Tuesday Tattles: Teething Edition

Tuesday Tattles

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.

Tuesday Tattles: Teething

Infant’s Tylenol

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.

Bright Starts Chill Out Teethers

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.

Nuby Icybite Hard/Soft Teething Keys

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.

Nuby Teething Blankie. Squeak & Crinkle Teether & Blanket

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.

Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether

Sophie teethersSophie 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.

Bright Starts Snuggle & Teethe

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!

Lifeproof iPhone case

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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Tuesday Tattles #3

Tuesday Tattles

I didn’t have a lot to add in month four so I have combined months four and five in one Tuesday Tattles post. A lot of the month three items are still going strong! My little man even enjoys the removable visual toy bar now.

Tomorrow my son will be five months old. That’s almost half a year old. I think this is his last month as a “newborn”. Where does the time go?!

In these past couple of months the little guy hit a growth spurt at double his birth weight he finally outgrew 0-3 month clothes and even some 3-6 month clothing is a little on the small side. Developmentally he has skyrocketed too, overnight he went from hating tummy time to rolling over and moving around the floor like he owns the place. The days of leaving him in the corner of the couch unaccompanied are over.

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Infant Newborn-to-Toddler Bath

Bath time is a fun experience for the little guy and still a stressful experience for mommy. My fear of accidentally drowning my child keeps my confidence at bay. I keep one hand on him at all times. The tub comes with a “sling” that baby can lay on, keeping his head above the water. This sling helps ease my fears, and as soon as I see big smiles and splashing feet the stress gives way to enjoying bath time.

Bath time can also be a life saver when nothing else works. One afternoon I was blindsided by a constantly screaming child who could not be comforted. After an hour, exhausted, I called my mom and followed her advice: I first stripped him naked to make sure nothing was poking him, scratching him, and there weren’t hairs or strings wrapped around extremities. 10614267_10102333143773041_6435732815317197737_nIt was too cold and rainy to go for a walk so I got the bath ready. As soon as I got him in the bath tub the crying stopped. Relieved I watched him kick his feet. I extended this bath time as long as I possibly could – until it got too cold.

Hooded Towels

The bath leads me to favorite item number two. The hooded towel. Why? Because there isn’t anything cuter than a clean, wet baby wrapped in a hooded towel!

Infant Nail Clippers

Clipping baby fingernails isn’t one of those things I’d considered having to do before having a baby. I knew it was a necessary evil, but it’s simply not something you think of preparing for. And prepare for it you must! The first nail trimming is the most stressful moment for a new mom. I pushed the experience back and used a nail file until I could see that those tiny fingernails had broken away from the tender nail tip. And once those nails come away they grow faster than weeds! I highly encourage you to wait until nap time for that baby manicure. These infant nail clippers have a larger easy grip handle and some even have magnifying glasses!

10151270_10102497498350151_6015799934181874218_nVulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether

Pre-teething began as soon as my little guy turned three months old. The classic Sophie was the first toy I gave him to slobber all over. Friends of ours even gifted him the the teething ring version, which he also loves. Honestly, he’ll chew on anything he can get his hands on, but with these I know he’s chewing on a safe and trusted toy.

Dr. Seuss’s ABC

This book is a family favorite. When I was little my mom would read this book to us. She even had it memorized so that when my brother and I got fussy in the car she could recite it to us. The magic that happens when you read this book aloud soothes babies. While I don’t yet have this book memorized, I’ve got most of it and have used it to calm a tired baby when humming fails.

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