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First Tooth - Teething and Sleeping

Monday, May 10, 2010

Baby got her first tooth last Saturday! It's just barely peeking out and hard to see, but it is sharp and hurts when she bites my finger. She's been drooling like a water fountain for months preparing for this tooth, and many more to come. She's also been biting on toys very vigorously and then screaming with frustration and probably pain.

We give her Tylenol when she seems to be very uncomfortable and fussing a lot. But we haven't used Orajel. I heard from our Parent-Baby class teacher that it wasn't very good to use. I looked it up and found some info on it on Yahoo: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090818234217AAlz6rz. She seems to like frozen gel toys, too.

Sleep has been crazy for her lately, too. Probably a side effect of teething. For the past three months, she has been fighting naps during the day. And lately, for the past week or so, she has refused to sleep in her crib. So she's been sleeping in our bed the past several nights. Although it is very sweet to sleep with her, it can't go on for too much longer.

Today, I tried putting her down for a nap on our bed, and she actually slept for over an hour! She also took a second good nap on the floor where she plays. In the evening, she was so tired that she pretty much fell asleep in the bath. And then at night, she finally went to sleep in her crib. Yay! Hope it lasts. The Parent-Baby class teacher also said that sleep begets sleep. If she naps well during the day, she may sleep better at night. That sounds like what happened today.

We've got more teeth coming soon. I'm hoping it all goes okay for her. I guess this means I have to start brushing her tooth. I heard that it's better to start now rather than when they have a whole set of teeth. That way, they can get used to brushing as each tooth comes up.

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