My daughter began teething at 4 months old. It was awful: constant drool, increased fussiness, chewing on everything. She is a sensitive baby, it seems like she feels things more acutely that most other babies. It took two months for that first tooth to pop through, and it was quickly followed by another. We had a short reprieve, and then at 8 months, teething began again. Those two top teeth just haven't broke through yet! Stubborn little things. So we are doing the tricks we did last time: ice cubes in a mesh feeder, teething toys, wet frozen washcloth, and Tylenol for the bad nights. However, since she is older and eating solids now, there is a new thing to add to our repertoire: teething biscuits!
The teething biscuits in the store looked overly processed, and the recipes I found online called for things like white flour and vegetable oil; all things I wasn't ready to let my daughter ingest yet. So I came up with my own, healthier recipe for teething biscuits. They turned out great! Best of all, my daughter loves them! She will gnaw on them forever; giving her sore gums some relief, and giving me some time to straighten up the kitchen or start on dinner. Success!
1 c. infant rice cereal
1 c. wheat flour
1 mashed banana
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp water
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees; line a baking pan with parchment paper
2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add in rice cereal, wheat flour, banana, coconut oil, cinnamon, and water
3. Stir until completely combined
4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough until it is 1/2 an inch or so thick
5. Use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes
6. Place biscuits on a pan and bake for 15 minutes
7. Let it cool and store in a freezer bag. They can also be frozen!
**NOTE: Always supervise your child when they eat teething biscuits! No teething biscuit recipe exists that can completely prevent every child from biting off too big of a chunk. Ideally, these biscuits should just get goopy and not break off, but if your child has strong teeth (or if your oven bakes slightly differently), this might not hold true. As is the case for any time your child is eating, closely supervise, and know how to spot and handle a choking infant.