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5 Tips for Tackling Teething

Updated: Mar 11

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 it's 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 it's 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 babies to chew on! (free of harmful chemicals)

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 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 ease the pain but improve jaw strength in your little ones! *You can use the Haakaa feeder above or the examples below

Freeze fruit like a whole banana or star fruit slices to allow your 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 your 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 relieve 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 discomfort. Having some teether toys on hand can help prevent them from putting undesirable objects in their mouths. We tried A LOT of different teething toys (a desperate mom will buy anything and everything)

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 the 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 turned to homeopathic medicine.

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 acetaminophen, 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 you're looking for.

We have a bottle of Genexa Acetaminophen on hand for those "just in case" 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! And shop all my teething favorites in my Amazon Storefront!

Always, Jess

L E T ' S B E F R I E N D S!


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