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Sleeping Well in Spite of Baby Teething

Can baby teething disrupt sleep? It sure can!

Recognize teething signs early on and provide effective remedies to prevent discomfort and troubled nights.

Cute baby standing on her own photo courtesy of crazeeloki

Sadly, teething is often underestimated as a sleep disturber. We all know that it can cause quite some discomfort. But did you realize that it is one of the main causes for not having your little one sleep through the night? Or not being able to self settle?

Some babies - and their parents - hardly realize their teeth are cutting through. They just dribble a bit for a while and then suddenly: a new tooth is there!

For many others, cutting teeth is simply painful. Apart from straight pain, the constant pressure on baby's gums can make her restless and irritated. Because of the discomfort in their mouth, many babies loose their appetite too.

And so, directly and indirectly, nights are also affected. The discomfort often plays up more than during the day - when there is more distraction and parent soothing nearby ...

Baby teething and sleep

Thanks to teething ...

... a baby who has been sleeping through the night for a while, can suddenly start waking up frequently again

... a baby who easily settled for sleep in her cot at night or nap time, can suddenly take hours to wind down and doze off

... a finally found sleep schedule can get all mixed up again.

Don't despair, not all your previous efforts are lost, and you can keep your nights decent with these 3 must-do tips:

To keep sleep at its best:

  1. Recognize the early teething signs
To know what is happening to your baby and to treat effectively, it is important to know the main teething symptoms.

Read more about when baby teething starts and signs of teething to look out for.

  1. Stick to the usual bedtime routine and schedule as much as possible.
Do this with extra care for your baby's needs right now:
  • she may need an extra feed - day or night - especially when her feedings are smaller because of lesser appetite
  • if you breastfeed, extra (small) feedings are great to help soothe the pain
  • she may need extra cuddling and comforting to help her settle
At the same time, do not overindulge either. Try to strike a healthy balance: remain determined and, when you have looked after her pain and discomfort as much as you could, do not be afraid to stick to the schedule or routine you had before.

The regularity, because of helping her sleep more, will help overcome a large part of the discomfort

  1. Apply effective teething remedies
Usually simple home remedies are enough to soothe baby's pain. Sometimes mild medical remedies can be of great help.

With these basics, you should be able to keep sleep at its best in spite of baby teething.

However, some babies' teething troubles seem to go on forever. One painful tooth after the other can make you wonder if you wanted those teeth after all ...

Take courage then, do stick to the basics and remain confident. You will also be relieved one day and finally be proud of those first teeth...