Soothing a Teething Baby

We’ve finally entered The Teething Zone. I’ve heard plenty of stories about this stage in infant development, but I guess it’s not something you can fully grasp until you’ve witnessed it first hand.

For months Frances has been drooling and rubbing her index finger obsessively over her lower gums. When someone pointed it out I’d shrug and say, “I guess she’s teething”. Ha! In the past week she’s gone from a quiet, happy baby who contentedly plays by herself for hours, to one who can’t be left alone for more than five minutes.

One thing I didn’t anticipate was the scream that accompanies the fussing. Movie scripts would write this as, “blood curdling”. It’s the kind of scream that sends you running towards her, only to find Frances grinning widely at the look of concern on your face.

So far the best soother I’ve found is holding her. She’ll gnaw on a few of the wooden toys we have, but nothing calms her down more than wearing her. That’s not always an option, so I better figure out some teething alternatives!

Joy and Rebecca have written about their kids teething, so I’ve been searching The Green Baby Guide archives. Joy posted some great suggestions I’m going to try. She also recommends various homemade solutions and other conventional but natural remedies.

What did you use to sooth your teething baby? Homemade breast milk pops? Teething biscuits? Frozen celery? I’m ready to try anything, so please add your suggestions!


  1. You’ve probably already tried these tricks, but here’s what we did: cold, wet washcloths (best by far), frozen fruit or ice cubes in those little mesh baggie things, frozen teething rings. Good luck. It will end eventually.

  2. Frances has officially cut her two bottom teeth!

    JJ, I didn’t have luck with the wet washcloths, but it sounds like I should give it another try. Frances doesn’t like the frozen celery, which I thought seemed perfect! So far the biggest hit is the mesh feeder. I put in frozen fruit and, if she’s tired but in too much pain to sleep, a chamomile tea ice cube.

    Did you know you’re not actually supposed to freeze the teething rings according to the package? I think it must be a liability thing, and I’m doing it any way.

  3. I’ll bet she looks so cute with two teeth! A chamomile tea ice cube is a great idea! Wish I would have thought of that when I had teething babies. I wonder if there any other type of safe herbal tea that may help with pain or inflammation?

    I had not heard about the teething ring thing…I don’t remember ever actually reading the packaging!

  4. JJ, I chose chamomile because it was one of the ingredients i the Hylands Teething Tablets. I looked into including Bella Donna in the tea cubes because it is an anti-inflammatory, but apparently it can be poisonous. Maybe if I had more experience with alternative medicines I’d brave it, but even Hyland’s has had some bad press over it.

    I’d love to know if there are any other safe herbals out there to include in my frozen chamomile tea cubes!

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