Lillian has always been a big chewer. Even the first few weeks of her life she loved chomping on our fingers and her own hands. Recently she grabbed my hand and shoved it in her mouth. Typically her soft and slippery gums don’t cause me any pain, put that day I flinched and pulled my finger away as soon as her mouth closed around my thumb. I quickly realized that the pain was caused by the two little bumps poking out from her gums!
We have been lucky so far in the fact that teething hasn’t seemed to change or effect her mood very much. *knock on wood* Maybe because it’s shadowed by all of the other things going on in her life recently. Hip dysplasia, RSV, conjunctivitis, you can name it. However, she is such a happy baby! We have been trying a lot of things to help her with teething because even though she doesn’t seem to be bothered by her new teeth, I want to do what I can to make sure it stays that way. I know that teething can cause a lot of side effects like fever, irritability, disrupted sleep, and so on. We don’t want that discomfort for our little pumpkin!
My number one go to item for this has been the Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder paired with whatever assorted frozen fruit or veggies you want. Not only is it a great way to help deliver delicious and nutritious food, but it is helping to teach her hand eye coordination and feed herself. Lillian’s absolute favorite frozen fruit is mango and we frequently give it to her as a treat. I know her little gums probably appreciate it too! Beware though, it can be pretty messy depending on what food you put in the mesh feeder. Despite my Google searches on how to get stains out, we have lost a few shirts to a blueberry and strawberry combination. If you choose to give your baby a more colorful and juicy food then either a large bib, no shirt, or an old already stained shirt will be the best way to avoid your favorite outfit getting ruined. We’ve sadly learned this from experience.
It has taken us weeks to finally get a picture of Lillian’s first two little teeth because she always has her tongue sticking out. However, recently I was able to get her to smile wide enough to get a few good pictures in. It makes this young momma’s heart warm seeing her perfect smile!
What did you do/use to keep your little one happy while they were teething? Let me know in the comment section!