So we have been in teething hell for about a month. It’s awful like we are back to one month gas awful. I am sharing what we have done to survive teething symptoms for baby and our favorite teething products.
Teething Symptoms for Baby…Are They All The Same?
Apparently, not all babies have a lot of issues with teething; but almost all of our friends have gone through a terrible teething time. The biggest difference between the stories we’ve heard is that some babies cut their teeth overnight, while others take months. It’s looking like Aiden falls in the latter, but I’ll keep you updated (I am sure we will be jumping for joy when that tooth comes in)!
How did we know he was teething? At first, we didn’t, we thought it was gas, but none of our usual remedies worked. Teething symptoms for babies can be different for every baby. We noticed he was chewing his Wubbanub instead of sucking on it. That’s what tipped us off. Suddenly the tugging he was doing to his on his ears and increase in drool (although not the huge amount I was expecting from everything I have read) made sense.
The pain seems to be the worst when he is tired, so we can usually tell when he is ready for a nap or bed! We have tried so many things to help with the pain. Here are our favorite teething products:
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LouLouLollipopFinery — I love this small shop. They have SO many cute teethers. We chose a donut for Aiden (for obvious reasons, his dad is a cop!), and he LOVES it, but they also have a cute bubble tea and oreo cookie style. Their necklaces for Mom’s are super cute too. I love this beaded necklace. I love that they don’t scream “I’m a teething necklace”.
Munch Mitt — Aiden always seems to have his hand in his mouth now. We put the munch mitt on, usually when he is in the car seat and stroller, so he can chew on the mitt instead of his hand. Bonus, it’s crinkly and Aiden love crinkly toys. It works pretty well!
Silicone Pacifier Clip — I love these silicone pacifier clips from Minted Lane. They come in fun colors and clips to just about all pacifiers.
Trendy Teethers — Made by Sleeping Baby (the company behind the Zipadee-zip), the trendy teether is a great silcon clip-on teething option. We love the unique designs!
Silicone Feeder Teether — If you are nursing, you can put a piece of frozen milk in this silicone teether. It’s easier to clean than the mesh feeders and the milk will help soothe baby’s gums.
Hyland teething tablets — These are a short term fix. They calm him down if he is really screaming, but they don’t take away the pain for long. They are not medication, so we can give him lots of these. We usually use them 3-4 times a day. UPDATE: There was a recent report about a recall of these products. The FDA says they may not be safe to use. Hyland has issued a response to the FDA explaining why they are still safe to use. Consult your pediatrician to determine whether these are safe for your baby.
Hyland teething gel — This is another short term fix. We find that the Hyland brand works best (we also tried Baby Orajel which didn’t work at all). UPDATE: There was a recent report about a recall of these products. The FDA says they may not be safe to use. Hyland has issued a response to the FDA explaining why they are still safe to use. Consult your pediatrician to determine whether these are safe for your baby.
Tylenol — We use this as sparingly as possible, usually before bed. It does seem to help. I have also heard that baby Motrin works well, but since the pediatrician recommended Tylenol and it has worked, we haven’t bothered to try Motrin.
Essential oils — We do a blend of Lavender and Roman Chamomile in coconut oil and rub it along his jaw. This seems to help calm him down. The lavender is calming and the roman chamomile is good for muscle tension. If you are interested in learning more about getting essential oils contact me.
Amber necklace — There are plenty of mixed reviews about the Amber necklaces and lots of fakes out there. I am definitely a skeptic, but the company Hazleaid comes highly recommended from a few people I know. They aren’t crazy expensive, so I got one. We have only had it for a few days, so I think it’s too soon to tell if it is truly effective — but it definitely hasn’t hurt. If you use this link, you can save 10% on your order. UPDATE: I am an amber necklace believer! He was a lot less fussy and needy while wearing the bracelet and then he lost his for a few days and the difference was crazy.
Watermelon, Cucumber, Corn — Anything cold and hard (or just hard in the case of corn) helps! Check out this great post from Momma Society on how to make cucumber teething rings.
Is anyone else in teething hell right now? What teething symptoms for baby are you experiencing and what are your best tips for managing the pain?