Congratulations to Matchstick Monkey Toy for winning Best Baby Toy 2019

Congratulations to Matchstick Monkey Toy for winning Best Baby Toy 2019!!

The Mother & Baby Awards have been running for 25 years and are the most rigorous awards in the industry. Judged by the real experts – mums just like you! - you can be assured that every product is really put through its paces and tested vigorously.

Each year, the Mother & Baby awards put the very best baby, pregnancy and new mum products on the market through their paces.

Mother & Baby army of real mum testers - 1,300 mum apply to be tester - put the products through their paces by living with them for a month before giving us their real, honest opinion. This large team of testers means you can trust the Mother & Baby Awards 100%. This way only the best gear gets awarded and you can rest assured, the products below have the real mum seal of approval.

We all know how important it is to choose products that are reliable, high-quality and good value for money, so rather than trawling the shops, have a look through these winning products here:

Gold award winner: Matchstick Monkey Teething Toy

Silver award winner: Fisher-Price 2-in-1 Sit-to-Stand Activity Centre

Bronze award winner: Tiny Love Dynamic Gymini

Read more: How to choose a perfect teether for my baby?

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Products were put through their paces over a period of six months in three different settings: at home in real-life situations, in a retail environment and online. The products submitted were assessed on quality, value for money, user-friendliness and innovation.

At a glance:

These innovative monkey teethers are ergonomically designed to reach right to the source of the teething pain with bumps on the back of the head. Teething trouble is a thing of the past with this range and these are the perfect companion for your little one to provide comfort.

Would you recommend this to other mums?

April: I would recommend the matchstick monkey - it is fun and colourful, easy to pop in the changing bag yet sturdy enough that my son can have a good chew and I don't have to worry that bits will break off. I love the little nobbly bits on the back of the head as I can pop teething gel on it and my son can chew away. It is easy to wash with warm soapy water and the colour hasn't faded at all.

How did this product make your life easier?

Philipa: This is a great toy for teething babies. Although I was initially put off by the monkey design, it has really grown on me. My baby loves it! It has a teething gel applicator which is a great addition and it can be put in the freezer to provide extra relief for a teething baby. It is easily cleaned in the dishwasher or steriliser.

Would you choose this product to win?

Jennifer: Yes definitely, if this happens to get lost I would buy another in an instant. It should win for its versatility, ease of use and clever design. It is lightweight, small, easy for baby to use and easy for parents to apply the gel to back teeth. It would also make a great gift for something a little different.

What changes would you make to this product?

Margaret: I would not change anything about this product. It is such a great teething toy. It really does give my little girl some much-needed relief. We have had some bad teething weeks and this monkey really helps. There are so many different aspects of the monkey that she can chew. The legs of the monkey are great for reaching the back teeth too. Wouldn't change a thing.

The original Matchstick Monkey Teething Toy, now sold worldwide in over 43 different countries, including Taiwan, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Japan, USA, UK, and so on. Matchstick Monkey is so successful, they not only come with teething solution, also coming with comforting organic cotton muslins and breathable blankets, plush monkey toys and gift sets.

Matchstick Monkey teether are suitable for steam and cold water sterilization, FDA approved food grade silicon, dishwasher safe and fridge friendly, BPA free, environmentally friendly. Matchstick Monkey teether can help develop motor skills from an early age.

Read more: What do expert moms say about Matchstick Monkey?

How to choose a perfect teether for my baby?

Baby has a tendency to put anything in their mouth, usually this phase will begin when baby are 4-5 months old - usually called oral phase. In order for children not to enter things carelessly, you can give the teether a bite. Giving a teether not only stimulates the baby's teeth growth, but also overcomes the itching that disturbs the area of the gum.

How to choose a teether that is perfect for my baby?

Good quality teething toys will be durable, BPA-free, easy for your baby to hold on their own, and safe to chew on. Teether also shouldn’t have any hard edges. Some teether are designed for pain relief and play!

Teether is a toy that commonly used to stimulate the growth of baby teeth at the age of 5-6 months and above. Biting teether gives comfort feeling to the baby. Teether generally made from silicon and shaped slim so it is easily bitten by a baby. Before buying a teether, you should consider the following tips:

  1. Make sure the materials are soft and toxic free.

Choose a teether made from BPA free, PVC free dan phthalates free material. Choose a soft teether that is quite chewy. BPA or bisphenol-A is a plastic chemical that is harmful to the body's hormonal system. This is very dangerous for pregnant women, babies and children. Make sure the teether you choose includes the words BPA free in the packaging. Teether is usually made of plastic that is safe for the baby's mouth and has an attractive shape so the baby wants to hold it.

Read more: Loulou LOLLIPOP a strong chewable teether that your baby will LOVE!!

Choose teether that suitable for your baby’s age.

  • Stage 1 teether for infants aged about 4 months, teether function to stimulate dental growth.

  • Stage 2 teether for babies around 6 months old, the shape of the teether is denser, its function is to stimulate the next tooth growth.

  • Stage 3 teether usually used for babies who already have 2 teeth or more, the teether is denser, but soft when bitten, the texture is more rough, there is even a wavy, teether function at this stage to stimulate further tooth growth.

