Household Items That Are Safe For Babies To Put In Their Mouths
This Baby Eats Everything
It's a problem as old as time. A baby will grab ahold of basically anything and instead of harmlessly playing with it, will aggressively shove it into their mouth. Why? Here's a great article which sums it up.
From experience, our babies always chomped on: rocks (usually of the dirty variety) chargers (often times destroying their functionality) keys (the grime!) and electronics (phones, remotes, laptops oh my!).
But, there will always be non-toy things that a baby will be putting in their mouth, so it is important to list the potential risks and some possible solutions.
There are certainly many ways to construct this, but in my view, there are four potential dangers when a child sticks something in their mouth:
- The item itself may be toxic. For example: many metal keys may include lead and are obviously unsafe for (anyone, but especially) babies.
- The item may be dirty or covered in a harmful substance. For example: that little cap on the bottom of a toilet can be assumed to be tainted by some gross fluids.
- The item's shape increases the danger. Sharpness may cause cuts, length may poke sensitive areas, smallness may be a choking hazard and you must keep an eye out for things that can be suffocating.
- The item's importance. If a baby is allowed to play with your 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card, you may be asking for trouble.
Anything that will be safe for babies to put in their mouths won't have any of the above risks. So, without further ado,
- Silicone baby toys. These are often marketed as teethers so you can be certain they are designed with babies in mind.
- Baby spoons. With their rounded edges and rubbery feel, these utensils are literally designed to be put in a babies mouth.
- Baby toothbrushes. Sometimes these are designed with specifically teething in mind, as well.
- Silicone kitchen utensils. In our home that buttery-smooth omelet flipper is a fan-favorite. Silicone ice molds are also an idea. Just confirm that whatever you think doesn't run into any of the aforementioned risks.
- A clean lovey. These adorable fuzzies are perfect for your baby to cuddle with and self-soothe. After you've confirmed that size is not too large, you should have the green light.
- Empty water bottles. Turning used water bottles into a mouthing toy may be a solid form of recycling. You probably should take the cap off as it is ridged.
- Actual food. Besides for the entertainment value, often, when a baby puts things in their mouth, it's a sign of hunger.
Obviously, your baby will be putting many other things in their mouths as well, and for most of them, it is of no consequence (or maybe it builds their immune system). This list is to specify the most ideal items for child mouthing.
We wish to emphasize that we are not doctors, so all serious queries should be posed to a pediatrician. Also, generally speaking, the exploring of the little ones should be supervised by a nearby adult.
Did we miss anything? Have something to share? Tell us in the comments!