I originally was not planning to get a baby fruit teether. I’d seen reviews of people saying they are really hard to clean.
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 ooz
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.
Notice how my rating was 4.9 out of 5? I love this thing. There is very little that can be improved on.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!