This week has been our LO has begun teething with her two year old molars. We have been trying all of our old tricks that we used to use when she first began teething, and I wanted to share some of those ideas with you all here. While some worked better than others, these were just a few ways we tried to help ease her pain. If you spend a little while looking online however, you will find a great deal of ideas that might suit your LOs better.
To be completely honest, I was honestly terrified about our LO teething. I heard horror stories from people we knew with children. I scoured the Internet for all the ways to best prepare and tackle teething. Quickly I filled up my Amazon shopping cart with various teething toys that were sworn to help soothe my LOs aching gums. I even found a natural recipe that promised to help. I loaded up a gallon Ziploc bag with all of these items, and tossed it into the freezer.
Honestly, no one can really prepare you for exactly how your LO will handle teething. My best advice is that it is best to be overly prepared than to be blindsided by the whole thing. If I have learned anything from the past two years of our LO, it is that children can be fickle in their likes and dislikes on a daily basis. So while they may cuddle their adorable Sophie the Giraffe teething toy one day, it may be covered in cracker crumbs and lint at the bottom of your diaper bag the next.
While the teething toys are helpful, our LO did not favor these once they warmed up and lost their icy feels. I tried a natural method of soaking organic cheesecloth washcloths in chamomile tea, rolling them into log shapes, and kept frozen. While this was the one method I was excited to see if it worked, we only ended up using these prepped cloths a handful of times. Our LO seemed to like them, until they began to warm up. Then they became more of a mess than a help. If you are interested in using chamomile tea for teething, the Live Strong website has a handful of different ways you might want to try.
One of the best things we did for her teething was buy the “ring pop” looking item that you could place fruit in. The original intent of this item is a way to give toothless children who are beginning to eat solid food (aka ‘human food’ as we called it in our house), without choking. Instead, we would put an ice cube or pieces of frozen fruit in it. It acted like a Popsicle, and helped with her pain. ***Side note warning: one time I put a piece of frozen pineapple in it, and that was a BIG mistake. The acidity of the pineapple was awful on her gums. Whoops.***
Another one of the best things I did, was throw one of her rubber coated spoons in the freezer. While the cold eventually wore off, it was something she seemed to favor. It didn’t worry me when she gnawed on the rubber because of its density. I think she also liked this because she could easily grip the spoon in her hands.
Lastly, and part of me hates to admit it, but Infant Tylenol has always been the best method of tackling those tricky teeth. It is usually our last resort, but always seems to be a fail-safe way of helping her pain. If you have never given your LO medicine before, ask your pediatrician first if this is a safe solution for your child.
- Nuby Icybite Hard/Soft Teething Keys – $4.99
- Gertie the Goose Natural Rubber Baby + Infant Teething Toys – $19.95
- Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush – $7
- Sophie the Giraffe – $23.50
- Baby Teether Toy Extraordinaire – Little bamBAM – $13.95
- Munchkin 2-Piece Fresh Fruit Feeder – $6.99
- Handmade Wooden Teethers – $11.99
- Nuby Bug-A-Loop Teether – $4.99
All in all, teething is a temporary phase and it will get better. Hang in there; and if nothing else, treat them to an after school treat of ice cream to make them smile.