I’ve blogged before about Evie’s habit of chewing…
It’s an ongoing thing for her. Evie has Sensory Processing Disorder. Her chewing is one of her ways of processing information and making sense of textures and the world around her. This post is unlikely to interest most people but those whose kids love to chew and lick read on!
Over the last few years I’ve bought many different chews and sensory toys for Evie. We have a box of bouncy spiky balls, wheat bags, disco lights, tanglers and my personal favourite her dance sack.
Now chewing wise Evie’s a tad destructive. Poor old Woody from Toy Story still has one finger left and Jessie is suffering the same fate. Evie has discovered that the Paddington Bear she so desperately wanted for Christmas, has the best Wellington boots for chewing. Woody’s hat has been long since relegated to the bin for the same reason.
Whenever we buy toys we do haven’t consider how “chewable” they are. Evie is also prone to choking too, as she has narrow airways.
Over the years I’ve discovered some great products that help to satisfy Evie’s need to chew.
A while ago I encountered a lovely lady on twitter (@LittleGnashers) who was selling chewelery (think chewable jewellery). Now this is a fab marketplace for those with teething babies. After having a chat with her she kindly sent Evie a bracelet. I was concerned with the necklaces that Evie would be able to chew through them and that they were big enough to get stuck in her mouth so elected for this. And it is fabulous! The lovely Vic explained to me how durable the chewelery is. Now knowing Evie’s propensity to destroy, I’ll admit to scepticism but I am happily wrong.
The bracelet is tactile so she uses it as tangler (fidget toy) as well as being happy to chew on it. It looks cute too.
When you consider the other products that I’ve bought for her, well, they look like dog chews in comparison. Now I don’t mind Evie chewing at all, but I really don’t want to get into a chat with a complete stranger as to why my daughter has a dog chew toy. (It’s happened, people are Judgey McJudgey and when I’m popping to get milk I don’t fancy a full blown defence and explanation – thanks muchly).
*ahem* I did tell a friend yesterday that I was getting more cantankerous…😳
Anyway…the bracelet is so durable…I’m seriously impressed. No marks from teeth on it yet and we’ve had it for months!
Sadly we’ve had to bin a couple of chews recently – Sophie Giraffe had her head chewed off and the red super chew knobby (yes that is really what its product name is! 😂) broke from overly aggressive chewing.
There are loads of different options out there but this one…this one is without doubt the best that we’ve tried! Take a look at her etsy shop here for various chewelery items and message to enquire about the fabulous bracelets.
@LittleGnashers – twitter