The post has been sponsored by Baby Orajel™, however all opinions are my own.
I still remember being a first-time mommy! Gosh, it was so scary, especially once Mattie started teething. Teething sucks for everyone! It might be hard to remember when you lack sleep but try to remember baby teething isn’t easy for anyone, especially your child and be sure to read and ask around for tips to help you deal with teething. You’ll find there are numerous tips available so if your baby doesn’t respond well to the one you may want to try something else.
As a new mommy, I had no idea what was going on. I still don’t know how my mom handled my phone calls every 15 minutes, lol. I’m not even joking! Mattie started teething at about three months, and I remember thinking to myself that teething wasn’t so bad. I didn’t understand what everyone was talking about! HA, I started thinking too early. At about five months is when it happened, the real teething that is. One day out of the blue BAM, the real teething began.
Teething Sucks – Tips To Help You Deal With Teething
I remember crying to my mom about teething and thinking I was a horrible mother. Teething with Mattie was not fun, at all, and my mom telling me, “Jennifer, look at the brighter side of things. You were a great teether, but a horrible teenager. Your brother and sister were horrible when they were teething, I didn’t get to sleep for months, but they were great teenagers. I’d take teething over your teen years over and over again.” Seriously, that is what she told me; it wasn’t at all what I needed her to say, but looking back I know she was secretly giggling inside. She always said she couldn’t wait until I had my kids. Thanks, mom, it’s all your fault lol. Teething can be an awful experience, the hardest part of it all is knowing your baby is in so much pain.
Teething can be hard on everyone in the house, but there is good news, there are things you can do to help your little one.
- Rub your baby’s gums – Try rubbing their gums the pressure can help. Just make sure you have clean fingers first.
- Give them something cool – A chilled teething ring or washcloth always helped soothe Mattie’s gums.
- Pressure helps – Applying pressure to baby’s gums helps. Try giving your little one a teething ring to chew on so they can apply pressure to their gums.
- Clean up the drool – Drooling and teething just go together but it’s important to keep the drool cleaned up because it can cause baby’s skin to become irritated which just adds to the already painful teething your little one is dealing with.
- Mesh teethers – I ran into one of these when Mattie was teething, and it worked great. I was able to put frozen fruit into the teether, so Mattie was able to take advantage of applying pressure to her gums from something that was cold and she loved it because it tasted great.
- Frozen pacifier – Place baby’s pacifier in the freezer for 15 minutes or so before giving it to them. My sister-n-law does this with my nephew, and he loves it.
- Finger brush – When Mattie was teething I used the finger brush to not only care for her gums but to massage her gums too. She used to love it; I think it was the combination of the pressure from my finger and the soft bristles on the finger brush.
- Ginger snaps – I haven’t tried this but it’s yet another tip from my sister-n-law. She told me that Ginger helps with teething, plus it gives your little one something good to chew on.
- Go do something – Sometimes just going and doing something – going to the park, playing outside, going to the store, or something to keep baby busy can help them forget about things for a bit. I used to take Mattie to the park and go for a walk. She loved looking at everything and it was an awesome way for me to sort of hit the reset button.
- Homeopathic relief– Using a Homeopathic product like Baby Orajel™ Homeopathic Teething Gel can be an effective, safe and naturally derived teething pain relief option for your baby. It can help comfort baby while they are teething. It includes a soothing powder of Chamomilla, which is commonly referred to as Chamomile and it’s the #1 Pharmacist recommended homeopathic brand for teething pain relief.
- Don’t forget the importance of caring for baby’s new teeth and gums – After Mattie was four months old I started using Baby Orajel™ Tooth & Gum Cleanser to care for her gums and soon to be new teeth. I also found that she loved it when I would clean her gums with the finger brush. It was the pressure on her gum combined with the extra soft bristles on the finger brush. She loved it! FYI – It’s recommended that you wait until your little one is four months old before using Baby Orajel™ Tooth & Gum Cleanser to care for your baby’s gums and new teeth.
- Remember it’s okay to ask for help – If you ever start feeling frustrated with your baby, it’s important to ask for help. Whether it’s your spouse, mom, sister, or a friend, it’s important to realize that you may need a break. Needing a break does not in any way make you a bad parent. If anything it makes you a smart parent in my opinion because you’ll likely handle things better.
- Cherish it – Yes, I’m serious! There will be a day when you look at your baby and realize they’re growing up way too fast. There will be a time when you wish you could go backward. I wish my kids would stop growing up so quickly every single day.
As you can see, there are numerous things you can do to help baby through teething, and I’m sure you can find other great tips to help others deal with teething.
I think we can all agree, baby included, that teething sucks. If you have any tips to help other deal with teething be sure to leave a comment below and help moms desperately hunting for a way to help with teething.
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We have a 6 month old that hasn’t started teething yet. She drools so much I told the parents to keep a big on her. These are good tips. Thanks