Tuesday, December 11, 2012

teething must-haves

I mentioned in Jaqsy baby's 8 month post that she got her first 2 teeth, and I'm sure we'll have more on the way in no time. She did take the first go-round of teething pretty well, but I think there were definitely some things that made it easier for all of us. I feel like it's my mom-friend-duty to share them with those of you who might be coming up on the whole teething thing, too. Obviously we've only done this once, but here are a few things that worked for Jaqs!

teething must-haves
  • Aden & Anais Security Blankets: These have absolutely nothing to do with teething, but Jaqs just loves hers, and I think they give her a little comfort throughout the night.
  • Bibs: There will likely be lots of drool to be soaked up, so be sure to get some with some absorbency!
  • Little Fevers: (or baby Tylenol) We had one night that J was up on and off ALL night long. In our fog, we didn't even think about giving her some pain reliever, but she probably would have been able to rest had we thought of it sooner. We gave it to her the next 2 nights until the tooth broke through, and she slept fine. I know all moms may not be on board with this, but we were okay with giving it to her for a couple nights to help her rest.
  • Summer Infant Finger Toothbrush: Once those toofies break through, they'll need to be brushed regularly, so I think it's a good idea to get baby used to it early on. Jaqs LOVES to have her teeth and gums brushed every night.
  • Sophie the Giraffe and Teething Keys: Or whatever other teething toys your baby likes the best! These are J's favorites. Actually, she prefers my real keys over anything else...people always look at me with horror on their faces when we're in public ;) Whoops. #momoftheyear
  • Hyland's Teething Tablets: To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure if I'm 100% sold on these yet, but we definitely did use them, and I'm sure we'll use them again. LOVE that their completely safe & natural! After seeing THIS about using Baby Orajel, I threw ours right in the trash. No thank you!
  • Baby Wash Cloths: Another great thing for baby to gnaw on and even to clean baby's teeth with.

What are your tried and true remedies?


Beth Ann said...

I think my baby is the only one in the world who never really liked his Sophie. He actually just never was very chewy with any toys. Why then is his crib rail all chewed up?!?! ;)

We use the teething tablets. There have been times I thought they helped but who really knows? H LOVES them though- I just pop 3 in his mouth one right after the other. Pretty sure he'd prefer a whole snack bowl full. ;) We have also done Tylenol and Motrin if his teeth seemed to really be bothering him. I got some orajel naturals at one point but we've never used it.

Emily said...

This is great! My little guy is 8 months too and is cutting his 5th and 6th tooth now. Teething can definitely be no fun, but I think all your recommendations are great. We also used frozen cucumbers, I would just slice a few thick pieces and then put them in the freezer. He loved them.

Nicole-Lynn said...

Even though I'm not a momma yet, I just LOVE these posts! haha Thanks!

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