Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether

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We like

Design purpose is for young babies

Easy to grip

Built from child safe materials

Appealing design for babies

Gives relief during teething

Durable

We don’t like

No apparent cons evident from researching customer reviews

How it works

The challenge for parents is choosing the best brush in relation to a child’s age, the younger the age the more designed for purpose a brush needs to be. For babies, brushes need to be up to purpose and it is nice if design work has gone into the product to give it a sense of appeal. Babies have varying habits, some like a sensation of gum massage, especially while teething, others like to bite and chew.

The banana brush is specifically designed for very young infants, a flexible and durable brush made from child silicone which is a child safe material and makes a really good choice for using to teach children to take on board the needs for oral care. This product is targeted at children starting from around three months of age, the silicone material gives durability combined with flexibility and has a higher safety edge over many other toothbrush models. Innovative design and flexibility will greatly bring down the chances of any mouth-injuries, the broad handle enables young hands to maintain a firm hold while they develop the skills to move the brush over and around young teeth.

Oral hygiene has been a need for people since the dawn of humanity and we are creative and have always advanced with new methods to ensure strong healthy teeth and the prevention of gum disease. It is never too early to teach our children the skills they need to ensure healthy teeth & gums.

Materials & Features

Materials & Features

Silicone is more safe that traditional hard-plastic toothbrushes and so the use of this material in the making of a toothbrush means the brush has a good degree of flexibility. This material is non-allergenic and this product can even be washed via a dishwasher and it can be stored in a freezer without any detrimental effects to the structure of the brush. The bristles on the brush are thick and can give a level of beneficial massage to teething gums. The handle on this product are easy for a young child to comfortably and securely grip. The double benefits via this product are good, the tooth brushing capability is designed to offer cleaning and massage capability for sore gums during teething. Offered in a selection of colors which should appeal to babies and durable to the point of beneficial, these are for very young kids from around three months during teething times up to when those first teeth break through and need cleaning. There are variations of the style of these products, the banana version is popular along with the Octo-teether which offers flexible legs of different sizes especially for teething purposes.
Capacity

Capacity

The capacity in terms of size and shape is purpose designed for very young mouths and the thick bristles will/do give a consistent tooth cleaning capability while offering benefits for a child who may be experiencing uncomfortable teething episodes. In terms of size for a baby, this product is purposefully designed to be very effective for babies and the capacity and size of the brush has unique design features to make it very user friendly.
Durability

Durability

Plastic when used for making a toothbrush does offer durability but silicone takes the durability to a higher level which adding in flexibility and a very nice level of durability. With silicone a brush has a better bend factor which means it can gently reach difficult areas in the mouth. As silicone has move give to it, the chances of doing any damage are much lower when compared to standard plastic brushes which are used by most adults. The bristles in this product are thicker and offer more gentle contact while still giving a nice level of cleaning.
Safety

Safety

Safety is important especially for gums and teeth, the silicon bristles do clean and they also give a consistently gentle massaging effect which is very good for infants when they are teething. The shaft of the brush is very easy for young hands to grip and it has a nice level of give or bend to ensure that not too much pressure can accidentally be applied. This product is Silicone food-grade at 100% so this means very child friendly and safe, added benefits are that these are Phthalate free so there are no toxins or other chemicals which could be problematic for very young infants. For cleaning, it is fine to put this product through a standard dish washer and these can also be stored in a freezer to ensure they are sterile.
Design

Design

Designed with very young babies or infants in mind, these are very easy to grip and manipulate by young hands and the brush has a sturdy but light quality. Children are attracted to colors and shapes which can resemble real everyday popular objects and the designers have come up with a selection of designs which are sure to appeal to children, the banana design is proving to be a hot favorite. Unlike standard brushes, this brand has put in design work to ensure the handle is easy to grip and manipulate. This means a very young child will be practicing dexterity skills at an early age while also learning to understand the need for regular oral hygiene.
Physical Development

Physical Development

This product contributes positively towards physical development from a very early age. Learning to clean, protect and preserve our teeth has so many important points which relate to physical development.

Throughout our lives, positive oral hygiene will stave of many types of disease and oral complications. Therefore, introducing children to good consistent clean oral hygiene does serve towards a child's positive physical development.

