I read up the reviews & wanted a good quality non-plastic teether for my 10 months baby. He had now been using it for around 8 weeks and I can tell you is of very good quality, including the attached band. Perhaps when he gets bigger and with more teeths I may removed the band (cut it off), which by the way is very strong so that if breaks the bits will not get swallowed. I would say is jus me being extra careful. The wooden teether itself is good quality wood non-painted nor glossed so good safety in term of chemicals, unlike other wood ones I have seen.