A teething baby can be really challenging especially if you are stuggling to find a teething remedy that works.
Don’t worry! I got 15 awesome moms together to give you their best advice on how to soothe your teething baby.
As a dentist, I know a few ways to help soothe your baby. But these moms have help me cover remedies that include pain relieving food, something to chew, homeopathic options, cold soothing remedies and functional and fashionable jewlery.
To learn more, check out these teething rememdies from moms that know best.
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Food is a common way to provide relief. Chewing on food or sucking a cold popsicle is relieving during teething times.
Bre from Parent Cabin
Our kids handled their teething very well, but they still had their moments. I found that staying on schedule as much as possible helped a ton, as they knew what to expect. Both my kids also loved those mesh food holders. We would put some frozen fruit in it, and they would gnaw away!
You know I have Twins, a boy and a girl. My girl loves fruits from the word go, so it was easier with her- chilled apple slices, watermelon slices, soft guava slices without any seeds and fresh Fruit tiny Popsicles. She would chew on them, the cold touch comforted her.
My boy runs away from fruits, except Banana. So I used to freeze the ready-to-use soft and safe teether.
“I used teething necklaces back before they were common, people thought I was crazy! While I do think they helped, I had two babies who were TERRIBLE teethers.
Another thing that helped a lot were “milksicles.” Just a simple popsicle mold made with breastmilk or formula. They work really great for babies under 6 months who can’t have solid food. I think those were the most helpful for my teething babies!”
“My son has a pretty high pain tolerance, I usually didn’t know he was teething until I could see them coming through or he woke up in the middle of the night crying, when I would use Tylenol and nurse him back to sleep. When the more painful teeth were coming in, I’d know because he would nurse briefly or only eat a little bit of his meals at a time (he is a huge eater). I helped him by making softer foods like pasta, steamed veggies, rice, beans, fruit, oatmeal, etc. His favorite teething treat was probably smoothies (I’ll send you our favorite recipe!) — the cold helped the pain, and I knew he was getting a ton of protein, fruit, and veggies even though he wasn’t finishing his meals!”
” My baby is teething at the moment so my tip is to give rusks to suck or chew on. Also, another thing I tried is a feeding dodie/soother. It looks like a pacifier with a mesh or plastic piece attached with a hole. You can put fruit inside an attach to the base of the pacifier and they suck on the fruit through the mesh or plastic attachment.
I made my own with no sugar and used juice to flavor them. You can also buy them but here is the recipe I used:
1 cup of flour
1 cup of baby cereal – plain or flavored
3 tbsp of vegetable oil
Fruit juice or water to make the dough
Mix all dry ingredients and add the oil.
Add in the juice or water until a dough is formed. Roll out the dough and use round cookie cutters to shape. Round is best so they won’t break.
Cool in the oven at 160 til golden. Around 12mins. Leave to cool. They should be quite hard so the baby can suck and chew on them and they won’t crumble. Always watch the baby while eating them as they will go soggy after a while so it’s best to replace them once soggy.
My baby loves them and happily chews away!”
“Breastfeeding and Kid’s Relief teething liquid were the “chemical” help we offered, and always helped with sleeping. For fussiness and pain relief, we would peel large, cold carrots for “teething toys.”
They are not too cold, have some give against sore gums, and taste good! My kids still eat raw carrots with no problem to this day, and my autistic son uses them as chews when he is stressed out. They have saved his fingers from bleeding more than once!”
Some babies find the chewing action to be like a massage for their irritated gums.
“What worked best for my daughter while she was teething wasn’t giving her a product or remedy, but rather it was keeping her engaged and giving her comfort and affection. Doing these things frequently helped to distract her from the pain; plus, they’re good practice for parents anyway.
My daughter wasn’t feeling any of the teethers that my husband and I tried to offer her, so we allowed her to suck on a pacifier (she was suddenly requesting it A LOT once her molars broke through). Once we got through that phase of teething, we were able to start weaning her from the pacifier rather easily.”
