Top 5 Natural Teething Remedies

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Top 5 Natural Teething Remedies
{1.}       Weleda Teething Powder – simply no substitute; preservative free and effective
{2.}       Amber Teething Necklaces
{3.}       Natural rubber chew options like Sophie the Giraffe
       or Hevea Panda
{4.}       Wooden teething toys such as the Little Sapling Toys or Earnest Efforts Rattles
{5.}       Organic fabric teething toys – we have great feedback on our
       Dandelion organic Knots Rattle, and knotted Teether Bunny Rug

Help sourcing safe and natural teething remedies is one of the most common reasons that eco aware parents approach us. This list represents what is right for us – what we use to soothe our babes when they are teething. We like to offer a variety of options so that baby can chew and rub with diverse choice of textures for the various stages of teething. A little extra suggestion is to try cold fruit or veg in a mesh feeder, or in sticks for older (or baby-led teethers at your own discretion) – you can also use frozen breast milk for younger bubs.

When our 3 year old son was a baby, we would mix the Weleda powder with  breastmilk and give it to him on a spoon. However with our second child we find there is just not time and we have come up with a combination that our baby girl loves –  we take the leg of her Sophie le Girafe, wet from her mouth and dip her in the jar of Weleda powder. She loves the texture of both Sophie and the natural rubber leg and it all seems to do the trick.

Why these choices? We choose to avoid hydroxybenzoates in baby products which rules out Brauer’s Teething Relief and many other so-called ‘natural’ products for teething. You can read more about such additives [added in food and even stronger amounts in pharmaceuticals] at the Food Intolerance Network’s awesome site. We especially love their additive and natural chemical fact sheets. Eating with awareness of additives is particularly helpful in assisting children that experience eczema and food allergies but may also improve health and immune strength generally.

We prefer not to use a pharmaceutical solution if a natural product can do the job. There appears to be conjecture over what prolonged use of Panadol, Nurofen and even Bonjela means longer term. We are doing what we can with what we know, to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals by making a safe, natural choice for our children and with this information we are confident in offering our customers our wide selection of natural or organic and effective solutions for teething babes.

If you know or have experience with which products to avoid and why, please let us know by commenting on this post. We are always learning and would appreciate your input. Of course in addition if there is a natural product you would like to recommend us; a practical solution or feedback on our range, please give that willingly also as your opinions are welcome.

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5 Responses to Top 5 Natural Teething Remedies

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    Jasper Habegger December 24, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    I like this site very much so much excellent information.

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    sara May 21, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    I have read about 2 separate problems with sophie the giraffe and would like to know what others thing about these:

    -one was repeated in many posts as a possible choking hazards, the long legs getting stuck being a risk
    – the 2nd refer to a recall on the product last year after the german consumer magazine published tests showing a high level of something called “nitrosatables”

    my sister’s baby loves his sophie but have now lost it-I was looking to buy another one online when I found all this info. I don’t like cloths or crochet toys because I’m worried he will bit bits off(?) and wood just sounds so hard- oh gosh, not easy, is it? any thoughts welcome.

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      Buxton Baby May 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

      Thanks for your comment Sara. I hear your concerns and will write to the supplier in this regard. I think you should trust your gut instincts. Sophie is approved in Australia and I haven’t had previous personal concerns about the product and have used it with both of my children. That said, babies require supervision with any toy and it is often the way that the toy is used rather than the toy itself that causes harm. I believe strongly in the need and right of a mother and family to make decisions about what is right for them and theirs and that sometimes we follow a path because of some greater guidance. If you feel that this toy isn’t right for you, there are so many other great choices available. The Natursutten natural rubber teething toy is a great substitute for Sophie xx

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    Carol @ It's Baby Time January 5, 2014 at 11:17 pm #

    These are all great teething options. I am new to all this mommy stuff and I have a question about the amber necklace. Are the babies allowed to put these in her mouth? How do you use it properly?

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      Pippa Buxton January 5, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

      Hey there Carol. Thanks for your comment x Of course there is great conjecture over how these work, but the suggestion is that amber necklaces release succinic acid through skin warming the beads which acts as an analgesic. They are definitely not for putting in the mouth and supervision is required when babe is wearing, as well as that they are not recommended to be worn at night. Best of luck with Its Baby Time. Cheers, Pip.

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