The following is part of a series of posts by contributing author Lane about a few fabulous handmade alternatives to the usual mass-produced baby items. Also see her articles on handmade alternatives for baby slings and carriers, shopping cart covers, and nursing covers.
I don't even have my baby in hand yet, but from what I'm told by expert moms everywhere, when it comes to teethers Sophie the Giraffe is the queen of the world. You can find her at Toys'R'Us for $19.99.
Wooden teethers, either unfinished or finished with organic, non-toxic oils, have a sleek look and a smooth feel for sore gums. I love the Little Michigan Teething toy (28 other states available, along with other shapes) from littlesaplingtoys for $12 and littlealouette's organic Modern Maple Oval Teether for $17.
To keep your baby happy and in a small effort to preserve your own sanity, a pacifier or soother clip can prevent the disaturous loss of a pacifier at the most inopportune time. You can find a standard clip like the MAM Pacifier Clip for $5.49 at Babies'R'Us,
but an item you'll be bound to use almost daily deserves a little more thought. The following are some of what Etsy has to offer:
For a natural, neutral look with the bonus of being made from non-toxic, sustainable materials, I would choose the Eco Friendly Soother Clip from LoveMyBump for $8.
Contributing author Lane is an intentionally unemployed social worker who is currently growing a human, following her husband's dream, trying to stay relevant, and practicing her mothering skills on two rescued dogs, Enid and Falcor. Check out her fabulous blog, the Overseas Trapeze.