Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using A Baby Teether For Infants

Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby
You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.
Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn
When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!

Additional Information:

There are various different types of teethers which are made to provide relief for babies during the time they are getting their first teeth. It is often distressing to see your baby in such difficulty during this time. Therefore as any parent would do, you would look for a method to relieve the pain or at least ease it to a certain degree. There are many different types of baby teethers you can get from any baby boutique. These come in different shapes and sizes, often designed to be appealing to toddlers. The materials teethers are made of also vary a great deal and the following ingredients should be strongly avoided.

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  • BPA
  • Lead
  • Phthalate
  • Heavy metals
  • Cadmium and other toxic substances
  • Benefits Of Using Baby Teethers

    Suckling is an action which comes naturally to infants. For this reason when they are given something to suck on they would be happy. Teethers available in a baby boutique are ideal for this purpose. This also has its uses when your baby is hungry. As a temporary solution it gives you a little time to be able to prepare your baby's food or until you find a suitable location to breastfeed the little one.

    Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch
    If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.
    Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped
    At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.

    Teethers also function to provide soothing properties, hence often coined the name soother or pacifier. This comes in hand for use when your baby is in a stressful condition such as when taking an injection, blood test or any other similar activity. Some little ones find it hard to settle down at bedtime and have found comfort when given their teether. By using a teether you could also prevent your baby from putting other things in their mouth. Some suck on their thumb or fingers which often ends up being a bad habit. This can be controlled by the use of a teether.

    Drawbacks Of Using A Baby Teether

    Although the use of teethers has been a parenting technique for years, there are also a few drawbacks associated with the practice. In some instance it is found that the use of a teether very early on in your child's development can interfere with breastfeeding. The child could also become dependent on the pacifier if sued excessively. In some studies it has been found that the use of pacifiers is associated with increasing the risk of occurrence of middle ear infections. Furthermore, prolonged use of a teether can actually lead to dental problems.

    Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings
    When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!
    Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad
    Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.
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