“Being a first time mom who hates any type of medicine, I have handled teething no meds and so far we are doing great. After trying out almost all teething toys I concluded that babies need something spongy to bite on. So what I’m using is my left fingers (all are dedicated to him) and my husband’s bracelet. The bracelet isn’t spongy but I can see the sense of relief on his face every time he bites on it”
These moms know a thing or two about homeopathic remedies.
“I have three little ones and I swear by homeopathic teething tablets. They are perfectly safe, and two under the tongue works like a charm! Sadly, Hyland’s Homeopathic Teething Tablets are no longer available in the U.S., but some good remedies to try are homeopathically prepared Chamomilla, Belladonna, Calcarea carbonica, Calcarea phosphorica and Silica.”
“My little girl had a lot of teeth come in very quickly at the beginning (8 teeth by the time she was 10 months). There were multiple things that we tried to help her, but there were two main ways that ended up providing the most and consistent relief.
The first was an essential oil blend of Lavender and Clove essential oils mixed with coconut oil. You don’t need much, a drop of each essential oil in a tbsp of coconut oil. Just dip your finger in it and rub it on the jawline. Save the rest for later.
The second thing we did was use Camilia teething drops. They are a homeopathic teething medicine, we would give it to her anywhere from 2-4 times a day and she would be back to her cheerful self.”
There hasn’t been a set routine that we implement since teething doesn’t happen on a schedule! (I wish!)
We love using a little Chamomile Oil that’s properly diluted along the jaw line, as well as diffusing some lavender to help calm.”
Brandi Cortez from Pint Size NOLA
“To start, over the years I have tried almost everything as far as teething remedies go. Some of my favorite go to hacks may be slightly unconventional, but not too bad.
- Pure vanilla extract on a q-tip applied to the gums (this one is quite common) for numbing & soothing.
- Gnawing on a raw celery stick is a natural pain reliever & feels good on the gums, just watch out for the “strings”, lol.
- Soak some wash cloths in chamomile tea & add 1 drop of vitality peppermint essential oil to a whole quart of the tea. Wring out the rags, freeze in individual ziplocks. Take out one as needed, let thaw a minute or two before giving to baby.
- This is my personal favorite, but can get messy. I find it truly works wonders though. Frozen blueberries or small grapes. Portion into small freezer ziplock bags, then wrap in either a thin cloth zipper pouch or I just make tiny “pillow cases”. Or u can just wrap in a thin towel & tightly rubberband. Leave enough space for fruit to lay flat & they chew that up! The texture starts solid, turning softer, yet the consistency stays for a good while because they can move to a new spot and work on a new berry when they’re ready.
You can do the same with apples in one of those mesh feeder/teether thingys, haha. I have no idea what they’re called, sorry!
Of course you always have your raw carrots, barley tea, ginger root, and tylenol, but these 4 are my personal favorites!”
The cold can help numb the pain from teething and give your baby much needed relief.
“I know some believe there’s no ‘official’ connection, but my kids usually get fevers when they cut new teeth! So I do Advil/Tylenol as needed on the days teeth are pushing through, but otherwise I rely on water teething rings that can go in the fridge/freezer or for the younger babies I like the hand mitt teething gloves. Silicone feeders, such as the Kidsme feeders, with frozen fruit chunks or even frozen breastmilk/formula are also wonderful for teething babies to chew on.”
Teething jewelry is not only fashionable, but can provide your baby some relief by giving them something to chew.
“The best thing we did when little lady was teething was give her a variety of silicon teething jewelry. She loved the beaded and smooth bracelets from the time she was four month old, and continues to chew on her rings at 18 months.
The smoother bracelets were also nice to tie to our baby carrier or stroller so she had something to soothe her gums while on the go! A huge bonus is that they can be chilled and are easily washable! Check out the exact brands we used in my ultimate infant gift guide.”
Thank you to all of the awesome moms that contributed to this post. I couldn’t have done this without you.
Make sure to let me know which one of these remedies worked the best for your little one.