Posts Tagged ‘teething’

Teething Remedies

Friday, October 21st, 2016

10-19-16-teething-remedies-option-2Sometimes being a baby is rough stuff. Teething is a common frustration to many babes and parents as they grow an amazing 20 teeth in the first couple of years of life, starting around 4 to 7 months of age usually. Your babe may settle into predictable preferences for getting through those rough patches but if you’re at wit’s end, make sure you’ve covered all your bases.

  • Is it something else? Sometimes it’s hard to tell if baby’s signs of discomfort are from teething, hunger, tiredness, boredom, or any combination of these and a number of other factors. For example, baby may be comfortable enough in spite of teething but really just needs a new diaper.
  • You may be your baby’s best medicine! Maybe baby just needs a little love. When we don’t feel well most of us would appreciate just a little more TLC. A few extra cuddles may be just what your babe needs. They provide love and distraction from mild pain.
  • Use all the tools available to you. Teething rubs can prove helpful but don’t forget to utilize soft, cool teethers and silicone teething jewelry too. A clean wet rag can do the trick too. Your baby may gravitate toward one or just prefer (hopefully clean) fingers, especially yours! Amber necklaces are a go-to for many caregivers trying to cut down on inflammation and irritability.
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  • Hit up the kitchen. With your babe’s child and feeding abilities in mind consider if food can help. Freeze a juicy fruit or some breastmilk to offer something to chew on, if old enough. There are also teething foods that cater to being gnawed on (like Happy Baby gentle teething wafers found in many Walgreens and Targets).
  • Medication. Consult with your physician to ensure you offer your child the most appropriate remedy based on their age and individual needs. Tylenol may be offered sparingly for older children. Teething tablets may also provide relief, although some brands were recently the subject of a warning by the FDA, despite the fact that they were taken off the shelf in 2010 and deemed safe enough to sell again. Familiarize yourself with the risks of using some over the counter teething gels. Balm! Baby offers two natural and organic teething rub options, including one catered to getting a good night’s sleep.

Lynette is a mom of three children from 6 months to age four. She has cloth diapered all three since birth and enjoys all things eco-friendly and mindful living.

Teething Jewelry

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

teething jewelry

Teething. One little word, so many feels from anyone who’s parented an infant. The drool, the rashes, the fussiness. It’s a tough time for babies and for parents.

There are lots of things parents do to help their little ones. My mother-in-law gave my babies frozen chunks of melon. I remember my mom giving my siblings water-filled plastic rings that she put in the freezer to chew on. My sons have all worn/are wearing amber necklaces and we experimented with teething tablets and mesh feeding bags as well. But the newest thing I’ve been seeing for teething relief in the past few years is teething jewelry.

Teething jewelry is made of wood or silicone beads fashioned into a necklace or bracelet that is worn by a parent. Ta-da! Portable teethers that can’t get lost. Super smart idea!

The first ones I remember seeing were a pendant worn on a string, with the silicone colored to roughly resemble natural stones. Now though, you can get just about anything in just about any color, thanks to the flexibility of silicone material and creativity of designers.

Plusses to teething jewelry are, like I mentioned before, how convenient it is to be wearing a teether. Whether it’s at home or on the go, it’s really nice to have something always on hand. When you are wearing it, your baby can’t chuck it out of the carrier or stroller. You can also choose to attach it to the carrier or stroller.

Also, there are a ton of fun colors and designs available. It’s possible now to wear chewable jewelry and not look like you’re wearing, well, a chew toy. The price point is pretty affordable as well, which could allow you to have a couple different options to wear each day (I almost wrote “match,” but I wasn’t sure what matches spit-up covered busted t-shirts and leggings).

Downsides: Well, like anything, kids are fickle. Not every kiddo is going to like or get relief from chewing silicone teethers. It’s probably best to start with one inexpensive item and see how your child likes it before buying more. Also, I’m not personally a germaphobe, but I could see how some people may not like the potential germ-collecting possibilities of some pieces, particularly bracelets (though all teethers may make germaphobes a bit squeamish as well). The jewelry is very easy to clean with warm, soapy water, low maintenance (yay!).

