Teeth. They can make a smile beautiful. With teeth you can enjoy many amazing foods. My teeth have always been fairly straight. In middle school I felt like the only kid without braces. Imagine wishing braces upon yourself?! Now I know how fortunate I
was am. I hope A&L never need braces either.
L has two teeth now at 8 months. He got them in March at 6 months, one right after the other within a week’s time. I discovered he had a tooth when we took this family selfie:
My post at 4 months expressed my cluelessness about teething. L’s drooling began to lessen at around 5 months, before his teeth came in actually. I hardly ever have a bib on him now, only when he is eating solid foods. The fussiness comes and goes. For two months now I’ve been thinking the next two teeth were right there, ready to pop through at any moment. The pain worsens when I put him down for bed. Sometimes I’ll give him a frozen teether and I’ll pick it up when he falls asleep. Other times Tylenol is the only option. I’ve had people suggest oils, but I haven’t explored it any. Shortly after L’s teeth came in, I got A&L both Amber teething necklaces.
They really helped, at first. Lately though it seems as though only frozen things soothe the pain. I have them wear the necklaces during the day, and I take them off at night so their necks can breathe. I do think without the necklaces things are worse, so I keep using them.
A is such a chill baby. She’s only had a few instances where she expressed serious pain and we gave her Tylenol. She is still in the drool phase though. She goes through about 4 bibs a day and 2-3 outfits. She also enjoys the frozen teethers.
Here are the toys that we have found success with:
I have found that the frozen teethers filled with water work better than the gel ones. The gels ones do not stay cold very long at all. The water ones do. I’d suggest gel for beginning teethers, and water for babies cutting teeth.
My advice is to be prepared. Research toys, necklaces, and/or oils now. Word of mouth is always best. That’s how I found a few of A&L’s favorite items. The toughest part for us is the fussiness that cannot be soothed. I find that if they are distracted, they are less fussy. As soon as I sense teething fussiness, I grab the teething toy stash. Good luck!
Have you gone through teething with your littles yet? What are some things you found to be successful during the teething phase?
Update: I found this site with LOTS of helpful teething tips! I’m about to try essential oils: lavender, thieves, and peace&calm blend. I’ll give an update in a few weeks.