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The Best Baby Fruit Teether

I originally was not planning to get a baby fruit teether. I’d seen reviews of people saying they are really hard to clean.

So I wasn’t going to bother with it. But then Sara started eruption teething and was always fussy. I started to consider it.

What led me to finally cave and buy a pair was that she desperately wanted to feed herself, but she didn’t know how. She doesn’t have the ability to grab with just her thumb and forefinger. She grabs with her hand. That doesn’t work the best for eating.

I didn’t trust her eating skills enough to give her a large chunk to gnaw on by herself. The baby fruit teether seemed like a great opportunity for her to feed herself.

What is this thing?

It’s a device your baby can hold that has food in it. The most popular thing to do is stick frozen fruits in it for Baby to gnaw on while teething. It gives them something to eat, and the cold relieves soreness of the gums.

This version looks like a pacifier. It has a great big ring for Baby to hold with a fist. Then there’s the silicone pouch that holds the food for baby to gnaw and suck on.

I don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but it has holes in the silicone pouch. These holes allow food to ooze out and into Baby’s mouth.

My Top Pick

There are a few different brands out there for this product. I went with NatureBond. It’s the same brand as my manual silicone breast pump which I love.

  • Price: $12.99
  • My Rating: 4.9/5
  • Where to Buy:  Amazon.com

This package comes with two baby fruit teethers and different sized pouches. I use the biggest sizing, but there are smaller ones available.

NatureBond is all about providing the best for their customers. These teethers are BPA, led, phthalates, and latex free with 100% food grade silicone.

Features

Notice how my rating was 4.9 out of 5? I love this thing. There is very little that can be improved on.

Pushing Mechanism

Pushing mechanism in action

There is a piece that you can turn that will push the center up or down. This pushes the food into a smaller area as babies eat more and more of it. The smaller area makes it easier to eat the smaller amount of food.

I do wish the center pushed out more to create an even smaller pocket to make getting the last of the food easier to get out.

*Ease of use note: Make sure the center is not pushing into the pouch when you try to open it to add more food. It blocks it from opening well and is a headache. Always pull the center back down before opening.

Cover

Each teether comes with its own cover. It’s great for keeping the silicone clean. Silicone attracts pet hair really well in particular. Putting the cover on keeps it clean after a washing or while traveling.

One great thing about the cover is that it acts as a hard teether. Sara loves to put it in her mouth with the cover on and gum her gums against the hard plastic.

Lock

The teethers come with a lock to prevent it from opening and spilling food. all over your baby. It takes some pressure to open. It’s unlikely a baby would be able to open it on their own. Sara hasn’t yet.

Cleaning

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Teether parts soaking in hot, soapy water.

This is the most important part. No one wants to use a product that can’t be properly cleaned. NatureBond redesigned this product to make it easier to clean. There are more pieces that can come off to prevent food from getting stuck in it.

I find the best practice is to rinse off all food immediately after use, fill a small bowl with hot water and soup, and let it soak. When I return to the kitchen later, I take the parts out from soaking, rinse them, and set them on my drying rack.

Silicone Vs. Mesh

When I first started looking at these teethers, I wanted to get the mesh ones. The pouch was bigger and they were cheaper. In reading reviews, the mesh ones are exteremly tough to clean.

One commentator talked about being meticulous in cleaning hers and they still got nasty after a few weeks. That ruled mesh out for me. The silicone cleans very easy.

I was disappointed that the pouches for the silicone ones were smaller. Now that Sara has used one, I like the smaller pouch. It doesn’t hold as much and needs to be refilled constantly, but she can fit the whole thing in her mouth. She loves that.

Ease of Use

Sara didn’t take to it initially. She didn’t know what to do with it. I encouraged her by putting it in my mouth and grabbing it with my lips. She decided she wanted to try and took off from there. She has not needed any prompting since.

Development

Using the baby fruit teether has helped Sara with her hand coordination. I trust her now to hold a cooked baby carrot or large chunk of banana and feed herself.

The teether taught her she could hold something and munch on it.

Messy

This is not something you want to use where you have to worry about mess. It is super messy. Here are a couple picture of her first time using it with a strawberry. Notice how I forgot to put a bib on her.

She gets covered in food. At another feeding, I tried it with a banana and thought that maybe it would be cleaner. Nope.

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Mess with a banana. It’s even in her eye lash.

I have learned to always use a bib thanks to this teether. But to be honest, it doesn’t help much. A bib may prevent it from getting on her core, but not all over her arms. I usually have to change her anyways.

Definitely not something I would recommend to use at a location where you have to be conscious about mess.

Great Product

I really love this baby fruit teether. Sara gets a lot of use out of it and NatureBond has done a phenomenal job making sure it’s safe and easy to clean.

Have you every used one? If so, did you love it like me or feel differently? Have you tried a different version? I’d love to hear from you!

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Vicky

Great article!

