It may be cute, but before you see that first tooth poking out, you must deal with a teething baby first! At around six months of age, little teeth start showing up in our baby’s mouths. But for those pearly whites to make an appearance, a teething baby faces many potential side effects. Today we’re going to share with you our top tips on how to soothe a teething baby and make everyone in the family feel better!
Signs of a Teething Baby
As a new parent, there are so many different things to learn. How to make your baby feel better when they are teething is just one of them! But to know what to do, you first need to be able to identify the signs and symptoms of teething. They are:
- Biting and chewing on anything!
- Excessive drooling
- Red or inflamed gums
- Little bumps under the gums
- Chin rash
- Not sleeping well
While it is the bottom central incisors which usually show first around 6-10 months, not every baby is the same. Baby teeth keep coming until there are 20 in total and teething usually finishes around 30 months of age.
Ways to Help a Teething Baby
Some babies sail through teething without a care in the world. Others suffer dreadfully and with it, their families too! We’ve put together a great list of tried and tested teething aides and ideas to help you soothe your teething baby.
- Gum massages – gently rub a clean finger over your baby’s gum where the new tooth is
- Cold Damp Facecloth – a damp facecloth to suck and chew on can work wonders
- Chewing Toys – a wooden teething ring or silicone teething toy is great for your baby to hold and chew upon
- Cuddles – expect to give lots and lots of hugs and cuddles!
- Hard food – if your baby is already on solids, teething biscuits or cold foods may be an idea to try. Remember to look out for and remove any broken food pieces as these are a choking hazard
- Teething Necklaces – a Baltic Amber teething necklace can help when worn against the skin. These are not for chewing or putting in mouths though.
- Teething Bibs – combat the drool and the discomfort at the same time with a teething bib. The bib catches all that wetness and has a snap on wooden teething ring at the bottom.
Being comforted helps us feel better, even as adults. Be prepared to need to breast or bottle feed a younger baby more frequently when they are teething. What are you best teething tips? Let us know in the comments below!