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Take a deep breath and keep on going …

I feel like the luckiest person in the world to be a mum to my amazing little one. Most days he is a very happy baby (or should I say toddler now!), full of smiles, giggles and chats. But, like everyone, he also has his grumpy days, which are often as a result of teething, sickness or more recently mummy leaving.

You would think that a baby crying is fine, just let him cry it out and it will all be grand. But the reality of it is very different. If you are trying to do even the simplest task with a crying child, everything gets instantly more stressful. Even more so when you have no idea what’s wrong (and it’s out of character).

This is typically the time that snapping happens, if anyone is trying to help me at the time. Rational thinking goes out the window. These are the moments we feel super stressed and totally not ourselves.

Like everything, this moment of crying will soon pass, and rational thinking will return, I promise! But in the midst of it, all we can really do is take a deep breath and keep on going.

If any mum or dad snaps at you while trying to calm a crazy baby, don’t take it personally, they just need a few minutes. Things will be back to normal shortly. They just need a minute to take a deep breath ūüôā

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We were doing well….. and then teething happened!

Teething! The worst nightmare for any parent. Just as you think things are going well with feeding and sleeping, teething will invariably strike, usually out of nowhere. It also often disappears as quickly as it arrives not always leaving you with the start of a tooth!

Over the first 2-3 years your baby will grow 20 teeth. Thinking about how difficult people find it when their wisdom teeth come up, (I can’t really comment as I never actually had any wisdom teeth) I can only imagine how painful this must be for the little babas.

We were getting into a good sleeping pattern recently when teething struck. Our little one is getting his first top teeth, I think. Mind you, a week later and they are still not through!

Teething can effect a baby in many ways but there are some key signs of it to look out for:

Red bums:

Weirdly enough a baby will get a red bum that can easily turn into nappy rash when they are teething. What the relationship between your bum and mouth are, I have no idea, but its usually the first tell tale sign to indicate you could be in for a few bad nights.

Drool – oh the drool:

When our little one is teething he drools like a St Bernard! Its unbelievable. Who knew a tiny mouth could produce SO MUCH DROOL! You need to ensure you are stocked up on lots of clean bibs as typically we could go through over 10 a day. It’s important to change them regularly as prolonged wetness under their chin can cause really bad dribble rash which is very itch and painful. To protect the skin I moisturise under his chin at least twice a day and cover it with Vaseline throughout the day to act as a barrier so his chin is protected.

Eating everything:

To be fair, our little one eats everything anyways, so its not always a sign that they are teething, but I find that he eats his hand a lot more around times of teething. He is actually using his hand to apply pressure to his gums to ease the pain. I like to try and give him some of the teethers you can store in the fridge during these times, to help soothe this sore gums. I also find teething jewellery to be excellent during these times (see my previous post on teething jewellery here)

Disturbed sleep:

Our little one has a tendency to wake up a lot more when he is teething and just want to be close to mummy. For the past week I have been woken at between midnight and 1am to hysterical cries, nothing will sooth him unless you pick him up and cuddle him. He falls straight asleep in your arms but the minute he is back in his bed, the same thing starts again. This can last up to 2/3 hours. When you are in the middle of it, there is no end in sight, but if you are going through something similar, hold strong! It is just a phase, and this too shall pass!

Remember, getting teeth is very painful for our little ones, so be sure to give them lots of teething gels and a bit of Calpol or baby Nuerofen when they are particularly upset, they can’t tell us their gums are sore, but they can certainly cry about it! And don’t forget, extra cuddles makes everything better

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Teething jewellery – does it help?

I was recently at the RDS pregnancy and baby fair in Dublin, which I really enjoyed I must say and would highly recommend to any mums or mums to be. At the fair I came across the MikaB teething jewellery stand. My little one started teething at about 3 months and was looking to eat everything. So I stopped for a browse to see what I could find.

MikaB have a great range of soother holders, teethers and teething jewellery in a variety of colours. At the fair I was afraid to invest too much in the products as I was not sure that¬†my little one would actually want them and they were a bit expensive if he didn’t. So I bought the soother holder, pictured below.

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Right from the start, he chomped away on the soother holder. It seemed to provide him with a lot of relief for his gums and he just loved it. Within a day, I was already on her website buying both the teether and a necklace for me to wear.

Our little one loves the products, they are made from non-toxic food grade silicone, similar to what any soother is made out of. He loves the owl teether and the soother clip, both of which he can clasp well and shove in his mouth. He has not found the necklace himself when I wear it, but if I put it up to his mouth he chomps away on it. But I think in time he will be pulling away and chomping on the necklace unaided. The necklace has an easy release clasp so if he does pull at it, instead of pulling my neck off, the clasp will open, a feature I really like.

When wearing the necklace I did notice that a lot of lint gets stuck to it during the day, but I think that is inevitable when something is rubbing against your clothes. A quick nightly wash in warm soapy water will do the trick and it is as good as new for the next day.

This is the collection of teethers I have for our little one. I can’t recommend them¬†enough, as we have¬†gotten great use out of them.¬†If you are interested in investing in the teethers and giving them a go, you can get them online at this link.

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The MicaB teething accessories that our little one loves