Teething symptoms and a guide to finding the perfect teether?
Author - A Little Bit Dotty
No one escapes the teething process – and whilst it’s exciting reaching key milestones, I think that teething can be one of the least fun for all involved!
Some babies sail quite calmly through the teething process but others are not so lucky. Did you know that most babies start teething around 6 months old? But how do you know if your little one is teething? Here are a few signs that you can look out for:
- Gnawing at everything insight from toys to fingers (and not just theirs)
- Dribbling but more dribble then usual
- Gums that are red, sore and bumpy
- Rubbing or tugging on their ears
- Irritable and fretful
- High temperatures
- Flushed cheeks
- Sleepless nights and the tip of a tooth has already started peaking out of the gums.
When our boys were teething they had a lot of these symptoms - not all at the same time I am pleased to say. The good news is most children have all of their milk teeth by the time they are 2.5 years old - so it’s only a 2 year process (on and off) and then it’s a far distant memory!
One thing you’re definitely going to need throughout the teething process is a teether. The pressure of chewing can provide a lot of comfort and relief to sore gums.
A few things that you might like to consider when choosing a teether are:
Safety – must always come first. Choose free from BPA and any other toxic materials as it’s going to be in your little ones mouth 99% of the time and always read the safety information first.
Durability - it’s going to be gnawed within inches of toy heaven, so make sure it’s durable and check regularly to make sure it’s still fit for purpose and dispose of it if damaged.
Easy grip – make it easy for your little one to hold. If they can get a fist grip around it, we know how tight a fist grip can be, it’s easier to hold and they might not drop it as often.
Textured & Smooth - gums can be so sore and sometimes a bumpy textured surface can provide comfort whilst the smooth side allows easy chewing.
Washable & Dishwasher safe – the latter not essential but handy for mum and guarantees the occasional thorough deep clean!
Multiple – have more than one and keep within handy reach in the nursery, kitchen, in your bag or in the car. They don’t all have to be the same as styles, shapes and textures provide different stimulation, although your little one might like the familiarity.
Here are a few handy tips from us to you that might help ease teething symptoms and discomfort.
Put the teether in the freezer (if instructions allow). Cold items can really sooth sore tender gums and relieve discomfort. You could also put a wet muslin in the freezer too!
Always have a dribble bib or two in your bag of essentials. There can be a lot of dribble and drool and it’s amazing how quickly they become soaked.
Calpol helps relief the pain and we found the sachets were great for on the go.
If you want to be stylish grab yourself a teething necklace you wear it they chew it, everyone’s a winner!
Note - this advice is based on our personal experience of the teething process and the love of our products.
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