morrisons during one particularly fraught shopping trip where, in desperation, I paid the full recommended retail price of £5 - the manufacturer (Nuby) no doubt well aware that anxious, sleep-deprived parents will be prepared to pay any price to soothe their baby's discomfort, and consequently their own.
These three chunky teething keys come securely attached to a small rubberised ring and have a mixture of different textures on the ring and the keys themselves. Like many teething aids, the keys themselves contain a non-toxic gel and can be placed in the fridge to provide a soothing cool surface for sore gums to chew on. The whole product has been designed really well to meet the needs of very small babies and has the reassurance for parents of being BPA free and suitable for cold water sterilisation. It is surprisingly lightweight and the ring shape makes it easy for small fingers to grasp and keep hold of, without being too heavy or cumbersome for them to manoeuvre into their mouths. I also like the variety offered by the different textures around the side of the keys, including various ridges and grooves as well as rubbery sections with raised bumps which seemed to be my son's favourite.
Despite this well thought out design, my little boy was less interested in chewing on the keys themselves, regardless of whether they had been cooled or not. I found that the effects of being chilled wore off very quickly anyway, especially once they had been in contact with a warm mouth, so I didn't really bother to use them in that way. The slightly squidgy texture of the main bit of the keys didn't seem to appeal to my little one really, although he did show some interest in the ring itself - giving that and the hard Nuby logo a good old gummy suck and a chew. Sadly, this didn't really seem to alleviate his discomfort to any great degree and my baby continued to prefer chewing on his own fists or anything hard and rigid, rather than using this keyring as a teether.
Rather than being used primarily as a teething aid, my son preferred this as a basic toy - almost as a rattle really because the keys produce a very gentle little rattling noise when knocked together. The bright colours and contrasting blue and white design around the ring make this appealing to look at it and my little one would spend more time simply holding this and passing it from hand to hand, instead of chewing it.
Given the relatively high price for quite a basic toy/teething aid, as well as my son's lack of interest in this as a teething aid, I can't wholeheartedly endorse this. That said, it is well made and is easy for little hands and mouths to access, so may be worth a try for a miserable, red cheeked youngster.
My four month old daughter has been teething for the past month or so. She puts everything she can get her hands on straight in her mouth and she likes to chew on her fist to ease the discomfort. I had bought some traditional water filled teethers but found them to be too bulky for her to fit in her mouth and they didn't stay cold for long.
I saw these Nuby icy bite keys in Sainsbury's baby aisle for £4.50.
The keys come attached to a blue and white spotted ring which has a rubbery feel to it. There is a red and white 'Nuby' logo attached too. The keys are all differently shaped there is a square, a triangle and a circle top piece. The actual 'key' part is the same on each key. The top of each key is plastic with rubber pieces on the side. The 'icy' part of the key is shaped like the real thing, it also features different textures.
Each key contains something Nuby can PurlIce it is said to stay cooler for longer than traditional water filled teethers. The keys are also BPA free.
The keys are suitable for 3+ months.
You can squish the end of the keys and the gel moves around they feel soft enough not to hurt gums but firm enough to provide something substancial to chew on.
I put these in the fridge for only half hour before giving them to my daughter. She immediately began chomping away and they seemed to ease her discomfort. They stayed cool for a good hour or so too. When my daughter isn't munching on these she seems to like to rattle them around they actually make a nice noise when they are shook. She also likes to wear them on her wrist as well as throw them on the floor! You aren't able to steam steralise these, it is recommended you wash them in warm soapy water then rinse with clean water. As mine have had several trips on the floor I also put them in Milton just to make sure they were clean. It hasn't damaged the keys in any way.
My daughter has been using these for about a week now and I have noticed that I can now see her teeth cutting through the gum. I am convinced this is because of the texture of the keys.
I would recommend these in place of traditional teethers. Having tried both these are far superior and they also make a nice toy for your little one.
When our son started teething we tried everything to try and ease his pain but found this product and the xplora teething toy were the best relief for him.
He received the teething keys as a gift at Christmas but it was only recently he really started showing an interest in them. They are BPA free and are in a clear plastic packet with information printed onto the attached cardboard.
The keys are held on a smooth blue ring which my son loves to gnaw on as it fits perfectly into his mouth and must reach the spots he needs whilst been able to clamp down onto it.
The icybite keys are nice and bright in blue, yellow and green and have plenty of ridges and grooves for baby to gnaw against and help soothe the painful gums.
For extra cooling I place them into the fridge and he just loves biting down on them as the gel inside the keys gets really cold and offers a great deal of relief to him.
When it comes to ease of use, considering that these can be used from 3+ months I have to say this is not really the case. We tried Alex with these at various stages when we thought he was teething, one of these was 3 months and he really struggled with them. They were a little too heavy for him to hold so we found we had to hold them for him and he could not get them comfortably into his mouth to bite down on them so we decided to put them away until a later stage.
It was only really when Alex was 6 months that he could really get some benefit from them as he could hold them all by himself and move them around in his mouth to get the desired effect as and when he wanted. Mainly biting down on the ring that contained the keys but on occasion we would see him biting down on the keys but they looked so large and bulky in his small mouth.
As Alex got older the keys seemed to move with him, making it easier for him to get relief from the product and we soon found we had to take them almost everywhere with us to ensure that if he was in pain whilst we were out we were able to help him.
Out of all of the teething toys on the market I have eventually found these to be fairly practical and Alex definately likes the colour of them and the fact that the ring is not too bulky for his small hands compated to the Tommee Tippee Explora Teether that he also has.
The keys can be found in Home Bargains from time to time as well as Morrisons, Asda, Boots and other large baby stores.
These keys were purchased for my son whilst he was 2 months old from Boots and cost about £4-£5. The teething keys are packaged in a sealed plastic container (which will require scissors) for and claim to be suitable for from 3 months and BPA free. The keys are held on a plastic ring which is also suitable for chewing on and the three keys contain a non-toxic cooling gel which cools when you place the keys in the fridge and are textured with bumps and ridges.
So my son commenced operation teething at about 3.5 months old and this went on-off-on for many many months until his first 2 teeth erupted at 8 months. To be honest these keys really weren't practical for my son at 3 months old as they were very bulky and heavy - definently too large for his to get into his mouth and too heavy for him to lift and hold for long periods (2 minutes is an eternity to a 3 month old). The keys only really became popular with him at the age of 5 months and then I had to purchase another set so whilst one was in the FRIDGE the other could be with him. One thing that I should definently point out is that contrary to the name you place the keys in the FRIDGE and NOT the FREEZER as you can end up burning your little ones gums - contrary to the name "IcyBite" which would indicate FREEZE to someone that was exhausted from sleepless nights.
My little boy is now getting his next couple of teeth through and these have been alternated with Sophie and his buggy book which is steadily turning into paper mache with all the drool. The keys are very much appreciated by my son when he's in pain and he definently seems to have a favourite key (blue) which gets gnawed on most of the time and although he has really really chewed quite enthusiastically there are no marks or any damage on the keys whatsoever leading to my conclusion that they are durable, ease his pain and real value for money.