6 Natural Teething Remedies for Baby

Teething… UGH! The lack of sleep, the crankiness, and the biting. Ouch! It can be painful for the baby… AND the entire family.

But, we don’t have to be victims. Here are six natural teething remedies that will ease teething pain and restore sanity to your house.

Try helping your teething baby with natural teething remedies

Six Natural Teething Remedies

  1. Frozen things
    You can freeze everything from teethers, to wet washcloths, to carrots and celery. All of them can numb aching gums.
  2. Mesh teething feeder
    This overachieving device not only introduces babies to new flavors but it serves as a great teether, particularly if left in the fridge or freezer. I like putting ice and breast milk cubes in this contraption.
  3. Amber necklace
    It seems like voodoo but many swear by these necklaces. As your baby wears the amber, her body heat releases the succinic acid which has anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties.
  4. Homeopathic remedies
    Rather than busting out the Orgel or baby Motrin, why not first try homeopathic remedies? I like this homeopathic cocktail: Boiron Camilia (2 daily doses), Natra-Bio Children’s Teething (1 daily dose), and Humphreys (3 pellets at night). This has significantly reduced his night wakings. YAY! 
  5. Facial massage
    If you’re baby is game, rub his face, jaw and gums in a circular motion. Sometimes they’ll resist but other times it hits the spot. You might notice that your baby “self massages” by rubbing her jaw against her mattress or pulling her ears while nursing.
  6. Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
    While not a favorite yet here in our household, I include Sophie because she has a 4 ½ star rating on Amazon by over 1,200 parents! Clearly, she’s a working for many. I also love that she’s made with 100% natural rubber and food paint.

And as an added bonus, try my all natural, real food teething biscuits. Babies, kids and adults all love them 🙂 You can also freeze for added comfort.

How about you?

So those are the natural teething remedies that I recommend. What’s worked for you? Please share with a comment, and if I get enough tips, I’ll make a follow up video about it. Thanks and… hope you’re getting some sleep!

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  1. Pure vanilla extract has worked for my babies who are now older.it’s safe to eat it’s tastes and smells good and you can use it as much as needed. Clean fingers is all you need.put a little on your pointer finger and massage onto the area.make sure you buy one dedicated to the particular child so as to have no risk of cross contamination and don’t cook with it.its best to put it with the other meds to be sure.follow the Direction’s get sleep.easy safe.natural!

  2. My nana will be turning 6 months old on the 23rd he’s been having sleepless nights. .nd his temperature is high I don’t know if its teething or what but he has shown signs of teeting.am so worried. .

  3. i have heard that pure vanilla extract works for teething by rubbing it on the gums…what is your take?

  4. Organic extra virgin coconut oil seems to help my baby alot. I just dip my finger in the oil and rub it on her gums and repeat until she calms down. Also using Hylands teething tablets and an amber necklace but the coconut oil seems to calm her the most during one of her fits. Hope this helps!

    • Actually it’s not the teething tablets its arnica tablets. Sorry for the mixup!

  5. amber does nothing for teething

    • Completely untrue.

  6. Hi Genevieve-

    We saw a need for a unique shape, and total QC in manufacturing and started up what is now the patent-pending Teething Egg. We’d love to send you product if you still have a teething baby at home.

    • I need help nothing is working

    • I have a teething baby and would love to try the teething products that u have

    • I would love to try a teething egg for our granddaughter! Please email me and I will send you our address. Thank you! 🙂

    • I would also love to try this. I have three children. My first two never had a problem with teething. Now with my 3 month old infant, he’s officially began teething. I am helpless. I can’t seem to figure out what can help him. Teething tablets help for a while but he continues to shove his hand in his mouth and it’s definitely not helping. Please send me one!

    • I also have a teething baby /: She just screams and feel helpless to help her. I would love to try that teething egg if you are still letting people try them

    • Hey Skip. I’d love to try out your new product too. I’ve got a 6 month old teething dictator living in my house now and nothing is working!! 🙁 definitely at the end of my rope. If you’re giving out your product in exchange for helpful honest reviews I’m a top reviewer for NYC on Yelp. Thanks!!

    • Im breastfeeding and my 9 months baby bites me though I’ve purchased some teething gel to ease the pain, it doesn’t help as he still bites after rubbing it on his gums, please assist if there is anything else I can get or do.

    • I would love to have the teething egg for my great granddaughter… she is 4 months and has about six teeth coming in and is very unhappy about it! How can I get one? Thank you so very much!

