Teething is an unavoidable part of a baby’s development. Babies stay up all night while teething and keep you up too. The crankiness, tears, and drooling are an ordeal for both the baby and the parents.
Generally, babies start teething between four to seven months, but some may start teething earlier or later too, and that is perfectly normal! Usually, you can tell if it is teething that’s making your baby restless at night because of some common symptoms like:
- Excessive drooling
Here are some tips to help ease the pain for both of you.
A Gum Massage
While teething, your baby’s gums are sore and irritated, which makes them fussy at night. You could offer them a cooling gum massage with a good teething ring when they wake up crying. Ensure silicone teething rings for babies are BPA-free, non-toxic and 100% food grade, and safe for your baby.
Teething toys are great to keep babies busy and attract them more than basic teething rings. However, make sure they are solid silicone or beechwood rather than gel-filled. Baby silicone teething toys can be stored in the fridge or freezer to ensure they’re cool when the baby needs them. After every use, check the baby teether for broken pieces that might be a choking hazard.
Be Your Baby’s Chew Toy
Contingent upon if this is their first tooth, you may allow your baby to chew at your fingers. Simply ensure that your fingers are clean before you allow them to have some fun. Dipping your fingers in cool water helps calm them further.
This is similar to being their chew toy but requires you to be more alert. Using your fingers, apply slight pressure on the baby’s gums. Rubbing the gums also soothes teething pain. Just make sure your hands are clean before sticking them in your baby’s mouth.
Wipe the Drool
Drooling is common when it comes to babies, but it also makes them uncomfortable. Letting your baby have a wet face all day could cause rashes and add to nighttime restlessness.
You can’t catch every dribble but making sure the teether is as dry as possible during the day will make the night more comfortable for them.
A little bit of distraction can really help direct your child’s attention elsewhere. This might not help all babies, but some might drift off to sleep with the help of some white noise in their nursery.
A Cooling Treat
Cooling treats and sensations really help sore gums. This trick is pretty basic and doesn’t require any special equipment; just some foresight at your end. Grab a few clean washcloths, soak them in water and then place them in the freezer for a minimum of thirty to sixty minutes. These washcloths shouldn’t have any rips or loose strings. They help soothe a baby’s sore gums while also allowing them to gnaw on them as long as they want.
Teething is an inevitable ordeal, but these tips can make it much easier for you to survive this without staying up all night and looking like a panda.