I was given tiny little bottles of Schnapp's at my baby shower. I was told to rub a tiny amount on the baby's gums and then drink the rest. Looking back, I think that meant that the teething is harder on the parents because we remember it. I don't remember teething as a baby, do you? And, I'm sure that there wasn't nearly as many teething products on the market 40 (or so) years ago as there are now.
Things we tried:
- wrapping my finger in a cold, wet washcloth and using that to massage sore gums while they chewed away. Warning: this hurts your fingers.
- solid plastic chew/teething toys - big plastic keys on a ring, vinyl books, etc. Just watch out for small things that can become a choking hazzard.
- We also kept Nighttime Baby Orajel on hand for when everything else failed. We used this option sparingly because, like everything else you rub on the gums, it wears off.
But, I digress...the real issue seems to be that you and your hubby disagree about what to do for your daughter while she is teething. Talk among yourselves and figure out what works best for you and your family. It seems that you each have been down the teeting road and have particular ideas of what to do. Now, you get to combine those ideas into something that you both can do together? Just a guess.
Then, before you know it, it'll be time to start talking about potties and bathrooms and all that great stuff!
Good luck to you and your family! As you know, enjoy that baby because they only get bigger! They don't get smaller! Oh, and take lots of pictures of that toothless grin!
Mom of Andrew (almost 8) and Renee 5.