Meaghan Howard is a stay-at-home mom to three boys (and desperately hoping that they don’t burn the house down someday). She and her family are enjoying living an ex-pat life overseas.

How to Baby Proof with Big-kid Toys Around

Monday, September 12th, 2016

How to baby proof with big-kid toys aroI should preface this by saying we have never done the baby-proofing by locking the fridge, toilets, nor many cabinets. We have almost nothing that can break, put our few cleaners up high, and have a small (but cozy!) home where I can see all of my children most of the time and can hear them all of the time. We anchored our television and most furniture.

We are also in the stage of life where we see our living room furniture not so much as investment pieces and more like fun and comfortable. The kids can jump about the couch without us concerned with wear and tear (to a certain degree, of course). I think it is partially here that they’ve learned to be rough and tumble but also cautious. That said, as baby number three approaches 6 months and crawling, we’ve thought anew about what babyproofing looks like with older kids (almost three and five) in the mix.

Prevention. It’s helpful sometimes to “baby proof,” but sometimes prevention is key. Having fewer breakable things around gives some peace of mind. Minimizing the sheer volume of stuff in your home also minimizes the things your babe will come across. This includes your children’s belongings but also yours.

Consider your stuff, space, and child. Given the ages of your children, sleeping arrangement, size of home, and amount of toys, how you baby proof with big kids around may vary from my way. Consider the things that you are keeping baby safe from—stairs, breakable items, cleaners, medications, doors that lead outside, and so forth. We all have different variables with which to work. Also consider your child. One of our sons never had interest in plugs while the other approached them a number of times; one son has always had a keen interest in getting out the front door while the other, generally, stays inside when he should. Last, consider protecting your other children from baby. What toys or belongings do they cherish most? Try to make efforts to protect their most beloved objects from the baby when possible.

Create a completely safe space for baby. For us the living and dining rooms are always baby-friendly. Her brothers have toys out but, for example, we keep Legos in the other room on the table always. It’s helpful to have a location where I don’t have to be as alert to danger. Likewise, the boys’ room is one location that baby should NOT be in without my direct, hands-on, supervision as there are numerous toys with small parts.

Invest in baby-friendly toys for your older children. This can vary based on your children’s ages. Our two and four year old children still get entertainment and enrichment from large blocks, and smooth wooden and soft toys. When chosen thoughtfully, these toys can prove an investment as they span many years of child development while also safe for baby to play near or even with. Keep an eye out for small parts that can break off and baby-safe (i.e. lead free) paint/finishes.

Use your words to protect your children. Start early and explain simply. For example, we explained to our 4-year-old that shoes have dirt and other yucky things and they need to stay in the shoe bin, away from baby sister’s blanket and toys. We then made the habit of shoes going to the shoe bin. We still remind him sometimes but the expectation is established. The same is true for other things: Your food is for you (don’t feed baby); if you drop food, pick it up; leave baby on ground (don’t pick up); gentle (don’t hit); put your toys away; etc. Locks and gadgets can prove helpful, but they aren’t the only way to establish a safe space. Talk to them about responsibility at an age-appropriate level. For example, “If you don’t want your (favorite item) chewed, broken, or removed, then please care for it by putting it away where baby can’t reach.” Encourage grace when inevitably baby gets to someone’s treasured item.

Use babyproofing gadgets as appropriate for your needs. We haven’t used many but the ones we have purchased were a great relief. Anchors to secure our furniture to walls were worth every penny. Though we never used a baby gate for four years, we now use one almost daily to keep baby from unsafe spaces. While I generally keep an eye on my kids most of the time, sometimes I am busy, distracted, or otherwise occupied and cannot keep them safe only by sight. Invest in necessary precautionary measures and consider whether or not your older children should know how to maneuver the safety devices.

