Good Baby Stuff


Teething remedies: Bread and spoons

 

Baguette slices keep me busy for up to 25 minutes!

Baguette slices keep me busy for up to 25 minutes!

Hello, first tooth! Cillian has been a handful the last week, because he’s cut his first tooth at 8 months. Yay, Cillian!

One of the most effective foods for him, I’ve found, is the end of a baguette (one that’s not too soft, they could choke on the too-soft stuff). He’ll chew on it for about twenty five minutes, or as long as it takes him to polish it off. And best of all, he’s so quiet when he does it. He just sits and eats. No crawling. No bawling. No whining. He just bites and chews and tugs at it with his, um, tooth.

Also effective to a lesser degree: Spoons. He’ll bite and suck on them for a while, but the drool is copious, so a bib and vaseline on the chin is a must (he’s got a bit of redness there).

-GBS

What Cillian is up to: Right now, playing in his crib. He’s finally sleeping nearly 12 hours most nights cause he’s tired from the nonstop crawling.

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Sassy mesh teething feeder

 

I eat frozen mango out of this. Yum!

I eat frozen mango out of this. Yum!

When I spotted another mom using a mesh teething feeder, I had my doubts. I bought one anyway, a Sassy mesh teething feeder, and it sat mostly unused until yesterday. 

Our first summery day was yesterday, and C enjoyed some frozen mango in the mesh, which he sucked out. I think it’s kind of gross to lick a mesh bag to get food out, but at least it allows him to explore food and flavours on his own without choking. And you can put frozen stuff in there for those tender gums.

-GBS

What Cillian did yesterday: Had two very long naps, subsequently didn’t go to bed til 11. Has a diaper rash and a face sore, poor little guy, which I have been battling with lanolin and water mostly (will let you know what works). He likes to hold his hands together and pray, Buddhist style. Now he’s staring at me so gotta go!


Sophie the teething giraffe

 

Sophie is my favourite toy! I like to bite her ears and wring her neck.

Sophie is my favourite toy! I like to bite her ears and wring her neck.

I wish I had invented Sophie the Giraffe. She’s a baby shower registry staple. C really loves Sophie, she’s one of the few toys he will eagerly reach his hands out for when you hold her up in front of him. Soon as he gets her, he holds her legs and chews her ear nubs. Then he gets her by the neck and bends her in half.

Babies love her. Her face is kind of nipple shaped. Stroll around my ‘hood and you’ll see a Sophie tucked in almost every stroller, or in the stroller basket or most likely, hanging out of some baby’s mouth.

She’s French, the little strumpet. Made by a company called Vulli. She’s all rubber, which is nice in an age where “plastic” and “baby gear” seem to go hand in hand. (Long aside: I’m sure I’m not the only mom who feels that plastic goods are far too pervasive in the world of baby gear. Plastic bottles, plastic pacifiers, plastic spoons, bowls, food packaging, teething rings, rattles…babies in the developed world probably put more plastic in their mouths than anything else.)

And she costs around $20! That’s pricey for a teething toy baby could fling out the side of the stroller and you’d be none the wiser. I’ve created a Sophie leash using Cillian’s pacifier leash. At the end of it I tether Sophie’s sexy French giraffe leg. You ain’t going anywhere, mademoiselle!

-GBS

What Cillian did today: Cried angrily in Pizza Pizza (can you blame him?), played peek-a-boo with his dad and giggled hysterically, gobbled two Baby Mum-Mum crackers (I ate part of one. They’re not bad). Crawled forward on his tummy. Slithered? It’s not really crawling yet. Babbled today more than every.