It’s the dreaded T word. One day your perfect little babe is as happy as can be, rolling around laughing and playing and sleeping. The next day, that same little babe is screaming and cranky and fighting nap and you think you might just pull all of your hair out. You can thank teething for that. While some babies experience it far worse than others, there is no doubt that teething takes its toll on all babies... and their mamas. My first was able to get through teething fairly easily however my second has struggled with teething like nothing I’ve ever seen. It breaks my heart to see how much pain my sweet little girl is in and in an attempt to bring her some relief I have had to get pretty creative about teething remedies. All of these completely natural remedies have worked at some point or another, although sometimes you’ll have to try a few before you find the one that brings the most relief at that particular point in time. Good luck mamas, hoping these bring some relief to both you and your sweet little ones!
There are all sorts of teethers out there and some work better than others. I’ve found there to be a few major things you want to look for in a good teether. You want it to be something that your baby can easily grip, you want it to have some sort of texture to it, and you want it to be made of quality material that you can trust. For my daughter, I’ve found that the Ulubulu camera teether is her fav. It’s lightweight/easy for her to hold and the little bumps around the edge are perfect for her to gnaw on. It’s made of medical grade silicone and made in the USA, so I completely trust the safety of the teether.
2. Frozen soothie pacifiers.
You know those soothie style pacifiers that they give you in the hospital? Fill the inside with water or milk and freeze it. Your baby will have an easy time keeping it in their mouth to gnaw on , although be sure to put them in a bib first because it does get messy as it melts!
3. Amber teething necklace.
Amber teething necklaces are made of Baltic amber. The baby’s body is supposed to heat the amber and trigger the release of oils that contain succinic acid. The acid then is absorbed into the blood stream and eases baby’s pain. Some mamas swear by these necklaces and others don’t feel like they make any difference. I received mine as a baby shower gift and while I don't feel like it's a total miracle worker, I have felt like it has made a small difference in my daughter’s discomfort levels. Do your research to make sure you purchase from a reliable and safe brand, and always always always make sure your baby only wears the necklace while under your supervision.
4. Frozen Teethers.
Never underestimate the power of a frozen teether. One night my daughter was teething at her worst and in a fit of desperation I texted my husband asking him to swing by Target to pick up some frozen teethers on his way home. I popped them in the freezer and a couple hours later my daughter was happily gnawing away on them. These don’t always do the trick but they have certainly come in handy their fair share of times.
5. Teething Crackers.
If your little one is a little bit older and has mastered the art of eating, teething crackers can be an amazing. You can find them at any store, but I’ve usually gotten mine from Target. As my son got older these were his favorite teething remedy and it was super easy to just keep a bunch in my diaper bag for when teething pains hit on the go.