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5.0 out of 5 stars Information......., August 31, 2013
This review is from: Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether, Yellow (Baby Product)
This item has caused somewhat of a debate between customers. It seems that many have used this as a teether and the bristles have come off causing negative reviews. These reviews have been met with some belligerence from parents who have purchased and had great experiences with this product and feel as though the problem is more in line with lack of parental guidance and understanding, rather then the product itself. Id like to add my 2 cents, as well as some new info.

First off, I have found that the defending parents are correct in their assessment that this product states nowhere in the description that this is a teether, perhaps parents are coming to the conclusion that this is a teether by the references the description makes to " soothing the gums"?

While I do agree that parental guidance is necessary with any product you give your child and do feel that this along with better understanding the design and use intended for products plays a large role in preventing injury and hazards in children. I also have to agree with the customers who feel that this product should have made with more durability, as should any product intended for babies/toddlers, as it will endure rough use.

Everyone here is missing the obvious, whether this product is advertised as a teether or toothbrush is irrelevant. Children in the age bracket this product targets do not posses the ability or understanding as of yet to brush their teethe. Any item placed in their mouth will be met with the instinct to chew and will become a teether at any rate.

This is advertised as a product that "encourages" oral hygiene and tooth-brushing skills and should have been designed and created with the durability to withstand the chewing that will inevitably take place, no matter in what fashion a parent allows their child to use it.

I have found some new info that may be of interest to anyone who is considering purchasing this item and may put any negativity or debate regarding this product to rest.

I happen to find this item and therefore all of the controversy surrounding its use while looking at it for almost 18 month old daughter. After coming to the conclusion that this product is not for us, as it is recommend until age 12 months, I found the second step toothbrush offered by this same company. It is very similar in design to this one, the only real difference being, no handles and the shape is designed in a way that allows for more real tooth-brushing.

Upon reading those reviews, it seems that some of the same problems were taking place with this one also, bristles coming off after children brushed several times with it or chewed on it a bit, as they will still do this at toddler age as well, especially while molars are breaking through.

A new review was posted and it seems that the company, upon reading and hearing of the issues and realizing so many parents were using this as a teether for extended periods, has redesigned both of these products and the new design includes reinforced bristles. They both have this new design, however this product has the strongest bristles as it is designed for children under 12 months and will probably be met with more chewing.

So it seems that all of your complaints were heard and anyone who orders this product now will receive the newer tougher design. Thanks for reading and I hope this helps!
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Initial post: Dec 22, 2013, 2:37:58 PM PST
I appreciate this review and the up to date information on the redesign! I would like to also add that the product description calls it a "toothbrush and teether" in the table comparing each product from this company, and also references the ability to attach to a "binky" strap (pacifier clip). This is probably where some parents (including myself) got the idea that this was a toothbrush as well as teether. Our teething baby loved this until we had to take it away after he bit off and ate a bristle. If the product is not suitable as a teether, the company should change this part of the description. We may get another one to use purely as a toothbrush.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2014, 8:10:35 PM PST
C. Garren says:
This is copied from the description. Read it. It's a teether. "Baby Banana Toothbrush for Infants
100% Food Grade silicone teething toothbrush for kids 3-12 months of age. Specifically designed with "a-peel-ing" handles that are easy for baby to hold, while preventing choking. Bendable soft silicone reduces risk of injury, providing the safest learning experience possible. Dishwasher and Freezer Friendly. BPA, Phthalate, Latex, and Toxin Free. Helps to soothe sore teething gums with durable massaging bristles. Inspired by a Registered Dental Hygienist. Brings teething and brushing together, helping babies to develop healthy oral care habits from the earliest age possible, literally taking dental care "into their own hands.""

Posted on May 7, 2014, 4:38:44 PM PDT
R. Phillips says:
There are actually two products--A Baby Banana Brush, and a Baby Banana Brush Teether. As the name implies, the second one is designed for infants to use as a training toothbrush, but with the full understanding that they will also teethe with it. It has much thicker bristles than the original Baby Banana Brush, and has wide handles to prevent it from being a choking hazard. The Baby Banana Brush, on the other hand, has finer bristles and the handles are removed, so toddlers can actually learn how to brush their teeth. It is designed to be able to reach the back teeth, and the fine bristles do remove plaque (though not as well as a traditional nylon bristle brush. Once kids are about 2 1/3 or 3 they should be transitioning out of this product to a regular toothbrush). Instances of bristles being bitten off will be almost non existent if the proper age guidelines are followed. The brush with the finer bristles is not intended for infants. Both products are made out of the highest food grade silicone, and if a small bristle does get ingested, it will pass as harmlessly as a grain of rice. Nevertheless, there was a redesign of the Baby Banana Brush Teether a couple years ago which thickened the bristles even more.
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