Choosing the right Sensory Chew
SAFETY ADVICE - CHOOSING THE RIGHT SENSORY CHEW
So you have a biter? Or a child who incessantly chews on their clothes, fingers, pencil tops and nearly everything not tied down?
Help is at hand….Sensory Chew Toys to the rescue!
Chewies in the form of necklaces and bracelets can be found in a variety of shapes, sizes and textures – for every age and gender.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT CHEW
Did you select an age appropriate chewy? For younger children (under 3) it is best to have a solid teether or something that mum can wear to maintain close supervision. The goal is to eliminate any choking hazard during chewing and oral exploration. The Chewbuddy Stickman is great for younger children and mild chewers because they encourage oral motor exploration with a soft texture. Older children may prefer a wearable chew like the Chewbuddy Disc or Bangle which are more discreet and socially acceptable as well as being safe and effective. Teens, adults and more aggressive biters may enjoy heavier options like the Chewbuddy Super.
Whether the child is younger or older, it is wise to inspect the chewy regularly for wear and tear. If cracks or weaknesses are noted, discard and replace the chewy. Chewies can last a long time but it depends on the biting habits of the chewer and the durability of the materials.
Not all chewies are made the same. Be sure you have purchased a chewy from a reputable company that tests products for compliance with all applicable safety standards, including phthalates and BPA. When tubing is part of the chewy, medical grade tubing is best. Chewbuddy’s are CE marked and made from medical grade material.
Chewies should be washed with antibacterial soap and water after each use and left to air dry. Some chewies (such as the Chewbuddy) are dishwasher safe on the top rack – check the care instructions.
A chewy necklace should be large enough to be easily removed or have a quick release or breakaway clasp that pops open easily. There are many styles of chewy necklaces and it really just depends on your child’s preference as to which one you choose.
Remember that safety is of the utmost importance and there is no protection like a watchful parent!
Adapted with kind permission from an original article by Ilana Danneman of Funandfunction.com