5 Tips for Helping Your Teething Baby Sleep

Teething is an unfortunate milestone that every parent encounters as their child crosses the threshold from baby to toddler. From irritable gums to the painful first teeth, seeing your baby experience teething can be a stressful ordeal that leads to many sleepless nights, which is why so many parents turn to soothing solutions such as toys and rings.

However, many of these quick fixes contain chemicals and other unnatural ingredients that may be harmful to your baby. Here are our top five natural teething remedies guaranteed to help your child get a peaceful night’s rest.

1) Essential Oils

An all-natural solution with proven health benefits for your child and your whole family, essential oils are a great way to ease growing pains. Chamomile oil is ideal for relieving teething symptoms, with its naturally calming fragrance and nerve-soothing, inflammation-reducing properties. Additionally, the relaxing scent and stress-reducing abilities of lavender oil are ideal for your baby’s sleep.

One of the major benefits of oil is how flexible it can be in terms of application. For a topical remedy to soothe your baby’s jaw, mix massage oil and a stabilizer (ie. almond, coconut, or olive oil) with one drop of chamomile oil and one drop of lavender oil and rub the solution on your baby’s cheeks and jawline. For a subtler solution, diffuse a mix of lavender and chamomile into an essential oil diffuser in your child’s room.

However, essential oils should be used with caution as they are extremely intensive and children are susceptible to essential oil poisoning if ingested.

2) Cold

With their accessibility and ease of use, cold objects have become one of the most popular solutions for temporary teething pain relief.

Chilled objects should never be cooled in the freezer, as it can irritate your baby’s gums. If your baby’s teeth have not yet broken through, a chilled spoon offers great relief.

If they have, you can still find a soothing solution right in your fridge! From bags of frozen and pureed fruit to a lightly chilled washcloth, cold objects are a simple way to offer delicate alleviation to your child.

3) Silicone Teething Toys

Beyond cold objects, silicone teething toys offer a more specialized relief for the pains of teething. Easy to grasp and often fun to use for children, silicone teething toys offer a safe, healthy solution compared to other plastic teething toys and non-specified tools.

Make sure your silicone is BPA-free and food-grade so your baby’s safety is ensured. In terms of aesthetic value, silicone teething toys have established themselves as one of the most popular tools on the parenting scene as they are stylish and easy to grasp to offer portable, tactile entertainment in a visually-pleasing package.

4) Amber

A relatively new member to the teething scene, amber teething tools have become a trendy natural solution and healthy accessory. Safe and beautiful, Baltic amber contains succinic acid that is released by the warmth of the baby’s body. This acid serves as a natural painkiller, with anti-inflammatory and sedative properties that are absorbed through the skin.

Amber teething tools are usually worn as a ring or a necklace, and the knots between the beads prevent a choking hazard; however, they still should not be chewed on. Beyond strictly teething benefits, Baltic amber also has several other health benefits, such as anxiety-reduction and immune system protection, ensuring its status as an up-and-coming parental favorite.
5) General Health

A more long-term solution to ease the increased pain of teething is to boost the general health of your baby by lowering inflammation and boosting the immune system. Lowering inflammation is a great way to soothe from the inside out, as inflamed gums irritate sensitive nerve endings and intensify pain.

To reduce inflammation and irritation, focus on a diet of whole organic foods and healthy fats, from fruits and vegetables to olive oil and whole eggs, and avoid processed and allergy-causing foods.

If your baby is still breastfeeding, try to reflect these habits in your own diet; if not, focus on your baby’s diet. Another major way to ease pain is by boosting your baby’s immune system, as your baby is exposed to countless germs as they put countless things in their mouth throughout the feeding process. Ensure you’re breastfeeding regularly if applicable, keep up micronutrient levels with a focus on Vitamin C and D, and try baby probiotics to keep them healthy and balanced.

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