It’s been a while since we’ve had a giveaway on MPMK and I’m so glad this one came along. Not only do I get to introduce you guys to a gorgeous new Etsy shop, I also get to offer up some super useful expert advice on teething (hooray for info. we can use!) PLUS a 10% off code for all: MPMK10 good June 14th – 21st, 2013.
Before we get to the giveaway and tips, I want to tell you guys a bit about Little Adventure. It’s a lovely little shop that specializes in hand crafted toys and teethers and – I must say – I’ve been a bit smitten ever since laying eyes on it.
From their stylish logo to their fabulous mission (“to encourage creativity and bring imagination to playtime”) – really, I ask you, what’s not to love? I have several friends right now who are either pregnant or have just had a baby and it’s highly likely they’ll be getting a handmade Little Adventure piece of their own soon. And today so can you (several, in fact)!
Don’t forget to enter below to win a $40 gift card to Little Adventure, or shop now and get a 10% discount with the code MPMK10 (Hurry though, ends June 21st, 2013).
First, though, lets talk teething. For some kids this stage is barely a bump in the road, but for lots of others it can be a time of frustration and meltdowns (for both baby and mama). So I asked Little Adventure founder and teething expert, Joni, to share some of her best tips on how to get through this phase with as few tears as possible. Here’s what she had to say…
The Teething Saga
On average a child receives their first tooth between the age of 4 and 7 months, some as early as 3. And while, yes, it is a milestone needing to be recorded in the baby book, it can also become a parent’s greatest nemesis. While sleep deprivation is at its all time high, for you, throw in the mix: fussiness, irritability, loss of appetite and more sleep problems for your babe.
As first time parents out to dinner with friends, my husband asked how long to expect the teething process to last. It was a rude awakening when we were told it could last for over a year. Our son definitely struggled through most of it. Not all babies respond as intensely to incoming teeth but most parents who have gone through it can acknowledge the need for support. While there are many helpful pointers out there (parent forums, google, etc.) one thing that they all have in common is the basic aknowledgement that your little one desires to chew on something! There are several great natural choices out there.
Here are some tips to consider during your teething saga:
For babies that have already been introduced to fruit, a frozen banana can sometimes do the trick. Remove the peel and stick it in the freezer. Once frozen, give it to them to chew on.
A fresh washcloth soaked in cold water can be perfect for them to chew on and bring relief. Try soaking the cloth in a calming Chamomile tea and chill before giving it to them.
Pressure is key. Whether with your finger, or a washcloth rubbing while applying pressure can bring so much relief to inflamed gums.
Although it may seem like it, teething doesn’t last forever! You will make to the other side! This too shall pass.
Having a little one myself, I am always looking for safe and natural ways to aid in the growing phases of my child, whether it be teething, entering childhood or growing in self-reliance. Helping kids develop and grow in their own creativity and imagination – Little Adventure was started with this in mind.
The wooden teether, along with the other toys in my shop, were designed and handcrafted in my home studio in Grand Haven, MI. They are made from hard rock maple, which is not only a beautiful hardwood but also has anti-bacterial properties and doesn’t splinter, making it a safe toy for your baby. Each teether is sanded smooth and then sealed and protected with a homemade organic beeswax and olive oil finish. Safe, natural, perfect for your own child’s teething saga!
Thank you Joni! So, you guys ready to get your hands on some handcrafted toys and teethers? Just use the rafflecopter below and you’ll be entered to win $40 to spend at Little Adventure. Good Luck!
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