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Teething Survival Tips From Moms

These survival tips for teething toddlers will help keep your little one comfy while cutting teeth.
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Chew on these ideas that’ll help keep your little one comfy while cutting teeth

Freeze it out: Cold helps soothe swollen gums."My son liked to crunch on shaved ice through a teething net and to gnaw on a frozen teether," says Brooke Roeder, a mom of one from Austin, Texas. "I kept a few in the freezer, and I’d constantly switch them out." In a pinch, fill a clean baby sock with crushed ice and tie a knot at the top.

Try pops for tots: Make fruit juice popsicles. "Your baby will enjoy holding a yummy treat on a stick," says Blythe Lipman, author of Help! My Baby Came Without Instructions, and a mom of two in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mix together 1/3 parts fruit juice and 2/3 parts water and freeze in either Popsicle molds or paper cups with plastic spoons as sticks.

Rub away: "Dip a small piece of clean, white gauze in cold water and gently massage your baby's gums," Lipman says. "It’s a simple, but effective, solution."

Medicate as necessary: "We distracted my daughter with toys and the occasional Dora DVD to help her through teething discomfort during the day," says Kenna Jones a mom three in Phoenix, Arizona. "If things got really bad at night, we’d go for the baby Motrin, which allowed her enough relief to rest."

Soothe with sympathy: "When my son whined and clung to me, I always tried to remember how utterly uncomfortable he must be from teething," says Roeder. "That helped me stay present and compassionate, which kept him comforted. Nursing, in particular, seemed to help him past the rough spots; it seemed like the sucking action helped relieve some of the pressure in his jaws and gums."

Just chew it: "My son gnawed on everything in sight when he was teething," recalls Heather Lowe, a mom of one in San Francisco, California. "We stocked up on high-quality teething rings and small stuffed toys, and would hand him clean rubber spatulas to mouth while we made dinner. It was a little like having a puppy for a while there, but we made it through, and with very few teething tears."

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 15reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Teething is one of the hardest most painful things babies have to go through! My little one is having a very hard time with teething!He likes popsicles and I like the shaved ice in the net,so I will try that. I put his teethers in the refrigerator, because he does not like them frozen.There is no way he will let me put my finger on his gums when he is teething, he just cries! December 11, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My daughter hates cold things in her mouth, we've tried teething rings, ice pops, etc. and she hates them. The only thing that seems to help is the Baby Oragel Naturals which doesn't have all the yucky chemicals and stuff in it and motrin when she gets really bad. May 13, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 Two Little Words To SpeakShe pulls the hair from her head, can't sleep and screams in bed, she cleans up after her and runs her around, what can I say she does it all. Pictures spread floor to floor, decorative pieces of her oh my its a galore. They cling to each other, their all they've got, given up everything to give her baby just this one shot. So who cares if there’s toys everywhere and the dishes aren’t all done twenty four seven, she has what she needs and she pushes herself until her knees bleed. This is what she lives for, she enjoys the messy life her child brings, but when the day windsup and night sets in and she cuddles up next to her for the first she can breath. March 11, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Its hard for me, my daughter likes to bite, and she hates cold items in her mouth, and she doesn't like teething rings, so I have to resort to teething tablets or let her chew on her hand October 30, 2012
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