  • Stage 4 teether is a teether with a texture that is more coarse and varied. This teether is used by babies whose biting ability is getting stronger, because they already have several teeth. In addition to stimulating tooth growth, teether can also trains their motor movements to chew.

Teether also has stages that are suitable to the baby's condition. For babies who have not yet grown teeth, choose smaller and softer teether, don’t choose a teether with rough texture. While teether for 6 month old babies usually has a rougher texture to stimulate tooth growth, such as wood.

Choose a strong teether and easy to wash teether.

When buying a teether, try to hold the teether and then stretch it. Teether should made from strong material, so it doesn’t easy to destroy by baby’s teeth or their magical hand. If the teether was easy to torn, of course it would be easily swallowed by baby, which is very dangerous. Also, make it a habit to wash teether after being used by baby. Wash with hot waters, and sterilize as you clean and sterilize milk bottles and baby pacifiers. Use teether that have Biocote® Antimicrobial technology, it could makes your teether more hygienically clean and reduces the potential of cross-contamination.

Read more: Matchstick Monkey, toothbrush and teether 2-in-1

Choose the teether that is easy to hold.

Teether have a very large variations and this can attracts baby. But, make sure teether shape is easy to hold. Teether size must match the size of baby's mouth, not too big or too small. If it is too small, it is certainly at risk of being swallowed and will make the baby bite his own hand, while it it was too large ti will hurt baby’s mouth. Pay attention while your baby use it.

Read more: Hashtag Kidz ChewBuddy, teether that is easy to hold

So, have you decided to buy which teether?

Things you must know about baby teething and teether

Teething can be one of the least fun parts of early development. Symptoms vary, but some baby can lose sleep because of teething, cry in pain, or develop rashes from drooling while teething. You may start to think about giving your baby teether. Then you will asking yourself, when I should give your baby teether? Does baby really need teether? What kind of teether I should choose?

Does baby really need teether?

Teeth growth can cause pain and will cause a lot of difficulties for babies who feel sick, as well as their parents who took care of them. Your baby may cry a lot, saliva production will be more than usual, sometimes they also look nervous and fussy. Some babies even can’t sleep at night. However, there are some babies who don't seem to be affected by this condition.

Read more: 10 Milestones in first year of baby’s life

Baby teething toys are beneficial, not only for helping relieve a baby’s pain, but also for helping a baby’s cognitive development. A teether allows a baby to develop motor-skills. A baby must see the toy, grab it, and guide it into the mouth in order for it to be chewed on. So as a good parents, you need to go through different teether reviews before purchasing it.

When you should give baby teether?

If you notice your little one trying to chew on everything in sight, it may be time for some teether. Teething can start as early as 3 months old and as late as 14 months old. When your baby starts teething and which teeth develop first depends on family history and genetics.

Two lower front teeth are usually the first teeth that appear. And followed by two upper front teeth. Most children will have 20 teeth before they are 3 years old.

What kind of teether I should choose for my baby?

Good quality teething toys will be durable, BPA-free, easy for your baby to hold on their own, and safe to chew on. Teether also shouldn’t have any hard edges. Some teether are designed for pain relief and play!

Stage 1 teether for infants aged about 4 months, teether function to stimulate dental growth.

Stage 2 teether for babies around 6 months old, the shape of the teether is denser, its function is to stimulate the next tooth growth.

Stage 3 teether usually used for babies who already have 2 teeth or more, the teether is denser, but soft when bitten, the texture is more rough, there is even a wavy, teether function at this stage to stimulate further tooth growth.

Stage 4 teether is a teether with a texture that is more coarse and varied. This teether is used by babies whose biting ability is getting stronger, because they already have several teeth. In addition to stimulating tooth growth, teether can also trains their motor movements to chew.

Read more: How to choose a perfect teether for my baby?

LOULOU Lollipop teether - Novelty teether are essentially regular teether, but come in all kinds of fun shapes and sizes. They can literally be made to look like anything which can be fun for you and your baby!

Dena toys, teether and playmate, all in one. Thanks to its soft material and its design, with Dena toys your baby will begin to stimulate her creativity from the first day. Dena toys are very safe and very useful for psychomotor development.

Read more: What can you play with Dena toys? You'll never think about it!

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While choosing a teether, look for a teether that the baby will be able to hold and safely put in their mouth. Matchstick Monkey teeter is a perfect teether since they have three collection which come with three different size, not too big or too small, safe for your baby.

Hashtag Kidz teether, super hygienic because you can flip it out to make sure teether surface will always clean, really suitable for baby who enjoy traveling. Additional teether case are available to purchase, double protection.

Always supervise a baby while they are using a teether. While choosing a teether, look for a teether that the baby will be able to hold and safely put in their mouth. Do not use items that are not meant to be teether as a toy, especially toys that have small parts that could fall off and be a choking hazard. And don’t forget to regularly clean your baby’s teether!

