Teething Bites: Our Tools For Surviving Teething
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Warning! This post contains some cold hard truth about teething.
Let’s get honest about teething IT SUCKS! I am not one to be a Debbie downer about this awesome journey through parenthood. I love my job, even when my tiny human is cranky BUTTTT goodness teething is not for the faint of heart.
My son popped his front two bottom teeth at the same time the week of Thanksgiving.. We DIDN’T EVEN KNOW! He never got cranky or refused to sleep, NOTHING. So, being the blissfully naive parents that we are (as most new parents are) we thought ‘Hey this teething this is not as hard as everyone said it’d be.’
Boy were we WRONG
My son has been cutting his front two teeth plus another one on the top. Y’all it has NOT been fun. My son has not slept a full night in his own bed in almost a MONTH. He hasn’t slept a full 6 hours in almost as long. If you are going through teething with your little one, know that you are AMAZING for surviving each day! Seriously, between the lack of sleep, the whimpering throughout the day and the screaming any mom who has been through teething and survived to tell their story, you ROCK.
Okay so some of that might have been a bit on the dramatic side but has been so much harder than I thought. And my husband and I have learned some trick along the way that have helped make this really hard time just a little easier. Even on the worst days at least one thing on this list has given me a few seconds of peace.
Here is the list of things that have helped us and how we used each one. Before you read this list know that every baby is different. I am no expert and this is what has worked for us and hopefully at least some of it will be helpful for you.
Baby Food Feeders
Even if you don’t have a teething baby I highly recommend these.
These things are AMAZING. When my son started teething he didn’t have much interest in those frozen teething rings but I knew that he needed something cool on his gums to make him more comfortable.
One day I found these in the kitchen. My mom had given me some that my nephew never got to use and I had hidden them away. At first, if I am being honest, I had no idea what they were for. So like any good mom, I called my mom haha. She explained they had used them for teething and you could put whatever you wanted inside for baby to chew on. Anything? So the next trip to the grocery I got a big bag of frozen mangoes and stuff one of these suckers full. My son LOVED it. He was so happy if only for a few mins. He was getting some fruit and the frozen fruit was numbing his gums. It was a win, win.
Now that we have been using them for a while there are some pros and cons to both sets that we have. The ones with the netted material are nice because they are larger. Meaning I can get more fruit in there which equals less running back and forth to the freezer. BUT they are also a tad bit messier. Which is why I like the plastic ones with the caps when we are out and about. They hold less food but are cleaner for when my son is already dressed but still needs something cold on his gums. Both are really nice to have and have helped us tremendously!
Now that you know all about they baby food feeder you also know you need something to put in them. For us it’s frozen fruit. When I go to the grocery I get a big bag of frozen fruit for around $3. The first time we tried it I got a bag of mangoes. Frozen Mangoes are nice because they make almost zero mess. They won’t dye his face and they don’t have seeds. They are really nice for when we are out and about because he won’t end up covered in fruit.
After he ate through a whole bag of mangoes we tried a variety bag of mangoes, bananas, strawberries. Again, mangoes are the bomb. My son loved all the fruits but bananas and strawberries work better in the netted ones because he can’t pull bigger chucks of food out like in can in the plastic ones.
We have also tried blueberries, pineapples and raspberries. My only warning is make sure you don’t use a fruit that will stain their face if you are out and about 🙂
I’m not a huge fan of using medication if I can use something natural BUT my little guy has been in so much pain. You know that cry that breaks your heart… yeah we were to that point.
So when we took him for his 9 month check up the doctor looked at his gums and said “ow.” Even she could see his whole top gum was swollen. She suggested we use ibuprofen instead of Tylenol. We had been using Tylenol for about a week and honestly it wasn’t helping much. I thought he’d out grown his dosage but the doctor said his dosage was right. So we bought ibuprofen and tried that.
What. A. Difference. Not only does ibuprofen last longer than Tylenol it helps with the swelling. As soon as we switch we finally saw some relief for him. Ibuprofen has become a tool in my bag of tricks for teething and although we don’t like to use medication much when your child is in pain you’ll try it all.
Frozen Teething Toys
As I said before my son didn’t take to these at first. Everyone always asked if we used them or if we had them when he was cranky. We do/and did have them he just doesn’t always like them. There is one that he really likes that I will suggest though, Tomy | The first years has this plastic teething ring you can freeze and he uses this one a lot.
Although this is one of the only ones he will use, I didn’t want to leave teething rings off the list because I know they work for most babies. And this one works for my little guy. These are definitely worth having in your bag of tricks.
