Teeth! You find them everywhere! On mountaintops and in the air. And if you care to poke around, you’ll even find them underground.
That’s the opening line to one of my little one’s favourite Dr Seuss books and has been the theme around my house for the last few months. My little guy has more teeth than any other baby we know (we’re up to 8 chompers now) and he’s not even a year old yet! He’s done amazingly well through the whole teething process, though I hear once we get to the molars we’re in for some sleepless nights and lots of tears. So I thought I’d get a leg up on finding teething remedies. We’ve tried Camilia and didn’t have much success, then we tried Tylenol, and while it knocks him out, once it wears off he’s back to not feeling so hot. So since these doctor recommended remedies aren’t helping, I was wondering what the natural world might have to offer.
I had heard that frozen teething rings are great for sore gums, but I find they’re too big for my little one’s mouth. Next up was the cold, wet washcloth, which he loves, but after a few minutes it ends up on the floor, picking up all the little bits of dust and dirt that the vacuum missed. Hmm, so what next? After a bit of searching online, I found an amazing trick. Homemade frozen teethers made from, wait for it, breastmilk! They’re affectionately referred to as momsicles! I’ve now got a stash in the freezer, waiting to be tested. I just took pumped breastmilk, poured it into an icecube tray and stuck a pacifier into each cube so they’re easy to hold onto, or can be clipped onto a bib with a pacifier clip. Voila, homemade teethers! And this way they’re not only cold but nutritious too! As an alternative to breastmilk, you could use water with little bits of fruit inside or if you’ve got an older baby, frozen milk or a non-dairy alternative. Fingers crossed these work for us because we’ve still got a ways to go in the teething battle.