Is it okay to freeze teethers?

Nina - posted on 10/06/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering if it's okay to freeze teethers, because I read somewhere that it was a safety hazard. I don't understand how it could be a safety hazard.

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Christinia - posted on 10/06/2009

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I've been told the the frost can hurt the baby's gums..I've always put mine in the frig it really isn't cold cold but my son chews the crap out of it...But I have been told by a doc to take a wash cloth wet it and put it in the freezer then give it to the baby by the time that it comes out of the freezer its not frozen and the baby can chew on it safely. Also Been told by other moms to take a Big carrot and let them chew on it as well. I hope this information helped you out.

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Jane - posted on 10/06/2009

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only put them in the fridge. if they freeze, they can be bitten and the gel inside is poisonous. you can always wet a facecloth give it a twist and put that in the freezer, then they can suck on it and you can throw it in the wash. or get a netting feeder and put an ice cube in it.

Kaelyn - posted on 10/06/2009

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No freezing, the above people are right, they can be a hazrad because the plastic isn't meant to be froze. The fridge is fine though. If your child doesn't like teethers, my son did not like them, so I used cold wash clothes. you can also put a wet wash cloth in the freezer and let them use that. He loves them. Just an idea.

Ashley - posted on 10/06/2009

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The teethers my son has actually said on the package to refrigerate them only. I don't know if they make some that can go in the freezer, but I just put my sweet boy's teether in the fridge. He actually prefers my finger or a washcloth though...

Ashley - posted on 10/06/2009

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I actually haven't heard anything about freezing the teethers being harmful.What I always do is just put them in the refrigerator to get them cold, but not frozen. Being cold helps numb the gums. I also get a baby wash cloth wet and put it in the freezer. It is cheaper and all of my kids loved it! So if you are worried about the teethers being harmful, try that. It is easy, and practically free!

Rachel - posted on 10/06/2009

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I really have not heard either way but I put my son's in the freezer its no diffrent than them sucking on ice plus the heat from their mouths and hands warms them up pretty fast....but I dont know what to tell you maybe ask your Dr or do what you think is right?

Cecelia - posted on 10/06/2009

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The material that the outside of the teethers are made of could beome brittle and break. Also they can sometimes develop sharp edges if frozen. A better idea would be to wrap a small piece of ice in a wash cloth and let them chew on it. The texture of the cloth might help the itching.

Tammy - posted on 10/06/2009

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don't freeze them! that rock hard teether could break your little bubs teeth. just put it in the fridge at the top near the back for that little bit of extra coolness

Mel - posted on 10/06/2009

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yeah i frooze my daughters when she was very little because they lose th coldness to quick. now i just keep them in the fridge cause she is 18 months so she can tolerate a bit more pain from teething

Sharon - posted on 10/06/2009

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The plastic in teethers wasn't meant to be frozen. The gel/water inside wasn't meant to be frozen. The plastic can weaken and possibly burst, crack or leak. The liquid inside is non toxic but .... at the least the now brittle/weakened plastic is a choking or cutting hazard.

Christinia - posted on 10/06/2009

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Quoting Nina:

Is it okay to freeze teethers?

I was just wondering if it's okay to freeze teethers, because I read somewhere that it was a safety hazard. I don't understand how it could be a safety hazard.


I've been told the the frost can hurt the baby's gums..I've always put mine in the frig it really isn't cold cold but my son chews the crap out of it...But I have been told by a doc to take a wash cloth wet it and put it in the freezer then give it to the baby by the time that it comes out of the freezer its not frozen and the baby  can chew on it safely. Also Been told by other moms to take a Big carrot and let them chew on it as well. I hope this information helped you out.

Bridget - posted on 10/06/2009

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I heard the frost bite to the gum information too. I wouldn't. Which stinks because it helps.

Mari - posted on 10/06/2009

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can't explain it better, but heard the same from a dentist. dont freeze just refridgerate.

Morgan - posted on 10/06/2009

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Im not sure, all my family has frozen theirs and my mom froze mine.... I have yet to do so since my son isn't teething yet. But i know from expierence from my wisdom teeth, when they wrere comming in ice usually soothed it so i think the general idea is the same. Not sure tho

Tessa - posted on 10/06/2009

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Yes it is okay and helpful. The temp can help soothe and help numb the gums. I am a mother of 2 and work in the early child development field for years and I have not heard of any risk. Good luck

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The way I understand it is it can damage the gums the same way frost-bite damages. You can put teethers in the fridge though but don't freeze them.

Maybe someone else here will be able to explain it better....

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