Baby’s Teething

Baby’s Teething

Teething is a normal part of a child’s development, but it can be hard on everyone when your baby is in pain or is uncomfortable. Your baby may be extra fussy when they're teething, and eating may be more painful—causing them to reject foods they once enjoyed. While this can be frustrating at times, being prepared can help you overcome the challenges of teething while keeping your little one nourished at the same time.  

Best food for your teething baby

While it’s exciting to see your baby’s first teeth coming in—and to take adorable pictures of her new smile—your baby’s mood may not be picture perfect. Her gums can become sensitive and swollen, making certain foods downright painful to eat. The good news is that there are a variety of comforting and nutritious foods that are easy for your baby to eat while teething.

  • Chilled pureed or mashed baby food. If your baby’s already enjoying solid foods, putting them in the fridge before serving can help soothe sore gums.
  • Soft foods. Plain yogurt, pureed meat, mashed veggies, and fruit are all good options because your baby doesn’t have to chew them.
  • Frozen fruits, veggies, or breastmilk in a mesh feeder. Fill it with frozen fruit (like bananas and peaches) or frozen pureed veggies (like broccoli and carrots) to soothe baby’s sensitive gums. You can also freeze breastmilk in ice cube trays and put the frozen cubes in the mesh feeder. This is a great option if your baby isn’t eating solid foods yet.

Alternatives to salty and sugary foods while teething

Not only can teething cause your little one to eat less, but it may also cause her to want sugary and salty foods that are easy to eat. While puffs, biscuits, and bite-size cookies and crackers may be easier for your toddler to handle, they are loaded with added sugars and salts she doesn’t need. Before she reaches for a biscuit, try these foods instead:

  • Plain yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Hummus
  • Applesauce
  • Mashed or soft fruit, like banana
  • Toasted oats cereal
  • Whole-grain toast (cut up)
  • Peas and thin cucumber slices

Why teething tablets and gels aren’t recommended

While it’s exciting to see your baby’s first teeth coming in—and to take adorable pictures of her new smile—your baby’s mood may not be picture perfect. Her gums can become sensitive and swollen, making certain foods downright painful to eat. The good news is that there are a variety of comforting and nutritious foods that are easy for your baby to eat while teething.

  • Chilled pureed or mashed baby food. If your baby’s already enjoying solid foods, putting them in the fridge before serving can help soothe sore gums.
  • Soft foods. Plain yogurt, pureed meat, mashed veggies, and fruit are all good options because your baby doesn’t have to chew them.
  • Frozen fruits, veggies, or breastmilk in a mesh feeder. Fill it with frozen fruit (like bananas and peaches) or frozen pureed veggies (like broccoli and carrots) to soothe baby’s sensitive gums. You can also freeze breastmilk in ice cube trays and put the frozen cubes in the mesh feeder. This is a great option if your baby isn’t eating solid foods yet.

10 WAYS TO HELP YOUR TEETHING BABY

Teething Pops

Ice is a natural pain reliever so I always had ice on hand along with some chilled teethers. Great for little gums and give immediate relief to your little one. For the ice-pops I always try to get as much goodness into them as usual, my little guy had gone totally off food. These are my favorite ideas:

1. Milk-Pops

Perfect for babies under 6 months. I could always get my baby to eat one of these. Just pump some breastmilk and freeze into an ice-pop mold. If you’re not breastfeeding, you can also use formula.

6. Good Teething Foods (besides pops).

  1. Soup – I know soup is a contradiction from frozen but the soup is soft, easy on the gums and if you add lots of goodness it is a great way to get your little one eating something. I left soup to go cold as Oscar when teething preferred it that way. Load a spoon, soak some soft bread or just half fill a beaker up with soup and let them help themselves. You may have to make the beaker holes a little bigger for the soup to come out. Oscar liked chewing the top of the beaker as the hardness seemed to help his gums and a little soup would come out with every chew. Double win!
  2. Muffins & Pancakes – If you search for muffins and pancakes on Baby Led Feeding you will find a huge range of healthy muffins – find the listing here: all my muffins and all my pancakes. The great thing about these is they are all super nutritious and soft on little gums. The top tip before giving your little one a muffin is to give them some Teeth granules about 20 minutes beforehand. They will be more inclined to eat them if their gums are feeling calmer.
  3. Cooled Fruit – Bananas are great! Just peel one, then stick your finger through the top and it turns into 3 spears! Stick them in the freezer and take out about 10 minutes before giving to your baby. It will have started to go soft again but will be cool enough on your baby’s gums. Chilled ready-to-eat mango spears are also really great as are spears of chilled avocado.

8. Pressure

  1. Frozen Washcloth – I always had a wet washcloth in my freezer for those really bad days. Take out of the freezer a few minutes before, shake to release any ice particles and so that it won’t freezer burn the gums of your little one. Then just let your baby chew on it to get some relief.
  2. Washed clean finger – If you have ever wondered ‘are my baby’s gums o.k to chew food’ then this tip will really help relieve that worry. Just clean your hands well and gently massage your little one’s gums to ease the pain. This is great if you are using cooling Teeth Teething Gel as it is natural and helps alleviate pain.

9. Teethers

  1. Cooled Teething Rings – Cooled teething rings are great for little gums. Just make sure you read the instructions and never place in the freezer as this can damage your baby’s gums if frozen. I used natural ones that were PBA-Free.
  2. Rubber Spatula – I know this sounds like a crazy one but Oscar loved the spatula when he was cutting teeth

10. Pain Relief

Nelsons Teeth Teething Granules.

I have been using this product since my daughter Jade (who is now 15) was a baby and I have since used it on my two boys as well. I loved it because it is made using only natural ingredients including chamomile which really helped to calm them down and it can be given to babies from 3 months+ so great if your little one has started cutting teeth early.

I found it especially great before mealtimes, especially for Oscar. I just poured the granules into his mouth and within 10/15 minutes he was calmer and more inclined to eat his food.

It was also great during the night when his gums seemed to hurt him more than usual. It must have been sore to latch on and I knew he wanted milk so I gave him Teeth and walked around with him for a few minutes until it took effect. Then he seemed to feed much better and would go back to sleep. Some relief for Mommas too!

Nelsons Teeth Teething Gel.

Like the granules, the Teeth Teething Gel is made using natural ingredients with the main one being chamomile.

It relieved the symptoms of sore gums, flushed cheeks, and dribbling so quickly. I stored it in the fridge so it was cold, then using a clean finger applied about a pea-sized amount onto Oscar gums and massaged it in. Massaging their gums with the gel was so effective. I found this method great before breastfeeding as it was like an instant relief for him.

Resources:

strong4life.com

babyledfeeding.com

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