5 Tips for Tackling Teething

Restless sleep, little to no appetite, fussy, red cheeks, low grade temperature. It's awful seeing your little one in pain but once you can identify that its teething you have many -natural- ways you can help them.


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How do you know if a baby is teething?

  • chewing on things more often than usual

  • more drool

  • gums are visibly red or inflamed

  • poor sleep

  • you can see a tooth (or white) coming in

  • mild temperature

  • flushed cheeks

  • rash on their face

  • hands in their mouth more often than usual


Here are some tips that I've found helpful for a teething baby:


1. Give them Cold Items


Cold Teether


Freezing a gel toy can be too cold on their gums and not helpful, instead put it in the fridge for 20 minutes so its cold but not rock hard. These were our favorite teethers because they didn't make baby's hands so cold!


Frozen Washcloth


I've found that wetting a washcloth and popping it into the freezer for a few minutes makes a great teether for a teething baby. They love sucking on it to get the moisture and it stays cold for a long time! Here are burp cloths that are made from 100% organic cotton, so safe for baby to chew on! (free of harmful chemicals)



Haaka Feeder

This was hands down the best remedy for Addy while teething (and a normal treat as well).


I hand expressed (or pumped) breast milk into a bottle or glass and then poured it into these molds to put in the freezer. Here's the mold we use.


Once frozen you take the milk cube and put it into the silicone feeder so that they can gnaw on it which feels so good on their gums and the milk itself is so great at helping ease the pain too!


You can also use other combinations like bone broth, yogurt, fruit, etc!


Frozen Foods


Freezing food is another great way to not only easy the pain but improve jaw strength in your little ones! *you can use the Haaka feeder above or examples below


Freeze fruit like a whole banana or star fruit slices to allow baby to suck/gnaw on the cold surface and potentially warm it up enough to eat as well!


A non-frozen food that also is fun for baby (and rabbits) is a whole carrot! Peel off the skin (not frozen of course) and give them the whole big carrot to gnaw on! (important: don't use baby carrots!)


2. Nurse on Demand


If you're breastfeeding, offering to nurse your baby can relief some pain and provide added comfort. Even if you're not breastfeeding, your baby may want to eat more often and will love some extra cuddles during this time.



3. Try out Teething Toys



Your little one will probably want to chew on everything to relieve some disco



mfort. Having some teether toys on hand can help prevent them from putting undesirabl


e objects in their mouths. We tried A LOT of different teething toys (a desperate mom will buy anything and everything)


I linked the toys we love here.


I did want to share some toys

that we tried and hated:


  1. Moonjax Silicone Teether: This didn't hold cold at all, and Addy never really liked to use it as a toy.

  2. Itzy Ritzy Teethers: Immediately upon opening I was overwhelmed with the nastiest, most toxic smell. I have no idea what these are made of, but I didn't want them anywhere near my baby.

  3. Fruit Teethers: Addy just wasn't a fan! They ended up being tossed on the ground and quickly picked up any and all dog hair.. they spent a majority of the time in our dishwasher.





4. Medicine


Homeopathic Medicine


My family always prefers to try natural, homeopathic remedies before ever giving "modern, over the counter medication". This goes for my husband and I, our pup, and now our baby! However, teething is a beast and even with the approaches we took above, Addy still needed some help- which is when I turn to homeopathic medicine.


* both Earthly Wellness and Boiron are incredible CLEAN brands that I love, use, and trust.


Modern Medicine


As a general rule, my family and I don't use medication unless absolutely necessary.

Now that being said, after 3 nights of absolutely NO SLEEP we tried Acetaminophen and it didn't work- Addy was still totally uncomfortable (until we tried Hyland's Teething Tablets).


But if you do opt for acitamitoihpne I recommend looking into the brand Genexa instead of the name brand Tylenol. Genexa is made without artificial colors, dyes, sweeteners, preservatives, or fillers- just the meds that your looking for.


We have a bottle of Genexa Acetaminophen on hand for those "just incase" moments.


(Note: It is no longer recommended by pediatricians to use any kind of numbing gel for teething babies as it can lead to breathing issues)


5. Comfort


Your baby is most likely going to lean on you more than usual. You'll spend more hours rocking to sleep, contact napping, and holding baby throughout the day.


With clean hands you may be able to offer some comfort by massaging their gums and letting them apply pressure to your finger.


Do your best to sympathize and embrace the extra love- it won't be like this forever.


For more information, check out my Teething highlight on Instagram!



Always, Jess

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