5 items to add to your toddler packing list
If you thought managing a teething baby at home was hard work, you have clearly never had to deal with one while on a trip!
Under normal circumstances, having a baby on board on a trip can already test your sanity, but throw in the added palaver of a teething child and everything gets taken up several notches. For this reason, many parents often postpone traveling until the little ones are a lot less little.
However, traveling with your baby can be a rewarding experience. Sure, they may not remember every moment when they get older, but they will surely appreciate the memories. There are several easy to pack items that can help with managing a teething child while on a trip that makes the experience pleasurable for baby and everyone else.
In this post we look at our 5 favourite, easy-to-pack teething items in detail.
1. Chew Toys
Sometimes, babies will sleep through a journey and look absolutely adorable while doing so. However, teething babies hardly sleep during a trip unless drugged and if you are like me, you do not fancy using Tylenol or Advil unless expressly necessary. You have a situation where your child isn’t sleeping and he or she is fussing about because of the pain. It is a good idea to whip out one of his or her favourite chew toys and let them have at it. It will provide some much-needed distraction while the act of biting and chewing on the toys will help to relieve some of the pain in their gums.
Nuby IceBite Keys have been a favourite for all three of our Globetrotters!
2. Amber Teething Necklace
Perhaps you have heard of this teething remedy. The fact remains that amber necklaces work wonders for teething babies. Amber necklaces, especially those made of Baltic Amber beads, provide relief for teething babies. Baltic Amber contains a high concentration of succinic acid, which has been known to be an effective pain reliever. When worn, body heat from the skin helps release the succinic acid from the beads, which is then absorbed via the skin into the bloodstream where it releases it works as an analgesic.
All you have to do is allow your teething child to wear one of these teething necklaces, and your little one will be a lot more comfortable during the trip, no matter whether it is an hour-long drive or an intercontinental plane ride. Your baby might even take a much welcome nap or two in the process. What’s more some of these Baltic Amber necklaces, especially the ones from Baltic Wonder – Premium Necklaces can look absolutely adorable on your child.
3. Cold Treats
Cold treats are especially useful on road trips. When traveling by road with a teething baby, be sure to pack a cooler with lots of their favorite cold treats, such as yogurt, frozen fruits, etc. If you travel by air, you can request some frozen popsicles, which also does the trick for soothing your baby’s gums, as well as being seriously tasty. Make sure your child wears a bib though to make the clean-up easier.
4. Teething Granules
Teething granules are another homeopathic remedy for babies that is especially easy to use when traveling with your little one. Teething granules are made primarily from Chamomilla, which is a known remedy for aches and pains, as well as starch and lactose sugar. Apart from providing relief from the pain and discomfort of teething, these teething granules also help with the drooling problem, which can be a bit of a challenge when traveling with a teething baby. (Note: Always ensure that your baby is in a sitting position before administering teething granules.)
5. Tropical Salves and Ointments.
It doesn’t hurt to stock the glove compartment or the first-aid box with a few extra topical salves and ointments that you can apply directly to your baby’s gums during your trip. These will provide fast acting relief from the aches and pain. Some might even be soothing enough to be snooze-inducing for your baby.
Final advice on traveling with a teether
It is important to realize that traveling isn’t always a fun experience for your little one when they’re teething. Be prepared to be patient and provide a distraction for the little one to help cope with the discomfort. There is no reason why with proper planning, preparation, and patience, you cannot have a fun trip with your teething baby. You might even get to take a few memorable teething photos on the backdrop of some truly beautiful sights.
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