I am not sure how many times I can say teething sucks, but it really sucks! There is nothing worse as a parent than being helpless to your hurting child. As I mention here, teething can cause SO MANY different symptoms and truly make like miserable for baby and therefore mom and dad too! So I have compiled my top 5 baby teething tips to hopefully allow you to get out alive, with happy teeth!
#1 Be Prepared.
The boy scouts have a point here, being prepared should probably also be the mantra for all of parenthood. In this case, be prepared with soothing supplies (check out hint #3 and 4 for more specifics), for sleepless nights (I highly recommend essential oils to help calm, learn more here), really just mentally prepare yourself for the hell that is going to unfold.
#2 Talk to your Pediatrician.
When baby starts teething, usually around 6 months, you will still be visiting the Doc pretty often so ask questions. They can feel around baby’s mouth and give you an idea if teeth are on the way, or if they are a ways off still. They can also give you medication recommendations to help manage pain based on your child’s needs and overall health. This includes all the very helpful over the counter things such as Tylenol, Advil, Orajel, etc.
#3 Freeze some stuff.
Teething causes a lot of unwanted symptoms including swollen gums. One of the best things for swelling is cold! There are specific toys you can buy that are meant to be refrigerated or frozen to help, but frozen bagels, waffles, pancakes, breast milk, applesauce or apple slices all work just as well plus you get the added benefit of food going in. I also just discovered baby girl LOVES rice cakes and haven’t tried it yet, but they seem like a food that could be chilled for extra soothing gum capabilities!
There are MANY types of teething toys available. You really don’t need to get fancy here, anything that is baby safe and can be chewed on without breaking apart is the goal. I would recommend getting a few different textures. Neither of my kids wanted something hard to chew on, they preferred the softer silicone/rubber toys, but I know some kids that want hard plastic to really grind their gums on. And still some prefer really soft things, like bibs, to chew on. Make sure you have a good range so you can experiment with what makes your kiddo happy.
Hugs and cuddles are a powerful medicine. Sometimes all your baby may need or want is some undivided attention from you, showing them they are safe, they are loved and it is going to be ok. Babies aren’t very well-equipped to handle pain so filling them with good vibes from snuggles is sometimes the best you can do! If your babe isn’t the cuddling type you can try other soothing activities such as bath time, reading or listening to music together. My oldest loved stroller rides as well. He began teething in the middle of winter so I would spend HOURS wondering Target either wearing him (for the snuggles) or pushing the stroller (when he was feeling more independent). Do whatever makes your baby feel loved and comforted!
There you have it! A lot of these are common sense, but we all know that mom brain is real and sometimes in the midst of crying babies, no sleep and desperation a few reminders of the basics are helpful! Do you have a teething or parenting tip, trick or hack? Drop a comment below!