Teething. My least favourite T word. The dribble, the crying, the pain that seems impossible to stop. The whole teething process is just pretty grim.
Today I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the ways you can stay sane when your little one is teething, because believe it or not, it’s not only them that it causes distress, it will most likely cause you distress too!
I’ve been saying “I think Tyler is teething” since he was about three months old. As of right now, he has four teeth and two that are very almost breaking through and this “journey” to a head full of teeth has been hell.
I’m not exaggerating, it’s been really tough. So I thought I’d write about the little things that have helped me to stay sane whilst dealing with a tiny human that’s teething.
Try out different medical remedies.
Nowadays there are so many choices out there, personally we’ve tried the Ashtons and Parsons teething powder(herbal) and the Anbesol teething liquid. I’m still dubious as to the whether or not these remedies have a huge impact, but it will at least make you feel better knowing that you’ve tried!
Invest in some high quality teething toys
Over the past 9 months I have spent more than I care to share on teething toys. Recently, we were very kindly sent a Matchstick Monkey and Tyler absolutely loves it! Not only is it super cute but it’s really able to get to all the different spots within Tyler’s mouth. There are also some little bumps on the back of the monkeys head which means you can place teething powders/granules/gels on it to reach those pesky molars. At just £9.99 and available in an array of colours, the “miracle” matchstick monkey is a winner for us!
It’s not you, it’s the teeth
With a distressed, fretting baby in your arms, it’s easy to become frustrated and disheartened yourself. Your little one isn’t crying because of anything you’re doing, it’s the teeth. If you’ve ever had a wisdom tooth pushing through, you’ll be able to sympathise with your baby because you know it’s bloody painfaul!
Try a fresh food feeder with frozen berries
This is something that I tried on a whim, but popping some frozen strawberries and rasperries(or any frozen fruit of your choice) into a fresh food feeder(like this one)
Give yourself a break
We all know that parenting is hard work, but throwing teething into the mix really makes it “pulling out hair” kinda hard work. So if you’re able to, make sure you book in a “night off” from your mama duties and have a pamper night or a couple of drinks with the girls!
Wine.. or gin.. your tipple, your choice!
Of course, I’m not saying that alcohol is the answer because it totally isn’t, but if you do fancy a drink on an evening, you are totally more than deserving of it. Even if it’s cosying up on the sofa and having a naughty hot chocolate with alllll the extra toppings, then you get that chocolate fix mama!
Thankfully, teething doesn’t last forever, but I hope that these little things can help you to keep calm and carry on through this extremely tough patch! What are your top ways for dealing with teething? I’d love to know! For baby and you!