How to Clean Teething Rings

Teething rings can be a lifesaver for babies who have painful, emerging teeth. Those cute little mouths, though, are filled with germs, not to mention leftover green beans, sweet potatoes and milk. Therefore, before you let your little one use a teething ring over and over, day after day, you should clean it after each use. Don't think that cleaning it with a quick rinse under water or a quick rub on your shirt will rid it of germs and dirt. You need to sterilize it so it's safe for your baby to use again.

Place the teething ring on the top shelf of your dishwasher if its packaging states that it's dishwasher safe. As long as the water of your hot water heater is set to 108 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, the water in the dishwasher should be hot enough to sanitize these types of baby items. You can check the temperature by running the hot water at your sink and using a candy or meat thermometer to measure it.

Wash the teething ring with warm water and dishwashing soap, similar to the way you wash dishes. Use a brush to remove any food or liquid residues. Rinse well under warm water 1. Dry on a clean towel or drying rack.

Boil the teething ring on a slow boil with the lid on for 10 minutes. Then, let it cool in the water before removing it to dry on a towel or drying rack. Only clean the ring in this manner if it does not have liquid in it. Otherwise, it can break during the boiling process.

Tips

For babies older than 8 months, frozen bananas and bagels can help ease teething pain.

Warnings

Do not tie the teething ring to your baby. It can pose as a choking hazard.

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