Adriano is getting all his teeth at once. The top four came up within days of each other, and now it looks like he’s getting two more! This sweet boy is most always happy and laughing at his own “jokes,” but these past few weeks he’s been understandably fussy and not like himself.
We can’t give him Tylenol every four hours for weeks at a time, so I’ve been trying to remember remedies that worked for his older brother and looking for some new solutions, too. For this post I’m focusing on things that are cold or baby can chew on for quick relief.
Here’s a round up of some favorite home remedies, along with my both my sons’ favorite teething toy picks:
Home remedies for teething
The frozen pacifier is Adriano’s favorite. A colleague of my husband told him about this gem of an idea, and now I keep two in the freezer to alternate using this pacifier.
How to create a frozen pacifier:
- Squeeze all the air out of the nipple.
- Submerse it in water and release nipple to fill it with water.
- Freeze it and give it to baby.
You can also try freezing water in a bottle upside down so the frozen water is in the nipple. (Just be careful not to let it drip all over your freezer — not that I did or anything.)
Chamomile tea on washcloth
Wet the corner of a washcloth in cooled chamomile tea and let baby chew and suck the water out. The chamomile is calming and has has anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been shown to reduce crying in colicky babies. Both my boys like this, and it’s one you don’t have to freeze ahead of time.
Wooden spoon or spatula
Wooden spoons or soft-tipped spatulas feel good on budding teeth and can keep baby’s interest — probably because they know they’re not toys!
You could make all kinds of interesting combinations in the blender for your popsicles, but applesauce or yogurt are hits as well.
Older toddlers can chomp on frozen peas, frozen bananas, the ever-popular frozen bagel (or waffle), frozen sliced kiwi or watermelon. Younger babies can use a food mesher, see below.
We have quite a few teething toys (too many teething toys), and these are my boys’ top picks:
Fresh Food Meshers
You can put an ice cube or piece of cold fruit in one of these Food Meshers for baby to gnaw. This one might be best for the highchair because they tend to drip, but kids love them.
Baby Banana Bendable Training Toothbrush
Adriano has wanted to chew on a toothbrush the whole time he’s been teething. It’s great that he’s into oral hygiene, but I worry about him falling down on it and hurting himself. That’s why this bendable, silicone Banana Toothbrush is great — he’s got his toothbrush and I don’t worry about him choking on it.
Nuby Icy Bite Keys
Babies love their key rings, so these Icy Bite Keys were a natural one for me to try. He plays with this one whether he’s teething or not.
Sassy Flutterby Teether
I think my son chooses this Flutterby Teether is because he likes the way it looks. Its top two wings are freezable and the bottom two offer a soft rubber texture.
Teething rings are a classic. They stay cold longer than most of the toys and baby can put it around his wrist. The only downside is that it can make little hands cold. Nuby’s Ice Bite Soother Teething Ring is pictured here, but I’ve seen a water teether by Infantino that is only available in stores (not online) at Walmart for a little over a dollar.
Sophie the Giraffe
I’m including the iconic Sophie the Giraffe especially for younger, baby teethers. There’s something about the soft rubber texture that has made this a favorite for decades. Not to mention, it’s adorable!
If you’ve got a magic teething toy that has helped your tot or a new DIY teether, please share!
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