I. Am. So. Tired.
Apparently his strange behavior is due to his cutting of his 1-year molars. He is early doing this. Like 3 months early. He had his other teeth in early as well: 6 teeth by age 6 months; and 8 teeth by 8 months; and now he will have 10 teeth by 10 months.
Here are a few tips I picked up (online along with a few comments):
- Take turns being up at night. *ahem, Chris*
- Use teething medicine and/or pain reliever with your doctor’s permission.
- Offer your child cold things to gnaw on such as frozen pancakes, waffles, washcloths or bagels.
- Rub the swollen area of the gums to offer counter pressure (And let him bite me with his other 8 teeth? I don’t think so).
- Move bedtime earlier to accommodate the night waking (Who’s bedtime? Mine? And what, exactly, do we do with baby?)
- Try co-sleeping to comfort your baby and get yourself more shut-eye (Hubby’s nocturnal flopping = safety hazard).
- Nap when your baby is napping (Sure…the house will clean itself and I won’t be yelled at over dirty dishes)
- Offer fun distractions to keep baby’s mind off the hurt (At 3 am my idea of fun time is SLEEPING)
- Incline his mattress to help reduce pressure when sleeping (Might just try this).