SAHM Mom and newbie blogger, Helen, recently approached me about busting her chops writing a guest post for Maman Loup’s Den. (I’m trying to be punny, since this is a post about teething. Not sure it’s working.) When she told me about using teething pops to soothe sore gums, I thought that would be a great fit for all my readers dealing with a tooth-sprouting tot, especially since I like to find alternatives to over-the-counter remedies containing Benzocaine (such as Orajel).
So, if you’ve got a grouchy, rosy-cheeked little teether on your hands, here’s some advice from Helen!
Natural Teething Recipes
Guest post by Helen.
It’s inevitable that, at some point, your baby will experience the pain associated with teething. This may start as early as four months, and unfortunately there’s little parents can do to delay or prevent it. The pain can continue for many months, and can be difficult for both the baby and parents. Don’t despair! There are many ways to help alleviate the pain for your little one, including plenty of natural, drug-free options.
What’s the Best, Natural Way to Alleviate the Pain from Teething?
There are many natural remedies for alleviating the pain experienced during teething, but there’s one that stands out from the rest: homemade popsicles. This is the preferred choice for parents who wish to treat their baby’s pain the natural way, as you can stay in control of the ingredients, to be sure that your baby doesn’t take in any harmful chemicals. In fact, the popsicles also double up as a healthy snack or meal for your infant, as they’re made using fresh fruits, high in the essential vitamins and minerals required to support your child’s development and improve their immune system.
How Do Popsicles Work?
Popsicles are a highly effective way to provide relief to your teething baby. The coldness of the frozen treat will provide pain relief, and help to keep inflammation to a minimum. They can be made in batches, and stored in the freezer so that you have something on hand quickly when teething pain strikes.
How to Make Popsicles for Your Baby
Making popsicles at home for your baby couldn’t be simpler. This is preferable to buying them from the supermarket, as you have control over the ingredients and can be sure that no harmful ingredients, additional sugar or artificial sweeteners are used.
The website Parent.Guide has lots of tasty Popsicle recipes which are helpfully categorized according to the type of fruit used. This is great, especially if your little one is a fussy eater, as you can find recipes according to your baby’s likes and dislikes. Here is a simple, but effective, recipe that I’ve adapted to get you started:
Kiwi Fruit Popsicle
- 12 ripe kiwi fruits, peeled.
- 1 ripe banana,
- 2 cups of apple juice.
To make the Popsicle, simply puree the kiwi fruits and banana in a food processor, until the green fruit has been blended, but ensuring the black seeds are still in tact. Stir in the apple juice, before pouring the mixture into popsicle moulds and freezing. It’s a good idea to purchase smaller Popsicle moulds, to ensure the size of each Popsicle is suitable for both your child’s age and their appetite, avoiding unnecessary waste.
[Note from Lindsay…. Zoku Mini Pop Moulds would be PERFECT for this!]
You can also find lots of healthy Popsicle recipes at Homemade Baby Food Recipes , such as this fantastic peach smoothie Popsicle recipe:
Peach Popsicle Recipe:
- 2 fresh peaches, peeled with the stoned removed,
- 1 cup of natural yogurt,
- 1 very ripe banana.
Again, blend the ingredients together in the food processor until smooth, then distribute into Popsicle moulds and freeze. Simple!
What remedies have you tried to help your teething baby?
About the author: I’m Helen, a full-time mom and newbie blogger. Lindsay was kind enough to let me contribute to her fabulous blog and I hope everyone enjoys this post. I plan on starting my own parenting blog in the next year so watch this space.