The last few weeks have been a bit difficult in our house. Summer vacation ended, Mr. Musings went back to work, A and I have been slowly getting adjusted to our new school year routine, we’ve all been suffering from colds, and my Little A has been teething!
Oh- the teething toddler!
She’s not all that easy to handle, constantly cranky, tired, and in pain. It’s really sad to watch, as her mama, and know that there are very few things that I can actually do to comfort her.
A was a late bloomer when it came to teething. She cut her first two teeth around the time she was 10.5 months old. For awhile, those were her only two teeth. She looked like the cutest little vampire! Around her first birthday, in June, she went through another bout of teething when she got her two top front teeth and her two bottom front teeth. And that has been all until just recently.
After spending the last 2 weeks wondering where my happy little girl disappeared to and suffering through many sleepless nights (usually resorting to co-sleeping as a last ditch effort to get a few more hours of sleep all around), Little A can proudly display 8 teeth (4 top, 4 bottom, no molars yet)!
I thought I’d share a few ways we have tried to make teething just a little less painful (for all of us):
- Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder- We love this mesh food feeder in our house! It’s so easy to put a small ice cube or frozen fruit inside the mesh feeder and A absolutely loves chewing on it. We usually use frozen banana. Clean up can be a bit messy, but it’s worth it for the relief it brings A.
- Baby Tylenol– I don’t have a problem giving A baby Tylenol before bed on the worst nights of teething. If it relieves her pain for a little while and helps her fall asleep, that’s all that matters.
- Coffee– Lots and lots of coffee for mama. Mr. Musings is lucky enough to sleep through most of A’s cries during the night. That means that most nights I am the one who gets up, crawls around on her floor to find lost pacifiers, lays on the floor by her crib trying to soothe her back to sleep (I keep a pillow and blanket close by for just that reason), and, when all else fails, I am the one who brings her into our bed and cuddles with her until she finally falls back to sleep. It’s exhausting. And coffee helps.
That’s all really. I am sorry to say that I don’t have many solutions for teething. I know some people swear by teething tablets, but we have never tried them with A. The last two nights have gone a little better for us, with A sleeping the whole night in her own bed and only waking up once each night. Hopefully we can get a little break from the teething soon, but I know there’s still a lot more in store for us.
What helps your teething baby or toddler?