You just put the little brush on your finger and you can massage their gums. If you use Orajel these brushes are a nice way to apply it. Again, we don’t use Orajel a lot but when push comes to shove we will.
Cliche as it sounds… patience! Teething is hard for everyone. And after a few days your patience are shot, you’re running on no sleep (#teamnosleep) and you are wondering how you going to keep going until those teeth come in. You can do this. Especially you new mamas who had no idea how bad teething could get, you got this. Cuddle your little one, enjoy those naps when all they want is to be held and know that this is also a season that will pass. One day we will look back and long for those cranky, sleepy hugs and they will be all grown up. You can do this!
What are some of the teething tricks that have worked for your family? I would love to hear all about it
Lots of Love,
I’ve only been a parent for 9 short months and there have already been several of those events. You know the ones… the ones where when you think about taking your little ones you get so excited when you think about how much fun it’ll be (especially if it’s a first for your family) and then in record time you. freak. out.
It’s going to be so much work, what if they’re cranky, should we take them…. Does this sound familiar? I know it does for my husband and I. We are still so new at this and there have been several events where I want to take our son and I weigh the pros and cons and decide if I should, most of the time I do.
One thing you should know about my husband and I is when we got pregnant we decided we wanted our baby to be apart of our lives. What I mean by that is, I did not want to be a couple that stayed in and turned down plans because we had a baby (within reason of course). We wanted adventures and memories with all the good and the bad.
So when the opportunity arose to get semi season tickets to our favorite hockey team when I was 7 months pregnant we took it, knowing that our son would only be 3 months old when the season started. There was going to be so much to figure out but it was an adventure we wanted.
So this is how we take our son to hockey games and pretty much every where and enjoy ourselves.
Most of us moms are planners or at least when it comes to our children we are. We know when it’s time for them to eat, when they will throw that evening fit, and when they are going to get overly sleepy. Knowing these things is part of being a mom and they play a huge roll in planning a successful trip out to a big or crowded event.
Things to figure out before:
- When will your baby need to eat.
My son was still nursing every 2-3 hours when we first started going to games so I knew I would have to feed him before we left, once we were there, during the game, and before we left.
- Where/how will you feed your baby
We decided to do a little of both. Sometimes I would have a bottle pumped so we would take that and save it for during the game to cut down on needing to nurse in public and other times I didn’t so I would prepare for nursing under my cover in my seat or sitting on a bench.
- Do you need to take any medications
My son needed acid reflux medicine so we knew that it needed to be packed and easily accessible while we were at the game.
- What kind of event will you be attending, do you need anything special (swim diaper, head phones, etc)
Hockey games are loud so we knew that we had to invest in some good headphones to protect our little ones ears. We bought these and they have worked so well even as he has got bigger.
- How late will you be out, should you take pj’s to make baby comfortable
Since our hockey team plays 1.5 hour away we knew that packing Pj’s was a good idea. We could get him settled in and comfortable making transition to bed easier when we got home.
After you have answered all the big questions you can move to onto the check list of things to take with you.
Going to the hockey games meant seats that were close together so we opted to take a small draw string bag instead of our diaper bag. So we went down our plan and figured out what we would need to make sure baby was happy and content without packing everything but the kitchen sink.
- Diapers (how many)
- Food (breast milk or formula)
- Nursing cover
- Binky and clip
It was here, our first hockey game as a family of 3. To say we were nervous and stressed would be an understatement. I stuck to the plan of nursing right before we left ( to keep baby somewhat content on the drive), we loaded the car with our condensed diaper bag and headed off to our first big outing. When we arrived I nursed again in the car ( I know I can nurse in public but I always felt more comfortable in the car). We parked and walk to the game. When we got to the arena we changed his diaper and found our seats.
During the game we had our plan. The baby would eat once during the game and then again when we left. I located the nearest restroom just in case and we settled in. We had a blast!!! Once we were in our seat my son (who was SUPER difficult his first 6 months) did amazing. He got his medicine on time, I nursed in my seat and he had his head phones so he could enjoy the game. The bag we brought fit perfectly under my seat making it easy to grab but not in the way and when he got cranky he had his binky or I could walk him up the aisle.
After the game we changed him and learned about ‘Family Restrooms!’ (we were really excited about this haha), took him back to the car changed him into his pj’s and headed home with an amazing night of memories.
He did so well. As a family we had so much fun. Was it different? Of course. Was it a little difficult? YES. Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY
As new parents we were probably a bit naive and we probably still are. But who isn’t?? And if a small touch of ignorance gives us memories… well then it’s worth it.
Comment below and let me know what events you have been brave enough or naive enough to take your little ones to.