Another benefit is that children are aware of the needs to keep healthy teeth and they may well promote this practice among their peers.
Maintenance

Maintenance

Being made from Silicone and latex, BPA, phthalate free this child friendly and durable product is very easy maintenance, for sterile purposes this can be kept in a freezer and is safe for using in a washing machine. Silicone bristles and an easy to grip handle means this product needs minimal maintenance.
Comfort

Comfort

This gives comfort via soft child safe silicone bristles which massage gums, give relief during teething pain and introduces a very young infant into the need for oral care and healthy teeth. The product is very well designed for young babies and is designed to ensure comfort during use.
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Very easy for teaching young children to learn to take care of their teeth and oral hygiene, this product is cleverly designed to appeal to children and it is very easy to use for teething and cleaning of the teeth. The density of the bristles designed onto the brush means that while being an exceptionally good tooth cleaning tool, the flexibility in the bristles does allow the brush to give a massaging effect over the surface of the gums and this action promotes a healthy flow of blood, a good flow of blood feeding vital nutrients into gum tissue does mean yet another great way to prevent the potential of gum disease.
Versatility

Versatility

A nice level user friendly design and materials which means this brush is versatile, it has an appealing design for children, this can be very soothing for babies during teething times and the brushes made from silicone and very good for massaging and promoting healthy gums. For maintenance just simply run this brush through a dishwasher, and to ensure sterility this can be kept ready for use in a freezer.
Sensory Stimulation

Sensory Stimulation

Sensory stimulation for a babies gum is very effective via the thick bendable silicone brushes fitted onto this child's toothbrush, during teething relief can be achieved and health blood flow for the gums is promoted during the use of this brush.
Motor Skills

Motor Skills

Babies can start to develop dexterity and motor skills while they learn to use this product to clean teeth and maintain a good level of hygiene. To aid the development of motor skills while adding in the benefits of learning daily routines for good oral hygiene is certainly a very good way for promoting gradual development of motor skills in young children.
Calming

Calming

Teething can be a very uncomfortable time for babies and even produce fevers, this product can be used during teething and variations exist on the banana brush design, and a range of colors are available. While teething, this brush has the potential for calming young babies. Of course teething is a natural part of child development and each of us went through this while we were babies. This product can and does give relief during teething, it won’t halt the process but it will contribute towards a much calmer baby.
Age Range

Age Range

The suggested ideal age range is from around 4 months up to twelve months though there are not any reasons why this cannot be useful for children over 12 months of age. For very young infants the designers have put in a lot of research and design thinking to ensure this is a very good product for very young babies and those a little older.

The actual design does target babies less than 12 months old and the benefits include the development of motor skills, the habitual training skills needed for good oral care and even gaining relief from teething pains.
Price Range

Price Range

When comparing this tooth and teething calming brush against standard designed toothbrushes this product comes in at a cost which is certainly buyer friendly and gives useful variability for the benefits it can give for babies. This does not mean that standard designs are not good, they are good but they are more effective for older children and adults. This design has been created for very young ages in order to introduce the concept of self-care via oral care and this important approach is more effective through the innovative designing which has been put into this product.

The product price is friendly and the benefits are high.

Bottom Line

Looking back through our history, no matter what part of the world we live in it is clear that oral hygiene not only preserves our needs for healthy teeth but it has been a constant factor in our evolution. Modern science has proven that bad oral hygiene leads to a wide range of debilitating illnesses later in life. Introducing an ability and understanding of oral care into the lives of young children is a “must do”. Our ancestors had many natural ways for doing this and they used methods such as brushing with charcoal sticks, using salt for brushing and many more creative and natural methods all of which worked. When more sugar became a mainstay in our diets these methods became less effective and the time had come to create brushing tools which can remove coatings of sugar on the teeth, remove the build up of plaque and keep our gums healthy.

This product moves in the correct direction for enabling us to safely teach important self-care skills to our children from a very young age. When we teach children this healthy approach into their daily lifestyles we are giving them important skills which will benefit health later in their lives.

This brush is a result of inventive creation by a mother who works as a dental hygienist and she wanted to create a brush which works for very young children. The design is such that it is easy for a child to firmly hold the handle and manipulate the brush to be effective and the design offers much more in terms of variety of use. The choice to use silicone is not only because it is safe for children but it is also durable and very flexible within the context for which it is used. This product is built with a nice dense selection of flexible bristles which actually work to massage young gums, give relieve to the pain caused by teething, promote the flow of blood in gums and of course, effectively clean young teeth.
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