Baby teether with food

Ultimate Guide to Baby Feeders: Mesh and Silicone

You may have seen baby feeders, whether mesh or silicone, and wondered what they are for. They are a great tool for feeding babies and toddlers—and are especially awesome for teething relief. There are many on the market though, so today I’m sharing the best of the best.

Baby Feeder

A baby feeder is made up of an easy-hold handle and a little pouch with lots of holes. The idea is that the holes allow some of the flavor and texture of the food to come out, without the concerns that may come with larger pieces of food.

This means you can worry less when it comes to choking risks.

One thing to keep in mind: They don’t allow babies to have the full texture experience of the food—since the texture is mostly the mesh of the feeder. That means you don’t want to use one of these for every meal (or even most meals).

Lots of exposures to lots of textures helps babies and toddlers gain confidence in handling all sorts of foods, which can make feeding kids a lot easier over the long run.

But an infant feeder can be a handy tool to have in the mix, especially if on the go, starting to transition to baby food, or trying out a new food that has you a little nervous.

And they are a great way to offer cold teething relief to soothe baby’s gums.

Baby Fruit Feeder

Many people like to use baby feeders to offer fruit, either fresh or frozen, since the product is a safe way for baby to suck on and explore the flavor of a wide range of fruit.

TIP: Another name for this is Baby Fruit Pacifier.

Best Baby Food Feeders

Below are my top picks for infant feeders chosen for ease of use, durability, and ease of care (as in washing!). There are different materials listed, as well as specific information on each product.

Best Mesh Feeder

Munchkin Baby Feeder, sold in a set of two. (Or choose the ones that come with travel caps.)

This baby feeder has a streamlined, simple design of a mesh bag for the food and a ring for baby to hold onto. Small, digestible pieces of food come through so baby is getting some nourishment (and comfort if using for teething) without the risk of choking. It’s about $7 for two of them.

Best Silicone Feeder

Boon Silicone Feeder

This baby feeder, which is priced at under $6, is made from durable silicone and can be used with fresh or frozen foods. The interior stem forces food toward the tiny holes in the feeder and the small handle is sized just right for baby’s little hands.

Kidsme Baby Feeder

Baby Feeder Pacifier Combo

Kidsme Food Feeder

This popular Kidsme feeder has a replaceable silicone pouch that comes in two sizes, so you can adjust and replace as your child grows. It has a unique handle style that some babies may prefer and can be used as a pacifier too. It’s usually priced around $15 and is recommended for ages 4-24 months.

What baby foods should I put into a baby feeder?

Here are some fruits that are good to serve in a baby feeder:

  • Raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • Strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • Blackberries, fresh or frozen
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew
  • Banana
  • Mango, fresh or frozen
  • Roasted sweet potato
  • Roasted butternut squash
  • Ripe fresh pear
  • Fresh cucumber, skin removed
  • Watermelon
  • Cooked red meat such as steak
  • Frozen grapes (These are NOT safe served to a child this age in any other way as they are a choking risk. They are fine served inside the feeder, though.)

TIP: You can use frozen fruit or ripe fresh fruit that’s soft and easy to gum. Avoid any fruits or veggies that are very hard as baby may be frustrated by that texture.

Frequently Asked Questions

What age can baby use a mesh feeder?

Babies can use an infant feeder soon after starting solids around 6 months, or when they can easily hold it and bring it to their mouth.

How do I use a baby feeder to help with teething?

If you fill the feeder, whether mesh or silicone, with frozen fruit, you can soothe teething in infants who are eating solids or in toddlers. It’s cold and yummy, yet requires no real work for the child to suck on, so it’s comforting.

Are all of these baby feeders BPA-free?

Yes, if you choose a mesh baby feeder or one made from silicone, they are BPA-free.

What’s the best way to clean a baby feeder?

Try using a bottle brush or just running water to clean out the mesh. It should be fairly easy to clean if you avoid letting it sit too long with food in it!

Are baby feeders good for babies?

The one downside could be that if you rely on them too much, the child learns the texture of the feeder, rather than of the food. This can make it harder for a child to learn to move actual food around in their mouths and harder for them to accept a range of textures in the future when you don’t want to be using the mesh feeder as much.

Because of that, I recommend using this product at limited times such as when on the go at a restaurant or to help sooth a teething infant, baby, or toddler.

This is not recommended as a way to feed your child at every meal.

If you are worried about choking, review this information on toddler choking and trust that if you serve foods that are easy to squish between your fingers, baby is sitting down at meals, and you are with them, they will learn to eat like so many other kids who have gone before them!