    • Have a precious baby girl who could use some relief. Thank you for your offer. I can not afford to spend any money so if for any reason there is any charges please remove my request. Thank you

  7. Hey mamas. Thank you so much for all your lovely n super helpful advise. The blog is so informative, at times I’m reading about issues middle of the night. I have tried massaging the gums. Need to go buy homeopathy meds thou. Thanks again. X

  8. My husband is against all things Homeopathic. I do use the orajel, but only if he’s screaming in agony and nothing else will soothe him. It’s not my first go to by any means. My LO hates all cold things (teething rings, frozen wash clothe, breast milk Popsicle, snow, etc), so that’s a no go either for us. I’ll let him just gnaw on his teething rings (unfrozen of course) or a pacifier, his chew toys normally are enough to get by. I found ibuprofen helps with his sore gums better that acetaminophen, I use it sparely as well. I don’t like having him drugged all the time.

    • Why is your husband against homeopathy. If he doesn’t believe it does anything and is just sugar and placebo, then he won’t care if you give it to the baby. If it helps great, if not nothing lost! Good luck.

  9. My Granny swore by corn cobs! Cut the corn off and give them just the cob to chew on. Said the babies would just grind their gum on it until that little tooth popped through. 🙂 probably tasted pretty good to.

  10. My daughter (now 3yo) has worn an amber necklace since she was two months old and before her teeth really popped through. I am happy that even with the molars, we have never known when the teething happened. Pain reliever was never needed.

    • Where did you buy your amber necklace? I’m having trouble finding a reputable one that doesn’t break the bank.

      • We haven’t done an amber necklace…yet but I’ve been told Inspired By Finn is a reputable brand

        • IBF is authentic and amazing quality!

  11. I have been giving my 4month old baby a natural teething oil I found on ecohabitude.com and which has been working well. Its FDA approved but if anyone can verify its safe please let me know. Below is the link, thanks in advance.


  12. Hi Genevieve, great Blog. I know some people worry about the safety of amber, but as you mention, if you take the precaution of watching your baby while he/she wears it and wrapping it around their ankle (under a sock) during the night, they are really very safe.

    We offer two beautiful versions of this product in our Amazon store (http://www.amazon.com/shops/toogli) and, as you can see by the reviews, our customers absolutely swear by the benefits of real amber!

  13. Nowadays people are turning more and more to everything natural and there is a solution to healing that is almost as old as time itself – Natural Baltic Amber. http://www.amberartisan.com

  14. HIya!
    I stubbled apon your blog googling nautral teething remedies! I dove right in and got lost for an hour! LOve it!
    Question: Do you feel the Amber teething necklace worked for you? Did you feel comforable buying on amazon? Is the link you have for the necklace a relaible store/maker?
    Thanks So Much!

    • I think amber teething necklaces may have helped our kiddos just a wee bit. And I do know moms who swear by them. And sure, I’d feel comfortable buying on Amazon from a reputable seller.

      • I purchased one from Etsy-there are multiple shops that offer them. You just want to be sure they’re sourced from Baltic Amber (mine shipped quickly from Lithuania). I’ve read the lighter stones work better, and to be sure to purchase unpolished only. I do notice it helping with the teething symptoms, you just have to keep an eye on your baby while wearing it. I don’t put the necklace on at night, but during the day my baby girl wears it and doesn’t even notice it on. But the anklets are always an option.

  15. I just purchased Hyland’s teething tablets at target yesterday after multiplied recommendations from other moms. I’m not sure I am seeing a difference, however I am only giving him two, perhaps I should give three?

    I haven’t bought an amber necklace yet, but I am interested! If the necklace is on the ankle will it be as effective as around the neck?

    Thanks! Love your blog. 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth!

      Have you tried Boiron Camilia? That stuff worked the best! I did double dose him before bed (I OKed with our health provider) and it really did work. You can also try a little clove oil diluted with coconut oil on gum lines.

      The amber teething necklaces won’t work as well unless around the neck because the healing properties are released locally (to neck up to throat/jawline).

      Good luck mama!

      • That was from 2010 and it’s been remedied.

    • Please throw out the hyland’s teething tablets. Along with the Humphreys tablets listed above they contain belladonna, aka Deadly Nightshade, one of the most poisonous plants! If I never came across a Mom who had her son go through facial spasms, along with a few other medical issues, I would have swore by them. I threw out the tablets I had immediately, please do careful research on what is “natural”. Natural things aren’t even safe anymore.

      • Deadly nightshade, is only deadly when the berries are a certain shade. The rest of the time they are harmless. This plant, which is a beautiful little bush or tree (if trained as one) seriously gets a bad rap, unless you know how to use against someone or you have kids who go around eating random berries growning in your yard.. I doubt many people actually have this growing in thier yards though.

