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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Our Favorite Teethers

Here are some of our favorite teether toys along with a couple home remedies that we've tried. I truly believe that they make a difference.  Juliet began teething at 4 months, but we didn't have any teeth appear until 8 months.  The one thing that we've been blessed with is that she hasn't had a runny nose or fever with teething... yet.  (Now watch her nose start runny as soon as I publish this post!)  I hope this helps save you awesome mommies some shopping time plus trial & error. 

1.  //  Juliet also likes the Nuby silicone teether.  It's easy for her to hold and since it has a ring on the bottom I can attach it to her shopping cart cover, (this is the one we have), with toy links.  

2.  //  I also bought this necklace from Etsy.  It's versatile and resembles a real piece of jewelry.  I also have a red silicone Silly Monk, but I can't wear it with everything.  This one I can!  It's also a great length. She doesn't have to lean over to be able to gnaw away!  

3.  //  These mesh food feeders are also an easy way to relieve teething pain.  I'm sure most of you have either done this or have heard about it, but it definitely works!  I put an ice cube inside the mesh bag and hand it to her.  It relieves her pain and keeps her busy for about 10 mins.  I like that it has a handle on the bottom for her to hold that isn't cold.  Most ice teethers, you have to place in the freezer, which means that the entire thing is freezing cold and they can't hold it for a long time.  

4.  //  A wooden spoon is also a handy piece of equipment!  I know that you don't want to carry around a wooden spoon in your diaper bag, so this is mainly something you can use at home.  I have a little short one that I give to her when she's in her highchair.  However, she swings it around pretty violently these days...  It may not be around for awhile!  

5.  //  Another remedy is something that my Aunt told me about when we were home at Christmas.  You can rub a little bit of liquid benedryl on their gums!  I swear by this.  I asked my pediatrician why it works so well and he said it's because their gums itch with their teeth are coming in and that's mainly what irritates them the most.  And don't worry, it isn't enough to knock them out or make them drowsy.  I notice that when I rub it on Juliet's gums she seems more content.  She usually does the whole bite-down-so-hard-her-head-vibrates thing, but with this she doesn't.  

I've also heard that chamomile tea on a dish rag is helpful as well.  However, we haven't tried that. 
Do you guys have a favorite?  (Remember, we're still going through this so any advice is welcome!)
Enjoy the rest of your week!