Lynette is a mom of three children from 5 months to age four. She has cloth diapered all three since birth and enjoys all things eco-friendly and mindful living.

Toddler Teething

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

toddler teethingTeething has disrupted countless hours of sleep in my house. I often get resentful knowing that those tiny teeth that give my little ones so much trouble coming in are just going to fall out in a few years anyway. Toddler teething can be intense and tricky in my experience.

Not only does teething wake my toddler up in the middle of the night numerous times from pain, but the way she reacts to the pain is different than when she was an infant. She is much more destructive. I know a tooth is coming when she bites my shoulder when I am holding her. There are also the bites on my legs that I get when she runs up to my legs and hugs them. With only a couple teeth left to come in, those bites are painful since there is almost a mouthful of teeth chomping down on me. The top of her crib now looks like she shares her bed with a beaver. Even though I have teething crib protectors, she finds a way to pull them up and over and bite the wood to relieve the pressure in her mouth.

The solutions for helping her relieve pain from teething has changed from when she was an infant, too. Teething rings and frozen wash cloths are no longer of interest to her. There are a few tricks that I try in order to deter her from biting people or wooden objects like her bed. Instead of frozen washcloths, she now enjoys frozen food.  Frozen mangos, cherries, blueberries, waffles and peas are some of her favorites. I also give her fruit popsicles as a treat.  She also enjoys chewing on her toothbrush.

I feel like I am starting to see the light at the end of the toddler teething tunnel. I start counting down how many teeth are left to come in. It is tricky feeling around for teeth, but I find ways to peek in my daughter’s mouth when she is laughing or eating or if I am dipping her while we are dancing.

Sarah Cole is a writer and a stay at mom of two busy toddlers.  She is looking forward to getting a good night’s sleep sometime in the near future.

 

Chewbeads: Jewelry for You and Baby

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

IMG_1447I am not a super girlie-girl. I like earrings and an occasional necklace. Most of the time, necklaces just annoy me, especially if my baby likes to put them in his mouth. Then, I discovered Chewbeads, which entertain your little one and make you look fashionable.

When I wear my Chewbeads, I feel like I am put together. I feel pretty. I also know that my son will be safe if he decides to chew on them, or if he wants to play with them while nursing.

I’ve tried a couple different kinds of mommy necklaces and these are by far my favorite. Here are some of my favorite things about Chewbeads.

  • The Colors: Chewbeads come in a variety of fun, bright colors. You can get a necklace in a single color or one with several colors. I have white, red, and pink. I love bright colors and they are easy to match with whatever I am wearing.
  • The Choices: If you don’t like necklaces, Chewbeads also has other products. I recently bought a bangle bracelet. It’s pink and glows in the dark. How cool is that!  My daughter loves it. Chewbeads also makes stacker teething toys if you prefer to have something that your little one can hold. These sporty ones are my favorite and on my list of things I need for Levi.  If your baby takes a pacifier, they also have adorable pacifier clips. This one in a butterfly pattern is sweet for a little girl.
  • The Options: The necklaces come in several different designs. I have stuck with the “Jane” design which is one single color and a single strand of beads. The stackers, bangles, and teething toys come in several varieties, as well. There is something for everyone. Chewbeads also makes a Chewbeads Jr. necklace for little girls.
  • The Safety for Baby: Chewbeads are make of 100% silicone and the necklaces feature a breakaway clasp for baby’s safety.
  • The Ease: You can stick Chewbeads in the dishwasher or clean them with a mild dish soap.

My son is easily distracted while nursing and these necklaces have saved us. He loves playing with them. If he is cranky in the car, I can give him my necklace to entertain him or a teether toy. I definitely plan on trying more Chewbeads out in the future. Have you tried them yet, momma?

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two in Northeast Indiana where she lives, writes, and wears colorful Chewbeads.