My little girl could be nicknamed 'Queen of the Drool' right now. She has been teething seriously since June and no teeth through yet. She soaks through her shirt within an hour of wearing it. I've been looking at ways to help her out because let's face it, when you are 8 months old and in pain that you can't figure out, you need help. Also, I don't want to keep her on Infant Tylenol (or any other form of medicine for that matter) indefinately.
Here's my list of top 'help my baby out while teething tips.
I will admit that I heard about the first one with my first 2 kids and was nervous to try it, so I didn't. A mom that I trust completely mentioned it to me last week. She said it was the only thing that helped when her little ones were in teething pain. So, very cautiously and completely supervised I let my daughter try it out. Basically, you let your baby knaw on a frozen bagel. The bagel kind of flakes off into little pieces as they wear away at. So far there hasn't been an issue with choking, but like anytime I give her food, I'm right beside her ready and aware. She loves this so much and goes from crying in pain to happy girl almost instantly.
The Whoozit series of toys from Manhattan Baby. These are the basic Whoozits. We call them Mr. Whoozit and Mrs. Whoozit. They are easy to hold and have lots of places for baby to chew.
I heard someone describe Sophie the Giraffe as Baby Crack once. I was a real skeptic about it. My mom bought her one (what would we do without Grammas?) She goes to town on Sophie. Again, it's a very easy to hold toy and it was designed especially for this purpose.
Never underestimate the power of a cold, damp face cloth. You know you have a ton of them in the house anyway for baby's bath and wiping their face after meals. My daughter loves chewing on them. Sometimes I wet them, twist them and freeze them, but she's just as happy to take it from me unfrozen. I know some keener moms who dip the cloths in breast milk and then freeze them, but I'm not that organized.
Finally, never underestimate the power of Dad's (or Mom's) thumb. My older kids call this my daughter's favorite teething toy and it's true.