When your child’s first tooth begins to grow, it’s a milestone in his or her life. This usually happens somewhere between the 4th and 7th months. However, it can come with some discomfort for the baby.
As such, you should learn how to soothe your baby’s teething so that you can help him get through all the discomfort. Some common symptoms of teething discomfort include swollen and tender gums, which make babies cry and become fussy.
Your baby’s temperature may also be slightly raised. Excessive drooling and gnawing on hard stuff may also indicate teething discomforts. Your baby’s sleeping or eating patterns may also change. You can help your baby through this stage with teething crackers.
Teething crackers can offer relief to a teething baby. Unlike other biscuits, they do not usually crumble or crack. They simply dissolve while your baby bites on them with his or her gums.
They are, therefore, not only effective but also safe. These crackers would soothe your baby while he or she is dealing with the discomforts and/or pain that come with teething.
Aside from soothing your baby, these crackers will also help strengthen your baby’s jaw. They are a good way to train your baby for solid foods.
But to be honest, teething crackers can increase the risks of tooth decay in your baby. That is one of the biggest concerns of experts about them. That’s why you should go for low-sugar options. Those are healthier and less risky.
Getting The best Teething Crackers for Your Baby
Don’t forget that while you soothe your baby with teething crackers, you are also feeding him. So don’t just focus on the soothing factor. Instead, go for something that will nourish and strengthen the baby.
When you are getting teething biscuits for your baby, make sure you go for nutrient-packed options. They will support your child’s growth.
You definitely want your child to grow up strong and healthy. So don’t go for biscuits that contain unhealthy amounts of refined sugar and other harmful ingredients. They can compromise your child’s health.
Let’s share some guidelines on how to choose the best teething cracker for your little one.
1. Go for a cracker that does not contain refined sugar
Refined sugars cause cavities. Anyone who loves to have good and optimal dental health will, therefore, avoid them. More so, your baby’s gum and growing teeth are still very delicate. So you should keep them safe and healthy by staying clear of refined sugar
2. Choose a teething cracker that doesn’t contain allergens
Remember that your baby’s digestive system is also still immature and delicate. Allergens can be too much for their delicate digestive system. This will prevent their tummy from being upset as well as help avoid gas.
When giving your baby a teething cracker, avoid common allergens. One such allergen is gluten, which is very difficult to digest.
Go for transparent brands whose allergen labeling can be trusted. If you want to purchase a teething cracker, don’t buy any brand that refuses to disclose the product’s allergen information.
3. Choose a cracker that contains real ingredients
You should avoid crackers with artificial flavors or colors, preservatives, fillers, and/or refined over-processed ingredients. Even you, as an adult, should avoid these ingredients. How much more is your baby?
You should, therefore, choose a teething cracker that contains simple, wholesome ingredients that you can easily recognize. If you find a long complex name that you can’t recognize, don’t give the cracker to your baby.
Proper nutrition and healthy growth are very vital at this stage of your baby’s life. So don’t jeopardize it with too many chemicals. What your child needs now are real and wholesome ingredients. Nothing less!
Simple Homemade Teething Cracker Recipe
You can always turn to this simple recipe if you prefer to make your baby’s teething cracker by yourself. Probably, you are one of those people who do not trust shop-bought teething crackers because of their refined flour and all sorts.
To be honest, many of these commercial products have lost lots of their nutrition load in the curse of processing. Some of them are fortified with chemicals and refined sugars. Yes, you will find a few healthy brands. But they are hard to come by.
To save yourself the stress, you might consider making your baby’s soothing crackers at home. We’ll show you a very simple recipe. This recipe makes tough enough crackers that can both soothe and nourish your baby.
The crackers will be hard enough to withstand serious drooling and they will be soft enough not to damage your baby’s sore gums. More so, this homemade recipe is fast, cheap, and easy.
- 1 teacup of uncooked porridge oats
- 1 regular-sized ripe banana
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Here is what you should do:
- Whizz one teacup of porridge oats (uncooked) in a blender until it becomes fine flour
- Smoothly mash 1 regular-sized banana (ripe) with 2 tablespoons of olive or canola oil
- Mix the mashed banana with the fine oat flour with your clean hands or a fork
- Avoid the temptation to add more liquid to the dough. Just keep mixing till you have a firm dough
- To add extra flavor to the cracker, you may grate some fresh ginger or lemon and add.
- Form the dough into shapes that your baby likes. Make sure you do this with wet and clean hands. You may also choose simple shapes, such as triangles, discs, and/or sticks.
- Arrange the shaped dough on your baking sheet (greased).
- Bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 12 to 15 minutes. The dough would become firm and slightly golden.
You should test out any new teething cracker by yourself before you allow your baby to eat it. Bite the cracker and be sure that it dissolves. If it cracks or breaks into pieces, don’t give your baby. Those kinds of crackers pose a choking hazard.
There are many varieties of teething crackers out there. Amongst them, you will find some that are both effective and safe for your baby. But if you still have serious concerns about commercial products, you can make some soothing crackers with the homemade recipe we shared above.