Normally I like to trial a product for a long while before recommending it, but we've used this particular one constantly over the last week and it has been an absolute god send. If there's any mums out there struggling with teething babies, I want you to know about this as soon as possible.
Oliver started teething quite suddenly a few weeks ago. One day we noticed he had red cheeks and within a few days he was drooling everywhere, grumpy and trying to chew anything in sight. I was prepared for teething .. or so I thought. It turned out that all the teething toys I'd bought him were to big for his little hands and rather than them helping him, he'd just get frustrated that he couldn't pick them up or that he'd keep dropping them. That's where the Matchstick Monkey* steps in.
This little monkey with a curly tail is the perfect size for Oliver's tiny hands. It's made of a soft flexible rubber with toothbrush bumps on the back of the monkey's head, which gives a really good surface for him to bite his gums down on. It's also a great way of applying Calgel to his gums and making sure it gets to the sore area, which is hard to find when your little one can't talk to you! I just pop a bit on the back of the monkeys head (which is his favourite place to chew on) and Oliver will find the sore area himself.
This has quickly become an essential in our changing bag - it's up their with the nappies and wipes! When he's crying with teething pain, this will often be the only thing that'll soothe him.
The Matchstick money costs £9.99 and is worth every single penny. You can order yours from www.matchstickmoney.com in a variety of different colours or you can pick one up from Mothercare if you're out and about. If there's one thing you need to get for a teething baby, this is it.
What do you think is the best toy for teething babies?