Caring for a teething baby

Teething is rough. There’s no doubt about that. But it isn’t just rough on the baby. As a mom, caring for a teething baby, who is more than likely not a very happy camper, can be hard. With teething twins at my house, I know all too well how overwhelming it can be when your baby doesn’t feel well.

Take a Break

Let someone else take care of the kids for a bit while you take a few minutes to yourself. You’ll be much better equipped to be there for your baby if you’d taken some time to recover yourself. Even if it’s only 10 minutes of quiet time shut away in your bedroom, be sure you are taking the time you need.

Get Out of the House

It’s amazing what a change of scenery will do. Even if you can’t get out of the house by yourself (and if you can, DO THAT), getting out of the house with your teething baby will distract her and give you all a little break. My twins had a moment a few days ago. They were inconsolable. Nothing was going to make them stop crying. We loaded them up in the stroller and went for a walk and suddenly they forgot about those pesky little molars trying to pop through their gums.

Enjoy the Extra Snuggles

Teething comes with a lot of cuddle time on the couch for us. It makes my twins feel better, and I certainly don’t mind the snuggles. It may mean I don’t get a lot done on those days, but I try and put those thoughts out of my mind in the moment so I can enjoy that time I have with them.

Go for the Comfort Food

There’s a lot of talk about foods that work for teething babies (these breastmilk popsicles are always a huge hit), but what about foods that comfort mom? Sometimes you just have to give into your cravings. When my baby is teething, I’m much more patient when I can sneak off and enjoy a little treat. There’s time for being good later. When you have a teething baby, it’s all about survival mode!

What do you do to cope when you are caring for a teething baby?

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