My husband had zero teeth on his one year birthday. Son to a dentist and a very worried mother they took him into the office for x-rays. They were worried that he had no teeth or something was very wrong. Turns out my husband was just a late bloomer in the teeth department. I am happy to report that my husband now has a beautiful smile. Turns out that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree and it has been no surprise that Weston has been a little slower than most in the teething department. At his one year birthday he only had two little woodchuck teeth. On one hand, I am not complaining about this because the lack of teeth certainly made breastfeeding a more comfortable situation for a longer time period. On the other hand, I wonder if we will be teething, and experiencing all the joys that teething brings, until he is five.
My boys and their teeth (Photo credit)
At 15 months tooth and gum pain is a regular occurrence around here. It is so obvious that my boy is in pain as he gnaws on his fingers, cries, and grabs his mouth. Sometimes its hard even to tell if he is sick or if he is teething. The nose runs as do the tears (for both of us). The agony of teething has sent me on a mission, looking for natural ways to cope with the symptoms. Side note before I delve into all of the things I have tried: I am not against a little Motrin when things get really bad (or whatever your pediatrician recommends for teething). Its just that around here teething has been such a constant that I needed some options that were safe for use all of the time.
So what have I tried for teething purposes? I love Chewbeads but to be honest my beautiful blue beads don't always match my attire. I have been dreaming of a turquoise Chewbeads necklace for spring (although I would love it if spring came and we aren't teething). The ever popular and expensive, Sophie the Giraffe, was a hit. Unfortunately she recently got thrown in the bathtub and irreversibly took on quite a bit of water. We have tried giving him frozen GoGurt but no matter how I try to wrap it up to create a little handle he wants to hold the bare frozen stick in his hands and they end up getting too cold. We have also tried carrots and celery sticks which are great all natural ideas. My only problem with this is that now that he is walking so well I worry that he will gag himself or hurt himself if he falls.
When I recently found out that I was going to become a Nuby Mom Blogger I knew that the first thing I would like to try was the Nuby Icy Bite Keys. I love that the keys on this teether are the only frozen part. This frees up the rest for Weston to hold onto and prevents him from freezing his little hands. The keys also have a lot of bumps and textures for him to bite on. The liquid in the keys is Purice. Purice is a non toxic gel that allows the teether to stay frozen longer than water filled teethers. I found that if I dipped the keys in water and then froze them they stayed cold even longer for some reason. It seemed that Weston also liked getting just the little bit of ice off of the outside as well.
The Icy Bite Keys are marketed mainly for the 3 month to 18 month crowd but given our slow teething we may be using these keys for quite a while. If you are looking for all natural ways to cope with teething this teether is a great start. At around $5.00 depending on where you look, this is an affordable, practical, and easy option. The Icy Bite Keys are currently available for sale at Buy Baby Direct, Babies R Us, K-Mart, Target, and Wal-mart.
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