Tackle common teething troubles with these inventive solutions from real moms.

By Katie Thomas
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Washcloths and binkys that I keep in the freezer. --Valerie Newman, Palm Springs, CA

Frozen whole wheat bagels-- my daughter loved them and they were good for her, too! --Jillian Whitlow, Timberlake, NC

Frozen fruit cut up small--strawberries, melon, cucumber and watermelon cut into spears. And his vibrating teether. --Sulen Rodriguez, Whittier, CA

My son's amber teething necklace worked wonders for him. He would wear it and not even realize it was there. --Molly Sain, Hickory, NC

A washcloth soaked in water and apple juice and then frozen. My 8-month-old son also loves teething bagels from Big Apple Bagel! --Stacy Houltberg, Ottumwa, IA

My son hates teething rings but loves chewing on his fingers, so I got him a teether shaped like a hand and he loves chewing on it. That and Infants' Advil are my lifesavers. --Ashley Kottmyer, Shippensburg, PA

More Teething Tips

My little guy loved to gnaw on frozen mango when he was teething. I loved that it helped him and was also good for him. --Autumn Murray, Littleton, CO

Being the oldest of six and having five of my own, I've found that teething biscuits and a teething ring that vibrates when they chew on it work wonders. Also, give them ice cream in small amounts. --Miriam Landwehr, Cloverdale, OH

We would freeze bananas for our kids to chew on. It`s messy, but they both loved it and, unlike teething rings, it gets to your back teeth. --Anja Lahocki, Savannah, GA

Frozen waffles. They taste good, the cold helps soothe gums and the little squares catch the drool. --Justine Garza, Quakertown, PA

I would wet some baby washcloths and freeze them. I stuck wax paper between each one in a freezer-safe container to keep them from sticking together. My kids loved chewing on them because they were soft and contoured easily to their sore gums. --Jen Moringelli, Hainesport, NJ

I tried everything, but nothing would calm my little boy down. As a last-ditch effort, I placed his bottle nipple in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before a feeding. After three consecutive tear-free bottles, I found that was the trick that worked for us. --Rebecca Wilcox-Ball, currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan

My twins would not use anything cold for teething. I found the best thing for them was letting them gnaw on a toothbrush. It was effective and easy for them to manipulate. They're 19 months now and this is especially handy when they start getting their molars. Just be sure to keep a close eye on them for choking. And once they do get teeth, watch for them chewing and pulling the bristles. --Heather Ethridge, Mobile, AL

More Mom-Tested Tricks

I would puree fruit or squeeze fruit from those organic packages into ice-cube trays. When they were frozen I would put one in a mesh feeder and my son would go crazy for them. They helped soothe his gums while giving him a healthy snack. -- Amber P., Indianapolis, IN

I bought every teether I could find just to have a variety for my little guy. The change in shape, size and texture really helped him. --Amberlee Foster, Fort Mill, SC

My son, Cohen, is six months old and the best teething trick we've found for him is "Sophie," the giraffe teether. We've got everything else out there, but "Sophie" is the one that works the best, and is definitely his favorite! --Elizabeth Kent, Cibolo, TX

I used frozen watermelon or other fruit that you can cut big enough so they don't choke. She used to suck and chew on it until her gums felt better. --Amber Hardy, Centennial, CO

I would take those mesh baby feeders and put ice in them. This worked great when we were away from home and I didn't have a teething toy on hand. --Dinah Campbell, Colorado Springs, CO

We froze Go-Gurts for my daughter. She loved them! To this day she thinks that's how you're supposed to eat them. --Jennifer Carter, Mary Esther, FL

When I was a nanny for twins, I would give them a cloth diaper to chew on. --Jennifer Bitman, Macomb, MI

A really cold teaspoon that we would continually dip in ice water. This was a big help when we went to a restaurant. We'd get a big glass of ice water and put five or six spoons in it, just in case they threw one on the floor. --James Higgins San Diego, CA

We used frozen crinkle-cut French fries. Whenever our son started to drool a lot or was fussy, we knew that a new tooth was coming through, so we would grab one fry from the fridge and let him chew on it. --Mandy M. True, Omaha, NE

My son loves to chew on a wooden spoon. It calms him down and keeps him busy so he forgets about the pain. --Claire Chen, Parker, CO

Cinnamon sticks were a lifesaver! Cinnamon is said to be a natural analgesic, they're hard and they don't splinter. --Kelly Neville-Erwin, Baltimore, MD

A relative told me to try ginger snaps because the ginger supposedly helps; it's what she used on her son when we were all little. I tried it and, sure enough, it helped. Gave her something yummy to gnaw on, too. --Holly Hewitt, Bonham, TX

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