When it comes to teething, alongside teething aids and pain relief, babies need comfort and reassurance. If you’re sleep training, it can be a good time to pause until your baby stops showing signs of discomfort with their gums or teeth.
Below we’ve listed some lovely calming techniques that you can use to soothe tears and make your baby feel more at ease.
What’s better than a snuggle with Mummy or Daddy? You are your baby’s comforter when they need it most. The best kinds of cuddles are skin-to skin cuddles, especially with younger babies. So, undress the top part of your baby and yourself – then wrap up in a cosy blanket and snuggle. Ride out the teething storm with snuggles!
Rocking is great for when little ones are teething. The rocking motion is soothing and comforting and can make your baby feel relaxed at a time when teething makes them feel terrible. Let’s face it – pain isn’t nice as a grown-up, so imagine how little ones feel. They need help to settle when they are feeling horrid.
White noise can help to settle babies. White noise can help them sleep independently by giving them something else to focus on. Alternatively, you can make a ‘shhh-ing’ sound yourself. You can do this while holding your baby or while they are in bed, stroking them to reassure them. You can find white noise playlists on most popular apps and websites.
Check your baby
Are they too hot or too cold? If your baby is uncomfortable, that could explain why they are upset. Make sure your baby is dressed appropriately for the weather and the temperature in the house. It is advisable to avoid putting too many layers on your baby at night if you live in a very warm house since they can easily overheat. If you have any concerns about your baby’s health, contact your doctor, pharmacist or health visitor.
Not only is baby massage great for soothing teething little ones, it also has other benefits for both you and your baby:
- Massaging your baby is a good way for you to bond, building your relationship and allowing you to spend quality time together
- Physical contact can improve breathing, circulation, digestion, and growth for babies
- Massage provides a good source of sensory and muscle stimulation, which is beneficial to all babies but may be particularly beneficial for babies with special needs
Teething is a milestone that most parents love and hate. The joy of watching your baby grow and develop is indescribable. On the other hand, those first few teeth are usually when teething symptoms are at their most severe, which disrupts sleep at night.
The good news is that there are lots of ways you can soothe both you and your baby, try out some of the above and see what works best for you both. And if you notice anything out of the ordinary, don’t be afraid to call your doctor. Ashton & Parsons Teething Powders have been traditionally used to soothe the symptoms of teething pain for 150 years. Life has changed a lot since then, but Ashton & Parsons is still used by families everywhere as a natural, traditional remedy to relieve babies’ teething pain.