There is not a specific month for your baby's teeth to make their grand entrance. Teething usually occurs between 3 and 12 months old. Let's face it, that's a wide range, and parents can be kept guessing... is my baby teething? It can be really hard to tell, especially with babies who suffer from colic, or are generally more fussy. While some babies experience teething pain for months, others have virtually no symptoms. Think your baby may be teething? Check for these signs.
Teething stimulates drooling. If you notice regular drooling amounts suddenly turning into a pouring faucet, this is a big sign teething has begun. Throw on a bib to keep your baby dry and more comfortable (some babies go through several bibs a day). You should wipe your baby's chin gently throughout the day to help prevent rashes.
During teething, it is normal that babies try to put everything in their mouths. This acts as a reliever for the pain. Try a teething ring or chewy toy. A lot of parents love ones that you can put in the fridge. The cold ring can help reduce swollen gums. Some babies do not like the feel of the cold ring in their hands, so don't buy a ton of them until you get to know your baby's preference.
3) Rashes Around The Mouth And Chin
If your baby is drooling, this may lead to redness, chapping, chafing, and rashes around his mouth and chin. When the drooling is severe, you may also find these on his neck. The best thing you can do here is to pat it away to prevent neck rash. You can also try to use a nursing cream to create a moisture barrier.
While it varies from baby to baby, some babies tend to cry a lot more during this stage. After all, they are in pain, and that is their natural reaction. A lot of parents agree that the first teeth coming in tend to hurt the most. So, if your baby is getting his first tooth and he is crying a lot, this doesn't necessarily mean that it will happen with all his teeth.
Since your baby may be drooling more than usual, he may not be able to handle all the saliva in his mouth. This can lead to coughing.
6) Refusing To Eat
It's normal that babies refuse to eat when they are teething, even if they are already eating solid foods. The truth is that solid foods, bottle or even breast, can make them feel worse. So, they will tend to cry not only because of their gums hurt but also because they are hungry.
Irritability is normal. The little tooth that is about to appear is pressing your baby's gums and can put your little one in a grumpy mood.This affects some babies for just a couple of hours, but others can be irritated for days or even weeks until the tooth pushes through.
8) Cheek Rubbing And Ear Pulling
When your baby is teething, you may notice that he is rubbing his cheek or pulling his ear. This is normal since the cheek, ear, and gums share the same nerves. This is a natural reaction, and your baby is just trying to get some relief from the pain.
If your baby is like most, then fussiness, crying and irritability is at the top of the symptom list. This makes for long days and nights for both babies and parents. Consider trying the natural route and use an amber teething necklace. Keep in mind it is not a guarantee to work, as everyone absorbs the natural succinic acid from the amber differently in their bodies. However, the success rate is really high and is definitely worth the try!
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By the time your baby turns 6 months, you will probably have an arsenal of swaddle blankets. Parents quickly realize it is a warm and cozy way to keep their baby close and calm. Ever wonder swaddling really does work?
Swaddling is the technique of wrapping your baby in a blanket for warmth and security. The tightness of the blanket makes sure your baby can’t hurt themselves and settles them down when overstimulated. Ever watch your baby punch themselves in the eye, and then look at you like you did it? Ha!
Because your baby can’t move their arms, it helps to calm them down rather than being over stimulated by every movement and sound. Their startle reflex is lessened since they can’t get startled from their own movements. This also helps your baby sleep longer and deeper, something every parents can say amen about!
The baby will feel like they’re being held and also feels similar to when your baby was still growing inside your womb. This calms your baby and may even help them to stop crying quickly. Only swaddle your baby after having fed them and changed their diapers. Otherwise they will be fussy nonetheless. Having a wet booty will trump even the best swaddle.
How to swaddle your baby
First, it’s important to know not to wrap your baby too tightly. This can cause stunted growth or hip dysplasia. Here is a short guide to wrap your baby safely and correctly.
Step 1: Lay the blanket on a flat surface with one of the 4 corners at the top, creating a diamond shape. Fold down the top corner about 15cm/6 inches until you have a straight edge.
Step 2: Place your baby with their shoulders against the edge you have just made, the rest of their body should be on the blanket.
