"Munchkin Twisty Figure 8 Teether" (on Amazon) looks promising, and it's interesting that it's textured (it kinda reminds me of tangles)
Oh, anon! What a find! My skull makes me most miserable right now and I’m still happy-flapping because this looks so awesome I don’t quite even:
[image description: a stock photo of a figure-eight-shaped teether made from eight colourful, textured and see-through Tangle Jr-style macaroni-shaped pieces. The pieces, from top right: blue silicone* with raised vertical running lines; clear pink plastic; purple segmented silicone* with raised dots and stars; clear yellow plastic; blue silicone* with very raised horizontal running lines; light green plastic; purple segmented silicone* resembling the body of a caterpillar; clear orange plastic. A white stripe of plastic connects each segment to the next.]
* Note: I am unsure if it is silicone; the product listing only specifies plastic. Since silicone is a type of plastic, that is less than useful.
Stimmers should also note that, as a teether targeted at babies, it may not well hold up to strong and avid chewers (although the reviews describe the chewable parts as hard). If one cannot resist the urge to chew on the hard plastic parts, it might not be the best chewable for you. Additionally, there’s the usual advisory for child-focused language, as it is a teether.
However: chewable, textured and Tangle-like? The description even says it’s twistable, and the reviews discuss its fidget potential (albeit with the target audience, babies) so there’s a chance it might even work like an actual Tangle.
I hope someone can order and review this, because it looks amazing.
[image description: a munchkin twisty 8 teether sitting on an off white background. The teether is made of 8 coloured macaroni shaped pieces, like those of a tangle junior. The teether features, from left to right and top to bottom, a plain green piece, a translucent purple segmented piece, a plain blue piece, a translucent yellow segmented piece, a plain green piece, a translucent pink ribbed piece, a plain blue piece and a translucent orange ribbed piece.]
I was able to get hold of a twisty 8 teether so I thought I’d review! This is the first review I’ve done, so bear with me!
(It looks somewhat different to the one featured here before. Possibly it’s a different version or because I’m in the UK?)
First impressions: very similar to a tangle in shape and flexibility! There is no stiffness or noise in the joints, so it has a good range of movement, but it’s limited by the small number of sections and does not snap apart so couldn’t be extended.
Noise wise: although the joints move silently, there is a rattle in the hard plastic sections, but it’s not too loud. The silicone sections are not squeaky.
It’s a strange thing to chew, as the silicone sections are like a pencil grip over a hard plastic core. It’s not easy to chew with back teeth and is probably best for light to medium chewers. The textures are very pleasing. The hard plastic sections are presumably safe to chew but have no give whatsoever, so watch your teeth!
Pros and cons:
+ fun to play with
+ covers multiple stim needs
+ lightweight and ergonomic
+ reasonably compact + has a quiet rattle
- age specific language
- not silent or subtle due to bright colours
- chewing takes some getting used to due to hard core
- probably not super durable
Wow! Fabulous review, @nookstores! Thank you so very much for a great submission!
I was wondering as I was reading if this could be pulled apart and combined with a second teether, so I’m super pleased you took the time to address this.
I’ve noticed that there’s been a few different variations on this in colour and shape of the textured pieces, but I’m unsure myself as to why this is. It might be the age-old “changes made to product after stock photos were taken” problem, too, something pretty common in toy collecting communities.
Hi guys and gals and non-binary pals (yeah, I stole that line from @thatsthat24 .. Sorry, Thomas!)
I’m a mom of a one-year-old child and am coping with anxiety and depression. I’ve been unemployed for nearly ten months now and the end of my unemployment benefit is coming, soon. That’s why I’m turning to Tumblr to sell some items I created.
These are the baby teethers and pacifier cords I’ve got in stock. They are all made with BPA-free beads and figures, so your baby can nibble on them without worries. I put a lot of love and care in these toys.
The teethers used to be € 12,50 and are now € 10,00 (which is about 11.95 USD) The cords used to be € 10,00 and are now € 7,50 (which is about 8,95 USD). I’ll barely make any profit with these prices, but it’s better than nothing, really.
I am willing to ship them overseas (I live in the Netherlands). If you’re interested, please let me know and I will look up the shipping costs.
You can also help me out with donations:
Thank you very kindly for your time and I’d appreciate it if you’d reblog this post.
Do you think a chewy would help for someone who's constantly clenching their teeth?
Hi, anon! I will tell you honestly that I don’t clench my teeth, so I would love it if folks could reblog or comment on this post with any personal advice they have to share as to how chewables have worked for them. This will be far more useful to you than my conjecture.
