teething is for the birds. at least i assume that's how most mothers feel. unless your child is one of those happy teethers, then i just envy you. really though, this whole growing teeth thing has kinda punched us in the face with how intense and often it has graced us with its presence. poor guy does not handle it well at all. and i'm learning neither do i.
the past three months wes has gotten five of his teeth.. FIVE. and he's currently working on his sixth. that means weeks and weeks of a sad baby and exhaustion for all of us. one comes in and we think we'll have a break, but nope! the next follows immediately after. some days are great but mostly i feel like i am drowning in this. it's been tough but we are learning and trying to make the best of this hard time. i wrote this post to offer ideas to help anyone in a similar situation!
of course i try and make him as comfortable as possible while those little suckers come in. with the countless things we have tried, below are some things we have found to help. some not so much, but i still wanted to share since all babies respond differently to things. please note, i'm not looking for a debate on whether or not medicine (such as tylenol) is okay for your child... in our home we simply prefer to go the natural route and exhaust every option there. (as i know the majority of parents do!)
wooden teething ring it took a minute for wes to get this one, but now he loves it. perfect for those early stages of teething when all they want to do it gnaw on something. find it here
cold carrots or celery : easy to hold and it's cold on the gums while they chomp. wesley likes to chew on carrots for a good amount of time
frozen wash cloth : wet the end of a washcloth and freeze
orajel : to each their own, but i don't feel comfortable with benzocaine. so we looked around and found there is a natural orajel with no benzocaine in it.
camilia drops : in addition to him liking the taste, these drops help our guy and eases the pain quite a bit.
mr. squeaky (a.k.a. sophie the giraffe) : this here giraffe always comforts my boy and he loves the relief that comes with chewing on the legs. also pictured is mr. chewy, which we also highly recommend especially for little babes since it's easy to hold onto.
freezer teething rings : pretty self explanatory, but wes gets bored of them fast
boobsicle : this one i heard of the other day and i can't believe i didn't think of it sooner! pure genius. simply pump some milk, pour into the ice cube trays, freeze and voila! the boobsicle.
amber teething necklace : we bought this one earlier in the week so i haven't gotten to really see it work it's magic, but i have only heard amazing things about it.
clove oil : this is the one remedy that worked really really well for us. if you don't know, clove is and essential oil that numbs the gums. i tried it on myself first and it's pretty powerful, so dilute it with coconut oil if you feel it's necessary. i use the doTerra brand and rub it on the area at night then quickly nurse him because he doesn't like the feeling in his mouth.
nurse, nurse, nurse : we've gone through days where literally all we do is nurse. sometimes toys and remedies don't work and a baby just needs the comfort of his mama. that's when you kick housework and errands to the curb and accept the fact that this too shall pass. easier said than done, i know, but well worth it to be there for your babe when he needs you the most.
good luck to all you mama and babies going through the teething stage... may the force be with you.