Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Being a new mother I seem to get a lot of advice, which can be helpful, but is also very frustrating when it's from people who are insistent that their way is the BEST way. I also get advice (because I'm an adoptive mother) from those who think that my son is just a stand-in until I get "the real thing."

Each week I will post a new question. I'd love it if you'd play along and offer us new mothers your pearls of wisdom.




Kris said...

You can try teething toys, but Megan was not interested in them at all. Other people have been successful with a wet, frozen washcloth..but that didn't work for us, either.

So, we resorted to Tylenol or ibuprofen. Actually, ibuprofen seemed to work better for us than tylenol besides, it lasts 6 hrs rather than 4!

Melba said...

I'm a fan of baby oragel, even though C. doesn't love the taste...he does immediately get happier after it goes on the gums. I also do use Tylenol or Motrin, but I prefer to save those for when he seems to really need some help.

I actually recently found the "Avent stages" teethers, and bought the stage one for C. He LOVES it. The grooves on the toy are designed specifically to target the areas of their mouth where most of the pain is. He will literally gnaw on that thing and drool like crazy...then he's so happy afterward!

In addition to the frozen wash cloth idea, I have heard of giving them a frozen bag of peas, or a frozen bagel, but have yet to try any of those with C.

Of course, there's nothing wrong with a good old fashioned (clean) knuckle to chew on either, and I have been known to do that from time to time. :)

I think as with so much baby care, all babies are unique and what works like a charm for one doesn't always work the same way for another. Good times of trial and error guessing games!!


Ashley said...

The ONLY thing that works for D is Hyland's Teething Tablets. Oh, and lots of chewing on things!

BB said...

R goes bananas over frozen teething rings. We also use tylenol and teething tablets and oragel on occasion (even though she makes a FACE at the taste of it!). The teething rings seem to make her very happy, though. We also have a vibrating teether that she cannot make go on her own, but likes when I push it down and stick itin her mouth.

birthmothertalks said...

It's been so long since I had a baby that the only advice that I can come up with is go in another room! Maybe even far far away from baby. :) Just kidding.
Good luck with brushing those new teeth.

Headless Mom said...

Ibuprofen, teething biscuits, and frozen wash cloths.

Mary said...

I agree with the baby oragel - it doesn't seem to taste very good, but it works (though depending on the saliva, it can wear off pretty quickly). Try not to get it on the boy's tongue! we also had these little plastic and mesh sucker things (looks like a mesh binkie) - you usually put fruit or something mushy in it for baby to "eat", but it works great with a single ice cube.