Three Natural Ways to Soothe a Teething Baby
Slightly high temperatures, fussing, drooling, trouble sleeping - they're all telltale signs that your babe has teeth on the way. First teeth are a milestone for every baby, but they also come with a lot of literal growing pains. Luckily, you can rest assured that it's temporary, enjoy some extra cuddles, and try out one of these natural ways to soothe a teething baby.
Simple, free, and easy, a washcloth is a tried and true teething remedy to help soothe sore gums. Choose a clean, soft baby washcloth (ideally, skip the harsh chemicals like fabric softener when washing the cloth). Tie a knot in one corner and soak with water, breastmilk, or even chamomile tea, then place the cloth in the refrigerator until cold. Pass it off for your babe to chew and keep occupied.
Try a Teething Toy
If your little one tends to put anything they can find into their mouth, a teething toy is great to have on hand for entertainment and soothing counter pressure. Stand-alone teething toys are best for tossing in a diaper bag or playing at home, while pacifier pendants or clips are ideal so that you're never without a teether. Be sure to check out our teether guide to make sure you're choosing a teething toy that's safe and non-toxic.
This over-the-counter homeopathic teething remedy is often recommended by pediatricians for both teething pain and the digestive issues that sometimes accompany it. Made with chamomile, Poke, and Chinese Rhubarb, it provides relief with no side effects or interactions with other conditions or medicines, which makes it a great option when physical remedies aren't doing the trick.