        Most likely, you child has a sensitivity or allergy to the nightshade family, which also includes tomato, potato, chilli pepper, eggplant & several flowering plants. I would watch your child closely while eating raw tomato & touching the plants in the future, just in case a reaction occurs again, you can be prepared! Some people are just more sensitive to the Glycoalkaloids in the nightshade plant family.

        My resouces, in case you’re wondering are that I happen to have severe allergies & I’m a Florida Master Gardener. I spent a lot of time durring my studies on poisonous plants & even owned a deadly nightshade tree in my personal collection.

      • Please, learn about what the product is before you nix it for having “poison” in it.

        Hyland’s Teething Tablets and Humphrey’s are HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES, which are very safe to use. In homeopathic remedies, the substance, in this case Belladonna/aka Deadly Nightshade, has been diluted to the point that there are very few/if any of the actual molecules of the original substance left.

        With baby remedies, they are usually the lower potencies like 5X (which is a dilution of one part original substance to 100,000 parts water/alcohol) which affect primarily the physical symptoms and at a less intense level. Whereas a remedy that was a potency of 30C is one part original substance to 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 parts water/alcohol, and yet this potency acts in a more powerful way and can also start to affect mental symptoms, as well (thus is reserved for more immediate and intense pain like slamming your hand in a car door or getting a concussion or receiving an emotional shock) . It continues on up through 200C and 1M, so the lower the actual amount of the original substance, the more powerful the remedy is. It seems counter-intuitive, but it works.

        Homeopathic remedies work with the energy of the plants, animals, and minerals from which they are ultimately derived. Every substance has different symptom profiles that they create, which are carefully studied and written down using healthy subjects who take the remedy and report what symptoms they feel. These symptom profiles are then matched to people who are suffering from the same symptoms. The remedy is given. Once the remedy starts working–stop using it. Only give another dose of the remedy if it appears that it is no longer working. You are just “reminding” your body how to heal itself. Its not the amount of the substance that is doing it, it is that energetic reminder that helps your body.

        So, if you use one of these homeopathic remedies, don’t assume that because your child feels better after 2 doses that you should continue to give them more to make them feel better. WAIT until your child presents with the symptoms again before redosing, otherwise you then do risk your child getting worse as they start to show the symptoms of that remedy if they receive too much of it. They’re not going to die or get gravely ill, but they certainly won’t be feeling better!

        I’ve tried to explain, I’m sure others could do a better more succinct job, but please, don’t jump to conclusions that because it has Belladonna in it it is going to poison your child. Quite the opposite, and this is coming from a mother who is obsessive about the safety of things for my child. The only thing I might be concerned about is that these remedies are a contemporary form of homeopathy where they use multiple remedies at once and classical homeopathy states that you only use one remedy at a time otherwise you risk them canceling each other out or giving too much of one remedy but the right amount of another.

        • Oh yes, I forgot to say, the mother with the child who had facial spasms and other medical issues, IF it was from the Hyland’s tablets, simply gave her son TOO MUCH of the remedy. She probably thought, like I said above, that more would be better, but it’s not. You stop the remedy once you see improvement and only give another dose when improvement stops/the teething pain starts again.

          Homeopathic remedies are extremely safe, but they must be used judiciously or you end up with a scare like that.

        • Camilia has oral doses already measured for you!!!!

  16. Those mesh teether feeders were so great. I had those for my daughter who is 7 now, she loved them. My friends hadn’t had kids yet but once they saw those mesh feeders they ran out and bought some in fear that they would stop selling them by the time they had children. Glad to see they are still around. We are expecting our 2nd in the fall of this year and we plan on stocking up on those. The best fruit we found to help my daughter get teething relief was melons like cantaloupe, it was firm but had flavor. She could really bite down and get some good pressure. Plus it kept cold longer than things like watermelon or apples.

    • Nice! Good to know. Congrats on baby number 2!

    • So I bought one of the teething feeders from Walmart . Do they really work because my son (6mo) is in so much pain and yes the Tylenol and Motrin work well but I don’t want him on medicine like that because they will be less affective when or if he gets a fever. He has been eating stage 1 baby food for a almost 5 week’s now and he will be on stage two on October 11th so I just want to make sure that the teething feeder actually works and do I really need to put any food in it or can you chew on it plain

  17. A stick of licorice root is my baby’s very favorite teether. Its sweet, and naturally numbs the gums while she teethes on it.

    • I’m very surprised she didn’t list oils. We’ve been using a blend I made of lavender, clove, copaiba, spearmint, and peace and calming with a carrier oil. Not necessarily for teething but they soothe my baby.

