Writing this post could not have come at a more opportune time as the last couple of (very tricky) days Freddie has been teething really, really badly. Although at eight months we are still yet to see any teeth! Since Freddie began to suffer with teething several months ago I have been on the hunt for some teething hacks that actually work and that are natural too. After all there is only so much Calpol and Nurofen you can give your baby and sometimes they need something in between to tide them over! I can vouch for the fact that all of these hacks really do help my teething baby and I hope they work for yours too.
Icing your baby’s gums acts as a natural teether but giving them chunks of ice to chew is not particularly safe or appetising for your baby. Why not give these tasty frozen treats a go instead? Simply spead some greek yogurt into a small circle on a tray covered in a plastic bag/baking parchment and then add a fruit puree of your choice into the centre. An hour or so in the freezer and you have your own edible teether. As well as providing relief for sore gums this also is a great sensory activity for baby to explore.
This is probably Freddie’s favourite hack! All you need to do is cut up a muslin and soak it in water. Then pop them into a container and leave them in the the freezer for a few hours. Iced muslins are the perfect teether because although they are frozen, as they begin to melt they are soft on sore gums so perfectly safe especially for young babies. This keeps Freddie amused for a good half an hour or so which is the perfect amount of time to enjoy a nice, hot coffee- especially if teething has kept you up all night!
This might seem like an odd one, but if your baby does not take a dummy try giving it to them when they are teething. Freddie steadfastly refused a dummy when he was a few months old but when he is teething he loves them. He likes to chew them and move them around his gums which seems to really help with the pain. I tend to give him a selection of different brands and then he will sit on his own and pop them in and out of his mouth. For added relief, put them in the freezer or fridge beforehand!
The Matchstick Monkey is probably my number one recommendation for a teething baby. They are great for younger babies especially as they are easy for them to hold onto! Freddie loves this teething toy and he tends to use it most days when he is suffering with his teeth. You can add teething gel onto the back of the monkey’s head which is shaped a bit like a toothbrush with a rough silicone texture to provide relief. A must have for car journeys when your baby is teething, there are plenty of different textures to explore!
I am sure we will be continuing to use all of these hacks over the next week or so to try and combat the hell that is teething! Which of these do you think you might try with your baby? I would love to hear your teething hacks in the comments below! Don’t forget to follow me via twitter and Instagram and please share this post if you think other parens might find it useful.
Thanks for reading,
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