When the newest addition to our family, Halle, was hanging out with her mom at our house the other day, I initially thought she got a hold of something she wasn't supposed to have. Man, she was gnawing on that thing like it was candy. My wonderful bonus-daughter and Halle's mom, Katie, quickly informed me that it's a teething tube. Well, this very hands-on and experienced dad-turned-grandpa has never heard of such a thing. Right about the time you think they couldn't possibly improve on something as simple as a 'teething ring', they come up with the teething tube! Makers of teething tubes say they have a doctor-approved design that is soft, flexible, and hollow, are easy-to-hold and shaped specifically to soothe your little one's tender gums in all areas while assisting in the eruption of teeth. 

All I know is that back in the day when my kids were little, they would grasp the liquid-filled teething ring (often refrigerated to cool the pain), and give it a little workout, but nothing like I saw our little 'Halle-gator' do with that teething tube.

Healthline.com lists the best baby teethers on the market and it turns out that 'teething mitts' and 'teething pops' are still popular choices as well.

 

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

 

 

 

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