Natural Teething Tips for Babies and Toddlers
Teething, the bane of babies, toddlers and their parents or guardians worldwide. Cutting teeth is no easy feat, and for babies and toddlers alike the arrival of milk teeth often takes their world, and yours by storm.
The first signs of teething are pretty obvious. From drooling and swollen gums to the endless biting, chewing and sucking on everything, including you. It’ll be hard pressed for you not to notice your once angelic little bundle of joy is teething. Placidness can turn to irritability. Your once ‘good eater’ might decide they no longer need to eat at all. Nights can be disturbed and nappies, well prepare to witness the stinkiest poops ever.
I’ve been there with both my gorgeous bundles, in fact I’m still going through it with the youngest who is 19 months old. We’re in the process of welcoming canines and the last of the molars, and when I say ‘we’, I mean ‘we’ because a baby or toddler teething is a family affair.
So with this experience in mind, it really was the perfect fit for me to team up with homeopathic medicinal superstars Nelsons Teetha, to bring you my Top 20 Natural Teething Tips for Babies and Toddlers.
Add Some Cold
1. Chill a wet facecloth /washcloth – let your little one chew on it. My tip – try get them to wear a bib whilst doing so as they can get rather wet.
2. Give your little one a cold spoon – as simple as it sounds, put a spoon in the fridge and when cold, give it to your little one to help soothe their aching gums.
3. Chill a soother – keep soothers in the fridge – the coldness of the soother will be a relief for sore gums. Remember to change baby’s soothers regularly and to check soothers for cracks and teeth nicks once teeth come through.
Relieve the Pressure
4. Rub the gums – with sparkling clean hands rub your little ones gums with your finger tips.
5. Massage the face – massage your little ones face around the gum and jaw line to help relieve the pressure.
6. Teething toys – soft and hard, let your little one choose which they prefer to help soothe. Sophie the Giraffe is a big hit worldwide, both my boys enjoyed biting her legs, however be aware that parents have found mould growing inside the toy so keep a close eye on your giraffe – the same goes for rubber ducks in the bath!
7. Wooden teethers – these organic types of teethers are specially designed with teething babies and toddlers in mind, but like plastic and silicone teethers always buy from a reputable company.
8. Gum massager/ baby toothbrush – there are gum massager toothbrushes and chewable toothbrushes available. There are also finger toothbrushes available too. Our little boys were too independent for the later option and wanted to do it all by themselves.
9. Teething Jewellery for you – I actually made my own teething jewellery (pictured above) from food safe, bpa free silicone beads but they are readily available in stores. The beauty of these is that you can look stylish while baby dribbles all over you. Plus the jewellery can be put in the fridge to cool for added soothing.
10. Amber or Hazelwood Anklet/Bracelet for child – some people swear by these organic products. Others are sceptical either of these products work. Amber is known for its anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties, Hazelwood for the same plus it’s said to be good for eczema and acid reflux. Whatever your opinion, always make sure you purchase yours from a reputable company, that it has a safety latch and that you remove the item from your child when he or she is going to bed. Amber anklets and bracelets are made from beads and can pose a choking risk so always be aware.
Food & Drink
11. Chill a bottle of water – fill a bottle of cooled boiled water and chill in the fridge. Then give it to your little one to help soothe their pain.
12. Cold water – if your little one is drinking from a closed top beaker or sippy cup. Fill their water with ice cubes, allow the ice cubes to melt a little just in case they manage to open the cup, and let them sip away.
13. Cold foods – when a lack of appetite strikes, give your little one cold foods such as stewed apple and pear, yogurt, cold pieces of fruit or even a cold carrot.
14. Use a feeder – fill a mesh or silicone feeder with frozen fruit and let your little one munch to their heart’s content.
15. Freeze breast milk – if you’re still breast-feeding, remember you can always offer your little one some frozen breast milk.
16. Ginger root – peel Ginger Root and rub it on swollen gums to help soothe them.