There are so many wonderful parts of being a parent, but teething is not one of them! I am fairly certain that there is reason we do not recall teething ourselves. It is because it is so horrific that we block it from our minds.
Watching my daughter suffer from teething pain was as miserable for me as it was for her. In my quest to ease her suffering, I tried everything. And I mean everything under the sun. There are many teething aids on the market and I tested them all. Finally, I discovered five strategies that calmed my daughter’s teething woes and did not involve medication!
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1. Baltic Amber Teething Necklace
There are moms that swear by these amber teething necklaces and moms that claim that there was no effect at all. It has to be true Baltic amber, I discovered, to notice a difference. These necklaces produce a natural analgesic effect that soothes the teething pain and even reduces drooling. Plus, they look cute! Who does not like a little bling?
At first my daughter pulled at it out of curiosity, but most of the time, she forgot she was even wearing it. If I forget to put it back on after a nap, boy, would she let me know! I did notice a difference in her overall mood and comfort level while she was wearing her necklace.
You can pick up an amber teething necklace at your local baby boutique store or order it right from Amazon!
What can you give a teething baby when they cannot yet eat solid food and have no teeth? Boobsicles! Just freeze breast milk (or formula) in popsicle molds and voila! A popsicle made especially for your teething baby.
3. Sophie the Giraffe
You may have heard of Sophie the Giraffe and how she is amazing. I am here to tell you that the rumors are true! It is made of natural rubber and painted with food-grade paint. There are so many other teethers out there, but this one is by far the best. Maybe it is the shape or the smoothness. Or it could be because it looks like a friendly giraffe, but no other teether does the job like Sophie.
4. Baby Mum Mums
*Disclaimer: I received several boxes of Toddler Mum Mums for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
As I was strolling down the aisles of Target one day, I saw a box of Baby Mum Mums that claimed to be an all-natural baby teething biscuit. The words “all-natural” caught my attention first. They keep their ingredients simple and pure.
There is no wheat, dairy, corn, eggs, or nuts included in Baby Mum Mums. My daughter has a dairy sensitivity and I am careful to limit her sugar intake. No problem here. There is less than 1 gram of sugar in Baby Mum Mums. The rice in the biscuit is actually the same used for sushi! Talk about high quality!
What is great about this snack is that it doubles as a teething aid! They are basically crackers that have a nice crunch to relieve teething pressure, but easily dissolve. My daughter loved to alternate sucking on them and then crunch away. I never worried about her having several a day because they were such a healthy option.
When Baby Mum Mums reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to review their product, I told them that I absolutely loved them for teething when my daughter was a baby, but now she is a toddler!
Lo and behold, Baby Mum Mums makes Toddler Mum Mums! Now that my daughter is past the teething stage, I was not sure if she would still enjoy these treats with the same gusto. However, I need not have worried. These snacks are not only healthy, but come in a variety of flavors. This is ideal for the toddler’s very “discerning” palate at this tender age. My favorite part is that they are perfect for “on the go”.
5. Using a pacifier…human or otherwise
My daughter has never used a pacifier or dummy. Instead, I was her human pacifier while teething. Breast milk contains a natural analgesic and can really help relieve a great deal of teething pain. I know some babies refuse to nurse while teething, but my little one was attached at the boob. It made using the restroom and taking a shower a bit tricky, but it was very soothing for my daughter.
Many moms complain about their nursing babies biting while teething. Those jaws have power, no matter how many teeth they have! You can gently remove your baby from the breast and reposition or offer a cold washcloth or…boobsicle to bite instead. Babies do learn to be gentle with mama, but that does not mean that they do not need an extra reminder when teething!