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She doesnt like any teething things made for babies. She only wants to chew on her leather shoe. Im concerned about the dye used on it, so I dont let her have it. Is there anywhere to get an untreated piece of leather?
I guess even plain leather at the craft store would have preservatives or something. I dont know. It would be cool if we could get baby rawhides.
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#2 of 9 Old 09-16-2010, 10:26 AM
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i don't know about leather, but i have read that babies prefer cloth to plastic/rubber teething things. i know my LO likes cloth better b/c it isn't so slippery and he can chomp it better. he also likes the wooden Plan teething ring i have, which doesn't have a varnish so it's more grabby to his gums.

i thought i'd post just in case the ones she doesn't like are slippery...

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I wouldn't worry about it. When she starts crawling/walking everything is going to land in her mouth!

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My baby likes leather too and I wondered if there were any leather teethers. I can imagine the feel of leather on gums and how it would be appealing. I let her gnaw on my leather wallet when we are shopping. She is very content with it.

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My DS loves leather too. At 13 mos, with 8 teeth, he still likes it though not as much. I just let him chew on it. The chemical/treated issue gave me pause for a few minutes but a happy, teething baby is worth it to me. Technically, your finger is untreated leather so maybe that's an option

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you could see if you can find a local leather crafter type or someone who would treat leather and ask if you can have a untreated scrap.

Most leather selling places have bulk scraps for like $25/lb sadly

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Maybe someone on Etsy who makes leather goods would be willing to sell you a strip of untreated leather?

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I just let ds have one of his shoes (somehow we ended up with several pairs of leather shoes over the years!) I figure there is so much other weird things that end up in his mouth that the dye doesn't bother me. This morning, he spit up several bits of a pink piece of paper. Not even sure where he got it (I'm thinking it came home in dd's school folder, hope it wasn't important!)

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Yeah, my wicked good slippers have become a popular chew-thing for dd2. I do prefer it to the mouthfuls of paper - and no, haven't seen actual baby leather teethers either.
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