Step 3: If you baby is fussy, bring their left arm down and fold the left corner over their arms and body and tuck it underneath their back.
Step 4: Bring down their right arm and fold the right corner over their arm and body and tuck it underneath their left side.
Step 5: Fold the bottom of the blanket but leave enough space for your baby to kick their legs and move their hips naturally. Tuck it loosely underneath them.
Lolly Llama Swaddles
Our swaddles are made from 100% bamboo without the use of toxic ingredients. Bamboo has naturally thick fibres and therefore creates a soft and warm blanket which is perfect for babies. The blankets are 47 inches by 47 inches and can be used for multiple purposes too, like burping cloths, nursing blanket and as a stroller cover. It’s also machine washable, getting softer with every wash!
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Is Amber Guaranteed to Work for Everyone?
No, and beware of companies that claim that amber works for everyone, 100% of the time. Think about it. There are a multitude of over the counter and prescription pain relievers. Why? Because not everyone reacts the same way to every medicine. This is true whether you use natural or synthetic methods. My friend Joey and his wife are both allergic to pollen. Every morning, he wakes up and takes two antihistamine pills, and it works great for him. Antihistamine makes his wife want to crawl back in bed and her head feel like its a floating balloon.
Given the fact that every human body is different, claiming the succinic acid (the substance found in amber to provide pain relief) will work for everyone is not responsible advertising. More often than not though, it does work. We do get emails from time to time stating that it did not work for them or their child. In this case, I make sure they have tried it for at least two weeks. If so, I ask if they want to hold onto it and try it again. If the answer is no, then a full refund is given without any issues. Customer satisfaction is always guaranteed.
Should you Try Amber, Knowing it is not Guaranteed to Work?
I tell customers that if it does not work for them or their child, bravo for at least trying a safe and natural method. And in the very least, they still end up with an adorable accessory at an affordable price. For babies, if it does not help at 6 mo, it does not mean it will not help at 12 mo. So it is always good to hold onto it and try at different teething stages.
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You're Not Alone Momma
Drooling, gnawing, crying, irritability... teething can be the worst! It certainly is exciting when our little ones get their first tooth, but let's be real, sometimes the symptoms can make you feel like you're losing your mind. One mom wrote me an email and said, "HELP! I can't believe I was ever excited for Micah to get his first tooth. Neither of us have slept for two days. The struggle is real"! Yes momma, yes it is.
Oral Teething Gel Recall
When my first two children were babies, grabbing the oral gel was the most popular go to for teething relief. But then the recalls from the FDA started rolling in. You can read the full article from the FDA website HERE. The last several years have also seen a big shift in parents committing to raising their children as chemical free as possible. The combination of these two things have increased the popularity of using amber as a natural teething remedy.
Amber Used for 1000's of Years
In the United States, we think of the use of amber as alternative treatment, but it is used in normal medical practices in many parts of the world still today. Amber has stood the test of time and is noted in countless historical documents as a natural healer. The father of medicine himself, Hippocrates (460-377 BC) wrote a lot about the different medical uses for amber. These applications have been passed across civilizations and down through generations.
Why does Amber have the Power to Heal?
Amber contains a property called, succinic acid. Robert Koch, Nobel Prize winner and pioneer of bacteriology, spent years studying succinic acid, proving it to enhance immunity, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation. Succinic acid is nothing new in the pharmacological world. It is an ingredient found in many over the counter and prescription medications. Read more on the science of succinic acid from the U.S. National Library of Medicine HERE.
Using Amber Necklaces for Teething Relief
When worn against the skin, small amounts of succinic acid are absorbed into the blood stream. For babies, amber can relieve teething pain, reduce swollen gums, and sometimes even reduce drooling. Some moms prefer bracelets or anklets, and that works too. Some moms report that necklaces work better, and some report they work equally. We would love to hear what works best for your little one!
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Hello! My husband Matthew and I own Lolly Llama. One of my favorite things is being able to create and design products for your family. The purpose of this blog is to write about the topics my customers ask me most! Contact me to ask your question. The answer to your question may be my next blog post!