How We Have A Happy Baby While Teething
Allow me to preface this blog post by saying that this new trick we discovered is something I 10000% mentally rolled my eyes at before giving it a try. Seriously. I thought it was all "woo-woo" and sounded way too bizarre for me when it reality, it's worked wonders for us. So if you're someone who is naturally quite skeptical like I am, bear with me, I swear I'm not pulling your leg.
What am I talking about? I'm talking about the one item we started using that has changed the game in teething for Beckley. The one change we've made that's made the biggest difference. What's this thing?
Here's the backstory...
Around 2 months ago Beckley had her first 2 teeth cut through, and that week was one of our toughest with her. Beckley is naturally a very happy baby, so when she took a complete 180 from happy-go-lucky to raging-baby-monster, it was quite the adjustment. We tried everything from medicine, to teething rings, to ice cubes in a washcloth, to a wet and warm washcloth... seriously, everything. Little lady wasn't to be consoled. Needless to say, we were grateful when the teeth finally cut through and she found some relief!
At the time I was a part of a women's bible study that had a few other moms in it, and one of the moms told me about how she'd used a teething necklace for her youngest, and that it had worked wonders for him. She offered to bring it in so I could borrow it, which I gratefully accepted. Now like I said before, this is normally something I would NEVER expect to work, but we were desperate ya'll.
By the time we got the necklace Beckley two bottom teeth had broken through and the worst of it was over. But I still put the necklace around her neck and left it there in preparation for the next round of teeth that would inevitably make an appearance.
Now to be completely transparent, I had no idea how teething rings worked or how they were supposed to be used. I assumed (like many people) that it was for Beckley to chew on when she was teething to find relief. In reality, that's not it's purpose at all. Supposedly, when worn against the skin, such as around a neck or a wrist, amber beads are said to warm and then release a substance called succinic acid, which is then supposed to leach into the bloodstream and act as a 'natural' pain reliever.
When I heard this I definitely thought it was way too "woo-woo". No way it would work! But I kept the necklace on Beckley just in case...
Ya'll, these things are straight magic. It's crazy. I didn't realize Beckley had THREE top teeth coming in until DAYS after they started cutting because Beckley wasn't displaying ANY change in behavior. WHAT?! How on earth?! I 100% believe it is due to the teething necklace. We haven't done anything other than have her wear the necklace this time around to combat the pain, and it's as if she doesn't have teeth coming in at all.
I don't understand it, I never would've believed it, but it works, ya'll.
Teething necklaces. Who knew, right?! Well, some of ya'll knew. But not me!
So if you're a mom struggling with a teething baby, I'd encourage you to give teething necklaces a try! Ours has worked wonders for Beckley this time around, and I couldn't be more thankful. That first set of teeth was a doozy, ya'll. 😅 Obviously, do your own research and only do what you feel is safe and right for your child. Never simply take my advice--always look into things further on your own. I also would not recommend leaving a necklace of any kind on while your baby is sleeping. We have Beckley's on her while she's awake, but not while she's asleep at night or for naps.
I hope you found this post helpful! If so, shoot me a DM on Insta! (@katielaurengraham) And maybe share this on your stories so other moms can learn about this nifty trick too?
And to the wonderful mom who shared this secret with me and lent us her teething necklace, thank you! You know who you are. ☺️
Have a wonderful rest of your week, ya'll!