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on baby feeders in general or on these specific products, so please comment below to share!

This post was first published May 2019.

6 Fruit and Vegetable Baby Teethers (Plus 2 Bonus Ideas!)

6 Fruit and Vegetable Baby Teethers (Plus 2 Bonus Ideas!)

By Holley Grainger  |   Published: Jun 8, 2015  |  Latest updated: Mar 30, 2018

If teething is dealing your baby fits, then try these 5 natural fruit and vegetable baby teethers to soothe tender gums. Teething for both Ellie and Frances was a trying process. I’m talking middle of the night wakeups, crabby moods, ear infections, blow-out diapers…the works! Unfortunately, poor Frances has spent the last few months in a teething nightmare as the majority of her teeth and molars have been busting through all at once.

In an effort to relieve pain during teething, we would give the girls ibuprophen (as needed), however, it never seemed to do the trick to massage their gums the way certain foods could. I bought and tried many of the plastic teethers over the years (you’ll see these in the pics of Ellie below) but they were always lost or filthy more often than they were ever used.

In an effort to try something new, I broke down and bought the hard teething biscuits for Frances and she loved them. However, I didn’t love the fact that she was essentially just eating a really hard cookie. They made a mess (which was fine) but Frances seemed to do better with cold, hard foods versus the biscuits or plastic teethers. I started digging a little deeper and experimenting with various foods to help her find relief. I also asked some of my RD friends to share their favorite remedies with me. Along with pics of the girls, I’m thrilled to share my friend Lindsay’s baby (of The Lean Green Bean) “Squish” enjoying some of his favorite teethers. Here are my favorites:


1. Cold Mango Seed

Each mango has a large, flat seed that runs the length and width of the fruit. Cut the pulp off the front and back of the seed, remove the peel from the sides, and save the fruit for a snack or smoothie. Some of the fruit will clings to the seed so it gets slippery when Frances eats it and requires 2 hands but she LOVES it and enjoys the challenge of trying to hold on to the large slippery seed.

2. Peeled Carrot Stick

Frances and a giant, cold carrot stick make me laugh since she gnaws on all ends and then bangs it like a drumstick. She goes from looking like she’s playing the flute to smoking a cigar. I like how the carrot can get into some of the gaps between teeth to relieve pressure however this usually results in orange drool so if you are going to try a cold carrot stick, take off your baby’s shirt or use a bib.


3. Frozen Celery: In the same way that a carrot stick works as a teether, celery does as well. However, I’ve found that frozen celery works better since it doesn’t get stringy as fast. The little strings aren’t really an issue but it is important (as with any of these methods) to not watch your baby to make sure she doesn’t chomp off and choke on any of the food.


4. Cold Corn on the Cob

Summer season is the perfect time for babies to enjoy healthy fruit and vegetables–especially corn on the cob. Lindsay said Squish loves to nibble on the individual sweet kernels. I’ve served Frances corn on the cob before but never cold–on the menu ASAP.


5. Cold Whole Apples

Whole apples are a favorite for my girls and Frances especially loves them straight from the fridge because the cold pulp helps to soothe her sore gums. She can actually eat an apple now so apples double as a snack and teether but I make sure to keep an eye on her in case any large pieces break off. Don’t want her to choke!


6. Fruit and Nut Butter Pops

Lindsay shares, “We’ve also been using homemade Popsicles- usually banana and almond butter, sometimes with some prunes to do double duty & help poop. ” I definitely need to try this! Frances loves popsicles so I’m all about making my own using healthy fruits, vegetables, and peanut or almond butter.



While these aren’t necessarily a fruit or vegetable, they worked really well for us so I wanted to include…


Frozen wet wash cloth with squeeze of fresh lemon or orange juice: It took me a few tries to get the frozen washcloth right. At first I just put a washcloth in the freezer. Fail! Not really sure what I was thinking would happen but the key is certainly wetting the washcloth. I usually will get a small, soft clean washcloth damp and then add a splash of orange or lemon juice before freezing it in a zip top baggie. Frances seemed to like the washcloth much better when I added the citrus than when I gave it to her with just water.

Frozen whole grain waffle or bagel: These were better teething option for Frances before her front teeth came in and she could gum her way to eating a full breakfast versus just having a teether. She now can take a few chomps and bite through the waffle but she still seems to enjoy the cold taste and yummy flavor.

Do you have a favorite trick to help your child with teething? I would love to add it to this list to help other babies and parents get through this painful rite of passage. I’m happy to report that we only have a few teeth left to come in before the dreaded 2 year molars!

