5 Tricks On How To Help A Teething Baby To Sleep
That teeny weeny pair of teeth is enough to take out baby’s precious sleep. Each child will pass through his/her teething stage but most do with a heaping dose of fuss and cries. Teething might look cute for mom, but it is uncomfortable for your little one.
He may run a fever for a few days and go several nights without proper sleep.
But just because it's common doesn't mean your baby should be deprived of sleep at all.
How can you help a teething baby to sleep soundly?
Tips To Put Baby To Sleep While Teething
1. Recognize the teething signs and act early
It helps to recognize early the signs of teeth eruption so you can respond promptly. Drooling, teething rashes, loose stools, biting, refusal to eat, cheek rubbing, ear pulling or being fussy are the common signs that can clue you about teething.
To be sure:
Try to feel your baby’s gums with your pinkie finger.
There might be other reasons behind your child’s cries so try to observe your child well. Other illnesses such as diarrhea, skin allergy, and ear infection can also exhibit some of the symptoms same as teething. If you are unsure or just uneasy, better ask your doctor.
2. Stick to your baby’s bedtime routine and schedule
Kids pass their milestone in different ways. Some children move on with their teething stage unscathed while for others, it is a time of pain and wailing wars. If your child turned extra irritable, comfort him with some extra attention.
This might be the time when your mini-me can barely rest unless you rock him to sleep.
What should you do then?
Hold him longer since he needs all the pampering during this short but crucial stage. Stick with your usual slumber time and cuddle him to sleep. Continue with your sleep training and stick with your normal nighttime routine.
3. Practice frequent breastfeeding
Your breasts will give your baby the most comfort; no teethers can ever compare. If baby seems ill, try to offer your breasts whenever there is an opportunity.
This is when cluster feeding comes in handy.
Cluster feed before dinner so that your child can sleep unhampered for longer stretches of time.
If your little one has decreased appetite, increase your frequency of breastfeeding.
He might appear uninterested in nursing, but he is surely hungry. Just offer your breast nonetheless; night time breast milk can promote a peaceful sleep.
4. Cool the teethers
Cool a few pieces of teethers in the refrigerator. Offer them one by one to your baby.
What difference does it make?
Cold soft teethers soothe baby’s gums, making him more responsive to breastfeeding.
For your child’s safety, do not attempt to freeze your baby’s teethers. Supervise your little kid whenever he has something in his mouth.
You can also give your child some pain medication, but seek first your doctor’s signal. Always read the instructions and follow it to the letter. Parents are much more likely to overdose rather than underdose their kids when giving medicine.
5. Provide a calm sleep environment
Here are some ways you can do that:
Minimize distractions by drowning out the lights and background sounds. Do diaper changes during breastfeeding time, not when the baby is falling asleep. Keep your room temperature in check. Choose the right clothing for your child’s sleep time. Natural cotton is best. It must be soft enough so as not to cause friction.
Teething is an exciting time. During this memorable milestone, your baby is more sensitive so take caution. There are also times when teething discomfort continues up to baby’s first or second year. You’ll never know. If you are unsure, ask your doctor for the answers to your questions. Be patient. Your child’s cute smile is worth all that sleepless nights.