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Jessica Tomes is a wife and mommy to three precious (but rambunctious) little girls. She has a degree in broadcast journalism from Texas Christian University, and a nerd-like love for political science. She is passionate about writing, marketing, social media management, and this wonderfully beautiful mess we call parenthood. She happily lives in beautiful Houston, Texas, and also sells real estate!
Teething is terrible. Anyone who tries to tell you it isn’t is nothing but a terrible liar. I recently heard that we (as in grown ups) should count ourselves lucky that we grow our teeth as babies because we wouldn’t be able to handle the pain. Are you kidding me? That’s not even remotely comforting. And as a concerned and compassionate mama, you HATE to see your little go through this. Am I right? Of course I am! 😉
Obviously every baby experiences teething differently. Some will experience virtually no symptoms (the lucky ones), and others will experience pain for months. Most babies grow their first tooth around seven months old — but like any “milestone,” there’s a wide range of variation. Researchers say some babies grow their first tooth as early as two to three months, whereas others might not see their first tooth until after their first birthday. However, teething symptoms can show up long before the tooth itself.
So what do teething symptoms look like anyway? And more importantly, what can we do to help? Many of the most common teething symptoms include drooling, the consequential “teething rash” (from said drooling), biting, excessive crying and irritability, feeding issues (these can occur with solids and breastfeeding), poor sleeping habits (unusual night waking), and noticeable tugging of the ears. YIKES! That’s quite a list.
But remember mom, every baby is unique. No one teething experience will be the same. And thankfully, there are steps we can take to try and appease our poor, pitiful teething tots. Here are a few tips and tricks for combatting teething, plus one of my favorite baby+mama products on the face of the planet!
Put teething pain in its place like a #parentingprofessional!
1. Take a Chomp Out of Teething Pain with Chewbeads.
As you’ve probably discovered, babies put everything in their mouths — and for good reason! As it turns out, gumming provides counter pressure, which relieves the achy feeling that results from brand-new baby whites pushing up and out into your sweet, unsuspecting, little one’s mouth.
Not unlike most moms, Chewbeads co-founder, Lisa Greenwald, quickly noticed that her son Benjamin was always putting things in his mouth — and his favorite “chew toys” were always mom’s necklaces! Lisa was concerned her jewelry might break, or worse contain harmful chemicals. So as a veteran of the fashion industry, she set out to create “soft, non-toxic jewelry that was both chic (read colorful) and safe.” #smashingsuccess
Chewbeads products are made of 100% silicone. They are BPA free, and contain no phthalates, lead, cadmium, or metal. Chewbeads are also dishwasher safe. Score! They offer stylish products for both mom and babe, including necklaces, bracelets, pithy silicone bibs, and adorable (chew-friendly) pacifier clips.
My two-year-old has seriously been teething (read non-stop) for the past two years. I can honestly and unabashedly say that our Chewbeads have saved our lives (and our sanity) on numerous occasions. And they are so stinking cute! (I’m silly like that. I love a pretty product in a pretty package. I’m even happier when it works! So sue me.)
Thanks for the awesome necklaces Chewbeads! We are head-over-heels in love!
2. (Age-Appropriate) Cold Food and Drinks are also Good Options.
Think ice-cold water in a bottle (after six months), and frozen or cold food (like yogurt or frozen fruit chunks in a mesh baby feeder) — these can be more satiating than warm food, and can help (fingers crossed) to ease baby’s achy gums.
3. Snuggles, Snuggles, and More Snuggles!
Because snuggles make everything better.
4. And when that doesn’t work, try administering baby-safe pain medication (acetaminophen) with your pediatrician’s permission, of course.
You should always consult your physician before giving your child any (new) medication. It’s important to note that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns against topical numbing agents. The FDA also recommends staying away from herbal or “homeopathic natural teething medications”. A temperature of 101 degrees or less while cutting a tooth (due to inflammation of the aggravated gums) shouldn’t cause too much alarm — but if it persists, or is higher than 101 degrees, or is accompanied by other symptoms, your best bet is to call your pediatrician. Trust us, these guys are professionals. And they have undoubtedly heard it all.
You’ve got this, mama! Remember, this teething nonsense won’t last forever. We solemnly swear. So be kind to your baby AND to yourself. (Seriously though. Check out the Chewbeads. You know you want to. And you will not be sorry!) Prepare for the worst — just in case — and know that this is only a season. Because let’s face it, you’ll probably experience bigger and badder parenting issues down the road. So this is basically a cake walk! It’s all about perspective.
What are some of your best teething tips and tricks? We’d love to hear! Feel free to share in the comments section below. Or just share your favorite “teething wine selection.” You’re helping us out either way. 😉 xoxo