Remember to supervise your baby when he/she is gnawing on a fruit or veggie teether to avoid choking.

Happy teething!


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Teething is one of those stages that can be just as uncomfortable for parents as it is for their baby.

While teething is a milestone every baby goes through, the first few teeth are usually the most painful, not to mention the most memorable, for parents when trying to calm their fussy babies.

When your child is looking for sweet relief from the pain of new teeth, he will want to bite and nibble to soothe irritated gums. Your little one may begin to reach for dangerous household items - your arms or shoulders - and teething toys are a great and safe alternative. nine0003

So we've rounded up some of the most effective products on the market to stop teething tears.

When to Use Baby Teether

If you are a first parent, you may be wondering when your baby's first teeth will begin to appear.

Most children develop their lower central incisors first at 6 to 10 months of age, followed by their upper central incisors at 8 to 12 months of age.

Even if you're used to your baby's fussiness, teething may seem like a whole new ball game.

You will most likely notice a few specific symptoms that will let you know they are teething:

  • chewing on objects
  • moodiness and irritability
  • sore and swollen gums
  • excessive salivation
  • Is fever a symptom?

    It is a common misconception that a baby may have a teething fever. There is no scientific evidence to support this idea, so if your baby has a rectal temperature above 100.4°F (38°C), it may be a sign that he is sick (and teething is not the main cause). nine0003

    While most people think that teethers are only needed for the first few teeth, molars can also be very painful. So don't be surprised if you find your baby needs a teether again when their molars start to come in around 13 months.

    Teething toys and safety

    While there are many safe ways to relieve your baby's teething pain, there are also many bad habits that should not be followed. nine0003

    Always check your teether

    Given how much a baby chews and bites, some teethers may not stand the test of time.

    Always check the surface of your baby's teether for tears, and if you find any, discard it. A broken teether can cause choking.

    Chill, don't freeze

    Cold teether can be very refreshing for a teething baby. But experts agree that teethers should be refrigerated, not frozen. This is because when frozen, the teether can become too hard and eventually damage your baby's gums. It can also damage the durability of the toy. nine0003

    Avoid teething jewelry

    Although this is a popular category and trusted by many parents, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends avoiding them as small beads and accessories on necklaces, anklets or bracelets teething can cause suffocation.

    Keep a bib close

    Babies drool and this is doubly true when they are teething. All this saliva can cause skin irritation. So when your baby is teething, keep a bib handy to catch the extra drop. You can also use a protective ointment such as petroleum jelly or aquaphor to prevent irritation of the outer skin. nineOl000 Best Multipurpose Teether: Baby Toothbrush with Banana

  • Best Teether Treat: Teether
  • Best Teether Mitten: Itzy Ritzy Teether Mitten
  • Best Wooden Teether: Promise Babe Natural Wood Teether Toy Set
  • Best Budget Teethers: Soothing Teether. Brown's Coolees
  • How We Chose

    Even if you're not a first time parent, you need a teether that will last your child through the entire dental journey, from the first tooth to the last molar. nine0003

    To make our list, we focused on durability, easy to clean teether, cost and design.

    Guide at prices

    • $ = less than 10 US dollars
    • $ = 10–15 US dollars
    • $ = more than 15 dollars of USA

    Pay Paying Parents.

    Best teether overall

    Woolly Sophie Giraffe

    • Cost: $ $ $
    • Composition: 100% Natural rubber (from wood)
    • Main features: without BPA, without flukes, without lead,
    • Weight: 2.4 venues
    • Gabarit dimensions: Gabarit dimensions: Gabarit dimensions: Gabarit dimensions: Gabarit dimensions. 3. 5 x 1.2 x 7 inches

    Undoubtedly one of the most popular baby teethers that continues to delight parents and babies is Sophie La Girafe.

    Teething material made entirely of natural rubber, which is gentler on baby's gums. Plus, with Sophie's long legs and chewy ears, your little one will have plenty to do. nine0003

    Reviewers love that the teether has multiple grips, giving their kids plenty of room to hold on. But for some parents and children, the smell of natural rubber can be too intense and intensify as it gets wet.

    The best teether for prayers

    Cub elephant-producer

    • Cost: $
    • Composition: 100% food silicone
    • Main capabilities: without BPA, without flukes, without Latex, without Lakes, Swind nine0022
    • Weight: 1.76 oz
    • Dimensions: 3.5 x 0.3 x 2.8 inches

    Not all teethers are designed for easy access to back molars, even if they can be particularly painful. This teether from Baby Elefun is built for multiple stages of teething because it has five textures and bristles, giving your baby plenty of options when it comes to soothing sore gums.

