Last updated on May 6th, 2018 at 07:39 pm
How to soothe a teething baby
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Ah, good old teething. Wait, scratch that! Teething is one of the worst things about being a parent. As a mom of two children, one of whom is now 2 years old and the other is 6 months old, I have been there. Naptimes seem to be a constant struggle, and bedtimes are war. I know what you are asking yourself, how can my sweet little angel have turned so bad? Well, that is teething. Having done this once already with my 2 year old, and re-experiencing it now with my 6 month old I wanted to give you a few tips on how to soothe a teething baby.
1. Baby Orajel
The first tip on how to soothe a teething baby is baby orajel! Seriously, if you have a 5 month old or older child, you should already have this. How baby orajel works is that it helps numb those sensitive gums while your little one is trying to break a tooth through. I really only use it before I put my baby to bed at night or when he is getting real fussy during the day. Follow my blog with Bloglovin
This was my best friend with my 2 year old daughter while she was teething and I am using it again to soothe my baby boy while he is going through the beginning stages of teething. This really is one of those necessities when it comes to soothing a teething baby. You can easily find it here on Amazon, and trust me you will be glad you have it!
2. Pacifier in the freezer/refrigerator
This second tip on how to soothe a teething baby is optional if you use pacifiers with your little one. I totally understand if you are trying to opt out, but if you are using them- try this! I simply put the pacifier in the freezer for about 5 minutes, just enough for it to get cold which feels good on baby’s gums. We always used the Phillips Avent Pacifiers that can be found here on Amazon, but I think it really is a matter of preference for your little one.
Side note: we used pacifiers with my daughter who is now 2 and she got her teeth in much sooner than other kids her age. I think part of it is due to the fact that she used pacifiers which help break those teeth through the gums. Fair warning though, after a certain age…it is hard to take the pacifier away.
3. Cold bottle of formula/breastmilk
The third tip for how to soothe a teething baby would be cold fomula or breastmilk. The same basic principle of the pacifier in the freezer is applied to a bottle. The cold helps soothe those sore gums, and what better way than to feed baby a cold bottle. Now, this would only be an option if you are bottle-feeding. Fear not though, there are still other ways to soothe a teething baby!
4. Sucking on a cold washcloth
The fourth suggestion for how to soothe a teething baby would be to grab a clean washcloth and put some ice cold water on it. Then, rub it on baby’s gums or even let him/her suck on the washcloth. Are you seeing a theme here? Cold is going to be your best friend when it comes to soothing a teething baby.
5. Teething toys
The fifth idea on how to soothe a teething baby is to use toys, but not just any toys…teething toys! The point of teething toys is that it helps baby break those teeth through their gum. The idea is that the more they are chewing on something, the sooner those teeth will erupt. There are so many different kinds, check out a few of them here on Amazon:
What’s also nice is that you can find these just about anywhere that has a baby section, or a baby dedicated store. Now, while teething toys are great, your child might also like sucking on their hand too. It really is a matter of finding what works for your baby and then just repeat, repeat, repeat!
6. Extra cuddles!
When you are faced with the question of how to soothe your baby, this last one might seem like an obvious thing. Let’s face it, giving baby extra cuddles while they are fussy helps. Not that you really needed another reason too, but well now you have one! Give your baby lots of extra cuddles and love and remember that this teething phase will not last forever.
As parents, we never like seeing our children hurt or in pain. Sometimes it can be hard to know how to soothe a teething baby but just remember these 6 tips: baby orajel, pacifier in the freezer, cold formula/breastmilk, cold washcloth, teething toys, and extra cuddles. While teething may last quite some time, it’s important to remember it won’t last forever. I hope this helps you with your teething baby! Don’t forget to share this article with all your other mom friends so they too can know how to soothe a teething baby. Also, don’t forget to subscribe for more sweet advice from one mom to another!