10 Symptoms Your Baby is Teething & How to Help

Teething

As a parent, you don’t ever want to see your child in pain. You tell them to watch out, you guide them away from the dangerous stuff in life and most importantly you protect them.

What about when you can’t protect them from the pain? You search high and low looking for a solution and try every option. That is how I feel everytime one of my kids goes through the teething stage and with Cyrus showing signs of teething already I am more prepared than I was with my others.

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Teething in the Past

Seven years ago I happily applied chemical gels to my first born’s gums and then watched him for hours as I was afraid he was going to get too numb and choke on his spit. I was a first-time mom and “Worry” was my middle name.

Teething toys that you pick up and chew sound great but when your child is too small and uncoordinated to pick things up then they are just a waste of money (and nerves). Add in the freezer shelf full of “frozen” chewable’s and you might as well just throw your money in the trash.

I listened to everyone and tried everything. We even let Emma chew on frozen waffles because someone recommended it. Piece of advice: Don’t do it. It is a choking hazard.

When Aria was old enough to hold on I would let her chew on teething jewellery. That was not even an option until she was 1 years old though because she just couldn’t figure it out.

Aria is almost 2 and she is still teething. She has 4 canines coming in currently, all about to burst through the gums so we just let her chew on a toothbrush because it is the only thing (other than her fingers) that will fit in the tiny space where the teeth are coming.

Most of the time I either let my poor kids suck on their own hands or resorted to letting them chew on my fingers. No chores got done, everyone was upset and worst of all my little ones still weren’t getting proper stimulation on their gums.

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Teething Symptoms

One thing is for sure, all kids deal with teething differently. What you experienced with one baby will not necessarily happen with the next. Some symptoms of teething MAY BE:

  • Drooling constantly
  • Rash developing on chin, neck, and hands from all that drool
  • Irritability
  • A tooth visible below the gum
  • Swollen, bulging gums
  • Trying to bite, chew, and suck on everything she can get her hands on including hands
  • Rubbing their face
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Turning away food
  • Grabbing their ears

Teething Now With the Munch Mitt

I am looking at teething with a new perspective now. Although all children are different there is one thing that they all seem to enjoy: stimulation. Boy do I have some stimulation for Cyrus.

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We have discovered the Munch Mitt. It’s a teething mitt that is specifically made for wee babes who can’t grasp traditional teething toys. Not only does it soothe their aching gums but it also promotes independence.

The Mitt is made of food-grade silicone and soft, breathable, water resistant material that keeps babies hand protected while providing much needed relief from teething. And of course it’s BPA and Phthalate free.

 Cyrus seems to love the crinkling noise that the mitt makes and is slowly figuring out how to use his other hand to hold up the hand with the mitt. Since we don’t know which hand is dominant yet I really like that it is interchangeable for both.

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With a flexible, textured silicone surface and adjustable straps it will surely be a winner for all.

It’s designed for babies from 3-12 months* although it’s recommended that it not be used once baby can remove the mitt. Clean up is a breeze as well! Just throw it in the laundry with the rest of your clothes and either dry on low or leave it out to air dry.

It comes with a cute little drawstring carrying pouch so that traveling with it is easy. What better way to have a peaceful car ride than to strap on the Munch Mitt and listen to your babe chew away.

Munch Mitt comes in either green or purple and is the perfect tool to help your little ones when the need it the most.

If you want to read my sisters’ review of the Munch Mitt you can do so here.

You can learn more and purchase the Munch Mitt here.

Disclosure: I am taking part in the Munch Mitt Teething Mitt blog campaign. While I have received compensation as part of my affiliation with this program, the opinions shared are my own.

 *I can’t do a review without Aria helping. She is too big for the mitt but insisted on wearing them. She is actually sleeping with the purple one right now. We still have to help Cyrus put the mitt into his mouth sometimes as he flails his arms. He is only 3 months old so still has a long time to master the mitt.

 

I have been working with Munch Mitt on this post. All opinions are my own

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21 Comments

  1. kristen visser
    July 4, 2015 / 12:47 am

    I actually have one coming for my daughter and so excited for her to try it out! its such a great idea cause regular teethers just get thrown across the room

  2. Debbie Bashford
    July 4, 2015 / 7:02 am

    this would be a great item to tuck into a gift basket as a shower gift!

  3. Darlene Schuller
    July 4, 2015 / 8:08 am

    I’ve seen this around but haven’t been real sure on it … it looks neat

  4. Treen Goodwin
    July 4, 2015 / 10:44 am

    would love to get one for my Granddaughter , thanks for sharing a great review , i will be looking into one !

  5. July 4, 2015 / 10:56 am

    Kristen you will love it! My sister is using this with my nephew and is singing it’s praises

  6. July 4, 2015 / 10:56 am

    I agree! It will be appreciated when parents are going through teething

  7. July 4, 2015 / 10:57 am

    It is a well thought out product Darlene ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. July 4, 2015 / 10:58 am

    Can’t believe you are a grandmother Treen. Look too young ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Judy Cowan
    July 4, 2015 / 1:42 pm

    These sounds great, I am going to have to tell my friend about them since she is in the middle of dealing with teething issues and having a rough time.

  10. Alayne Langford
    July 5, 2015 / 12:52 am

    Both grand daughter’s are using the MunchMitt! One is 4 months and is still trying to figure it out, the other is 12 months and takes it off and bites on it!! Like you, I tried all of the above but I am sure glad that someone came up with a mitt to munch on! Why couldn’t we think of that? Because we were busy with 9 kids between us ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Jodi Mitrovic
    July 5, 2015 / 11:50 am

    Nico is teething right now and I can’t tell you how much in teething toys and frozen “sucky thingies” we have in the freezer. They might keep him happy and entrained for .5 seconds and then they’re on the floor and dirty all over again! I’ve ordered the Munch Mitt based on your sister’s review I read awhile back and can’t wait for it to come in!

  12. kathy downey
    July 5, 2015 / 2:30 pm

    I really like this product,will have to check with my daughter about getting these for the little one

  13. July 5, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    This looks like an awesome product for teething kids/babies. Love the pics Aneta. Adorable!

  14. Victoria Ess
    July 5, 2015 / 11:23 pm

    This is such a clever idea!

  15. nicolthepickle
    July 6, 2015 / 7:28 am

    The mitt is such a good idea. I have a one year old and she chews on everything.

  16. kristen visser
    July 7, 2015 / 6:31 am

    I cannot wait to get the Munchmitt in so that my daughter can have something for her teething! I didn’t realize the gel was bad till my daughters pediatrician told us it was so stopped using that and just kept with the frozen teethers, but those will be thrown across the room in minutes and will change to water in no time. She is always sticking her hands in her mouth so hello this would be PERFECT ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Jamie hall
    July 7, 2015 / 6:12 pm

    These look amazing I have a baby shower to go to these would be perfect

  18. Maggie C
    July 10, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    Great tips! I am going to share those around my office!

  19. Athena
    July 11, 2015 / 7:58 am

    Great idea!

  20. Lisa Gore
    August 7, 2015 / 10:57 am

    I wish these were around when my babies were teething

  21. AD
    October 5, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    I picked up one of these for my godson and it has been a life (and sanity saver).