Toothy pegs

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Its official! I see a speck of white just peeking through the gum. Yep... we have a teether!

Kind of explains the clingy, grumpy, restless behaviour from my otherwise very happy little man. He's definitely not been himself the last few days. Not to mention the green poo.... wowsers! They don't warn you about that one. Thankfully, I remember little big man having the same thing, so it wasn't too much of a shock.

So, as we're about to embark on the wonder of teething (!), I thought I'd share with you (and remind myself) some top tips for coping with the next few months:

* Invest in a good teething toy - we've tried so many teething rings, in different shapes and sizes, but hands down the best (or at least the one that Ayden seems to like the most) is good old Sophie the Giraffe. It must be the texture, plus the fact that she is soft to chew but still firm enough to apply pressure to the gums. A must in my opinion.

* Amber teething necklace - I was very sceptical about this one, but a good friend of mine swore by baltic amber when her son was teething. I did a bit of reading and placed an order. I can't say yet how it works for us, but I'll keep you posted. Check out for info on how its supposed to work - they explain it far better than I would!

* Teething powders - I did it. I managed to track down the holy grail of teething remedies. The lesser-spotted Ashton & Parsons powders. These became extremely difficult to find a few years back after the company was taken over and changes made to the manufacturing process. I used them with my first two babies and they seemed to work wonders. They are supposed to calm upset little tummies and provide relief from symptoms such as pain and dribbling. I have no idea how they work, but they just seem to help.

* An alternative to the gel-filled teething rings is to simply tie a knot in the corner of a clean wash cloth, saturate it with water and freeze. This should help to relieve those sore gums. 

* Also, if you're breastfeeding, you could fill one of those mesh feeders with some frozen breast milk cubes. As well as the cold soothing the gums, breast milk is full of natural pain killers and has anti-inflammatory characteristics.

If you have a teething baby, I hope some of these tips may be of use to you. If you've got any other great ideas to share, please add them in the comments below... I have a feeling I might need all the advice I can get!

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