When your little one starts popping their teeth, everything falls apart. Their gums hurt, they are fussy and they stop sleeping. And as a parent, you kind of follow suit, right? You’re fussy and stop sleeping too. You’ll do just about anything to help your little one feel better. One great solution is to let them soothe their sore gums with popsicles. So here are some tips for delicious and healthy homemade popsicles for teething babies.
Variety is the spice of life. When it comes to homemade popsicles, the flavors are virtually limitless and they are simple to make. Just take your favorite fruits and veggies, steam or puree them and freeze them in silicone molds. Molds with ridged edges are the best for sore gums. An added bonus when you make them yourself – no added sugar, artificial colors or preservatives. Here are some ideas for homemade Popsicle recipes:
- Good ‘ole strawberry and banana – puree and freeze
- Tropical – coconut milk, bananas and mango – puree and go!
- Watermelon – just puree watermelon and freeze – it has enough water on its own
- Veggies – you can use any leftover veggies you have around. Try carrots, zucchini, avocado or even corn. If veggies are too savory for your little one, try pairing some veggies with fruit to add a little sweetness.
- Your choice! Again, the varieties are endless, and this is a great way to use up leftover fruits and veggies. We have even seen maple and squash pumpkin pie popsicles!
Tried and true tricks. If you want a popsicle-esque way to treat sore gums, but you’re not up for making your own, here are some other ideas you can try.
Breast Milk or Formula. I know, it sounds weird – a breast milk or formula popsicle? Yes. Your little one is already used to breast milk or formula and is drinking it every day. It also freezes incredibly well, as any pumping mom knows. Instead of freezing it in bags, place it in silicone molds and you’ve got a popsicle full of daily nutrition.
Jello. This one sounds even crazier, but it works. You can have all of the fruity goodness of jello in a nice, frozen shape and the best part is – they don’t melt! You have none of the mess that can come with other popsicles. Jello really can make you smile!
Yogurt. Whether you decide to freeze a yogurt tube, or to put yogurt into a popsicle mold, yogurt is an excellent option. The creamy goodness of your favorite flavors can help to soothe even the sorest of gums.
Washcloths. This old tried and true trick is still around because it works. You simply dampen a washcloth and freeze it. Your baby can suck on the end to soothe those little gums. Be sure to freeze it into a shape that will fit in your baby’s mouth. You might consider pulling one of the ends into sort of a triangle shape. If an unflavored washcloth is less than inspiring, consider soaking it in diluted fruit juice or even in chamomile tea. This might help to keep your little one more interested in it.
Bagels. Cooked bagels have also been known to help teething babies feel better. Simply toast or cook your bagel like normal, let it cool completely and then give your baby pieces to suck on. However, be very, very careful that you give your baby pieces that are large enough that she can’t choke on them.
Nursing. Sometimes a little nursing is all a little guy will want to do when his mouth is sore. It is such a soothing experience all the way around, it just might give him some comfort. But be forewarned, it might hurt. Little people who are getting teeth can be rough, and might even bite!
Teething Toys. Teething toys have been around for years, and there a host of options. Simply toss the toy in the freezer and you’re ready to go. Look for toys that are BPA, PVS and phthalate free to be sure they are safe.
With so many options – from delicious homemade popicles for teething babies, to tried and true tricks – your baby is sure to feel better and start sleeping again in no time. And so will you!
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