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Mum Vs Teething Baby! 5 Things You Need!

 

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Teething! Brace yourselves!!

Fraser is 19 weeks old now and most definitely teething! Drowning in dribble! Lots of grizzles. Rosy cheeks. A not so smiley Bubba! Well I have compiled a small list of things I recommend you have to hand when you have a teething Baby!!

 

1.  Toys to chew on!!

sophie la girafe

We have a Sophie the Giraffe teether toy which Fraser has taken a real shine to. He smiles when he sees her face! It is very cute! He has no qualms about shoving her head in his dribble filled face and chowing down! Its a great toy as it is easily washable and very durable. These are so popular and I can see why. We have a few other teething toys too, including fabric toys with chewable plastic sections for teething. Sophie is by far Frasers favourite though. Have PLENTY of teething toys available for baby. They can actually soothe the gums and gently help the teeth to break through when ready.

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2. Plenty of Bibs/ Muslin Cloths

Now when I was pregnant with Fraser I bought a packet of 3 Muslin cloths. Then I bought some more, then when he was born I got another pack! Muslin overload? Too much? God no! I am so glad I bought as many as I did especially as Fraser has colic and reflux! They have been an absolute saviour! I never used these with my older children but I could make do with just bibs for them as they were never sick! Come to think of it I don’t remember them dribbling as much as Fraser does either. Muslin cloths are a MUST have!! I have 2 in my changing bag at all times. Fraser does wear a bib some of the time but I do prefer Muslins. Dribble bibs are definitely good to have too. In fact I don’t think you could have too many of those either.

 

3. Spare Clothes

These you’d probably have with you anyway incase of a leaky nappy or poo explosion! Don’t you just love those?! Eww! Maybe pop in an extra set just incase. I have found Fraser has been soaking through bibs, then t-shirt/ sleep suit  and vest. Honestly I cannot emphasise enough how much dribble comes out of my child! Definitely pack extra, it is better to have too much than not enough!

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4. Teething Gel

Teething gel is another definite MUST have item! There are a few out there but we have found that Dentinox the most effective for Fraser. We actually used this with our other two children too. It can be reapplied if necessary every 20 minutes. Others which must be a bit stronger can only be applied every 3 hours. It must be so painful for them when those teeth are coming through. This gel definitely relieves a bit of the pain for our Bubba. I take it with us wherever we go. There are powders and granules too for teething, I’ve never used them personally as discovered the gel first and that works well for us.

teething gel

 

5. Nappy Rash Cream

Now I know this sounds like an odd one but Sudocrem is great if they get sore from dribble. Fraser manages to get dribble right underneath his chin. Right in a fold of chub. It can get really red and sore and I just put a bit of sudocrem on and it is right as rain! Sudocrem is magic cream to me! It can be used for so many different things and works wonders.  Again this is probably something you’d have with you most of the time anyway so it’s just an added bonus that it can help with soreness too.

 

What are your must-haves for a teething baby?

 

 

 

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Top Must-Haves for New Parents

Must have items for when you have a new baby?? What would be top of your list?? It’s not cheap this parenting malarkey but I think there are certain things that really do need to be bought to help out!!

I asked some lovely bloggers their thoughts plus have added my own in too….

“Ours is the Snuza Hero Monitor as our second son has silent reflux which causes apnea. It just clips on the nappy to be in contact with the skin. It’s been a god send for reassurance for us as it made me so paranoid.” Emma from Ready, Freddie, Go! 

 

“A tumble dryer as you will never do as much washing as you do with a newborn and you need it to dry quickly!” Kelly from The Best Version of Kelly

“A compact Stroller that lies completely flat. Perfect for having in the car for when the pram isn’t needed.” Lyndsay from My Family of Roses

 

“Car seat bases! They were an absolute god send when my twins were tiny, especially with the British weather – no one wants to be faffing with seatbelt in the rain.” Beth from Twinderelmo

 

“Jumperoo for when they are a bit older, my youngest loved it from about 4 months… was a godsend.” Rachel from Blogging Mummy

 

“Fisher Price Newborn to Toddler Rocker, it’s the only thing my son would settle in when he first came home from hospital. We got 2 years use out of it and it was used daily!” Jenni from Chilling with Lucas

I have to add we have one of these too and Fraser loves it. It can be set to rock mode or sturdy laid back mode which he spends a lot of time in sleeping in the day time.

