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,