{Hoosier Momma Moments} A New Mom’s Guide to Beating Teething

Hi everyone, miss me?It’s been a bit crazy around our home with Maisy FINALLY deciding that it’s time she got teeth.Our perfect little sleeping-through-the-night-at-four-weeks peanut has been up all night, crying and crabby all day, and gnawing on the bars of her crib, and the legs of my coffee table, and all her toys in the mean time.

So I’ve tried just about everything when it comes to soothing Maisy enough to get through this whole teething thing, and I’m here to share some with you all.

Grab that glass of wine and get ready to rock your little one to sleep. This is going to be a bumpy ride.

1.) Cold Chews.

This is a no brainer. Look for toys that are soft gel or plastic that can be frozen but wont be too hard. Babies need to chew when they’re teething, not suck, so the squishier the toy can be the better.

Our favorites are this Minnie Mouse teether and this Fisher Price Strawberry teether.

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(This is great for introducing fruits too! We stick everything from peaches to mangoes in it for MJ to nibble on!) This Momma over at Shades of Gray uses the same teether for her little girl. A total must have!

Another great tip I learned when our family dog was teething almost 10 years ago! Get washcloths wet, roll them up and freeze them. Makeshift frozen teethers, you’re welcome!

2.) Amber Teething Necklaces

I’m positive there is some great scientific explanation as to how these work. (For the record, Amber contains some of the highest levels of Succinic Acid, a natural pain reliever) But I’ll chalk it up to voodoo magic.

First things first, your baby will not chew on the necklace. Instead, baby wears the amber in a necklace or bracelet and the warmth of their skin naturally releases succinic acid. Beads are individually tied so if the necklace were to break, the choking hazard is minimal.

The lighter the color of the amber, the higher levels of succinic acid. And, as a plus, if you find a mosquito in your amber rock you can open the theme park of the future. (Please don’t)

It’s not recommended for babies to sleep wearing their necklaces. We like to wrap Maisy’s around her ankle so her footie pajamas keep it away from her mouth.

3.) Silicone Teethers

We have a few favorite silicone teethers. Silicone is an excellent material because it’s non-toxic and soft, making it the perfect material for little ones to chew on.

We love these teethers from LifeFactory. The rings have several different textures and can be bent around Maisy’s hand however she likes it.

We also don’t leave the house without our Sophie the Giraffe teether. A variety of textures and a cute little face, it’s easy to see why this is the most popular teether!

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I’ve raved about ChewBeads before, but for a Momma in a pinch, these are cute, easy ways to always have teethers on hand. I talk a little bit more about ChewBeads in this post!

4.) When in doubt try these not-so-natural methods

Tylenol–it’s there for a reason! Don’t torture yourself, give it to your baby in the proper dosages and it will ease their pain.

Whisky. You don’t need to slip it in their bottle or force it down their throats. Just get a little on a Q-Tip and rub it directly on the tooth. It will numb the gum and slip the baby to sleep. We like using whiskey better than Orejel (though I’m not perfect, and happily use the Orejel when I need to) because we feel it’s more natural. It’s up to you what you think is best for you and your child. But if you’re at the end of your rope, one Momma to another, it works.

Have any other teething remedies that work wonders for your little ones? Share them in the comments or on my Facebook page!

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