One of the hardest parts of being a mom is seeing your baby in discomfort. It may be their first fever, stuffy nose, or upset tummy, but nothing can prepare you for how much you wish you can help them feel better. You would trade places with them in a heartbeat just to see them smile and laugh again.
This post is sponsored by Baltic Wonder amber teething necklaces.
Teething is one of those phases that can really make your baby uncomfortable. Some seem to tolerate the pain better than others, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard a mom say that her child was completely unfazed by this milestone.
If your baby is in the throes of teething pain try these 5 natural teething tips:
Babies love putting things in their mouths. It’s how they explore the world around them. But they also do that in an attempt to ease teething pain. Instead of letting your child chew on anything, you can opt for some non-toxic toys. Most of these toys are made of BPA free silicone that you can easily throw in the dishwasher or microwave to sanitize. Other options include natural wood and fabric toys and rings.
2. Gum massage
Who doesn’t love a good massage? Your baby’s gums could sure use some love as they push those new teeth in. You can use your clean fingers to gently apply pressure on their gums to help relieve their pain. And if you are afraid of your baby chomping down too hard on your fingers, you can snag some slip on finger toothbrushes that are super soft and made of silicone so it’s safe for your baby. Both of my babies loved gnawing on my fingers, but watch out for the drool!
3. Cold Pressure
Another tried and true method I’ve heard many moms use is applying cold pressure to the baby’s gum. You can do this by freezing a wet washcloth and give that to your baby to chew on. Or offer frozen fruits and veggies using a mesh teether. And you can get really creative by offering them frozen bananas on a stick. Baby gets added nutrients and teething relief all in one!
4. Amber Necklaces
That cute beaded necklace you’ve seen your friend’s baby wearing is an amber teething necklace. The amber in these necklaces are said to contain high levels of succinic acid which can act as a natural anti-inflammatory, pain reliever and immune system booster. A baby’s body heat triggers the release of the succinic acid and it’s absorbed through their skin, which may provide comfort and relief. If you opt for these necklaces always take them off before laying your baby down to sleep.
I haven’t tried the amber necklaces myself, but I have friends that swear by them.
There are also natural teething necklaces that moms can wear. These necklaces are not only fashionable but they are functional for your child to chew on when they need some relief and cuddling.
5. Nursing Advice
One of my biggest fears of having a teething baby was breastfeeding. I winced in anticipation of my child chomping down on something that was already sensitive/cracked/painful. Not cool. So what can you do if you are nursing a teething baby?
If your baby does bite you when you are nursing, stop the feeding immediately. Even the youngest baby can learn that biting means meal time is over. Instead, offer them another teething remedy like a toy or necklace to help soothe them. If biting persists, sternly tell them “No!” and put baby safely on the floor. Continue reinforcing that rule and they will eventually catch on. Teething is no fun for anyone.
But remember, this too shall pass. Those teeth will pop through before you know it and your happy bouncy baby will return. Hopefully these natural teething tips will help get them through it! Good luck mamas!
And if you are looking for tips on how to get your baby to sleep through the night, I’ve got you covered!