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7 Signs Your Little One is Teething

7 Signs Your Little One is Teething

Sometimes it is a little hard to tell if your little one is teething or if they are just acting up. This is especially hard if you are a first time parent who isn't in the loop on how this whole teething thing works. I am here to fill you in and tell you all about signs to look for when it comes to your baby and teething. 

  1. Drool and lots of it! There would be days where my daughter's whole front onesie would be soaked. I wasn't quite sure how it is possible for one little baby to drool so much, but it happens. Your baby is creating extra saliva to help lubricate those sore gums.
  2. Swollen gums. There might be an area on their gums that look swollen or more red. If you rub your finger over their gums there usually is a slight bump where the tooth is soon to come from. 
  3. Team no sleep. My daughter tends to take less naps during her teething periods. But some will wake up in the middle of the night out of discomfort. Since, there is no other distractions around all they can think about is their poor little teething growing in.
  4. Refusing food. Babies don't like to eat around teething times. My babe will try to drink her bottle but then stops earlier than usual. Not to worry though, keep trying and offering food.
  5. Pulling ears and rubbing face. My daughter is constantly tugging on her ears during teething. She also will rub her cheeks and chin. Babies do this to help massage the areas and it creates counter pressure that helps with some relief of the pain. 
  6. Cranky babe. Growing teeth is really hard and I would be cranky too. My little teether tends to be very fussy and wants me to hold her and give her snuggles.
  7. Biting everything. My daughter will put anything in her mouth and gnaw on it while teething. At times it might be her own little fingers. But, biting and gnawing will help push that pointy tooth out. 

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Kelsey Glynn is a blogger and owner of Social Graces, a business to support others in their social media needs. She is a contributing blog writer for East Valley Moms Blog, a social media content creator, and an avid photo taker. You can catch her adventuring around AZ and living the mom life on Instagram.

Ways Dads Can Help With Breastfeeding

Ways Dads Can Help With Breastfeeding

Nursing can often feeling lonely, especially when you are awake at night in the dark feeding your little newborn, while your husband is sound asleep next to you snoring. I would say we have all been there. But, what if dads helped carry the stress of breastfeeding? Breastfeeding is one of the most important ways you can help support the development and growth of your baby. It is extremely important for us mamas to feel supported through our breastfeeding journey and dad's can help make sure of it. I know for me, I probably would have given up on breastfeeding if it wasn't for my amazing husband. 

Maybe you are longing for your hubby to take a more active support approach or maybe you are hoping to get on the same page before giving birth. I put together easy actions that your baby daddy can do to help with breastfeeding.

Dads can learn about breastfeeding. It will help so so much more if daddy knows all about how nursing works. This will allow for both of you to be on the same page. Having a dad learn more about it can help with setting the right expectations for him. This also might be a great time to talk to him about how he can help you with breastfeeding too. 

Dads can help with positioning the baby. My husband would help with putting all the pillows just right or helping my nursing pillow. He would help to make sure our babies body was at a good angle to latch correctly. Sometimes, he could get her to latch before I could, but this is because he knew what to look for how saw at a better angle. This made me feel like we were a real team. 

Dads can bring you all the water you need. This is a major one. You should be drinking lots and lots of water when breastfeeding, but us tired mamas forget. Also, as soon as we would start breastfeeding I would always become super thirsty. Dad's can make sure you cup is always filled with nice refreshingly cold water. My husband would even hold the cup and straw for me while I drank huge gulps while nursing. 

Dads can be the baby transporter. When your little newborn baby cries out for some milk in the middle of the night, have dad go get her and bring her to you. When she is done eating, have him bring the baby back to the crib. 

Dad's can help keep track of how often baby is eating. Guys are very analytical and sometimes need to see some data and numbers. My husband was in charge of writing down what time feedings started and for how long our sessions were. He was very jazzed about seeing how well she was eating and helped us to stay on track and not go too longer in between feedings. 

Dads can make sure you are okay. Since you are tied to sitting or lying down while nursing, it can make it difficult if you need to get something, like your phone, your book, the TV remote. Tell him to get things you need. I would always forget my phone and as soon as he saw me heading into nurse our daughter he would grab my phone for me. He should be catering to your needs and how to best make you feel most comfortable.

Dads can change the diapers. One thing that my husband I established right away is that because I was breastfeeding he would change diapers, especially in the middle of the night. This made it seem fair to both of us because we would both wake up and help out with the baby, instead of one person doing all the work. 

Dads can be encouraging. Breastfeeding is hard and there will be times that you want to quit because you are so tired or cry because it hurts. This is a good place for dads to step in and encourage, support, and help be a good sounding board for us mamas. My husband would always tell me how appreciative he was which kept me in high spirits. 

I am sure if dad's did all these things and then some then they would score extra brownie points from moms. Breastfeeding is such an important journey and can often times feel like a roller coaster, but having your spouse carry the load with you can make all the difference.  

Kelsey Glynn is a blogger and owner of Social Graces, a business to support others in their social media needs. She is a contributing blog writer for East Valley Moms Blog, a social media content creator, and an avid photo taker. You can catch her adventuring around AZ and living the mom life on Instagram.

 

 

How To Clean Teething Products

How To Clean Teething Products

Thank goodness for teething toys and teether necklaces. Our little babes would not make it through the teething stages without it. I am sure, if your little one is like mine, she is constantly putting her teething toys in her mouth and drooling all over the whole thing. Since, the toys and necklaces are constantly going in our babies' mouths then they should also be as clean as possible and germ free. 

Here are some easy cleaning hacks to get your teething products sparkling clean. 

Dishwasher Top Rack - Since the our products are made of silicon just throw your teethers or teething necklaces in the top reach of your dishwasher. I like to do this when I don't really have the time to wash it by hand. When I am about to turn the dishwasher on I just throw all the silicone toys in there really quickly. 

Boiling - Just like bottles or nipples you can boil your teething products. Grab a pot and make sure there is enough water to bring it to a boil. Or bring a kettle of hot water to a boil and pour over the teethers. Let them boil for at least a few minutes. 

Hand wash and scrub - Take a bottle brush or a sponge and clean with hot water and dish soap. This might be a good step to do if you do choose to boil or sterilize them. Get them extra, extra clean!

Sterilize steam bags - Grab a sterilizer bag from Medela or Dr. Brown and throw your teething toys or necklaces in them too. Pop the bag in the microwave and wait a few minutes while it does the job in sterilizing for you.

White Vinegar and Water - Mix one part water and one part vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray down the toys and then wipe down. Or mix the parts in a bowl and let the teething toy sit for a bit.

Cleaning your teething toys and necklaces can be made easier with these mom hacks. If your little one is teething, Little Teethers makes the perfect toy for baby or teething necklace for both mom and baby. 

Kelsey Glynn is a blogger and owner of Social Graces, a business to support others in their social media needs. She is a contributing blog writer for East Valley Moms Blog, a social media content creator, and an avid photo taker. You can catch her adventuring around AZ and living the mom life on Instagram.