Anyone who has had a small child knows that teething can be painful, exhausting and defeating (and I’m not just talking about for the baby).
When Charlotte’s first two teeth came in it was so… EASY! She took it like a champ, wasn’t crabby, didn’t cry and only got a slight fever for half a day.
We should have known they wouldn’t all be like that. We should have known.
With lots of practice we have now figured out what works and what doesn’t for our 13-month old.
For us, Charlotte is predictable. She gets a side of sass and will want to constantly be held when she starts cutting a new tooth. Sure enough, every time this happens she has a moderate fever too.
So how do we keep her comfortable while remaining sane ourselves?
Rotate between Infant Motrin & Tylenol to reduce fever and pain.
As silly as it sounds, I have had conversations with SO many parents that refuse to give their baby any form of medication regardless of the reason – including a fever reducer.
To each their own, but I’m all about whatever will help my poor lemon feel better – and quickly!
We don’t automatically do this when Charli feels warm. But, if she reaches 100 degrees you better believe I’m about to whip out the syringe and meds. (It helps that she enjoys the heck out of that stuff too!)
Keep all things silicone in the freezer at all times.
We have bought all things silicone. Toys. Teethers. Pacifiers. Jewelry.
They are seriously the BEST when your little just wants to gnaw on something chilly!
Shop our favorite teething go-to’s:
Frozen wet wash clothes.
This is one that I had never thought of prior to being a mama. Putting a wet wash cloth in the freezer is my new fave trick.
As it unfreezes it remains cold, doesn’t make a huge mess, and is so easy to clean – just throw it in the washer with your next load of laundry!
Naps on naps on naps.
It never fails that when Charlotte is going through a teething phase she also gets extremely tiresome. Like… EXTREMELY.
On days that I notice her behavior mimicking her teething behavior I put her down for one extra nap a day. It has not failed me once that she sleeps an entire extra hour (sometimes more) than she routinely does!
To be completely transparent, we have opted to not utilize the following:
Teething Gel (i.e. Nuby, Orajel, etc.)- We have heard so many horror stories about infants being allergic and didn’t want to risk it with our little. We have opted to not use this ourselves, but see no reason for you not to if you’re comfortable with it!
Do you have any other tips + tricks that works (or worked) for your little one?