Which foods help with teething?
October 10, 2018
Tasty tips to help you and your baby through teething
Most babies start getting their first teeth between 4 and 7 months old, just as they become interested in trying solid foods. Some babies get their first tooth as early as three months, and others wait a year! Whatever your baby’s schedule, First Spoons is here to help every step of the way.
As well as an interest in solids, the first signs of teething can include any of these symptoms:
• swollen gums
• refusal to eat
• poor quality sleep
You might also notice your baby chewing or gnawing to relieve their discomfort. But did you know that there are some foods which can make teething easier?
It’s a difficult time for babies and parents, so you need all the help you can get! Here are our top recommendations for teething foods.
Cold fruit purées
Soft purées are easy for baby to eat, and the cool temperature will soothe their gums. Choose from a range of tasty options with First Spoons, including peach, mango, pear, and apple. Our delicious fruit purées and healthy veggie mixes are organic, free from additives, and designed to introduce baby to a healthy diet.
Unsweetened teething biscuits and rusks
Some babies love to munch on dry biscuits. Choose a brand that’s sugar-free, or make your own at home. Just be careful to watch your baby while they eat. Soft or crumbly biscuits can be a choking hazard.
Healthy veggie mixes
If your baby enjoys purées, then try some vegetable options too. Start with a single flavor, or move onto healthy mixes with leeks, spinach, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, cauliflower, and more.
Cucumbers, carrots, and celery
These crunchy, refreshing vegetables are great for babies to gnaw on. They’re hydrating and full of valuable nutrients, too. And unlike biscuits or rusks, you don’t need to worry about crumbs. Baby carrots or sticks can be a choking hazard, however. Give your baby a full-size carrot, and hold onto one end while they chew. Never leave a baby to eat unsupervised.
Try freezing up baby’s favorite fruits, and then blending them to make an icy purée. Follow your baby’s lead: some will love the numbing effect of a fruit slushie, while other little mouths may be too sensitive for ice.
Caring for new teeth
Now your baby’s getting their first teeth, you should be thinking about infant dental care. You should schedule a dental visit as soon as baby’s first tooth appears, or just before their first birthday – whichever happens first.
Keep little teeth clean with a soft toothbrush that’s designed for baby mouths. Remember, small children don’t learn to spit until they are three, so watch carefully to make sure your child doesn’t choke. Only use a tiny speck of toothpaste at first. About the size of a grain of rice is just fine.
Don’t forget that diet is important, too! The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend a low-sugar diet for your baby. Minimize sugary foods and additives until they are at least 7 years old.
Teething is a difficult but exciting time. Your baby is taking their first steps into the wonderful world of delicious, natural food! We hope these tips help with those hard first days. And as your baby grows and is ready to try new meals, First Spoons will be there, with menus from 4 to 48 months.