At 15 weeks old this little guy is already showing signs of teething and has been since he was around 12 weeks, maybe even earlier. He’s always been a bit of a dribbler, to the extent that I was worried that there may be something wrong with him when he was really little. But I guess some baby’s are just a little more dribbly than others.
His sister was never a massive dribbler and I used to wonder what all the fuss was about when other mums used to complain about soaking wet bibs. Now I know exactly what they were talking about. Our little man will very quickly soak through bibs and tops just from chomping on his hands which he started doing a few weeks ago. We can’t see any little white lines yet, but I have the feeling that they might not be far away from making an appearance!
Its been a bit of a surprise as the little lady was at least six months before she showed any signs of teething whereas this little guy is obviously a lot younger. There are some real practical challenges to being able to soothe a 15 week old compared to a six month old, like their ability to hold a teething ring for example. It feels much harder to help him as we are working with a really limited range of options, but we’ve had to very quickly had to refresh our memory on the best teething toys, tips and tricks which I thought I’d share for anyone else who needs to do the same.
Theres nothing worse than wet soggy bibs, so we love our LANACare teething bib which is made from merino wool and keeps both baby and their clothes dry and free from dribble. It’s saved us a ton of washing since we started using it. Its such an ingenious little invention, I’d seriously recommend investing in one if you have a little dribbler on your hands too.
However we also quite like the Nuby bandana teething bib because it has a fantastic little rubber teething corner for baby to chomp on whilst wearing it. It does get soaked quite quickly with all the little guys dribbling, but at least it gives him a little bit of relief whilst hes wearing it.
Sophie La Girafe is the ultimate classic of teething toys. I would seriously be surprised if there is a mum out there that hasn’t heard of Sophia La Girafe, the loveable silicone teething toy. We were first introduced to Sophie when the little lady was a similar age and have had the joy of passing down her Girafe to the little guy which goes to show just how durable and long lasting this teething toy is.
I love the concept of the Nuby Wacky teether which has three different types of raised and off-set surfaces designed for the different areas of little ones mouths. However as the little guy is still learning to grip toys it’s actually quite tricky for him to hold the teether and get the right parts of it in his mouth. However, if I guide his hand and support the teether then he will have a good old chomp on it, and given that the teether is designed for three months and upwards its hopefully just a matter of time before he gets the hang of it.
Herbal & Homeopathing Teething Remedies
Over the last few days there has been some coverage highlighting a new FDA warning in the US against the use of homeopathic teething products. Whilst there hasn’t been any change in the UK stance on these, I thought it might still be worth highlighting the difference between herbal and homeopathic teething products, given that two of the most popular baby teething products in the UK are herbal and homeopathic products.
So for clarity, the main difference between herbal and homeopathic products is that herbal remedies work on the premise that increasing the dosage has a greater therapeutic effect, whereas homeopathy works on the basis that the more a product is diluted, the greater effect it has. We have tried the two main teething products in the UK to date which seem to be derived from the same natural product, and have experienced similar effects with both.
Firstly we tried Ashton and Parsons teething powder with the little lady three years ago. It’s a herbal teething product and I remember using it fairly regularly with no problem. It seemed to provide some degree of relief to the little one and I would definitely try it again with the little guy now. I remember my mum using it with my little brother many, many years ago so this stuff has been around for a while and seems to be a well known and trusted teething remedy.
This time round we’ve been trying Teetha with the little guy because a friend gave us some and recommended it. It’s a homeopathic teething product which we havent been using too regularly, just as and when the little guy really seems to need some relief. I have to admit, I wasnt as familiar with Teetha as I was with Ashton and Parsons and am still making up my mind up about it as a product.
We’ve never tried amber necklaces, but I have a friend that used them with her little girl and swears by them. So I am quite tempted to give them a go with the little guy and see for myself whether they are the magic that many seem to think they are. I don’t think we have anything to lose so it’s probably worth a go if it helps alleviate some of the pain of teething.
One thing that is around now that never really seemed to be around three years ago are teething necklaces and bracelets for mums to wear which seem to be all the range at the moment. I love the concept behind these, the idea being that babies usually love to play with mum’s necklaces so why not wear one that is teething friendly that they can have a good chomp on. It’s a really clever idea and one that im quite tempted to try too.
So those are our top teething essentials for teething the second time round! Have you used any of these and what else would you recommend and add to this list?