I will say this, though - if you think a chewable will help you, it is absolutely worth trying. The only instances I’ve heard of chewables causing harm is when they’re used too frequently/intensively in the same way (chewed on only on the one side of the mouth, for example, or sucked on in the same place very frequently). I’ll point out that any stim toy that involves physical movement like biting or pressing or twisting carries this risk of causing injury when used too intensively without rest and variation, so chewables are not alone in this. Otherwise, chewables and chew pendants are safe to use. I can’t see how, when used with a little caution, your circumstance would be any different.
(I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: if you think any stim toy
will work for you for any reason, no matter your neurotype or
disability, please try it out. Please. Even if it only helps marginally, even if you only need it occasionally or even don’t really need it but just like using
it because it makes your life a little easier. I would much rather
neurotypical and able-bodied people explore stimming over not
discovering something that might improve their lives. You are not
appropriating from folks who stim by seeing if our tools help you, and I
absolutely encourage folks who are interested in exploring stimming to
do so. Please stim, please.)
I think it is reasonable that a chewable could give you
something else to do or focus on, and redirect the need to clench in
that way, either by chewing on an object, pushing it around your mouth
or sucking on it.
Now, I am a person with a history of RSI injuries and some not-yet-diagnosed problem where repetitive anything these days triggers new pain and injury. My approach might be excessive in being careful, and if folks feel it to be so, they’re welcome to adapt this to their needs or disregard this entirely (still take regular breaks from chewing and make sure to chew in different places, please). I’d start someone new to chewing off slowly, not using the chewable for more than twenty minutes or half an hour at once, and not chewing for a couple of hours between uses, just to see if the chewable causes any lingering pain, stiffness or discomfort. Then I’d extend out the time chewing, little by little, and lessen the time spent resting (although never stop taking breaks) so you’re building up to using the chewable for longer periods of time.
This way, I think, is least risky in seeing if the chewable (because of your health or because it is the wrong size/shape/thickness) will cause you any pain and growing you accustomed to chewing. Stimming with any component of physical movement (chewing, fidgeting) is not that dissimilar from exercise, and should be treated similarly, especially for folks with underlying health issues that might be unexpectedly aggravated by repetitive movement. Jumping in and chewing for ten hours straight, if you don’t already chew a lot on your clothing or hair, is not that far off running for ten kilometres without training.
I am unsure as to which chewable might be the right one for you, and in this case - because I’m assuming pain and tension result from the clenching - I think getting the right chewable might be quite important. I’ll direct you, anon, to this ask on picking chewables which has a series of questions designed to help people think about the sort of chewable they need. You may not be able to answer all the questions yet, but you should be able to answer some that guide you towards at least a tester chewable, and my advice on that post still holds true: Stimtastic is a good place to start simply because of the price.
(If you’re looking to start on a budget and you think you’ll like or be able to handle larger chewables, or you can’t purchase online, you might like to check out baby teethers, particularly the silicone ones. They’re often available in department stores - there’s lots of different kinds on Walmart’s website, for example. A great many have shapes not too different to Stimtastic’s handheld chewables, so they’re not just plastic rings.)
I’d be grateful to any teeth clenchers among us who can give us more specific information on the types of chewables that have worked best for them on this point, or any advice in general on how they manage their clenching.
Childhood aesthetic- pianos, music boxes, baby pink and other pastels, a collection of stuffed animals and soft blankets. Rattles and crinkles toys and teethers. Pacifiers and bottles and sippy cups. Disney and cartoons. Overall calm and precious and pure and innocent.
Fall aesthetic- maroon, hoodies, jeans, dark colours, candles, baths, cold air
Has Weirdo ever been spotted walking with the kids in their neighbourhood while Ben is at work? Has she ever been seen picking up baby food at the local Tesco? Has she ever taken the boys to the local clinic for their check-ups and immunizations? Has there ever been a nappie delivery van seen at their house? How about buying shoes, or cute little outfits from the local boutiques? It is just not possible to have kids in London and never be seen with them!
So many questions, and I’m here to answer each and every one of them!
Has Weirdo ever been spotted walking with the kids in their neighbourhood while Ben is at work?
No, but then again she doesn’t walk. If you’ll listen to the Nans, she floats. If you’ll listen to the Skeptics, she stomps. Off.
Has she ever been seen picking up baby food at the local Tesco?
No, but I don’t expect an avant garde artist to do anything so mundane as picking up baby food at the local grocery store. She was photographed (blurrily) buying parsley that one time she was spotted by someone posing as a skeptic on Tumblr at an open market in the general Hampstead area though.
Has she ever taken the boys to the local clinic for their check-ups and immunizations?
No, but I suppose the nannies take care of such mundane tasks.
