It is one of the most dreaded times of having a baby. They start drooling, sleeping funny, crying, being irritable and extra needy. That’s right mommas, they have begun teething! Did you know that teething doesn’t only happen during the baby stage? It goes all the way into toddlerhood! Teething can start as early as 2 months and go up to 3 years of age where they should now have all their baby teeth. That’s where I come in with these tips on how to soothe a teething baby.
9 Signs your baby is teething
- Trouble sleeping
- Excessive drooling (which may cause a rash)
- Chewing on anything and everything
- Swollen or red gums
- Rubbing face or ears (beware of the fake ear infections)
- Different eating patterns such as not wanting to eat at all
Having a teething baby is no fun for any parent. If you think about it, how painful was it when your wisdom teeth were coming in, excruciating right? And your poor little one has a whole set of teeth trying to come through.
I know what your thinking, how can I make my precious angel feel better? Well, your in luck because I have come up with 12 awesome ways to soothe a teething baby or toddler!
Ways to soothe a teething baby
1. Rub their gums
Using your finger or a damp cloth, this is good because the pressure helps ease the pain.
2. Eating cold foods
Like a chilled strawberry in a mesh feeder worked wonders for my little guy.
3. Cuddle, cuddle and cuddle
Some of the best moments for any mother is the cuddles, or at least for me it is! Your baby wants you to cuddle them so they know everything will be ok.
4. Chilled teething toy
Do not freeze a teething toy of any kind as it can cause them to crack or burst open and your baby can ingest what’s inside. Only put it in the refrigerator!
5. Hard foods
Hard foods like a cucumber will put pressure on their gums creating relief.
6. Breastmilk popsicle
This is a good natural soother for them and it actually works really well!
7. Cold purees
8. Teething crackers or biscuits
You know those baby/toddler snacks you see at the grocery store that say teethers right on the box? My son devours those suckers!
9. Warm bath to distract baby
10. Breastfeed or formula feed
Just as us adults find comfort in eating, babies do too!
11. Chilled pacifier
12. Brushing their gums
My son loves to brush his teeth and wants to do so 20 times a day. That’s when I finally realized he wasn’t doing it because it was fun, he was doing it because it gave him relief!
13. Tylenol or motrin
I always use this as a last resort, if I cant get him soothed any other way then Ill give him a dose of a pain reliever.
All of these ideas may not work, you may have to go down the list until you find one that does work and keep doing that for your baby.
Teething is the suckiest part for any baby! I know as mothers we want to wash all their pain and worries away but I know that’s not always possible.
The best we can do for them is to comfort them the best we can! Lots and lots of mom snugs for our little teethers.
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