At that age I'd stress about an apple ... chunks can come off.<br><br>
If you have one of those little net thingies, forgetting what they're called ... someone help me out here ...<br><br><br><br>
I don't think we used any food-like teethers at this age, just my fingers on the gums and various rattles and the like. We saved the food-type teethers for somewhere in the 6, 7 or 8 month range, depending on the baby. We'd wet soft baby washcloths and freeze them and they enjoyed teething on that. And rubbing fingers on gums & rattles, like I said.<br><br>
But seriously, once you're okay with them having foodstuff, the most heavenly wonderful best best best teether for little ones, with no safety issues or chunks involved, is mango pits.<br><br>
Cut all the mango off that you can get off, and let 'em at the pit and whatever's left on it.<br><br>
It's the perfect thickness, and it's a gorgeous color, and it's got just enough mango on it to still be a little squishy in parts yet hard enough for good teething, and you know it tastes like the best food on Earth ... total teething baby heaven.<br><br><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
yep i would too. if its her first food and its a nice hard apple then its safer. the more teeth she has and/or the softer the apple the more i would worry about pieces.<br><br>
(i know some ppl hate them, but if you were worried about pieces and choking you could use a mesh feeder.)
Thank you everyone for your responses...<br><br>
Just wanted to add that we do watch our DS very very closey while he's gnawing on the apple - he is either in my lap or DH's lap, and we make sure that no part of the apple is breaking off. And no, he doesn't have any teeth yet.
We didn't start quite that early. We used the mesh feeder with ice and then gave her raw carrots and celery. That worked really well until the top 2 teeth came in. With the bottom 2, she couldn't get chunks off. But, now she can. I highly recommend the mesh feeder. That thing will keep my baby occupied for an hour.
both my babes had teeth by 4 months. I personally feel more comfortable with my babies gnawing on an organic peice of produce than plastic teething toys. I really dont think it's the same as starting solids.<br><br>
my son played with a peice of cold celery for a half hour the other day...it was cute.
We didn't start solids early and DS never once gnawed on a plastic teething toy, as he has no plastic toys.<br><br>
To relieve teething we soaked a cloth in breastmilk and froze it, gave DS wooden teething rings.<br><br>
I would personally not feel comfortable introducing any type of solid food at such an early age. Just because the teeth are ready does not mean the gut is ready.
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<div style="font-style:italic;">We didn't start solids early and DS never once gnawed on a plastic teething toy, as he has no plastic toys.<br><br>
I would personally not feel comfortable introducing any type of solid food at such an early age. Just because the teeth are ready does not mean the gut is ready.</div>
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ideally not. i would consider that in the range of eating solids, which i believe 4.5 mo is too young for. also if there is skin involved, non-organic apple skins are <b>loaded</b> with pestcides.<br><br>