As moms we can write books and books about two things: sleep and teething. Oy vey are those two rough on all of us. I know teething will be a subject that will go on for a while, some teeth hurt more than others and the stuff that helps now won't always help. Just like sleep, there is no one magic answer, but we've managed to make the whole ordeal a little less dramatic in our home. Let me tell you about a few things that have helped us so far:
1. Amber Necklace - this is one of those things that either works for your child or doesn't and I know a lot of mom's who've been disappointed with this one. For us, it helped immediately, thank you sweet baby Jesus! I got mine off amazon for around $15 - it's this one actually. You'll want to make sure that it's an actual Pure Baltic Amber Necklace and not some fake crap or it won't do anything but look pretty on your babe's neck.
2. Copaiba Essential Oil - When I got my Premium Starter Kit, this was an oil I never used until I had Zoe and the whole teething situation started. I take a drop, straight out of the bottle, and massage it into Zoe's gums. That part is actually the hardest because girlfriend hates me touching her face. Coolness. It works by supporting the body’s natural response to injury or irritation. Best part about Copaiba - there are tons of other uses for it and it's so versatile. Aids in easing common digestion discomforts when taking Copaiba Vitality. Helps the body regulate its natural immune responses. Promotes a youthful appearance from the inside out. (holler!)
3. Natural Rubber Teether by Natursutten - conventional teethers are full of toxic crap. Even when they say BPA Free, that doesn't necessarily mean they are. I was furious when I found out about that and immediately threw my newly bought teethers into the trash. See ya never suckers! So I did some research and came across Natursutten.
4. Wooden Teethers - same as above, these don't have any toxic crap in them as long as you make sure they're not painted and are preferably made from organic, untreated wood. You can find all sorts of these all over Amazon or etsy. The ones with "bunny ears" are super cute!
5. We also still love our Sofie Giraffe despite its' recent mold scandal - listen, what did you expect?! Anything with a little whole (think bath toys) will have that problem. Either don't submerge it in water, close up the hole with some glue or cut the legs off to make sure you're able to clean it properly.
6. Wine. Ok so not for baby obviously although I can totally see how people used to rub alcohol on their babies gums way back when (actually not even all that long ago!) but obviously please don't do that. That's just all sorts of bad. Instead, once baby is finally asleep, grab yourself a glass (or bottle, I'm not judging) and try to relax.
Any other ideas? Tell me about your teething struggles!