Simply rubbing a clean finger over sore gums can temporarily numb the pain. Giving your baby something clean and cool to bite on may make her more comfortable by providing a welcome distraction from any pain.
Chances are your baby will find things to chew on herself. Your baby may find teething rings helpful. If your baby has started on solid foods, you could also let them gnaw on a peeled, chilled vegetable, such as a carrot, or a hard crust of bread. Be sure to keep an eye on them though. Avoid using anything that could be broken into hard pieces, as she could choke on them.
Anything cold will be soothing, so keep teethers in the fridge or give your baby a well-chilled, damp flannel to bite on. Don’t give her anything from the freezer though, as it could hurt her gums. Cold water in a bottle or, if she prefers, a feeding cup, may also help to calm their gums. If she’s old enough for solid foods, offer their cold purees or plain yoghurt. There will be times, however, when your baby will reject all of these offerings. This is when a cuddle is the best therapy you can supply!
Your growing baby is not even 3mm long yet and still not much bigger than a poppy seed. Despite the tiny size there’s plenty going on as the embryo splits into three different sections!
In one section the brain and central nervous system are already beginning to take shape as their neural tubes develop. In the other two sections, the heart and circulatory system are already beginning to form and the lungs and intestines are in the very early stages of development.
Mom & Baby
Your partner’s back at work, and your mother-in-law just left for the airport. That means you’re on your own. Eep! Start with a schedule: eat, play, nap, take a walk around the block. Keep expectations low on how much you’ll get done — taking care of baby and sneaking in ZZZs should be your first priority. Help differentiate day and night by taking a shower and getting dressed, even if you’ll be staying in all day. (Put the bouncy seat in the bathroom while you wash your hair.) Relish the cuddle time — especially in those first weeks. “There’s nothing better than reading a book with Margot sleeping against my chest,” Taylor says. When your baby’s alert and active, usually after eating, read to her, show her toys and give her wiggle time on the floor. “Five to 10 minutes of playtime is plenty for a young baby,” says clinical psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo Ph.D.