How to Soothe a Teething Baby at Night

5 Min Read | By Sophia Rimmer

Last Modified 14 June 2023   First Added 6 June 2023

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Teething… oh, how it can test the patience of both babies and parents. As those tiny teeth begin to make their debut, they bring along unwelcome sleepless nights and tender gums. But don’t worry Mums and Dads; we’re here to guide you through your baby’s teething journey.

Let’s explore the ins and outs of teething and discover how we can comfort your little one’s nights.

When will my baby start teething?

Teething typically begins around the age of 4 to 7 months. However, every baby is unique, and their teething timeline may vary. Some babies may start teething earlier, while others may begin a little later.

Keep an eye out for teething signs such as increased drooling, chewing on objects, fussiness, and swollen gums, as they may indicate that those little teeth are on their way. The restless nights and sensitive gums may be challenging at times, but remember, it’s a remarkable milestone in your baby’s development, bringing forth pearly whites and heart-warming smiles.

Baby's first tooth

8 gentle techniques for night time teething relief

We must gently relieve our teething warriors when those tiny gums become tender. These soothing techniques alleviate discomfort and remind our babies that they are surrounded by love, even amid teething troubles.

1. Use a teething toy

Teething toys are a great way to help your baby relieve their aches and pains. They come in various shapes and sizes, and some even have a cooling effect that can help numb your baby’s gums. Make sure to choose one that is safe for your baby to use and easy to hold.

The National Childbirth Trust says, “Teethers may be able to relieve sore, sensitive gums. The theory is that pushing gums down on a teether feels good for them because it provides counter-pressure to a rising tooth and massages the gums.”

2. Massage your baby’s gums

Gently massaging your baby’s gums with a clean finger can also help soothe their discomfort. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before doing so.

3. Offer a cold washcloth

Dampen a clean washcloth with cold water and give it a gentle squeeze. Allow your baby to chew the chilled cloth to soothe their tender gums. Make sure to always supervise your baby while doing so.

4. Use a humidifier

Dry air can make your baby uncomfortable. Using a humidifier in your baby’s room can help keep the air moist and make it easier for them to breathe. Don’t forget to clean it regularly to prevent the growth of bacteria and mould.

5. Give plenty of comforting snuggles

Sometimes, all a teething baby needs is extra love and comfort. Holding your baby close, rocking them gently, or singing a lullaby can help distract and calm them during the night.

6. Try listening to white noise

Utilising white noise, such as from a fan or a dedicated machine, offers benefits in calming difficult babies. It creates a serene ambience by masking their discomfort with a gentle and consistent background sound. This familiar environment emulates the comforting sounds they experienced in the womb, easing their nerves, reducing stress, and fostering a profound sense of security, ultimately facilitating peaceful slumber.

Remember to set the white noise volume appropriately to ensure your baby’s safety and comfort. As your little one matures and surpasses the teething stage, consider gradually phasing out the use of white noise. As always, closely observe your baby’s responses and adjust the application of white noise accordingly, prioritising their comfort and overall well-being.

7. Create a soothing sleep environment

It’s time to create a tranquil sleep haven that cocoons your teething baby. Soft sounds, dimmed lights, and a cosy sleep space are the secret ingredients to whisking away those teething troubles.

To ensure your baby’s comfort and promote restful sleep, it’s essential to maintain an appropriate room temperature that is neither excessively cold nor overly warm. The best baby room temperature is between 16-20 degrees Celsius or 61-68 degrees Fahrenheit.

Read moreHow to regulate the temperature of your baby’s room.

8. Try over-the-counter remedies

Consult with your paediatrician and consider using teething gels or natural remedies safe for babies. These products often contain soothing ingredients that temporarily relieving your little one’s gums. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully and only use them as directed.

Cute baby chewing on teething blanket

Sleep-enhancing tips for parents

Tired parents, we understand that teething takes its toll on your own sleep and well-being. We encourage you to practice self-care, find moments of respite, and lean on your support system. We have many more posts that can offer you some much-need sleep help during these difficult times, such as how to sleep better at night and how to get back to sleep in the middle of the night. By taking care of yourself, you’re better equipped to shower your little one with love and navigate teething together. Rest assured, a peaceful night’s sleep is on the horizon.

When to see a doctor about your baby's teething troubles

Always consult a doctor if your baby experiences severe or prolonged teething troubles causing them significant distress. And, if you become worried about your baby, speak to your GP, or call NHS 111. It’s always best to consult a healthcare professional for proper guidance, reassurance, and peace of mind.

If you would like to learn more about teething and how you can soothe your baby, check out the NHS guide on teething symptoms and tips for protecting your child’s first teeth.

Remember, the sleepless nights and tender gums will soon become distant memories. This phase is only temporary. By using teething toys, massaging your baby’s gums, using a humidifier, and giving the biggest cuddles, you can help your baby feel more comfortable and get the restful sleep they need.

Baby with growing tooth

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