Teething Chronicles : Part 3

Since our last teething check in, we’ve had quite a few changes in baby boy’s tooth lineup. He’s now rocking 5 chompers! Bottom 2 are fully in, and the top right front tooth along with the two lateral incisors or fangs as I like to call them. Overall he’s taking these ones like a champ and this round of teething has been slightly smoother than the others. He’s sleeping well, but during the day, if he’s not distracted, I think the pain starts to get to him. Luckily, he’s crawling every which way so he’s constantly on the move and exploring new territory.

 

When the second bottom tooth came in he did get a fever that had me all shook up. I thought he had caught a cold because he was really stuffed up and had a slight cough. There was no mucous though and he wasn’t sluggish so in hindsight I’d have to say this was caused by the new tooth which popped in the day after the fever broke. After that all bets were off and it seems like the other teeth took a cue that it was their turn.

Since the last update, our amber necklace broke, much to my chagrin. RJ discovered it and would tug at it whenever he pleased. It didn’t matter if there were other things around, he truly seemed to like pulling the necklace. It was safety knotted so that makes it a little harder for beads to come off BUT I learned a valuable lesson. The morning after it broke I spent an hour going back and forth in my head whether or not he might have swallowed a bead. Every slight cough set me on edge and I was looking back through pictures and the site where I bought it, trying o figure out how many beads were on the necklace, to no avail. SO mamas, if you do use an amber necklace, count the beads before you put it on baby that way if anything does happen and it breaks, you will at least know whether or not there is a real possibility your baby swallowed a bead.

With that being said, we actually haven’t used the necklace very often since it broke. I’m not really sure how to make it into a bracelet or anklet so sometimes I’ll just stuff it in his sock if I notice him feeling a little fussy and chompy (read: wanting to bite things he probably shouldn’t).


But as I mentioned, he seems to be working through these teeth a little better and managing the pain all on his own. I have still been giving Hyland’s when it gets really bad.

The chewing though, that’s a different story. The kid says “I have teeth, let me see what they do”. Kneecaps, Chins, paper, hair, he wants it all. Through my web browsing I’ve seen plenty of small businesses and little shops that sell teething jewelry, which makes it a little easier for mom to always have something on hand and also great for giving baby during nursing sessions so they are less tempted to chew on you. Some of the designs are unique and make a good effort to try to be stylish for mama, but to be honest, a lot of it was out of my price range, right now. Sure, if I was back at my old gig, I’d say here take my money and run, but that’s not the case, so frugal mama stepped in and I’m just as happy with my Infantino jewelry.

As cute as it tries to be, no matter how you slice it, it’s not the chicest type of jewelry anyway, but they do try. Most of it looks better in pictures than in person, but guess what? Baby can’t tell one way or another and thinks these are super tasty.  I ordered this 3 piece set from Amazon, 1 necklace and 2 bracelets for only 9.99!! They tout the same benefits as the small batch brands (100% non-toxic silicone and free of BPA, PVC & Phthalates).

Early on in our teething journey, he did like to bite a whole lot more. I’d scream in pain and he’d laugh and continue to bite. Now as more teeth have come in, that’s become a little less frequent, but every now and then, it does happen. It’s mostly when he’s finished eating and maybe making a point that he is done.

 

If you’re dealing with a biter, it’s a good idea to hold in your “ouch” or scream. Instead, trying taking them off your boob and giving a stern look and saying no. Then take a break , give them something to chew on instead and wait until they are ready to go back on. You can go as far as talk them through it, maybe explaining that they must not be hungry right now and want to bite instead. This sort of gives them the hint that biting means no milk and no milk is no good.


I’ve also noticed he’s picked up another habit, possibly caused by him getting familiar with his baby chiclets. He grinds his teeth. Ahhhh, it’s the worst sound in the world when a big person does it, it’s equally as bad when baby does it, but you feel sorry for them because they can’t possibly know that it doesn’t have to be this way, just yet. A lot of reading says its natural for some babies and they’ll eventually outgrow it. I’ll trust that for now but we’ll be discussing it with our dentist later this summer. RJ seems to do it when he’s frustrated so when I see that coming on I try to hand him something chewable to help take his mind off of it. Something squishy quickly brings him contentment. Lately he’s really taken a liking to his toothbrush, which is super soft.

Now with his teeth solidifying their place in his mouth, we brush everyday. I always try to make brushing his teeth fun for him so we start good habits young, and he gets a kick out of the whole process and loves to chew on both ends of the tooth brush when we’re done. He’s so independent with it that he snatches the toothbrush from me and starts “brushing” them himself as I sing out the ABC’s.

And now, for posterity’s sake, here’s my little man flossing his pearly whites.

RJ teeth
So mamas, I’m interested, what have your teething experiences been like? What are some ways you make it easier on your babes? And of course, what was that first dentist visit like?

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