Do I spy with my little eye a toothy peg?

Yes I do! Not one, but two! It’s been a long time coming but my little rosey chops finally has her bottom two teeth!

I would be lying if I said I hadn’t been nervously anticipating the teething period but I’m happy to say that so far *desperately trying not to get ahead of myself as we have another 18 teeth to go!* it hasn’t been as bad I thought it would be. Based on conversations with parents of older children who already have their teeth, and always getting bashed with ‘oh you just wait until she starts teething’, I have been absolutely dreading these little buggers making an appearance but actually Isla has been pushing them through with little to no bother. Go on the girl!

Although the actual arrival of these little pegs has seemed somewhat smooth, I will say that she has been drooling like a slobbery dog (sorry princess but it’s true!), chewing everything in sight and looking like a beetroot since she was about 8 weeks old. These are all symptoms of teething but yet it’s taken us just over 6 months, to finally get not 1 but 2 teeth in the same week. It feels like they have been a long, long time coming!

In the week leading up to her teeth coming through, I noticed that she was a little off her milk, taking 2/3oz less than usual at each feed, and was also more unsettled at nap times and bed time. Isla can self soothe and has been put down wide awake for naps and bed time for a few months now but in this particular week she was quite tearful and needed resettling before finally dropping off to sleep. I don’t blame her, and quite enjoyed the extra cuddles!

There are a few things that I think have definately helped to ease her discomfort so I have listed them below (click the heading for link) –

Babybunnyco teething ring
Not only is this the cutest and most prettiest teether ever, it’s the perfect size for Isla to hold and she gets so much enjoyment from chewing on it. I have so many teethers by all different brands but this is by far the most effective. It’s a combination of colours which she is attracted too and the different textures provides lots of fun. This ring comes everywhere with us and I have recommended it to so many friends! It’s available in so many gorgeous colours and styles – check them out!

Ashton’s and Parsons infant powder
This is a traditional herbal product used for the relief of teething pain and symptoms such as sore and tender gums, flushed cheeks and dribbling. I always use this in the first instance before deciding whether Isla needs something a little stronger i.e. calpol. This seems to do the trick on most occasions and it’s only every now and then at night time that I will give her something stronger.

Metanium nappy rash ointment
This is hands down the number one treatment for nappy rash! When babies teeth their urine often becomes more acidic than normal which leads to nappy rash. Isla’s little peach has been slightly irritated and so I have been using this cream as a treatment and also to prevent any further sores. It’s a 10/10 from me!

Whilst Isla is dribbling so much, I also try to make sure she is topped up with water in between feeds to prevent her from becoming dehydrated. ‘Dehydrated’ might sound abit drastic but I honestly wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say we go through about 5/6 bibs a day that she soaks through to the point where you could ring them out! I need to make sure my girl is retaining more fluid than she is losing!

Lots of love

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