Aksel turned 5 months just a few days ago! There are so many adventures that come everyday now: laughing, rolling…teething.
No matter what parenting style you take, no mother is okay with seeing their little one in pain. Bubba started teething early: around 2 1/2 months. Now, here we are, two teeth almost completely in. After many long cries and sleepless nights, I have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve for new moms.
Never discount the power of a little topical and, on hard nights, systemic, analgesics. Simple pain relievers are needed to keep your baby comfortable. And and uncomfortable baby is not a happy baby.
Satisfy the Chewing
Certain items, such as wooden spoons and teething toys work wonders for your child. Not only does chewing help relieve the pain, but it can soothe your baby. We get two birds with one stone by letting Aksel chew on clean kitchen towels to help keep the drool clean.
Okay, maybe this won’t help your baby during the night, but it will at least bring comfort to your heart. That is, if your baby is easily distracted. We often will just bounce Aksel around and play peek-a-boo with him. On a good night, we can keep him happy for well over an hour.
Take a Break
This tip may be more for you than for your little one, but sometimes a change in scenery will help a curious baby. And, a little peace and quiet will work wonders for Mommy. I often call on Grandma and Papa after a feeding to take him outside or on a golf cart ride.
The biggest part of teething is to breathe and relax. I often have to remind myself: just because he is upset, does not mean I am a bad mother. Teething babies can be difficult, but deep down, they are still your little angel (it will just come out when they are sleeping).