    This version is made from 100% BPA-free food grade silicone and features a large open center for a secure grip on the baby. Parents appreciate that it can be quickly washed and disinfected in hot water, microwave or dishwasher.

    Best Multi Purpose Teether

    Baby Toothbrush with Banana

    • Cost: $
    • Contents: 100% food grade silicone
    • Key features:
    • 0063 BPA Free & Phthalate Free
    • Weight: 1.41 oz. Baby Banana doubles as a teether and your baby's first attempt at a toothbrush.

      The soft massaging head of the brush soothes the gums and then maintains the pearly white color of these new chewing gums. And the cute banana peel handles give your little one a secure grip when they bite down on the brush head. nine0003

      The best treat for teethers


      • Cost: $
      • Composition: CREMIC SILICON
      • The main features: without PVC, without flukes and without latex
      • 2.8 oz
      • Dimensions: 4" x 2" x 4"

      As we mentioned earlier, the traditional teether cannot be stored in the freezer. But there is an exception to this rule: ice cream is a great way to soothe your child's mouth without putting their gums at risk. nine0003

      Parents love the teether because they can fill it with breast milk, water, or even juice and smoothies to create a sweet treat that will give baby some comfort.

      Designed for children aged 6 months and over. It is made of food grade silicone and is BPA and latex free. In addition, there are four small holes in the protective cover that allow the molten liquid to flow out to avoid mess.

      Best Teething Mitten

      Mitives for teeth teeth Itzy Ritzy

      • Cost: $
      • Composition: food silicone
      • Main capabilities: without PVC, non -toxic
      • 0. Dimensions: 2.6" x 0.34" x 4.9"

      Teething Mitts are a great alternative if you're tired of constantly restoring lost or dropped teethers every 2 minutes. The Itzy Ritzy Teething Mitten stays in place after being wrapped around your baby's arm and works to engage their senses as well as provide much-needed relief. nine0003

      The fabric part is made of wrinkled material that creates noise, and the colored food grade silicone is textured to relieve gums. Parents love that you can choose from seven adorable styles and that this teether is machine washable.

      Best Wooden Teether

      Promise Babe Natural Wood Teething Toy Set

      • Price: $ $ $
      • Composition: sustainable beech wood
      • The main features: without BPA, without flulates, without paint or wax
      • Weight: 5 ounces
      • Gabarit dimensions: 6.69 x 2.76 x 3.94 inches

      Some parents give preference to toys in vintage style their babies. If so, this set of 11 wooden teethers from Promise Babe will give you that retro vibe you're looking for.

      Fun shapes keep little ones entertained while you enjoy the peace of mind knowing exactly what your little one is chewing. However, keep in mind that they all have a smooth texture, so you may not find them as effective as some of the other options. nine0003

      This adorable watermelon wedge teether is easy to hold for tiny hands, making it ideal for babies 3 months and older. In addition, it can be chilled in the refrigerator for a cool treatment for irritated gums. It is also dishwasher safe.

      Teether choice

      Most parents think that babies tend to have pets. So, when you're first shopping for a teether, it might be a good idea to pick a few to give yourself (and your baby) a few options. nine0003

      Also, when testing teethers, keep the following in mind:


      Nobody wants to buy a teether that has to be replaced after a month. Look for teethers made from durable silicone, rubber, or wood that won't fall apart after a few uses.

      Be aware, babies can be rough with teethers because they are trying to soothe their gums.


      Given that the teether spends a lot of time in your baby's mouth, you want to make sure that cleaning and sterilizing the teether doesn't become an impossible task. We offer several options above that can be washed in the dishwasher or steam sterilized in the microwave or boiled. nine0003


      In general, most teethers are affordable. While we've included a few luxury options, you'll be able to stock up on this essential baby item without breaking the bank.


      How easily can your baby grab the teether? Are there enough textures that can soothe their gums? Are the pieces too big for them to chew on the toy? Are there small pieces that can break off and cause suffocation? These are all important features to keep in mind. nine0003

      Frequently asked questions

      When should children use teethers?

      According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), babies usually start teething between 4 and 7 months of age. But most teethers are safe for babies as young as 3 months old.

      Is it possible to give a baby a teether at 3 months?

      Always check the age recommendations on the product packaging as some teethers are not recommended until your child is 6 months old. However, many of them are for children aged 3 months and older. nine0003

      If your baby starts showing signs of teething this early, it is perfectly safe to give him age-appropriate teethers.

      How often should the teether be cleaned?

