I got this shortly after my son started teething. He was about 4 and a half months old and absolutely miserable.He of course tried chewing everything he could get his hands (and mouth) on! I noticed that he had trouble holding on to some of the bulkier more traditional toy shaped and water filled teethers.
He couldn't hold it firmly enough to get a GOOD CHEW going which REALLY made him mad.Most of the time he would grab a blanket or the arm of a small stuffed animal and chew, chew, chew! He also loves to snuggle and roll with his blankets.So when I came across this teething blanket I thought that it was a fantastic idea.
I found it online while I was doing a search for teethers, I ended up buying it brand new on ebay. I paid about $20.00 with shipping included.I believe I have since seen them at Target but I'm not sure which other stores may carry them.Although they are very easy to find in the online stores.I have seen them retail anywhere from $15-$21 dollars.
The blanket is a cream colored /yellow fleece with a yellow satin border and Elmo is of course bright red with large, round, 3D, blue and white eyes, a dark blue mouth that squeezes open and closed and little ball shaped orange nose. Baby really likes the bright red part and is attracted to the facial features.There is that nice contrast with the yellow and red.
This blanket is the perfect size for my little guy to hold, it measures 14" x 14"
There is a thin, red, bumpy textured, firm but flexible teether sewn onto one corner, and a soft 3D mini stuffed Elmo sewn onto the opposite (diagonal) corner (Elmo is even holding his own tiny blanket! SO CUTE!)The Elmo also has a rattle sewn inside his head, and the corner of the blanket behind Elmo has that Crinkly (cellophane) sewn into the fabric.
It seems durable enough..about like a blanket or stuffed animal would be..we've had it for a little over a month and so far no wear or fraying.
It is also machine washable and can be put in the drier.
Directions say :
Put inside a pillow case, no bleach, tumble dry low and do not iron) I love that!
When I gave it to my son he loved it ! It does appear to sooth him. He chews on all the different parts! Likes to cuddle with it and it is really easy for him to hold. He is still not so interested in holding the teether part himself...but if I hold it he chews away! He does like to try and pinch Elmo's eyes, and Elmo is his favorite part to chew.He likes to roll around with it.It's also nice to take everywhere with us..and keeps him pretty content.
I have also seen this available with Cookie monster on it.
Overall I think it's a great, very simple yet helpful toy /teether. It does offer some early exploration of textures with the (silky, crunchy and fuzziness) as well as the rattle sound and crinkle . I think that it will be better(more entertaining) for younger babies (under 9 months)than it would be for older babies..the recommended age on the labeling says birth and older.
I would recommend it for mom's with teething babies.It has been an awesome addition to our teething supplies.