Teething troubles can start super early for babies. All babies develop differently and there’s no real normal. For parents, that just means they must be on the lookout for the signs so they can help our little ones to be as comfortable as possible during this time.
Here are our top tips to care for your baby:
Dribble bibs are sometimes essential for teething babies and toddlers. It is much easier to change a dribble bib every hour or so than it is to change outfits.
On the other hand, bibs are always good as you can use them to keep clothing clean during mealtimes!
Teethers are a must – some days you will see your little one just wanting to chomp down on something hard and cold. We would recommend you make that a teether rather than your arm, nipple or finger! Which by the way, does happen.
Sometimes babies and toddlers, usually toddlers, become so frustrated and in so much discomfort they want to chomp down on anything. Buy a few teethers - Sophie La Giraffe is our personal favourite and a favourite of babies and toddlers everywhere too!
Some teethers can be put in the fridge (not freezer) which brings added relief for sore gums.
TEETHING GELThere are lots of teething gels you can rub into sore gums when needed several times per day. Pick one up at your local pharmacy and pop into your changing bag.
DUMMYLove them or hate them, they are a huge help. If you do use a dummy just make sure you have a few clean ones with you as they do get dropped and/or lost easily and regularly!
PAIN RELIEF LIQUIDThis is especially useful when your little one wakes in the night from teething pain.
COMFORTERS AND BLANKETSWhen you are feeling under the weather, you will seek out comfort – comfort food, comfortable blankets and usually, your bed or your cosy sofa. So, when babies are equally under the weather, we can soothe them with their favourite blankets, that smell familiar and make them feel safe and happy or with their favourite comforter to encourage a nap.
HUGS, HUGS AND MORE HUGS
Now this one is easy for mums and dads. Cocoon your little one in love and hugs and let them know it will be better soon.
The good news is that the second set of teeth that start to come through around the age of six are nowhere near as painful!
Fun fact – apparently, babies whose teeth come through early, tend to lose those same teeth early too and likewise, babies who have teeth later, tend to hold on to those teeth longer too!
You’ve got this!