I find that most moms want to know not just how to soothe a teething baby, but specifically how to soothe a teething baby at night.
There’s something about being super tired, with a cranky baby, at 2 am that makes everything just seem worse.
Sometimes it feels like you’re a terrible mother.
I get it. I’ve totally been there!
As moms, we feel like we should be able to soothe our baby’s every distress.
And it’s really hard when nothing we’re trying is working!
So – here’s how I soothe my teething baby at night so we can all get some rest.
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I try to soothe teething discomforts as naturally as possible.
Partially because I believe that this is what’s safest and healthiest for my baby and partially because the right natural remedy works faster and at least as well as the non-natural methods.
I’m going to take you through the exact steps I go through to soothe my teething baby at night.
Responsiveness to baby’s cries at night
I don’t let my baby ever cry it out because crying is the only way they have to communicate and let us know something is wrong. When they’re teething this is especially true. So, if it’s the middle of the night, I pick her up and comfort her. This is my first step to reducing her stress and lowering her cortisol levels. I want her to know that when she needs me I’ll be there for her – no matter the time.
Flower essences for stress reduction
My next step to continue to de-escalate the stress response is to put a few drops of Rescue Remedy on her tongue. I love using Rescue Remedy for any stressful situation but I’ve found it extra helpful with teething (I also recommend the adult Rescue Remedy for you – cuz teething is rough!). The goal for the first two steps is to reduce stress and bring the distress to as low a level as possible before giving anything specific for the teething pain. When I lower her stress, she’s better able to process comfort, soothing, and can take the teething remedy better.
Homeopathic remedy for teething
Finally! Now we’re ready to give the teething remedy. If you’re baby is old enough to take a tablet on the tongue, my favorite remedy is straight Chamomilla. Just a tablet or two on the tongue and usually we’re ready to start settling back to sleep. If your baby is very little and not ready for a tablet or you don’t want to give a tablet, my second favorite are Camilia drops. These come in pre-measured single doses and suspended in water so they’re super easy to give. I’ve found that I usually have to give a few doses of the Camilia drops but it’s a great option for those late night wake ups.
Breastfeeding is the first step to calming and soothing back to sleep. At this point I’ve reduced the stress with my presence and flower essences. I’ve also eased the teething discomfort with a teething remedy, and now my baby is ready for the final comfort of skin-to-skin, the natural hormones in breastmilk that will make her sleepy, and the soothing of suckling. If breastfeeding is a struggle or you want tips on how to make it easier, be sure to check out my Breastfeeding Tips post.
After my baby falls back to sleep with nursing, I usually will hold her a bit longer before putting her down. I want to make sure she’s fully asleep and I also want to give her some extra soothing with my scent, heartbeat, and warmth. Plus, I’m already awake and those baby cuddles don’t last forever!
I know it’s difficult to get up with a crying and grumpy baby in the middle of the night, but teething does end eventually. Hopefully these tips will help you make those late night wake ups easier on everyone!
So, you may be wondering why I start with stress relief first.
The truth is – sometimes that’s all a baby needs at night.
I don’t want to give any extra medication (even the natural ones!) if all my baby really needs is some help calming down.
After each of the above steps, I wait and observe to see if she’s ready to go back to sleep.
It took me awhile to get this pattern down and figure out that calming the stress sometimes was all that needed to happen.
It’s also hard to know for certain if it’s really teething pain that’s bothering them. I don’t want to give a teething remedy if it’s not the problem.
Baby’s often wake at night, and sometimes all they need is the reassurance that they aren’t alone in the dark and cold night.
Hopefully these steps will help you not have to go through the trial and error I did when figuring out how to soothe a teething baby at night.
Because in the middle of the night, you don’t want to have to think about all of this – you just want to get everyone back to sleep as quickly as possible!
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