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Our baby started teething at five months! I’ll never forget how Chris surprised us with his first pair of chompers. Now he has even more. Soothing our teething baby has been tough and I know that other first time parents struggle through this exciting milestone too. So I wanted to share some tips for easing a baby’s teething troubles:
1) Store teething toys in the fridge before use. The coolness will help the baby’s aching gums. These teething cookies are Chris’s favorite!
2) Give baby a dose of Liquid Tylenol (Acetaminophen) if your baby’s pediatrician recommends. Babies don’t like the taste so prepare to breastfeed or give formula afterwards!
3) Warm formula or breast milk also soothes baby’s gums. The bottle may be easier since a teething baby is not afraid to bite down on a nipple.
4) Give your baby teething wafers. We usually buy the Happy Baby Organic wafers. Chris will happily chomp away at these. The wafers come in a variety of flavors. I prefer the Pea & Spinach variety as it helps with his iron intake.
5) Have your baby use a teething mitten. These are helpful for two reasons: less face scratching and baby’s teething toy is handy!
Finally, a tip for moms out there: it gets better! Babies get really fussy around this time because they’re in pain. I sure wanted to cry for my mommy when my wisdom teeth started aching!
How do you calm your teething baby? Did any of these tips help? Good luck and go mama!