      Because teethers enter your baby's mouth, it's important to regularly clean your baby's teethers as often as possible, at least once a day or every time they are used, to remove germs. They should also be cleaned if they are visibly dirty. nine0003

      For convenience, we have selected teethers for this list that are easier to clean, such as those that can be washed in the dishwasher.

      How long should children use teethers?

      Teethers can be used as long as they help soothe your baby's discomfort. Some people choose to use a teether only after their baby's first teeth erupt, but molar eruption (which usually occurs after 12 months) can also be painful, in which case you can continue to use a teether throughout the process. teething. . nine0003

      Do teethers need to be frozen?

      According to the AAP and the FDA, it is safe to put teethers in the freezer as long as they just cool a little and don't get hard. If they become too hard, they can become brittle and present a choking hazard.

      Experts are also wary of cooling gel teethers. The AAP recommends that you do not use liquid or gel teethers, as they can be contaminated with bacteria if bitten by a baby. nine0003


      Teething can be a tough time for parents of babies, but you can make life easier by finding a teether that is easy to clean, durable enough to last your baby's first teething cycle and keep him active.

      Teething in children, what you need to know

      All parents know that teething is a difficult period in the life of every child, because he does not sleep well, is naughty and tries to gnaw everything he can reach. But the most dangerous thing is that at this time the baby is vulnerable to many infections. We will talk about how teeth should normally be cut, why the baby’s body cannot cope with the infection, and what symptoms indicate that it is time to go to the doctor. nine0003

      How teeth are cut

      Teething is a complex process, because at this time tissues are formed, teeth roots grow, gums are rebuilt. Moreover, the teeth begin to form even during pregnancy, starting from the 6th week. Around the same time, calcium begins to be deposited in the tissues of future teeth.

      Next comes the most interesting part - teething. It is considered normal if the teeth begin to cut from 4 to 7 months. But each body is unique, so everyone's teeth are cut differently. It depends on many things, for example:

      - From genetics. Often the age at which a child's teeth began to cut depends on when his relatives - mom, dad, grandparents - started teething.

      - Power supply. If the baby lacks vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C or calcium, teeth will start to erupt later.

      - From the course of pregnancy. If there was fetal toxicosis during pregnancy, this will also slow down the appearance of teeth.

      Also, teeth are normally cut in pairs, that is, first the lower central incisors appear, then the upper central incisors, the upper lateral incisors - the lower lateral incisors, the upper first molars - the lower first molars, etc. But even if the order is violated, this does not always mean any disease or serious violation. nine0003

      When to sound the alarm

      In places where teeth erupt, many biologically active substances are released, such as histamine, leukotrienes, prostaglandins, etc. They just cause the symptoms that every parent is familiar with:

      - Fever. Normally, when teething, the temperature should be subfebrile, that is, no more than 38 degrees;

      - Swelling, pain and redness of the gums.

      There is a normal reaction of the child to teething. As a rule, the baby refuses to eat, but at the same time pulls toys into his mouth to gnaw on them. Due to the fact that the child is constantly chewing on something, the nerves of the gums are irritated and a lot of saliva is released, and since the child does not yet know how to control saliva, it flows out of the mouth. Also, the child becomes more excitable than usual - sleeps less, is constantly naughty, becomes irritable. nine0003

      Life hack: to help your child and relieve toothache, buy a special teether toy. Such a toy can be filled with water and put in the refrigerator. When the baby chews on it, the toy will cool the inflamed gums and thereby partially relieve the pain.

      But there are symptoms that parents often confuse with a normal reaction to the appearance of teeth:

      - Indigestion - diarrhea, vomiting, loose stools;

      - Temperature above 38-39degrees, which does not subside for several days;

      - Cough, rash, swelling.

      These symptoms indicate that the child has an infection that needs to be treated.

      Why a child is so vulnerable to diseases

      When a child chews on something, microtraumas and cracks appear on the gums. The mucous membrane, like other gum tissues, is not yet formed, so infections easily enter the body through these injuries. And since at the age of the appearance of the first teeth - from 4 to 7 months, the passive immunity received from the mother is gradually lost, and its own immunity is just beginning to be developed, the body cannot cope with the infection. nine0003

      What should I do if my baby has unusual symptoms?

      The only sure option is to see a pediatrician. The doctor will examine the baby and prescribe tests to prescribe the right treatment. And the doctor will also assess whether the teeth are erupting correctly and give useful advice for your child.

      Make an appointment with a pediatrician in the city of Sochi by phone number 8 (862) 555-27-03, or leave a request on this site.

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