      • Do you use this on the outside of the jaw? Or do you apply directly to gums?

    • Absolutely love copaiba oil for teething!

  18. We use an amber necklace regularly and Camillia for the bad days. That stuff works so well!

  19. we LOVE our Sophie, amber necklace, frozen breastmilk and homeopathic remedies.

    I think something important to get out there is that there are some plastic! teething necklaces out there being marketed as amber which naturally do not work. Amber floats in salt water…the plastic ones do not.

  20. I’m wondering why you do the “Natra-Bio” and the “Bioron”. My baby can’t have citric acid so I can’t do the Natra-Bio. Would it still work you think to do just the Bioron?

    I was thinking about getting gel too for those quick times when my baby just needs something extra. Thoughts? I also can’t seem to find Humphry’s anywhere.

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  22. With our two boys I really only did tylenol, I didn’t know as much then as I did with our 3rd. She wore the amber necklace and had a Sophie. WORLD of difference between her and the boys when it came to teething.

  23. I know this is an old video but I wanted to share that if people using the amber necklace are weary to allow their baby to sleep with it, wrap it around his/ her ankle instead for bed times. That way they still get the benefits without having the choking hazards. 🙂

    • The acids released from the necklace travel up the neck to the jaw line. I don’t think it would travel up the whole body. But I could be wrong.

  24. I LOVE the amber teething necklace and swear by them! Baby girl is getting her 2nd molars in and since she wanted the necklace off a few months ago, I was on the hunt to find that puppy! This mama was about to lose it but luckily found it in the nick of time. Be careful of cheap duplicates and be ready to pay for some teething relief. I will say I have been lucky in that she doesn’t even pay attention to the necklace so I leave it on her at all times especially while sleeping. I did a post on the necklaces and how wonderful they are: http://crunchyhotmama.com/2012/02/09/amber-is-the-color-of-your-energy/

    Thanks Mama N for showing different options on natural teething relief 🙂

  25. I would be weary with the rubber teether… Latex allergies run rampant in my family. My mother used to be an operating room nurse and had to get out of the field because it became life threatening – the kicker, it is an exposure allergy. So the MORE you are exposed to it, the more likely you are to develop an allergy and the worse your reactions will become. She has literally died several times and had to be revived because of this allergy and I myself am becoming highly sensitive to it. I wouldn’t expose a child to it any more than they already are in every day life… But that is just because I know it runs in my family as well and with my luck – my children would be just as apt to have issues with it… Just my thoughts. That said – it is natural – use what you feel works. Like Genevieve says – it is important for you to make informed decisions that are best for your individual needs and family…

  26. Catnip tea is great. I make a tea with Organic Catnip herb…yes the herb you give kitty cats. 🙂 It aids in calming inflammation and gently inducing sleep. 2 tsp cat nip to 1 cup boiled water. I then pour 4 ounces of tea to 4 ounces of room temp water to dilute, I add a smidge of maple syrup too.

  27. That is really good idea, enjoy what you’ve doing and thanks a lot for the information, more publishing, looking forward for the next review.

  28. Until a friend visited our place and told me that the baby was munching the wood bars on the crib which I painted pink. | 😛

    • LOL! Classic. Wood is definitely appealing for sore gums. One of Griffin’s favorite “teethers” is my wooden citrus squeezer.

  29. . It was just enough on her gums but eventually she could gnaw it down to have a nice mushy snack too.

    • That’s an ingenious way of tihinnkg about it.

  30. Good Idea! Thank you so much for sharing this tips advice 🙂 .

  31. Good baby stay to be a patient and always be a good person.

  32. I will share this to my sister.. My niece is having this problem.. I love to help them.. Thanks for the post! | 😛

  33. My niece was always this stomach ache attack every afternoon, we never know what was the reason on it. Until a friend visited our place and told me that the baby was munching the wood bars on the crib which I painted pink. right there and then we instantly know the culprit of her stomach ache.

  34. I think it’s about proper dosages/usage and this can be in partnership with a homeopathic practitioner or strong word of mouth/experience from other mamas. Ultimately, just like everything else, parents need to make informed choices for their family.

  35. Very awesome blog, thanks for sharing this blog, I really admire your effort of creating this blog.

  36. Very nice tips! Thanks for sharing. GREAT! | 😛

  37. I don’t believe that belladonna is a “toxin” for children as the FDA claims, since it’s been used for hundreds of years, in a variety of different ways for infants. | 😛

    • I agree. It’s about proper dosage and good sourcing.

