Every baby is different, and some are affected by teething more than others, but on average the process begins at about 6 months of age. Typically, the two bottom front teeth appear first and the top front teeth are second to show up. When a baby is teething, they will usually exhibit obvious symptoms, such as drooling, excessive chewing, sore gums, and irritability. All of these can affect their ability to sleep, keeping you up all night with them. But thankfully, there are a few foolproof ways to learn how to help a teething baby sleep. If your baby is exhibiting severe symptoms or nothing seems to be easing their pain, consult with a doctor as soon as possible.

Teething baby with toy

1. Switch to Soft Foods Closer to Bed Time

Although hard foods and teething rings are soothing for your baby to chew on throughout the day, eating them closer to bedtime can cause discomfort and make it harder for them to sleep.

What to Do:

Simply avoid giving your baby any solid foods or letting them use their teething ring in the evening. Instead, give them soft foods, such as pasta, mashed up vegetables or fruit, or baby food.

Why It Works:

Harder foods are harder to eat and will cause increased inflammation and irritation before bedtime, which isn’t a good mix when you’re trying to help your baby fall asleep. Giving soft foods will help ensure that their gums are not in pain when it’s time for bed.

2. Use Teething Toys During the Day

During non-sleep times, using teething toys can be an effective way to help your baby through the teething process and ease their pain.

What to Do:

Place a teething toy or even a wet washcloth in the freezer and give it to your baby to chew on. The cold will help alleviate some of their pain.

Why It Works:

The coolness of the teething toy or washcloth works to help ease inflammation and numb the gums to alleviate your baby’s pain.

3. Dry Your Baby’s Drool

Having fingers and other objects in their mouth to chew on can cause a lot of excess drool, which can lead to other uncomfortable symptoms, so it’s important to keep your baby as dry as possible.

What to Do:

Keep a cloth under your baby’s chin to help absorb any drool. You can also rub some mild emollient on their chin to reduce any irritation that the drool may cause.

Why It Works:

Excessive amounts of drool that happen as a result of teething often cause irritation around your baby’s chin. This can just cause them to be even more uncomfortable than they already are. Ensuring that you keep their chin dry and work to alleviate pain from any existing irritation will ensure that they are as comfortable as possible.

4. Use Teething Gel

Using teething gel, an over the counter product can also help ease the pain associated with teething.

What to Do:

Simply rub a small amount of teething gel on your baby’s gums before bed. This product can cause increased drooling, so be sure to keep wiping up the drool as best as you can.

Why It Works:

The teething gel helps numb your baby’s gums and alleviate their pain. Be sure to do this after they are done eating for the evening. Eating could cause the gel to ascend down the throat and cause numbness there as well, which can increase the risk of your baby choking on their food.

5. Use Tylenol or Ibuprofen at Bedtime

If all else fails, one surefire way to ease pain is by using over the counter pain receivers like Tylenol and ibuprofen. Be sure that you’re using the appropriate formulas and dosages.

What to Do:

Try giving your baby pain relievers during times when you know they will be eating. For instance, giving Tylenol after a bedtime feeding is best if you want to ensure your baby will sleep soundly. The medicine should last anywhere from 4-6 hours, which is longer relief than some of these other remedies offer. This ensures they have a better chance of sleeping for an extended period of time.

Why It Works:

Tylenol and ibuprofen help ease inflammation and alleviate pain. They also offer the longest relief to ensure your baby will be pain free for most of the night.

6. Keep Your Baby on Their Normal Schedule

Teething can cause a disruption to your baby’s sleep, and if they are not sleeping at night, they may fall asleep during odd times of the day. It’s important to try to keep them on their same schedule as best you can to ensure you don’t undo any sleep training you’ve already done or increase the risk of them not being tired when bedtime rolls around.

What to Do:

If your baby refuses to take a nap during the day, try to ensure that they still go to bed at night around the same time they normally would. You’ll also want to avoid bringing your baby into bed with you and any other bad sleeping habits that could cause problems down the road.

Why It Works:

Keeping your baby on a normal schedule helps ensure that they are tired at night and more likely to fall asleep and get a good nights rest.

Teething can be a painful process, but following these six tips can help you ensure that your baby isn’t in so much pain and that they sleep throughout the night. So, the next time your baby has a new tooth coming in, try these tips to help them sleep better at night. Remember that if their symptoms become severe or if these tips don’t work, consult with a doctor to determine the best course of action for your baby’s specific needs.

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