“Alba is clamping onto anything that’s in mouth’s reach like some sort of dribbly clam.”
If your little one is in the throes of teething right now, fear not, you are not alone. Many a parent has endured these agonising episodes of infant teething and come out the other side relatively unscathed.
Well that’s what I’m telling myself anyway, as we are encountering our own little teething episode right now. At 9 months old, Alba is clamping onto anything that’s in mouth’s reach like some sort of dribbly clam.
So with the perils of teething running high in our household, I caught up with busy, London-based mama of 2, Gillian Bennett, who knows only too well of this flush-cheeked, saliva soaked wave of pain. When unable to find a simple and effective teether that appealed to both her and her daughter Suki, she went about designing her own. I introduce you to uki.be.
This eye-catching range of teethers could not be much simpler in form, and it is this rather refreshing simplicity that allows them to do the job perfectly. The hygienic one-piece design is easy to clean, sterilise, or pop in the dishwasher. Made from BPA-free, food grade rubber, it is beautifully soft for a gnawing baby. The clean lines and gently rounded corners are easy for little hands to grasp with a carefully placed pocket that allows baby to secure their grip and navigate the teether for more targeted relief. On the reverse is a series of raised dots to help gently massage those tiny, sore gums. Alba is fascinated with these bumpy, tactile dots and loves to run her tiny fingers over them. It’s the smallest of things that keep them happy, isn’t it?
If garish pigments and overtly cute is not your thing, then this is the teether for you. With a strong emphasis on style, these simple geometric shapes shun the obvious clichés of baby design. Which begs the question, should design be for baby or parent?
Gill is no stranger to the world of design having previously worked in PR for renowned architects Foster & Partners. She says this is where she adopted her love of grey – A love that we have in common. Naturally, uki.be teethers come in grey, along with black, white, blush pink and neon yellow. Just choose from a square or circle, or one of each.
And for Gill, the ideas just keep coming. Interestingly, the uki.be story started out with the design of a dummy holder. Gill is now in year 2 of the design process with this and promises that it is something very different to what is currently on the market. We can’t wait!
Her latest project is the uki.be first stage teething toothbrush. Still in the early stages, she will have a prototype to test very soon. How exciting!
“The name uki.be comes from my daughter, Suki, who was my inspiration for the range. Just try saying Suki (B) with our teether in your mouth and you will see how we came up with uki.be!”
Oh, and in case you were wondering… Gill says, “The name uki.be comes from my daughter, Suki, who was my inspiration for the range. Just try saying Suki (B) with our teether in your mouth and you will see how we came up with uki.be!”