As you know, a teething baby is hard work at bedtime. The pain tends to wake them more often, their ears can ache when laid down, nappy rash can make turning over uncomfortable and you will certainly know about it if a tooth decides to cut in the early hours! It’s tough. I am experiencing it all over again and it is just as bad the second time around. However, what I can help with is getting them off to sleep to start with. I’m not saying it’s going to work for all babies, I’m not saying it’s going to happen each and every night but what it should do is help both of you to relax in the run-up to bedtime, it should help your baby to cope better with that teething pain and it should hopefully help to keep your routine and settle them more easily.
Are you in the throes of teething? I am, for the second time… sigh. He only has 2 at the moment but the top two are coming through at exactly the same time and they are driving both me and him mad! There are so many remedies on the market and yet teething continues to be an issue because you probably won’t find that just one product will help. Medicines, gels, powders, toys, rings, natural remedies, old wives’ tales, endless advice from others… It can become overwhelming and even more so when you are sleep deprived and worn out from trying your best to calm your baby down. It can be a case of trial and error to work out exactly what works for your little one but once you get that balance right between medicines and natural teething remedies, you will start to crack it.
Teething, it’s not the most fun of times, is it? It is definitely something that comes up time and time again on parenting advice pages, it is a sure-fire way of becoming more sleep deprived and it is a huge talking point when you meet up with your friends (parent friends, of course, although I am guilty of boring the non-parent ones on this topic too!)
I think that the one thing we all in common is that we want to find a way of helping our little ones out by easing their discomfort and symptoms as quickly as possible, but with so many products on the market, this can become very confusing. As I have mentioned in previous posts, it is basically a case of trial and error as every baby is different (both mine have been) but one symptom you can usually guarantee is that all of them has that huge chewing urge!
Ahh, one of the most common questions that seems to come up in parenting groups and I’m sure it is one that is also very popular on Google too.
Is My Baby Teething?
If you are asking this, the answer is most probably yes. Don’t worry, you aren’t going crazy your little one is chewing their hand more, they are a little more grisly, they keep waking and there is definitely excess dribble! All key signs of those teeth causing problems.
You may have noticed by now that I have a big bugbear… it’s teething! From the moment my first son began until his last molar eventually erupted, I despaired. The pain, the crying, the endless symptoms, the sleepless nights, all for 20 little teeth which will fall out anyway! I’ve enjoyed having the break from it all these last couple of years but now the second one is suffering just as badly and I have found myself immersed back in the world of teething and remembering exactly why I wrote my book in the first place!
Teething has to be one of the worst parts of having a baby. It can begin from the moment they are born and last for three years, what other development stage lasts that long?! With the experience of having an early teether the first time around, I knew I would have my work cut out for me the second time around too. Four years have passed since Jake went through it all so I knew the teething remedy world would have moved on since then. So, I have been prepared. I have stocked up on the usual medicinal remedies and have been keeping my eye on the newest teether aids coming onto the market. And I was right, William is also an early teether, almost right on par with Jake and showing all the same early signs of chewing, gnawing, dribbling and screaming with pain. I just hope I can find a solution much faster this time and with the help of Amber Pumpkin I have already started.
I may have previously mentioned my hate of teething in my blog posts… and in my book! I remember during Jake’s teething time, being immersed in this world of pain, sleepless nights, dribble, sickness and unhappiness (both of us) yet somehow, I blocked it out. It may have taken 2 years but I had finally left the teething stress behind. I guess it’s a bit like childbirth, isn’t it? They say women forget it quickly which is why they go on to have more children, otherwise, no one would! Well, I have hit that point with teething. It’s back, I had forgotten how bad it could be and it is all coming flooding back, urghhhhh…