We are finally in the clear with teething; almost all of our son’s teeth have come through at least partially, and I couldn’t be happier! But we learned a few tricks along the way, and I thought I’d share them with you to help you make it through the teething phase with as few tears and headaches as possible!
Tip #1: Let Them Apply Pressure
Letting babies chew or gnaw on fingers, teething toys, wet washcloths, or even gauze can help relieve some of the discomfort.
Tip #2: Become “The Drool Police”
All that extra drool can cause upset tummies or rashes on their face and chest. Ointment (or coconut oil) can help. And keeping them as dry as possible is paramount too. Make sure little ones are getting lots of fluids to keep them hydrated through all that drooling.
Tip #3: Chill Out
Cool compresses and things to chew on can also do the trick to ease sore baby gums. Here are some things we used that you could try too: wet, damp washcloths, popsicles, frozen bananas, carrots, and chilled teething toys.
Tip #4: Know When to Expect It
While the ages when babies start teething can vary, most start between 6-8 months old.
Tip #5: Remember, This Too Shall Pass
Don’t worry, teething will eventually come to an end. And while it can be tough to watch little ones in discomfort, know that you are doing your best to help and soothe and comfort them. They will get through it… and so will you!