Right, so, “teething cream” sounds super weird. No? But here’s the thing. You can buy teething gel at the store. I’m not entirely sure how to make a gel at home with safe ingredients…nor am I sure that it’s the most effective idea.
But last week we ran out of teething tablets. They started putting child proof caps on the Hyland’s brand stuff, but who are they kidding…both my 2.5 and 4 year olds can pop that thing off like it’s nothing. And if they do, and we don’t catch them immediately, they eat some. Those tablets are lactose-based and they are sweet. The kids know they are medicine but they will tell stories to get some: “I’m sick! I’m teething! I NEED MEDICINE!” We have tried to keep them up high, but they are often sitting on my nightstand since that is where I use them most (at night, for the baby). I ask a kid during the day to go fetch a diaper, not remembering they are sitting right there…and next thing I know, they’ve eaten 2 or 3 or 5. (No, this can’t and hasn’t made them sick.) Anyway, the point is, the teething tablets were gone.
Even though we have an amber teething necklace, which the boys wear 24/7 (although Daniel is no longer teething, he just likes it), there are still random times when the pain is enough to make Jacob edgy and restless, which makes for a poor night’s sleep. Teething tablets have been the perfect answer to take away whatever dull ache or slight pain that keeps him up at night. And then we ran out.
Creative genius that I am (ha?), I thought, “What can I use at home to help him?” Because I did not want to run to the store. I remembered that cloves are good for teething pain, and I had that. But what to pair with it…. Several minutes of brainstorming later, and one quick search for an ingredient I haven’t used in months, and I had my answer.
Teething Cream Recipe
- 1/4 c. coconut oil
- 1/4 c. cocoa butter (food grade pure, not cocoa butter-based beauty product)
- 1 tbsp. whole cloves
Add your coconut oil and cocoa butter to a small saucepan.
Place the pan on the stove over low heat until they are just melted. Add your cloves and let this steep for 20 – 30 minutes on very low heat (just enough to keep the oils from solidifying).
Then, strain the oils through a piece of cheesecloth. Discard the cloves, and pour the oil into a 4-oz. glass jar and let it cool completely.
(You can place the jar in the fridge to speed up this process, and can even store it there so the mixture is chilled when you initially give it to the baby.) Interestingly, if left at room temperature, it stays a liquid. If you put it in the fridge to solidify then remove it, it becomes a very soft solid. This was unexpected. I’d recommend storing it in the fridge so it’s cool for baby, and less messy.
To use, take a tiny amount and massage into the baby’s gums. This can be used on adults with toothaches, too — it’s not just for babies!
That’s it! So simple!