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Aren’t you tired of seeing the same baby products everywhere? Of perfect moms commanding you to buy the last item of this brand you already know? These 8 items promise to change your routine, as they are innovative for babies and parents. And they are available online! No need to be showered or have baby ready to go to shop these.

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Grape tooth wipes - Special Needs Essentials

Oral care for the dummies! The disposable tooth wipes developed by pediatrician Dr. Ray Wagner help prevent children’s tooth decay early and safely. Wrap one around your finger and gently wipe baby’s teeth. They are naturally flavored (apple or grape) and individually wrapped for your convenience. Can even relieve teething if placed in the fridge 30 minutes prior to use.

2. theraputty set of 6

Unlike most play dough, this one comes in different colors and resistances from xx-soft to x-firm, letting babies figure out which one works best for them or progress from one to the other. This is a 6 different recipes pack and you don’t have to make any single one of them at home! Tan is xx-soft, yellow is x-soft, red is soft, green is medium, blue is firm, and black is x-firm.

3. Color My Bath - Special Needs Essentials

Color My Bath non-toxic tablets fizz releasing color when dropped in your child’s bath. The innovative thing here is that they are all natural, non-staining and eco friendly, as they are made of food grade coloring, soap and perfume free.

4. Safety toothbrush - Special Needs Essentials

Serving also as teethers, safety toothbrushes introduce baby to oral hygiene softly, so that they won’t be scared when time comes to do this regularly. They can play with these first quality items by themselves as they are big enough not to be pushed too far. Let them explore!

5. Knobby Q - Special Needs Essentials

“Beyond the pacifier” is what they say. This high end bumpy, round teether offers a fun mouth exercise for little ones without latex, lead, BPA, PVC and phthalates. Meanwhile, the little stem of the Q encourages side chewing and the big size of the item keeps mouth open for sound play. Plus it makes a cool bracelet.

6. Oddballs - Special Needs Essentials

Oddballs are the coolest toys of this list. No boring squares and triangles here, these 4 unique sensory balls have modern graphics and gorgeous colors that even adults love. AND a portion of each sale goes to Free The Children. This non-profit “carries the power of WE globally, empowering communities to lift themselves out of poverty through [their] holistic, sustainable international development model, Adopt a Village.”

7. Turbo Bubble Blower - Special Needs Essentials

Full disclosure: the Turbo Bubble Blower is not the toy that will teach baby to blow. But isn’t it nice to play with a frustration free toy for once? Just pull the trigger and thousands of bubbles will pop up in the air, stimulating baby’s visual sensory development.

8. Bath Toys - water flutes - Special Needs Essentials

Water flutes are also frustration free. No need to place fingers in the right spot, just fill them with various amounts of water and blow to hear beautiful music during bath time. Plus, instructions are included so mommy doesn’t have to figure this all out by herself 😉

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This is a repost from Joyful Journey Mom. Jenni is a mom with 5 children through birth and adoption. She writes about parenting, special needs, adoption and their journey as a multi-cultural, transracial family. Read the original post here.

Bonus: All readers get 30% off all chewing products at Special Needs Essentials with code CHEW30! All you have to do is find the right one for your child.

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Chewies are a great way to help children with oral sensory needs. Some children chew on their clothing, some put any and all objects in their mouths and this can be dangerous if the wrong toy is chewed or swallowed. Allowing a child to chew on a safe object can actually improve their focus/concentration, improve alertness or calmness.

Here are some of my favorite chewies that we use in our home. Not all look like a typical chewing toy which is important when choosing a chewie for an older child.

Chewy Q

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This is a great tool because it is easy to hold and durable. We have used ours daily and it shows no signs to breaking. The Q comes in a smooth orange or a red one with knobs. Both have their benefits and I would recommend trying both to see which one your child prefers.

Red Chewy Tube

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Chewy tubes come in different diameters and strengths. This is definitely considered heavy work for children with oral sensory needs. It’s easy to hold although we tend to drop this one more than the round shapes like the Q above.

Soft Star Chew

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The soft star chew is great for kids who tend to chew on clothing. The soft star and the soft necklace texture also work for children who do not like the smooth plastic type textures.

Chew Stixx Pencil Toppers

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School aged children need something that is age appropriate and for some, the pencil toppers are a great choice. This saves pencils and erasers from being chewed. They come in smooth and knobby textures.

Chewable Jewlery Bracelet Set

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These bracelets are also a great school appropriate chewie choice. They come in variety of colors and look like an ordinary bracelet.

In addition to Chewies, the Special Needs Essentials online store offers numerous great products for loved ones with special needs. I especially appreciate their Therapist Preferred section that has a wonderful assortment of daily tools recommended by professionals.

What sensory chewie tools do you use with your child?

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