Teething is one of the most feared words when it comes to raising babies. There are horror stories from parents that have been through it and the vague advice of “this too shall pass.”
Why is it that parents that have been through the various stages of raising kids are never that inclined to share what they learned? Well I am here to share all of my tips and tricks for getting through the teething stage that so many of us moms dread.
7 Tips for the Dreaded Teething Stage
- Frozen Breast Milk — Freeze some breast milk (or formula) in an ice tray. You can either put a pacifier or just a popsicle in it for them to hold onto to. When the teething symptoms start to kick up, let your little one suck on a breast milk popsicle. It will be a sure-fire way to relieve those achy, sore gums.
- Frozen Wash Cloth — Soak a wash cloth in water or breast milk, or even some apple juice, and once it is cold, let your little one chew on. The rough texture of the wash cloth with really help those sore gums and scratch their itchy little gums. As another added plus, the wash cloth will be able to catch all that annoying drool that inevitably accompanies teething.
- Fruit Popsicles — Let your little one eat a fruit juice popsicle. Any of the popsicles that are non-dairy (think otter pops), are a great way to numb their gums and in turn relieve the pain from teething.
- Frozen Pacifiers — Frozen pacifiers are another great trick to relieving sore gums. This only works with the circle pacifiers that you get from the hospital. Fill the center opening with water and freeze it. Once completely frozen, let your little one suck away on it.
- Breastfeeding — While this may not relieve the pain of teething, but it will calm your little one down and soothe them overall.
- Teething Toys — Teething toys and teething necklaces do work some little ones. This usually is more of a preference thing from child to child. I would test out a couple different teething rings to see if any of them soothe your little one.
- Give Yourself Grace — Give yourself grace. This can be a rough time while your little one is teething. Don’t be so hard on yourself during this time. Do what feels right to you. And if all else fails, there is nothing wring with giving your baby some infant Tylenol to help relieve the pain.
Teething babies can be a challenge and test your patience in more ways that one, but I promise that it is not the worst thing in the world. Also, a glass of wine works wonders for relaxing a stressed, tired mama, too!