At 8 months old my little man has two teeth. Unlike most babies, my son didn’t get these teeth together, the second one arrived about two weeks after the first. I know these teeth mark the beginning of a long process of teething but I have to jinx it and say that as far as a teething baby goes, he’s pretty easy. I had visions, or shall we say nightmares, of what I thought a teething baby would be like. Drooling, runny nose, feverish, with diarrhea, cranky, and inconsolable. So far I’ve only experienced two out of the six. And I would be completely okay with missing out on the other four. We had the crankiness and we had the drooling. Here is a list of things that have gotten us through so far.
There is something about this magical elixir that makes everything better. There is an almost instantaneous shift in his mood once he’s tasted the grapey goodness of medicine. I use Tylenol as my last resort, when the crankiness level has reached the state of inconsolable and it’s obvious that he’s in pain. There’s a difference in the tone of his cry and the amount of chewing on whatever he can get his hands on is greater than normal. The teething objects will usually expand to his sleeves in desperation. As with all medicine, consult your doctor before use and only use the prescribed amount.
These teethers are probably the cheapest variety out there. They even sell a Pretty in Pink version where a portion of the proceeds go to breast cancer research! Pop ’em in the fridge for some soothing cold relief for your little one’s gums.
Wesley’s newest play date had a set of these teething keys and he went right after them, so I ran out and got him his own set. These are also refrigerator friendly.
This little blanket has it all! A quadrant of it crinkles, the four corners have teething rings, one side has ribbons (although I think they’re too short for my tag-addicted son to take notice), and the center squeaks! A big thank you to my mom for sending this teether.
Sophie is getting another shout on the blog today. The original Sophie is still a favorite, as is teething ring version. The newest member of the Sophie family is the Sophie the Giraffe Squirting Bath Toy. My mother-in-law brought Wesley this toy on her last visit and the little man became very attached to it! It has yet to be played with in the bath, however.
This teething toy is known as “Mr. Crinkles” in our house. We have the giraffe (no elephants allowed!) – the two feet each have a different textured teething surface and the animal crinkles. In addition to the elephant they aalso have a monkey, which is totally cute. I saw it last weekend and almost bought it – but I refrained, as you can see the little guy has a lot of options already!
And now for the favorite chew toy of all – my cell phone. In preparation of having a baby, I converted over to the iPhone just so I could get a Lifeproof case. While I know it’s probably the least hygenic thing my son could ever put in his mouth, he does, and I let him. The corners are just the right fit and as a result my case has teeth scratches all over it.
His other favorite items? Books, magazines, paper (my W-2, for example), the taggie his Tilly made him, Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks, my hair, his thumb, the tags on anything (pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, etc) and bath toys.
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