Having two babies so close together has meant we’ve had a double whammy of teething troubles. Syd was busy cutting her first teeth while Sam was cutting his molars. Our house was no fun while that was going on. It has meant that we’ve picked up some cool ideas and products to use to calm teething babies down though. I hope they help!
When Sam began teething waaay back in 2011, one of the first things we bought was some Funky Giraffe Bibs.
They were amazing value, and have lasted really well. I love the fact they are fleece backed, so the dribble doesn’t get onto their clothes and skin. The designs are also brilliant, and they wash really well. Syd is actually still wearing a couple of Sam’s original dribble bibs now – look!
That’s Sam on the left. He’s around 10 weeks old on that photo. That’s Syd on the right, taken about 4 weeks ago. There’s approximately 22 Months between those photos being taken. The Bib still looks as good as new!
Something I swear by for soothing sore gums are ice lollies. I try to make my own for Syd at home, but when we are out and about, I have been known to let Syd chomp on a shop bought one. *GASP* Sam hates anything cold, so they never helped him at all, but they work miracles with Syd.
For Sam, teething powders helped a lot. They were like gold dust to get hold of a couple of years ago, but are easily available in most pharmacies now. It definitely took the edge off for Sam, and meant he still slept through. It doesn’t work as well on Syd though, but it is definitely worth trying if you don’t want to rely on meds to soothe sore gums.
Teething gel is a lifesaver too. I splodge some onto their dummy teats now they have teeth, and it’s a risky business sticking your fingers into their mouth. That seems to work just as well, and I don’t lose any fingers in the process – result!
My absolute favourite thing for soothing teething pains is fruit. My kids love to chomp on fruit. Satsumas seem to the their fruit of choice when their gums are tender, but they love to gnaw on apple when their teeth are about to cut through.
So there you have it – my top 5 suggestions to help with teething troubles!