Hello Cyberfriends. Teething is no joke. It brings along spurts of crankiness, sleepless nights, and that’s just what we experience as parents. While Baby Goblin is almost done for now, here are some things besides his pediatrician approved dose of acetaminophen that have gotten us through the teething troubles and helped our teething toddler.
- Frozen Fruit – When Baby Goblin was first trying solids, we invested in a few of those mesh pacifiers for transitioning your little one to solids. I would fill them with his favorite fruit and pop them in the freezer. This gave him something cold to numb his gums that also tasted good, making sure he’d keep gnawing on it long enough to help.
- Frozen Yogurt – We’ve used this one more recently, as Baby Goblin is now a toddler who is completely on solids now. We get the yogurt in tubes (you know which ones) and keep them in the freezer. It works just as well as the mesh pacifiers, but adds a little more sustenance since he’s typically not in the mood to eat regular meals when his teeth hurt. (I wouldn’t be either buddy.)
- Teething toys – Anything hard that he can chew on, that I can also sanitize has made all the difference. He really liked chewing on anything he could, so I made sure that whatever was available to him was clean and safe. I stayed away from anything beaded, just in case it broke while he chomped away.
- Baths – Baby Goblin’s biggest teething trouble was a rash from the drool. While bibs helped, the best thing we could do for him to help sooth it was letting him play in a warm bath every night. This helped him get out any extra energy too, so he could sleep better and feel better in the morning.
Other Tips for Teething Toddlers:
Every child is different, and some of what worked for our friends with kids did not work for Baby Goblin, but here were some the suggestions we received from them:
- Frozen Cloths – One of my friends suggested freezing a cloth that Baby could chew on. Baby G was pretty picky about tastes, so this didn’t go over will in his book, but they had great success with it.
- Non-Medicated teething drops – Another friend swore by these for their little one. They didn’t seem to make a difference for us, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely ineffective.
- Amber teething necklaces: Some friends swear by amber teething necklaces, which are believed to release natural pain-relieving chemicals when they come into contact with the skin. I was afraid to try these, as I was worried about Baby Goblin getting tangled in it or choking on it, but I have a friend who swore by them.
- Gum Massage – We were told that a gentle massage could provide relief from the pain, but Baby G did not like us going near his mouth for any reason, so we weren’t really able to test this one out well.
It’s important to note that while these non-medicine remedies can help soothe teething pain, they may not work for all children. It’s also important to ensure that any objects your child chews on are clean and free of choking hazards. If your child is experiencing severe teething pain or has a fever, it’s important to consult with your child’s pediatrician.
Teething trouble can feel like it’s lasting forever. If you’re reading this amidst sleepless nights just know that you are not alone and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. While taking care of your little goblin is absolutely your first priority, it’s also important to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Get sleep where you can, and reach out to your support system if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Here’s some of my favorite self-care tips. Hang in there mom. You’ve got this.