Ah, teething, isn’t it just the best? – said no parent, ever. Teething can be an incredibly stressful time for both you and your baby. There’s screaming, clinginess and sleepless nights. So, here are my tips for surviving teething.
INVEST IN SOME CALPOL! I can assure you, you will not regret this. This stuff is a God send. It will help with soothing your baby and helping them sleep as well as taking some of that horrid pain away from them. (If you want to use baby paracetamol or Nurofen, you do you)
NAPPY RASH CREAM
You know the saying “old age doesn’t come alone”? Well, neither does teething. There will be tears, snotty noses, wax build up, dribble, and nappy rash. My son suffers really badly with nappy rash when he is teething. So invest in some good nappy rash cream. We use Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment. Make sure you give them some time without a nappy as well just to get some air down there (MAKE SURE YOU PUT A BLOODY TOWEL DOWN!).
Whilst your little one is teething they are going to want to chew everything, seriously, everything. I suggest investing in teething rings. We got a multi-textured one from Mamas and Papas and he loves it and we have found it really helps. You can also get teething rings that you can pop in the fridge and then give them to your little one to chew on. Personally, my son will not have these, I have no idea why, but I do know that a lot of people really find these helpful.
GIVE THEM PIECES OF FRUIT OR VEG
Bare with me here. I know that this one may seem a bit odd but, like the teething rings that you put in the fridge, these will soothe your little one’s gums. Give them things like cucumber or apple to chew on. This is obviously providing that they are of weaning age and they are supervised.
KEEP BEDTIME ROUTINES AS SIMILAR AS POSSIBLE
If you have gotten your baby into a bedtime routine, keep the routine going. I know it may be difficult because the may be crying or being clingy or just purely not wanting to cooperate but, say when your child is not being difficult due to teething; he will have a bath at 6.30. Give him a bath at 6.30. If he has a story at 7.00, read him a story at 7.00. This will help bring in some normality and help relax them in hopes that they will have a good nights sleep.
I know it is stressful and you are tired and you just want to take this pain away for them but, you just need to stay calm and be patience. It will not last forever, very soon that little tooth will break the gum and things will go back to normal (until, the next time they are teething.)
I hope these helped. If you have any of your own top tips to survive teething let me know!