6 Ways I'm Naturally Alleviating Teething Pain

This past weekend, Paul turned six months old (yes, on the dreaded Friday the 13th) and for his half-birthday he cut his first tooth!

I knew he had been teething for awhile now, having every classic teething symptom known to mankind, but to actually see the tooth break the surface caught me off guard.

And despite that happy grin in the photo, He’s been miserable.

The glassy eyes, the snotty nose, and the nonstop bringing of something (everything, anything) up to his mouth to suck on. And oh, all the sleepless nights…

Honestly, I can’t believe it took six full month for him to cut his first tooth. His brother, my two year old actually got his first little chopper at 2 months old (which is entirely too early in my book, silly overachieving baby).

So now, to easy his pain, we’re doing some natural tricks to make him more comfortable. His newest baby obsession is this Nuby Teething Necklace, which I make sure goes everywhere he does.

Six ways to naturally alleviate teething pain:

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  • The frozen food trick. 1 of 8
    The frozen food trick.
    Paul loves frozen fruit or crushed ice chips in this mesh bag with handle. it gets a bit messy, but I don't care! Purchase the Munchkin 2 Pack Fresh Food Feeder ($7.99) from Amazon.
  • Amber teething necklace 2 of 8
    Amber teething necklace
    He's been wearing his amber teething necklace a lot lately. Baltic amber supposedly has natural healing properties that aid in alleviating teething symptoms. Shop amber teething necklaces on Etsy.
  • Always something to chew on 3 of 8
    Always something to chew on
    I'm making sure that no matter where Paul is, he has something to bring up to his mouth. And in the event that he drops his toy, his finger always makes a great stand-in.
  • Olive oil 4 of 8
    Olive oil
    An old home remedy: Rubbing a bit of olive oil across baby's gums. I've heard clove oil works great too, although I haven't tried it yet.
  • A cold spoon teether 5 of 8
    A cold spoon teether
    I've been keeping a few spoons in the refrigerator (not the freezer, that would be too clod) ready and waiting for Paul to play with.
  • Cuddle, cuddle, and more cuddling 6 of 8
    Cuddle, cuddle, and more cuddling
    And when all else fails, we hold, cuddle and rock Paul. While I can't hold him all day, it's obvious that this sometimes is all that can sooth his pain.
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How about you got any teething tips or tricks to share? Bring them on, I’m all ears!

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