  38. However I gave him those rubber teether ,he still cries and makes us all so moody. But anyway I will try this one that you recommend, hope he gets sidetrack by the beautiful colors.

  39. Great tips.. I will share this to my sister.. My niece is having this problem.. I love to help them.. Thanks for the post!

    • Aw, what a good auntie you are ;). Hope they help her. Camilia works the best IMHO.

  40. The concentrations in the homeopathic remedies is ultra low, in fact, the lower, the more potent (I know, strange, but that’s how it works).

    • It is strange how it works… a mystery to me but I do know they have worked wonderfully well for me and Griff!

  41. My pediatrician told a story about a very colicky baby she had a as patient. Nothing would sooth the child. One day the mom came in and her baby was sleeping peacefully.

  42. Nice. Amber necklace looks good but I worry it may choked the child.

    • Yes, I let Griffin wear but supervised by me :).

    • I put my son’s necklace on so quick that he doesn’t even notice it’s on. He’s been wearing it for 5 weeks. The necklace should be worn under clothes and against the skin. When he sleeps, I put it on his ankle, under his pajamas or leg warmers. Works great!

    • I have used to amber necklace for my child since he was 3 months old. He doesn’t even know it’s there…I never take it off him.

  43. I would urge caution when purchasing homeopathic teething remedies. Make sure to look at and research the ingredients carefully. My pediatrician told a story about a very colicky baby she had a as patient. Nothing would sooth the child. One day the mom came in and her baby was sleeping peacefully. The pediatrician asked her what changed, and the mom said teething drops. One of the ingredients as belladonna, as in deadly nightshade. It could have knocked out a racehorse!

    • Yes, there is definitely controversy with belladonna for children. In fact, this is what spurred the FDA to put pressure on Hyland who recalled their teething tablets since they contain belladonna.

      However, I don’t believe that belladonna is a “toxin” for children as the FDA claims, since it’s been used for hundreds of years, in a variety of different ways for infants. I think it’s about proper dosages/usage and this can be in partnership with a homeopathic practictioner or strong word of mouth/experience from other mamas. Ultimately, just like everything else, parents need to make informed choices for their family.

    • Homeopathy is a strange but very interesting and effective science. The concentrations in the homeopathic remedies is ultra low, in fact, the lower, the more potent (I know, strange, but that’s how it works). Check it out sometime, I’ve had some relief from chronic pain using homeopathy.

      • I know! It is a mystery. I’m sold on homeopathy! It’s helped me with a many of things :).

    • That baby was probably feeling great because it finally got the relief it so desperately needed! Go homeopathy!

  44. What do you think about Hyland’s? They have pellets and gel.

    • I can’t get my hands on any pellets since the recall. I heard they worked great. I did buy the gel. Haven’t used it yet. I don’t really worry about their safety as I’m sure they are extra careful since the recall.

  45. Do you worry about the amber necklace being a choking or strangulation hazard?

    • Hi Nikki… I watch him with it and don’t let him nap or sleep wearing the necklace. My mom worries about it so he doesn’t wear when she’s babysitting :).

    • The amber necklace’s have an easy release if there is pressure put on it, it will come un done. My son has been wearing his since he was at least 2 1/2 months old (he’s now 5 months old) and we’ve never had a problem, it seems like he doesn’t even realize it’s there. I also co-sleep with him so I’m with him while he sleeps at night but he never grabs at it. Their little chunky necks help hold it in place 😉

    • Strange. Grew up with amber, second daughter teething with amber. No need anything else at all. Never had the idea of unsafety. Oh -wearing full time. If removed for night- baby neck folds get sore red. So better on,-it helps the skin to breathe. I got mine from Lithuania -as that’s where I am from. Just don’t buy the pretty polished spiky ones, the little round unpolished are better and comfier. Color wise-shall be a mix, as amber has many more walues than just a teething relief. The dark ones are mostly to treat/prevent medical conditions etc. My first girl was never anyhow unwell as long as wore the necklace. For the second one is early to speak yet 🙂

  46. I used to give the munchkin I nannied frozen waffles. She loved them. It was just enough on her gums but eventually she could gnaw it down to have a nice mushy snack too.

    • I’ve heard mini bagels work great too. I’ve done carrots and celery sticks too. Thanks for sharing.

  47. I don’t really have anything new to add but I just wanted to say how much our little guy LOVES Sophie the Giraffe! At first glance the thing seems a little spendy, but I just want to encourage parents that it is worth every penny!

    • Good to hear Elisabeth as I kinda baulked at price but the reviews were so remarkable. Griff has been playing with more in the last few days which makes me happy :).

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