Hi there! My name is Jodine Boothby and I invented Gummee Glove.
My little boy, Jimmy, was 10 weeks old when he started constantly gnawing on his hands. I was a little worried, because he seemed a little frustrated and uncomfortable and was making the skin on his hands sor. I started holding teething toys to his mouth, which seemed to bring him some relief.
I never dreamed he could be teething at such a young age, especially as he didn’t have the motor skills to hold a teether to his mouth yet. Do you know what we found out though? He DID have a tooth. A BACK tooth! We took him to our dentist, who then sought a second opinion from another dentist, who said it was definitely a back tooth. He advised us that sometimes the teeth/bone can grow faster than the gum, but usually the gum grows over the tooth and the tooth will then re-emerge at a later time. This is exactly what happened. So we had a reason for the constant hand chewing, but not a solution and I hated giving him medication at such a young age.
Of course I did not mind holding traditional teething toys to his mouth, but you know what it’s like in those early days – you have so little time, a 5 minute shower can feel like a weekend at a luxury spa! Sometimes I just NEEDED to be out of the breast milk, sweat-soaked t-shirt & have a shower and brush my teeth, knowing my little boy was happy for five minutes!
One day, while changing Jimmy’s nappy, I looked up and noticed that he had pulled the end of his sock loose on his hand (I could not find effective ‘stay-on’ scratch mitts, hence socks on his hands) and he appeared to be really happy, chewing & slobbering over the end of this sock.
This was my light bulb moment. I was straight on Google, looking for teething mittens. They did not exist. Now they do!