Has there ever been a nappie delivery van seen at their house?
Not that we know of, but then again the only time we heard of a van being parked in front of Ben’s flat, it was when the dead ficus was being moved out. Interestingly enough, no paps were there to photograph a van moving Weirdo’s things into his flat. Not even with the heavy speculation (and all of the hounding from the press that PR would have us believe Ben was/is the subject of) that was going on regarding the secret girlfriend back in the day.
How about buying shoes, or cute little outfits from the local boutiques?
No shoes and no outfits. No toys and no teethers. No rattles and no pacifiers.
It is just not possible to have kids in London and never be seen with them!
You’re being unfair Nonny; it is entirely plausible. No one in the greater London area would be able to pick Weirdo out from a lineup.
Sorry if this is weird but do you know any stores (Walmart, target, meijer etc.) that sell things that can count as stim toys ( parents won't let me go to any stim websites )
Anon, offline stores sell a surprising amount of toys that work just fine as stim toys. These sorts of toys are at least two thirds of my own stim kit/collection. The increasing availability of fidget cubes and spinners only makes this even easier!
All of the stores you mentioned will stock stimmy things, so I’ll approach this ask on a general rather than specific basis by listing the sorts of things I’ve found in dollar and department stores and where I’ve found it. You can check the tags for each store (Walmart | Target | Meijer) to see what has been posted previously on this blog. You can also check out this ask on household stim toys and this ask on classroom stim toys for some good ideas. Aussie/NZ department store K-Mart has a really fabulous range of stimmy toys, so you might like to check out our tag for toy ideas.
This list will be prefaced by the fact that I am Australian and my
knowledge is based on the toys I’ve found locally (regional Victoria and
Melbourne) and the content I’ve seen in other dollar, discount,
department and gift shops on my travels around Australia. However, I
suspect that, in Western countries at least, the content of one’s
discount shop isn’t like to be that wildly different.
I’ve included components for DIY toys as well, in case you want to explore making your own toys.
Counter displays: Spinners, fidget cubes
Party Goods: Bouncy balls, jointed snakes, mini plastic slinkies, mini stress balls/sports balls, bubble blowers, hedge balls, hedge creatures.
balls, Play-Doh (real or imitation), Kinetic Sand (real or imitation),
plush/soft toy animals (as they are or turned into weighted plush), stress balls,
slime, floam, bubbles, slinkies, Rubix Cubes (imitation), dice,
puppets, dough cutters and moulds, marbles (for marble mazes and loops,
but also for fidgeting), snake puzzles, water snakes.
(for glitter jars), cookie cutters (for dough and kinetic sand),
textured silicone placemats/pot holders, trays (for dough and kinetic
sand), bowls, spatulas, (for storage or making of dough or slime),
Crafts: Glitter (for glitter
jars, dough and slime), glue (for glitter jars and slime), fabric
(homemade marble mazes and bean bags), pom poms, plastic tub jars (for
glitter jars), thread (marble mazes, bean bags and weighed plush), beads
(all the fidgets and jewellery with beads).
Essential or fragrance oils (weighted plush and bean bags), potpourri
and dried lavender heads (weighted plush and bean bags), glass counters
(weighted plush, fidgeting).
Groceries: Rice, beans, soup mix (all for weighted plush and bean bags).
I hope this gives you some indication, anon. There will be things I’ve forgotten. The short answer, though, is that there’s plenty of stim toys in department stores. Just take the time to wander through the aisles, if you can, because you’ll be surprised at what you might find!
We’ve seen the arrival of two teeth on the bottom and now we’re awaiting the rest of the pesky things. Lucas has such red cheeks and is in a lot of pain but we have a few miracle cures to help us deal with it.
Teetha sachets(You can purchase at most drugstores and supermarkets) The best teething relief I have found. Instead of Gel they chew the granules around their mouth meaning its a more even coating and means it work better.
Ice teether toys (Any baby shop or supermarket should sell these) These are perfect to give to baby to chew on to help soothe the gums and inflammation and bring down swelling.
Sophie Le girafe (John Lewis or mothercare sells these) Perfect for chewing on throughout the day and doesn’t need to be frozen, it has lots of little bumps around to satisfy the pain.
Calpol(Avaliable from most shops) For when the pain becomes to much and the temperature rises.
Dribble bibs (Search littlelucasloves on etsy or clickhere) Put a little cute one on to absorb the dribbles.
Cuddles Lots of cuddles to help them feel better! Who doesn’t love a mummy (or daddy) cuddle.
Hopefully it wont be long till my rosy cheeked baby cuts more teeth and he feels better. I also hope these help.