How to Soothe a Teething Baby at Night
Little Yawn Collective - Nov 02, 2021
There are ups, and there are downs. There are twists, and there are turns. There’s a number of stinky diapers, copious amounts of spit-up, and a whole lot of wondering if you’re even doing it right. And then there’s teething.
Unlike most milestones — like crawling, walking, and talking — that are nothing short of pure joy and excitement, teething can be a pretty rough ride.
Yes, it’s undeniably adorable to see that iconic two-bottom-teeth baby smile, but the journey to get there can come with extreme fussiness, lots of tears, and of course, no sleep. Like water and oil, sleep and teething are just two things that don’t mix.
But don’t worry — Little Yawn Collective is here to the rescue!
In this post, we’ll give you the scoop on how to soothe your teething tot at night so the whole family can finally catch some quality Zzzzs.
How Do I Know My Baby Is Teething?
Believe it or not, your tiny tot was born with a full set of fully-formed baby teeth nestled right below the gums.
While all babies are different, most little ones’ first teeth make their debut between four and seven months, but some begin teething earlier, and others don’t get a tooth until their first birthday or even later. Beyond that, once the first itty-bitty baby tooth pops, more will quickly follow suit.
That being said, it’s important to keep in mind that not everything is a sign that a tooth is about to erupt, but you may notice that your baby will exhibit a few of the same symptoms each time they get a new tooth. Or you could be really lucky, and they won’t have any icky symptoms at all!
Here are the most classic signs and symptoms that your little buddy is teething:
- Angry gums. Those tiny baby teeth are trying to push their way out! This can cause the gums to become red, tender, and swollen.
- Mouthiness. Not to be confused with those sassy little attitudes and talking back (that comes later), this kind of mouthiness refers to when babies chew, gnaw, and even bite on things around them.
- Ear pulling. You may notice your tiny tot pulling on their ears to relieve the pressure and pain they are feeling. (Note: this may also be due to an ear infection)
- Irritability. Cranky, fussy, grumpy, testy — whatever you call it, a teething tot is simply not themselves. Sweet giggles have been replaced with ear-piercing cries, and your little one may be extra clingy.
- Drooling. Not to be confused with your everyday baby drool (or a Saint Benard), teething can cause babies to drool like it’s going out of style. Prepare the bibs!
- Rash. Excessive drooling means extra saliva will live on and around your baby’s mouth and neck. It’s important to wipe away the drool because it can quickly turn into a rash.
- Trouble sleeping. And of course, if your precious angel is suddenly struggling to drift off to la-la land, it could be a sign of teething. This important milestone can be extremely uncomfortable and may make it especially challenging for a baby to fall asleep and stay asleep. But don’t worry — we’ll give you tips on how to soothe your teething tot below!
From tummy troubles to being overtired, many things can cause your baby to have an off day.
So, with that in mind, try not to focus solely on teething as the main culprit behind your little buddy’s symptoms and try to think about what else may be going on. If needed, you can always start a conversation with your pediatrician, who can help identify what’s going on.
Best Methods To Soothe A Teething Tot At Night
Getting your baby on a solid bedtime routine is tough — but with a little bit of time and a whole lot of patience, it’s totally doable. And once your baby is accustomed to a good routine, bedtime often becomes a breeze. Sleepless nights become a thing of the past, and feeling well-rested each morning becomes your new normal.
That is until your little buddy enters the not-so-wonderful world of teething, and a wrench is thrown into your routine.
Teething can cause discomfort, and that discomfort can leave your baby wide awake through the night. And according to recent studies, less sleep heightens a baby’s sensitivity to discomfort. So if your tiny tot is up through the night, unable to sleep due to teething aches, it’s likely that the pain will become even worse as they continue not to sleep.
For your baby’s sake (and your sanity), try these soothing methods below to help your teething tot find relief and good sleep:
Sometimes all it takes is a bit of pressure on the gums to relieve pain. A gum massage can help to soothe sore gums by counteracting the pressure of the tooth. Wash your hands and gently rub your finger over the sore gums to help your tiny tot relax and fall asleep.
When it’s time to cuddle your snuggly baby and sing lullabies before bed, let them gnaw on a chilled teething toy or pacifier. The cold can reduce the inflammation on the gums to help make them more comfortable.
When babies are all alone in their nurseries at night with nothing to focus on, their teething pain becomes more apparent. A white noise machine can distract them from helping redirect their attention elsewhere.
Is teething causing your baby to be incredibly fussy? Before it’s time to hit the hay, try giving your little one a warm relaxing bath to help summon the sleepies.
We recommend using the Soothing Shampoo and Body Wash with Calendula to calm and cleanse your baby from head to toe. This dreamy formula is not only clinically proven to be gentle on sensitive skin, but it’s infused with our signature NaturalSnooze fragrance featuring snoozy scents proven to create a peaceful environment that helps with falling asleep and staying asleep.
A Final Word
Teething is one of those confusing milestones that most parents have a love-hate relationship with. On some days, it’s exciting to see new little teeth pop up as our tots grow.
On other days, however, we remember that it’s those same tiny baby teeth that are solely responsible for the sleepless nights, bouts of fussiness, and buckets of drool.
Here at Little Yawn Collective, we know how important sleep is for growing kids. That’s why we created our science-backed sleepy essentials!
Whether you’re going through the motions of teething or simply struggling to get your little buddy to fall asleep and stay asleep, you can always count on our melatonin-free sleep solutions to help.
ZZZ’s you can trust every time for every bedtime.