Having a baby is one of the most exciting and special moments that it is possible to experience. The joy of bringing a new life into the world is unparalleled and the love that you feel for the new infant is something very special – and instant. And those feelings are very good things because raising a child isn’t always easy. From nappy changes in the middle of the night to feeding at inconvenient times, the innate desire to climb things and tears and teething, parenting can be fraught. Teething is one of the things that is simply unavoidable. It goes without saying that it is a tough time for baby – sharp teeth coming through tender gums. It cannot be avoided though, so to help you navigate this tough time, here are a few ideas to help you on the way.
The problem with teething is that there is a horrible discomfort in the mouth for the little one. It really is sore, they aren’t simply being a nuisance and looking to try your patience. So, look to find ways to sooth the pain in the gums. One of the best ways to do this is if you go and buy Sophie the giraffe. A bit like a dog’s chew toy, Sophie is a fantastic friend for little ones at this difficult time. She is easy to hold, and she has a long neck that can be chewed. Given that she is made of rubber the effect is soothing and comforting. Sophie is a proven winner and she has helped to usher in teeth in thousands of homes all over the world.
Much like Sophie the idea here is to give baby something to put in their mouth. Dried meat like Jerky or biltong are great options in this department. They are salty and have a good taste and they are not choking threats in any way. Baby will lie in a very contented fashion and gnaw and suck at these sorts of items, the flavour doing a great job to mask the pain and irritation.
A lot of making through teething is simply about comforting the baby. They have no idea what is going on and why their mouth is suddenly so uncomfortable. So, help them through this tough phase by comforting them in the best ways possible. This means holding them and feeding them – ideally from the breast. The goal with teething is to have the child asleep for the best part of the process and the best way to get a little one to sleep is for them to be close to their parents and well fed.
It is important to recognise what is going to happen and prepare yourself for it. If you end up getting frustrated and annoyed, then the whole ecosystem will simply become more fraught, and tense. Know that you are going to have to be patient and be there for your child and commit to being patient. Know that you will be tired and perhaps even despairing but know as well that it is for a limited time. Preparation is a key part of making it through with your sanity.