Soothing Smiles: A Guide to Teething Tips and Award-Winning Products for Babiespar Katie Glickman
The arrival of a baby brings immense joy, but it also comes with unique challenges, and one of the common hurdles for both parents and infants is the teething process. Teething can be a trying time for babies as they experience discomfort and pain while their first set of teeth emerge. To help navigate this milestone, we've compiled a comprehensive guide featuring expert teething tips and award-winning products from the prestigious Mother and Baby Awards.
Teething typically begins around six months of age, but it can vary for each baby and often be much earlier. Common signs of teething include excessive drooling, irritability, swollen gums, and a strong urge to chew on anything within reach. Even their bottoms can see changes, as the acidity levels in saliva can increase when a tooth is cutting, causing an increase in acidity to be passed through to their poo and wee, leading to sore bottoms!
As parents, it's essential to offer comfort and relief during this challenging phase.
Here are some of our top Teething Tips to help you:
Chilled Teething Toys: Invest in high-quality, safe teething toys that can be chilled in the refrigerator. The cool sensation can help soothe inflamed gums and provide relief to your baby.
Gentle Gum Massage: Using a clean finger or a soft, silicone baby toothbrush, gently massage your baby's gums. This can help alleviate some of the discomfort associated with teething.
Teething Rings: Look for teething rings made from safe materials that are easy for your baby to hold. Some rings can be chilled, offering a dual benefit of texture and coolness.
Teething Biscuits or Rusks: Introduce teething biscuits or rusks to provide a safe chewing outlet for your baby. Ensure that the product is age-appropriate and free from any potential choking hazards.
Distraction Techniques: Engage your baby in playful activities or offer colorful, textured toys to divert their attention from the discomfort. The distraction can provide a welcome break from teething woes.
Award-Winning Teething Products:
Now, let's take a look at some of the top-rated teething products from the Mother and Baby Awards:
Baby Nom "The Gnaw-som Nibbler": their award winning nibbler teether offers a range of textures and ‘’bobbly bits’ as they like to call them, to give your baby a satisfying chewing experience and to soothe tender gums. Their exclusive design encourages exploration and allows for your baby to select the texture that feels best for them - plus it’s small size & shape making it perfect for little hands.
Sophie la Girafe Teething Toy: This classic teething toy has been a favorite among parents for generations. Made from natural rubber, Sophie la Girafe is soft, safe, and easy for little hands to grip.
Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys: Winner of the Mother and Baby Gold Award, these teether keys can be chilled for added relief. The textured surfaces provide a satisfying chewing experience.
Matchstick Monkey Teething Toy: Recognized for its innovative design, the Matchstick Monkey teething toy is ergonomically shaped to reach baby's sore spots. It's made from soft, safe materials and has received acclaim for its effectiveness.
Ashton & Parsons Teething Powders: These powders, a Silver Award winner, are a gentle and natural way to soothe teething pain. Formulated with chamomile, they are free from preservatives and suitable for infants from three months old.
Bibbilyboo Waterproof Dribble Bibs: Having won multiple Mother & Baby Awards, our bibs are recognised as being the best bib to keep baby dry and rash free when teething. Sore skin is no fun, so let us remove that issue so you can focus on helping baby to cut their teeth pain free without any further worries. Available in a variety of colours and gift sets.
Teething is a challenging but temporary phase in your baby's development. By incorporating these teething tips and investing in award-winning products, you can help ease your baby's discomfort and make this milestone a little more manageable for both you and your little one. Always consult with your doctor if you have concerns about your baby's teething process or if you're unsure about the suitability of any teething products. Remember, a toothy smile is just around the corner!