Okay, sure, the baby isn’t even here yet. Obviously, teething is a ways off, but NESTING!
To start, I’ll say that my experience with 3 teething babies up to this point has been varied. My oldest teethed, mostly, like a champ. We would just look in his mouth and be like, “Oh wow! So you have 3 new teeth now?” It could be that everything paled in comparison to colic with him, or that he had and still has a very high pain tolerance.
Our daughter was a bit different, though, and Lowell – 3rd baby- was fussy about teeth, too.
One thing they all had in common is they all had a mouth full of teeth by the time they were a year old. So that’s a lot of teething in a very short window. And then there were the 2-year-old molars a few months later, which are EVIL.
So I’ve come up with some go-to solutions over the years.
I loved getting this tiny donkey lovey wet, ringing him out, throwing him in a large plastic zip bag, and freezing him. The babies would chew on his ears, then is arms and legs, finally his face. Sure, they’d get wet along the way, but they were already covered in drool, so a change of clothes was bound to happen.
They don’t sell the donkey anymore, but these puppies look like they’d be just as good.
We are not lacking for teething toys, and as much as I hated to fall victim to an overpriced “dog chew toy,” I will say that darn Sophie The Giraffe is actually legit, and made it through all 3 kids. Lowell also loved this natural rubber rabbit teether, but we lost him. Sad face. I should order another.
We’ve had luck with these mesh teethers, too, putting anything from frozen breastmilk cubes to watermelon in them. They do get pretty gross after a while, though. I end up tossing them vs. saving them for the next baby.
So what about medicine? We’ve used infant acetaminophen before, but only very sparingly. If you’re not up to speed on how easily it can cause liver damage and failure, it’s definitely worth your time to look into it more. In general, we’re really cautious about what we give the babies for pain management, and traditional teething tablets always gave us pause because of belladonna being an ingredient.
Now, I’m looking forward to giving Wellments Baby Tooth Oil a try. There are only five ingredients- olive oil, clove bud, stevia, spearmint, and vitamin E. Plus, it’s free of preservatives, dyes, chemicals, and additives. No belladonna, and also no benzocaine, which is in a lot of teething gels.
Using Wellements Baby Tooth Oil is as easy as rubbing a couple drops on baby’s gums every 1-2 hours, and it’s safe to use from 4 months old.
“Wellements is a company with a simple piece of advice: Check the ingredients. If you see artificial or chemical ingredients, the product isn’t worth the risk, especially on the tiniest customers.”
Tell me, what are your teething secret weapons?