Friday, February 21, 2014

Organic Baby Teething Toy Block [Review]

We conclude our series of eco-friendly baby teething products and toys. The focus here is on organic and/or natural products sold on Etsy. Babies are going to put these products in their mouth, so buying products made from natural and organic fabrics is a great investment. When babies are teething, they love to chew on everything. A sensory toy (block) with loops, ribbons, and a teething ring is the perfect combination for any baby or toddler. The Bird and Elephant Etsy store features the latest designer fabrics in 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton to create the perfect environmentally friendly, organic, natural teething toy.

Organic Baby Teething Toy Block       ($35.00)
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

The Good
The Not So Good
100% Certified Organic fabrics/threads

Adorable designer fabrics

Natural wooden ring

Wood sealed with US Organic beeswax blend

Subject: 10 month boy
Background: Baby likes to chew on everything to relieve teething pain

I love baby products that have multiple purposes. A product that can serve a specific purpose and double as a toy is a winner in my book. Since the baby puts everything in his mouth, I want to make sure that his toys are non-toxic, provide sensory stimulation, and provide teething relief. I have always liked fabric baby blocks, so when I came across Bird + Elephant on Etsy, I loved the selection of baby teething toy blocks.

Bird + Elephant baby teething blocks are approximately 3"x3". They are made using 100% GOTS Certified Organic fabrics, organic threads and ribbons, a natural wooden ring, and filled with environmentally-friendly, all natural stuffing made from corn sugar. Teething blocks are also available without the wooden ring. The Cranes design block that I received has side with knit fabric and tags and sides with a very soft cotton fleece fabric and tags. The wooden ring is securely tied on, but can be removed for washing purposes. I love the adorable, designer fabrics. The bright colors and contrasting patterns are perfect for any child from newborns to toddlers. I also love that the fabric patterns are gender neutral.

My baby has loved playing with this block. From the moment that I opened it and held it out in front of him, he was excited. We have even played tug-o-war with it. He grabs onto the wooden ring and I grab onto a fabric tag on the opposite side; we gently pull back and forth. Not only is the baby teething block a great sensory and teething toy, but it also helps with motor and social development. The rattle inside is a great attention getter and entertainer.

Care: Remove wooden ring by untying fabric ribbon. Machine wash on gentle with warm water. Air dry or tumble dry on air or low heat setting. Fiber may shift during laundering. Gently massage the block with fingertips to move the fiber back into place.

Beth's inspiration for the high contrast and sensory focused baby teething blocks is heartwarming. She understands what infants, babies, and toddlers need and seeks to provide that through her organic baby teething toys. The high quality materials and certified organic fabrics make Birth+ Elephant products a great addition to any nursery and perfect baby shower gifts. Check out Bird + Elephant teething rings, which coordinate with the teething toy blocks.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned for free to facilitate this review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own.

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