Every parent dreads it, teething. Seeing our little ones in pain and not being able to stop it or even explain why it’s happening is heart breaking. Plus sleepless nights and fussy babies can be exhausting. X started early and has gone full force. His front 2 bottom teeth broke through at 4 months. His 4 front top teeth all cut at the same time around 6 months. He’s been a champ, he really has. But I discovered a few tips and tricks so far.
First of all, thank goodness for clove oil!! I made my own teething oil and it works so well.
3 drops clove oil
3 tablespoons coconut oil (or olive or grapeseed)
Mix well and try on your gums first. Straight clove oil burns and different brands may have different potency, so always try it on yourself first. I stored it in a little bottle and used a clean q-tip to apply it as needed. Clove has pain relieving and antiseptic properties. X realizes it helps and opens his mouth whenever I pick up the bottle.
Secondly, we used a Baltic Amber teething necklace. As your body warms the amber, it releases an oil that is calming and helps relieve pain. I purchased mine through Momma Bean Stalk and we love it. She does a beautiful job and knots between each piece of amber, so if it breaks you don’t loose the whole strand. It makes a HUGE difference. We misplaced it for a few days and I was ready to buy another.
Lastly I bought him this teether which is amazing. He uses it non stop when he’s cutting new teeth.
After learning about the dangers of oral numbing gels for babies I avoided any similar products. The FDA explains the dangers here. Also numbing agents can be swallowed, numbing the throat and potentially causing choking and breathing issues. Not worth the risk in my book.



Here We Go

Baby X has 3, yes count them 3, teeth coming in. Go big or go home I suppose! Today also marks his 4 month birthday which of course means a check up and immunizations. Add a 22 hour drive to our horizon and you’ve got what will be the most difficult 2 days of X’s life so far.
Luckily we have family in Baltimore which is exactly halfway, so we’ll be making a pit stop and breaking the drive into 2 days. Thank goodness because with a car full of stuff and a dog and a cat, I’m not sure we’d make it in one piece otherwise!
In positive happenings we’ll get too meet X’s cousin baby M who is just 2 weeks old! I’m excited for him to meet another baby now that he’s more aware of what’s going on. It should be fun for them to grow up so close in age. Every little boy needs a younger (even if only slightly) little girl to watch out for.
The last few weeks have been filled with stress, packing, running a million errands and not a lot of sleep; for any of us. I’m hoping once we get to Maine I can create a little more stability and routine for X then the last month has allowed. His momma thrives on routine and I’m pretty sure this little one does as well.
Wish us luck! I’ll be sure to post the many lessons learned from traveling with an infant.