When it comes to teething babies, there are so many products out there that help to make our lives as parents easier. However, this is not always a good thing as there are so many that sometimes it can be a little difficult to know what exactly we should be looking out for when it comes to choosing the best products. That is why I decided to write up this post, which covers off all the must have items that we have been using to help us out since Little L began to cut her first teeth.
Dribble Bibs (Lots of them!)
We have a large selection of dibble bibs that we used for Squidgy, but we have never really felt the need to put them on Little L. That is, until she started teething. Seriously though, the amount of drool and how wet her clothes were getting is quite insane really.
We have a lovely selection of bibs from Funky Giraffe Bibs* that I picked up whilst we were at the Baby Show in London a wee while ago. They are not only practical but they are some of the prettiest designs I have ever seen for a bib, and they look so cute on.
Sometimes you just need something to wipe away the tonnes of dribble that will inevitably be all over your baby's face. Some babies can dribble so badly while they are teething that they can be soaked all over their face, chin, neck and surrounding areas. Keeping a dry muslin square close by ensures that you have something soft to use to clean up all the drool!
I have a number of teething necklaces and they are all fabulous. I have a couple of gorgeous shorter ones from Bo and Bel, a rainbow one from Loopy Makes and of course the gorgeous monochrome one below from Little Magpies. The great thing about these necklaces is the fact that you wouldn't even know that they are designed for teething babes!
This may seem like an obvious choice to some people, but not everyone is keen on using teething gels. To be honest though, some times it is the only thing that will help Little L calm down. There are so many options available dependent on your child's age, the flavour you want to choice and even if you want to have a sugar free version!
Trying to apply it to her gums can be no mean feat however, which is where my next 'must have' comes in.
Matchstick Monkey *
This little monkey has become, without a shadow of a doubt, the only think (other than nappy changing stuff of course!) that we cannot ever leave the house without.
His little arms are the perfect width for Little L's fingers to grip and his head fits perfectly next to her gums without her choking on it; and even if we don't use him as a teething gel applicator (which is technically its purpose!) he has become just about the only thing that will stop the drooling, grumbling moment when my wee baby girls teeth are really giving her jip.
Ok, so this may seem like a really odd choice for a teething post, but believe me when I say that it is an important one! It will not be needed for every baby, but in the case of both of my children, whenever they teethe, they get some seriously bad nappy rash.
The fact that we use cloth nappies means that we do not often have to deal with nappy rash, it just doesn't seem to happen in cloth. Despite this, the sore, red marks do occasionally appear and it is a pretty good indication that our little one is teething.
When this happens we crack out our trusty Metanium (a nice yellow cream!) that helps to soothe the soreness and by the next nappy change we can guarentee that the cute little baby bum will be back to normal once more.
Amber Jewellery *
I don't think there is anything cuter than these beautiful Baltic Amber pieces from Love Amber X. We have a stunning necklace and anklet set, neither of which Little L seems too bothered about, however Squidgy loves them!
Amber has natural pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to the fact it contains succinite, which is absorbed through the skin whilst wearing it. This makes it the perfect product for helping a baby that is teething!
Of course, it is important to note that these pieces of jewellery are not toys, and do have small parts. Personally I don't think it's a good idea to leave any child unattended wearing them, especially if like me, you have an over zealous, "helpful" toddler who is bound to try and "help" but cause some sort of issue!
Brush Baby *
Brush Baby have a great selection of items available to help babies that are teething at all different stages and ages. The Brush Baby dental wipes have been invaluable for us, and Little L absolutely loves the fact that she has freedom to chew on John or my fingers, something that she often tries to do whenever our hands are close enough for her to grab!
Disclaimer: Although this post is written of my own volition, some of the products I have been sent for the purpose of testing them out for review. These products are highlighted by the use of an asterisk (*) beside them.