Well, we are in the tick of it. Lillianne started teething about a month ago. It started out rough, but we quickly found a few safe and natural remedies to help our little angel during this time. It is the saddest thing to see you baby uncomfortable and in pain, so if you haven’t started teething yet, I suggest getting everything now so that you have it on hand when the time comes. I have put together an Amazon List of all the things that have worked for us, so all you have to do is click and buy! I have done all the leg work for you Mama! 😉
I place all of these in the freezer and give them to her throughout the day. They are great for sensory play and teething. I attach a pacifier clip to them and clip it to her bib so that if she drops it, it doesn’t hit the floor and she can easily grab it again.
These picks will help with your little ones gums and the cutting of the teeth. These teething rings from Lilac and Lavender Kids are great! The wood part of the ring pair helps the tooth cut through, while the silicone balls help massage the gums. I seriously don’t leave the house without this ring! My Sophie La girafe pick might be different from everyone else’s, but here me out. This version of the teethers was easier for my baby to grab, and has different ridges to massage her gums with. The standard Sophie Girafe has been linked to being a mold growing field inside! Gross! The bananas tooth brush is more of a massaging teether than a tooth brush, and my Lily loves it!
Frozen Pops and Washcloths
There are a lot of different versions of these baby food feeders, but this silicone one is my personal favorite. It is easier to clean than the mesh bag ones, and easier for your baby to eat from because it holds its form. I have put cold/frozen fruit in this and even frozen breastmilk cubes for a sweet popsicle. I have also seen other mamas put the nipple of their pacifiers in an ice cube tray of breast milk and then give it to baby to suck on. This seemed too cold for my little one, but hey whatever works!
A cold or warm washcloth is another favorite of Lillianne’s! She will fight you with her impressively strong baby grip for the washcloth at bath time!
Amber necklaces are very popular for teething little ones. Amber is a natural painkiller that works with your baby’s body heat to releases oils to help sooth your child when they experience pain. Baltic Amber has the highest concentration of these oils, making it the most effective. You want to make sure the necklace is in contact with your child’s skin and not over their clothes. Never let your child sleep with their necklace, or leave them unsupervised while wearing their necklace. It should have a twist clasp for safety and individual knots between each stone so that if it breaks, the beads don’t all come off becoming a choking hazard for baby.
The silicone Mommy necklace and bracelets are amazing when you are running around with your baby and need something on hand, or on you! lol They can get instant relief by chewing on these while you hold them. I sometimes will simply give them to my baby when I have to run in a store quickly and don’t want to bring everything in with me. They are great for traveling too!
Ok I am obsessed with these bibs! They aren’t your mother’s bibs; they are so much more Fetch! My favorites are these adorable ones from Cooper Pearl. They are extremely soft, so my baby doesn’t mind wearing them, she will try and take off other bibs! They have snaps instead of Velcro which add to their comfort. They come in a variety of the most adorable prints to match your baby’s style. I also really love these reversible and waterproof bibs from Goobie Baby.
Nothing artificial here, just natural relief for your baby. These two products have worked for us, and I honestly rarely have to use them due to the effectiveness of everything else. However on a rough day where she is just not having it, these drops noticeably help! Lily loves the children’s teething relief drops so much.. if she sees the bottle she opens her mouth like a little bird ready to get a taste!
These teething snacks are a wonderful introduction to eating solid foods. They are easy for your baby to hold, and bite down on. They dissolve well in their mouth and come in various yummy flavors.
Taking Care of Baby Teeth
Now that your baby has teeth, you NEED to take care of them! Starting your baby out with good dental hygiene is a must to ensure their future health. Lillianne LOVES when I brush her teeth and gums. It feels so good! This is the only tooth paste I have tried and I really like it. It is all natural, and safe is swallowed. Earths Best has a lot of different flavors to choose from making it easy to find one your baby likes.
What Your Dentist Wants You To Know About Your Baby’s Teeth
I sat down once again with Dr. Jennifer Westcott of Hometown Dentistry in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to answer some questions about teething and baby teeth…
When do baby’s start getting teeth?
The formation of primary teeth begins in utero, around 4 months of gestation, and the formation of permanent teeth begins around the time of birth. Baby Teeth are developing within the jaw bones for many months, while adult teeth are developing within the jaw bones for many years. For example, the “6 year old molars” start to develop at birth, but do not appear in the mouth until age 6. The first teeth to appear in the mouth are usually the two lower front incisors, which usually happens around 6 months of age. This is an average, and it is common for teeth to start coming though the gums as early as 4 months or even later than 9 months. It is common for a child to experience the symptoms of “teething” for many weeks prior to the teeth erupting.
At what age should a child have all of their teeth?
Typically, there are 20 teeth in a child’s dentition, and they are all in place between ages 2-3. However, sometimes children are born with more or less teeth. Most children have 8 teeth by 12 months.
Should I be worried if my baby is taking longer to get his/her first tooth?
Six months is the average age for a child to get his/her first tooth. Parents should not worry if teeth do not follow the average eruption schedule. A delay in the eruption of teeth does not correlate with other developmental concerns. Many children get their first tooth later than 6 months, sometimes as late as 9 months, 12 months, or later. If a child still has not had a tooth erupt at age 1, their dentist should be consulted. It is recommended that all children see a dentist before their first birthday.
What is the most common misconception parents have about teething?
Teething does not cause runny noses or fevers. There has never been a scientific study that links teething to these symptoms. Teething may cause symptoms like increased drooling, loose stools (from swallowing more saliva), and irritability.
What is the best way to help your baby during the teething stage?
Teething is a natural part of development, and children may react differently. Some children find comfort using teething toys, cold washcloths, or foods. Other children prefer not to chew. It is important that the parents begin the routine of brushing their child’s teeth as soon as they erupt in the mouth, as this will help them develop healthy teeth for the long term. Parents should use a small smear of fluoridated toothpaste in the toothbrush.
Do you really need to worry about the health of baby teeth, even if they are going to fall out anyway?
Primary teeth have multiple purposes, and parents must understand the importance of keeping these teeth healthy and functional until they naturally fall out. Primary teeth allow children to chew food and contribute to speech development. Primary teeth also guide the development and eruption of permanent teeth. Under the root of a baby tooth, a permanent tooth is forming. If a baby tooth is injured from trauma or develops an infection from a cavity, the permanent tooth underneath can be damaged. The shape of the bite is maintained by primary teeth. If a baby tooth is pulled out early, the other teeth will shift and likely lead to crowding.
Dental caries, or tooth decay, remains the most common chronic disease in children in the United States. Parents, along with their dentist, must form a routine for prevention of tooth decay, including brushing with a flouride toothpaste, flossing, and eating a healthy diet. If cavities are found in primary teeth, a dentist will recommend the appropriate treatment based on the size of the cavity and the age of the patient. If a cavity on a primary tooth is not addressed by a dentist, a child could develop pain, infection, difficulty chewing, or damage the underlying permanent tooth. Finally, many children with rampant decay must undergo sedation for dental treatment due to their age and inability to cooperate. Prevention is key to avoiding extensive dental treatment for children. For these reasons, it is important to keep the health of a child’s mouth at the forefront of their plan for overall well being.