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A teether cross breed.
When my little girl was first born one of the great little gifts we received for her was this teether from Bright Starts. Bright starts are a baby company that produce all manner of baby goods and toys from little toys to gyms and bouncers. Their products are sold online and in stores like Asda and Toys R Us. I have given them as gifts before and I was pleased to receive this as a gift too. Their toys are always really colourful and bright and fun as well as being educational and are always well made in my opinion.
This tether is what I like to call a cross breed, a cross between a stuffed animal and a teether. Often times I think teethers are quite boring. They are just bits of plastic, ok they are in fun shapes and designs and apart from different feels and textures to them in the plastic there is nothing to make them more interesting and no different materials or feelings. The teether we were given is a cute white bunny. The bunny is soft and cuddly and then its feet and hands are made out of plastic and have little bobbles of texture on them so they make a perfect body part for a baby to chew. This texture and plastic will help to sooth a baby's gums when they are inflamed or when the teeth are starting to come through. My little girl really liked this one in particular because there was the snuggly animal as well as the teether so it was like carrying around a toy and not just a teether. I also think its way more appealing to chew something like this than just a ring of plastic as all kids love soft toys.
The bunny is white and very soft. She also has really cute long ears which have a pretty flowery pattern on the inside of them. The plastic hands and feet are a pretty light pink colour which contrasts well with the white of the bunny. At the back of the bunny there is a loop which allows you to attach this teether onto car seats or other items like that so firstly the teether will not get lost and secondly it puts it in easy reach for a baby to grab hold off and chew.
The teether also comes in the form of a pink elephant. The elephant is lovely and soft too and again has hard teeters on her hands and feet. I think there is a dog as well. As I've said above this was a gift but I've sent them on sale in the £5-£10 region and are definitely a teether I recommend.
My daughter has been teething for a while now and although she seems to be quite ok with it I do want to ease the discomfort as it isn't nice seeing her struggle. I have quite a few items specifically for teething but nothing she seems to love and gets bored quite easily so I wanted to find something I knew she would enjoy. I've taken full advantage of the recent Boots baby/ child event and toys were included in this offer.
My local Boots hold a decent range of the Bright Starts toys (I have already reviewed a couple) which I am becoming a big fan of. One item I picked up was the one of the Pretty in Pink Teether Pals. As you can see from the photo on Dooyoo there is a choice of either an elephant or a rabbit and as there was only one option to choose from I came away with the elephant. A good thing about this toy is that it is suitable from 0 months onwards.
What Bright Starts say:
"A teething baby's best friend - plush pals with chew-licious teether hands and feet."
The main purpose of the toy is to help soothe a baby's gums through the process of teething. What attracted me to this particular toy is that my daughter loves her teddy bear and will happily chew on him all day long but she doesn't get any satisfaction from it as there is nothing hard to chew on and therefore by buying a plush character with hard hands and feet she would prefer this over her other teething toys.
The elephant comes in a lovely shade of bubblegum pink and comes complete with fabric patched ears on the inside which is a nice tough. The elephant is very girly and as far as I am aware the Teether Pals only come in pink. But for the girls the Teether Pals coordinate with the other items in the Pretty in Pink Collection by Bright Starts. The elephant also features a loop on it's back which can attach the elephant to the Bright Starts Fun Link - if you have it of course!
The elephant is incredibly soft and its plush body just as you would expect from say a teddy bear. The legs and arms don't really have any stuffing to them and are actually quite flat - it is only the body and head of the elephant which has a soft, squidgy stuffing. I find that with the legs and arms being flat my daughter can hold it more easily in her little hands. The elephant features a small trunk which is fastened to the body and has a lovely little face, my daughter especially likes chewing the trunk!
There is absolutely no weight to this toy whatsoever and a baby won't struggle in holding it or even grasping it and pulling a hand or leg into their mouth. The hands and the feet of the elephant are the all important teethable areas as they are made from what seems to be a smooth, rubber like material which although flexible it is tough and can be gummed and chewed probably for years without showing sign of wear. The teethable hands and feet are textured which help soothe the gums. Again, the hands and feet are pink to match the rest of the elephant. They are gently shaped as well and no corners or sharp edges.
As I mentioned above my daughter is teething and seems to be fixed to her teddy which of course doesn't have anything hard to chew and since purchasing this I've managed to replace the ordinary teddy with her very own pink elephant. Now at 6 months old my daughter is still only little so a toy this size may suit a 'normal sized' baby but my daughter's hands are only very little but she can just about clasp the arms or the legs and can easily pull the elephant towards her mouth!
The chewable hands and feet are the greatest challenge to my daughter as even though she can pull them to her mouth they are actually quite large in comparison to my daughter's mouth so she can't actually manage to chew them but gum them a tiny bit until decided to chew on the elephants head instead or ear as its soft and she can get it in her mouth! So there goes my theory in buying her a teddy with chewable bits!
The elephant now comes everywhere with my daughter as she seems to have taken a real shine to it and is gradually getting used to the chewable hands and feet as she can now grasp it at a certain angle where she can fit it in her mouth properly but they are still a little large and no doubt as she gets bigger she will find it easier to chew the hands and feet which is what the toy is designed for.
However, I can't complain about this teething toy and my daughter seems to love it. It is very well made and the elephant character is adorable. I like the fact that my daughter can hold it, grasp it and knows what to do with it, its just a shame that the teething hands and feet are a little too large for her mouth so she just ends up chewing on the elephant's plush body or ears. But no doubt as said above she will grow into it!
I would rate this 4 stars and I am only taking 1 star off because of the lack of colours it comes in and the size of the chewable areas (personal reason). But I would definitely recommend it to any little girl who is currently teething. Boots currently stock the Teether Pals and expect to pay £5.10 (20 advantage points!) and a proportion of the proceeds go towards breast cancer research.