Teething babies and toddlers can be absolutely miserable, leading to sleepless nights and very rough days for baby and mommy. Don’t panic though, I am going to walk you through how to soothe and comfort your baby’s teething pain while helping you survive as well. Here are the best teething remedies for babies and toddlers and teething hacks to help your little one bounce back and provide teething relief.
If you are wondering if your child is suffering from teething check out the teething signs and symptoms here.
Nothing in this post should be used in place of seeking help from your child’s pediatrician. These are ideas that have helped me survive my teething babies and should not be considered medical advice. Always check with your pediatrician before giving your child anything.
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Teething Remedies for babies and toddlers
Refrigerate soft teething toys
Refrigerate soft teething toys; do not freeze. The cool soft toys will help soothe baby’s gums and encourage the new teeth to break through quicker.
Allow your baby to nurse
Sometimes the best and quickest way to soothe a teething baby is allowing her to nurse. While teething, your baby may want to nurse frequently for extra comfort. If you are a mom that nurses on a schedule this may be difficult for you to get used to but it is one of the easiest ways to comfort your child.
Or maybe your baby seems to have more pain with nursing. Try rubbing her gums gently prior to nursing and after to ease some discomfort.
Gently rub baby’s gums with a clean finger, allow your baby to chew on his fingers, or rub a cool wet washcloth over his gums with light pressure.
Sit your baby in a seat where she is confined and with supervision allow her to chew on a soft baby toothbrush.
Teething Necklace for Moms
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Or these Nuby Teething Necklaces. These look cute with any outfit and your baby has something to grab and chew on whenever you are near or to hold tight while you are nursing her.
Wet a clean washcloth and ring the water out. Fold it and place it in a ziplock baggie and put it in the freezer. Allow it to begin thawing before you give it to your baby. Your baby’s clothes will get wet but her mouth will get some relief.
Extra cuddle time (Cuddle Therapy)
If you are able to put your to-do list aside spend extra time sitting on the couch and cuddling. Read lots of stories and plenty of extra hugs. Allow your child to rest on you while you rock him.
Wear baby in a baby carrier for added comfort
Not able to clear the to-do list? Put your baby or toddler in a carrier. Your baby will be close and comforted but you will still be able to get your work done.
Make your own popsicles
Make homemade popsicles for your baby to chew on. Use 100% juice, with no added sugars, mix with half water and freeze in popsicle containers. This is a great way to numb those sore gums.
If your baby takes a pacifier allow her to chew on it when she is fussy. Take breastmilk or formula and make little milk pacifier pops. Place the milk in ice trays, stick the pacifier into the milk nipple down, and freeze. The perfect little teething pop!
A fresh food feeder can be a great distraction and relief for painful gums. This feeder allows baby to safely gnaw on harder food without the worry of choking, of course, you should always still monitor your baby.
Teething foods for babies (with a fresh food feeder)
- Frozen blueberries
Teething foods for toddlers
- Frozen blueberries
- Frozen peas
- Apple slices
- Baby carrots
- Cucumbers rings
- Teething biscuits (Here is a recipe for a healthy homemade one) Children need supervision with these because pieces can break off that are a choking hazard.
Lavender is very calming, soothing, and is safe for babies 6 months and up when diluted properly. Rub baby diluted lavender on the bottom of her feet to calm and settle her down. Lavender can also help her sleep better at night.
Try a facial massage
Give your baby or toddler a facial massage. Try rubbing her cheeks and jaw in a circular motion. This may be just the thing to calm your baby and help her feel close to her mommy. She will love the gentle massage and looking into your eyes.
Bath time has an amazing ability to distract and soothe any grumpy baby. Start a warm bath and let her play and watch her start to relax. Add a drop of lavender essential oil to the water for extra soothing effects.
Amber Teething Anklet
Amber teething anklets are used to lessen symptoms associated with teething. Symptoms such as red cheeks, inflammation, drooling, and pain can naturally be soothed by wearing an amber anklet.
Does your baby constantly have his fingers in his mouth? Try a teething mitt. The teething mitt massages your baby’s sore gums to give relief and help the emerging teeth to erupt quicker. It also prevents your baby from scratching his face, as well as has a crinkling sound to help entertain your baby.
Place your child in a high chair and with supervision allow your child to chew on a cool metal spoon. Keep one in your refrigerator that you can pull out whenever he is fussy due to teething discomfort.
Teething medicine for babies
While I prefer not to give my children medication, when nothing else is working and we need to get some teething relief and sleep, I use dye-free Motrin in the night.
Motrin will help with inflammation and pain. Be sure to use the correct medication dispenser and dose based on your child’s age and weight. Please note there are different Motrin concentrations for infants and children. Also, be aware Motrin is not recommended for infants under 6 months old.
Based on BMC Oral Health’s research extra cuddling with a parent and applying gentle pressure while rubbing your baby’s gums were the top two ways to ease the baby’s discomfort while teething.
Teething Tablets and Gels
Why didn’t teething tablets and gels make the cut to be featured on the list of teething remedies for babies? The FDA has labeled homeopathic teething tablets and teething gels unsafe. Here is an article explaining why. After reading their stance I didn’t feel safe giving it to my children.
You now know our best natural teething remedies (minus Motrin) for babies and teething hacks to provide your baby relief from teething pain. The teething cycle can be rough, but hang in there mama you can do it! Check out Katie’s Encouraged Mama Series here.
Make it a great day!