I didn’t even know baby fruit teethers were a thing lol. It seems like a great healthy concept to introduce her to yummy foods and soothe her gums at the same time.

It’s great to see that the silicone version is easy to clean. I’ve often refrained from trying a product because other people were having a hard time with it, but it’s always great to find an alternative that works!

P.S. I love Sara’s hair!

Vicky

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Anthony Hu

Dear Nicole,

Thanks for your review on the baby fruit teether. My kids are grow up and I wish I knew the baby fruit teether earlier.

We leave the teethers in the refrigerator. When our kids want to put things in the mouth, we gave our kids chilled teethers to chew. But sometimes we put the teeters in refrigerator too long, it apparently hurt baby’s delicate gums.

With baby fruit teether, you could control the teether’s temperature. When babies use it, the baby fruit teether provides not only comfort but also safe thing to chew on.

Regards

Anthony

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Nathaniel

I love your article. I think my sister would love it more though, she just had her baby and she’s complaining that he is always gnawing of everything he sees be it finger or clothing whatever. So this naturebond might be the perfect thing for him. hopefully he would take to it fast

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Telma

Hey, Nicole, thank you for such good information. I have an 11 months old girl, that has a late development, and I think so the teether baby fruit will help her very much. I never had heard about this teether before; I was trying with the conventional way, teaching her the food with her little hands and never trust her to get on her mouth 100% on her own so she would not be getting in trouble. If it is a carrot I would give her very small parts or hold for her a big pice. My niece will have a baby in June as… Read more »

Deraj
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Deraj

I like your idea of choosing NatureBond fruit teethers because they are easy to clean. Yes, cleaning is really an important part. If NatureBond has designed in a way so that it will be easier to clean, then definitely I will go with your recommendation because I believe we should be extra careful about hygiene while purchasing the baby products and first think about hygiene is cleanliness.

Tarun
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Tarun

i wish i had known about this when my daughter was teething….it would have been such a life saver or should i say a tooth saver!

It seems like a great healthy concept to introduce her to yummy foods and soothe her gums at the same time.

how long does it hold the fruit piece before it melts?

btw your kid looks really cute

Katya
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Katya

Hi Nicole, first of all you have a great way of communication with readers – I instantly felt that I’m in good hands and it’s obvious you know what you’re talking about.

I never knew baby fruit teether is a thing but I can totally see why! Yes, it’s messy but it’s worth every washing hassle knowing your baby won’t choke on a piece of fruit. What an easy but ingenious thing! And they’re super affordable.

Thanks for your article,

Katya

Clement
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Clement

Thank you for this great post, I find it really helpful and nice. You have been able to provide great insights into what baby teether is all about. I find this article really timely because I and Sandra(my partner) will be expecting our first baby in two months time. I will surely share this post with my partner. 

Kehinde Segun
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Kehinde Segun

Thanks for this lovely review. Never see this babay teether as a important before. After reading this post , it’s clearly the baby teether is a wonderful and healthy concept to introduced to the baby food and help her become stronger same time.. I believe with the baby fruit teether, the temperature of the teeher can actually be controlled

Kenechi
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Kenechi

This is absolutely beautiful and unique. Of course babies needs teethers. There is one thing I so much about this teether products. It can relieve baby of soreness when cold juice are added inside. Moreover, the teether can be easily cleaned for reuse. My only fear about it is that babies can drop it on the floor and later put it into their mouth and that’s not healthy. However, I like this product and it’s classy.

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seofarhan

Hi, 

Thank you very much for sharing with us such an important blog. If I did not read this blog I can not find the details about the baby products. This blog is very helpful to mothers. The most important thing I just learn from here this article will be very much helpful to the mothers to find the best products for the baby. I will definitely share this blog with my friends.

Paul
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Paul

Dear Nicole,

This post means a lot to me and the timing is amazing because in a few weeks time my wife and myself are expecting our baby. This is our first baby feeling excited and at the same time bit afraid. Reading a lot of blog posts on parenting lol.

Thanks a lot for the helpful insights and this baby fruit teether is on my list. You explained it in detail very well, I loved how easy you made it for readers. No additional research needed.

I am bookmarking it for future reference.

Sara is cute!

Much Success!

Paul

ajibola40
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ajibola40

Babies are wonderful,but taking good and ultimate care for them can be challenging. Starting from what they put in there mouth and body. It must be clean at all time to avoid gems.further more one can’t trust them to put a very large piece of food in there hand to eat even drink. That where NatureBond come in.will like to use it for my child when I have one

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Misty Outdoors

I have two kids of my own who are now a little bit older. How nice it would have been to have this when they were babies.This is a great product and I’m sure can be a huge lifesaver. If my kids were still babies I would be buying one for sure! Just to let you know-It was difficult for me to see the text in the Content Box and on several of the links. The light pink is difficult to see.  Great article- thank you!