I am the who teething, so why are we both crying?
— Unknown

Matchstick Monkey, solution for baby's teething pain

Matchstick Monkey launched in December 2016. Matchstick Monkey’s founder, Katie Windridge, is mommy to Minnie, Coco and Bailey. At that moment, Minnie was having a bad teething pain, she already had 3 teeth even before three months old. Katie could not find anything to massage Minnie’s sore gums without getting bitten. Minnie had always obsessed with monkeys, thus Katie think if there is a thing that could reduce Minnie’s teething pain and it is a monkey, Minnie must be really happy!! This is when the Matchstick Monkey was born.

And we understand that making decisions on the best products to buy can be difficult when there’s so much choices. Yes, teething products are designed to do the same thing, they all come with slightly different features which can be incredibly confusing for parents! Thus I will proudly tell you why I love Matchstick Monkey so much.

Read more: Things you must know about teething and teething toys

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The original Matchstick Monkey Teething Toy, now sold worldwide in over 43 different countries, including Taiwan, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Japan, USA, UK, and so on. Matchstick Monkey is so successful, they not only come with teething solution, also coming with comforting organic cotton muslins and breathable blankets, plush monkey toys and gift sets.

Macthstick Monkey teether are suitable for steam and cold water sterilization, FDA approved food grade silicon, dishwasher safe and fridge friendly, BPA free, environmentally friendly. Matchstick Monkey teether can help develop motor skills from an early age.

Read more: How to choose a perfect teether for my baby?

Matchstick Monkey have three teethers collections:

Original Teething Toys

A fun, soft textured teether which can also be used as a teething gel applicator, height is 10.5 cm.

Dancing Monkey Teethers

A soft, multi-textured teether ergonomically designed for babies to easily hold, height is 14 cm.

Mini Monkey Teethers

A teether for very young babies containing BioCote Antimicrobial Technology to help keep hygienically clean, height is 10 cm.

Why am I crazy with Matchstick Monkey teethers?

It is ergonomically design, perfect for small hands, it can also be use as teething gel applicator. Mini Monkey teether have BioCote Antimicrobial Technology to help keep hygienically clean. Also, the most important thing is they have bumps on the back of their cute characters heads. the bumps help you administer teething medication accurately and painlessly for you and your baby, the bumps also provide a satisfying texture to chew on.

The depth of colours, satisfying shapes, playful expression and overall design of Matchstick Monkey are designed to appeal to children.

How do I clean my Matchstick Monkey teethers?

All Matchstick Monkey teethers are suitable for the cold water or steam sterilizer, the dishwasher or can simply with cleaned with hot water and soap. They are made of FDA approved food grade silicone and are BPA free non-toxic.

Read more: The benefit of BioCote Antimicrobial Technology

We collected Matchstick Monkey little user’s photos from all over the world, Matchstick Monkey colorful design are very Instagramable!! Suitable for every occasion also for every outfit.

If you are willing to be our Matchstick Monkey distributor, especially in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, or any other Asia’s countries, contact us! We will back to you shortly.

Read more: Loulou LOLLIPOP a strong chewable teether

Color is a power which directly influences the soul.
— Wassily Kandinsky

Loulou LOLLIPOP a strong chewable teether that your baby will LOVE!!

Loulou LOLLIPOP is a Canadian company run and founded by twin sisters Eleanor and Angel. Their silicone teethers and pacifier clips as chewable "candy," hence the LOLLIPOP in the brand name. More importantly, Eleanor and Angel committed to making babies and parents happy. Loulou LOLLIPOP will help you dream big, have fun, and share many sweet and cherished adventures.

Loulou LOLLIPOP is redefining baby goods in pursuit of better, cuter, and safer products for every newborn adventure.

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Eleanor & Angel

Founder of Loulou LOLLIPOP

In 2015, they created two tasty but tasteful designs that quickly became a huge hit. Their original silicone Donut and Ice Cream Teethers were the first of their kind: strong, durable, and oh-so-adorable.

Read more: Does baby really need pacifier?

Watch this! How Loulou LOLLIPOP Boston Terrier Teether is made! A very eye-opener video.

All of Loulou LOLLIPOP products are free from nasty chemicals!!

  • 100% Food Grade Silicone

  • BPA, Phthalates, Lead, Cadmium and PVC FREE

  • Wash with warm soapy water before use

  • Can be chilled for added relief of teething pain

  • Original design for modern babies

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How to sanitize pacifier clip and teether?

  • DO NOT STERILIZE your clip! 

  • Teether is made from silicone which is naturally antimicrobial, washing with warm soapy water thoroughly is sufficient to clean it.

  • DO NOT BOIL or MICROWAVE your clip!

Silicone pacifier clips are constructed with ten 15mm food grade silicone beads. The entire clip measures 10" including the loop. Attach to clothes, blankets, toys, strollers, car seats or baby carriers to hold pacifiers, teething rings, or toys! They are perfect for babies on the go and keep your baby's pacifier or toy close and off the floor.

For Loulou LOLLIPOP, they are available in Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, and Philippines. And we are looking for distribution in Malaysia and Indonesia. Contact us and we will get back to you shortly.

We also have other teether, Hashtag Kidz on-to-go teether and Dena a toy that can be used as a teether.

Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.
— P. J. O'Rourke