“There are lots of baby books out there but I swear by Jo Tantum ‘Baby Secrets’ which combines the best advice from all camps (routine Vs no routine). She’s helped me have kids that have proper nap times on a regular basis which is essential for staying sane as parents!!” Jodie from Maidenhead Mum

 

“A sling or baby carrier. They let you keep your hands free but still meet the needs of a velcro baby!” Kim from Raising a Ragamuffin

I have used a baby wrap this time! I never did with my 2 older children. It is great for getting on with other bits and baby is happy because they are close to you, although getting trickier on my back the heavier Fraser gets! Haha! 

“A baby monitor with screen, I was anxious when the babies were small and this was fantastic for letting me potter around the house while they were napping, with my mind entirely at rest.” Vikki from Family Travel With Ellie

“We loved Ewan the Dream Sheep for white noise. It really helped the little man settle at night.” Emma from Me and B Make Tea

 

“Not quite an item but steady hands, cutting a newborns fingernails is terrifying haha! And a little box of changing stuff in different rooms, nappies, wipes, muslin cloths etc makes life so much easier”. Eileen from 2 Nerds and a Baby

 

” I loved having a baby changing table as it totally helped my sore back plus I had a section so made it so much easier. I got the one that doubles as a set of drawers as well so plenty of space for the babies clothes.” Laura from The Breastest News

 

“For me, My Tommee Tippee perfect prep machine was a life saver! Loved it” Daisy from Daisy & Belle

We absolutely adore our Perfect Prep machine too! This would be top of my list of must haves!! 

“A baby sling. So much comfort for baby and a sanity saver for parents!” Arabella from Exeter Baby Activities

“A dishwasher and Washer/Dryer! One of those robot vacuums would be great too!” Victoria from Lylia Rose

 

“Personally I would say those Finnish baby boxes, a carrier, a good car seat, and some books. We were bought so much as gifts after the boys were born so we could have got away with only buying the bare minimum and big items. The Finnish baby box have everything you need for those first few weeks and I loved baby wearing. It really helped my youngest who had reflux. Having a car seat is essential to get home from hospital and gives a lot of freedom to get out and about once the baby arrives and books for both parents and baby because its important to make “me time” and reading to babies can really help with the bonding process”. Emma from Our Fairytale Adventure

 

“Muslin cloths, they were my ultimate baby item. I remember my mam buying me a pack and I didn’t see why I’d need them but I was proved wrong. They are great as burp cloths, bibs, to wipe up spills and muck, to use as a changing mat when you have to change in an unexpected place, to cover up when breastfeeding if you don’t feel comfortable. They are useful for so many things!” Lauren from Blogger Mummy Lauren

 

“For me, baby wearing was a godsend. We used a Mei Tai carrier which provided the close comfort but allowed you to be hands free at the same time. It’s hands down the best thing that we bought, that and plenty of muslin cloths”. Karina from Mum’s the Nerd

 

“For me it has to be the Angelcare sound and movement monitor. The mat lays under the mattress and detects the smallest amounts of movement and therefore monitors babies breathing. Sometimes babies fall into such a deep sleep their breathing can slow a little. If the monitor does not detect movement for 30 seconds it emits a loud beep to not wake but stir the baby from the deep sleep and start normal breathing. If it continues to not detect movement then the alarm goes off. HAs given me constant peace of mind with my first and now my second and I would not be without it. We have recommended it so many times”. Heidi from Southern Mummy

 

A pram you love. I know its a big investment at the time but you spend so much time pushing it, rocking it, walking with it that its worth investing – and it will last for later children. Its worth getting one which will take the car seat so you don’t have to transfer when they fall asleep”. Naomi from The Organised Life Project

 

A decent pram is another one on my list! We went for the Mothercare Orb this time and have had no issues with it other than converting it from pram to pushchair! I nearly threw it out the window, it was tricky but I got there in the end! 

 

“Muslins (for them) and Wine, big old sense of humour and Mum friends (for you)”. Frances from You Have to Laugh

 

“A stretchy wrap! I had an AMA Wrap and I don’t know how I would have done without it! Hands Free cuddles”. Helen from The Mumatron Blog

 

What would be top of your list of Must Haves?