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Help MoMs I’m not sure what to do. My toddler is just under 2 and she has 6 teeth (I think a couple more on the way). Trouble is she uses them everywhere. Her cot is covered in bite marks, the railings on the stairs, her brother’s trains are all munched and her blanket is full of holes because she bites it. I’ve tried giving her a teething ring but that doesn’t interest her. Not only is she wrecking everything but I worry she’s swallowing paint chips. Can you pls share with other mums to see what they recommend? How do you stop a toddler chewing on everything?

Posted by anon 29.10.2012

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  • Offer lots of different options. I’m sure she’s well and truly grown out of it now

  • Try some candies or jellies

  • If for example your baby is chewing on their sleeve,you can put a bad taste on their sleeve so that they know not to go there again as it will have the bad taste

  • Be persistent and give her a cold tether the one that goes in the freezer or maybe give her bonjela these things may help

  • Try offering tastier chewing options, healthy home made icy poles maybe

  • You can now buy teething necklaces or sensory chew toys. There are so many types, and they are mostly rubber. I got one from a newsagent, but I know they are online and can come gender specific. So my son had a robot to chew on.
    Many kids on the autism spectrum use these, so maybe look at one of the ASD sites?

  • Great! Really very interesting comments on this!

  • I gave my son a baby biscuits to stop him chewing everything.

  • You can buy a product “BITTER ALICE” from a pharmacy, it has a bitter taste and is generally a good deterrent. It can be painted onto the cot and other furniture. As for her brothers toys keep them out of her reach. She will grow out of this, it is how she explores by mouthing objects and has discovered chewing and must gain some pleasure from chewing. Constantly remove her and give her fruit or something she can chew.

  • Now I know one of ours has had a fascination for ice and always wants it if we have any. Went out to dinner one night and he demanded ice. We were lucky the bar staff gave us a dish of small ice cubes for him to chew on.

  • I found cot rail protectors to be really awesome. I was very consious of needing to sell my cot & they helped to minimise damage.

  • Only give her the things she is aloud to chew on, get cot rail shield that you can buy online or at baby stores and ikea. Get your son to put his toys away and keep her in her own area of the house. Also try and take the pain away with a natural Bauer remedy. It really works. This might stop the need to chew as she won’t have pain. I hope you find a solution soon.

  • My cot had teeth marks all along the top too, I don’t know how to stop it but, try rusks, carrot sticks (watch to make sure they don’t choke though) face washers out of the freezer along with teething rings.

  • Most kids chew on their cot railings and as long as you are not using an old 2nd hand cot with lead paint then i think all should be fine as far as the cot is concerned.
    I wonder if there it something that you could brush over the stair railings that would not hurt her but would take really horrible so that she would stop chewing on them. Might be worth doing some research.

  • I’ve always found teething rusks very useful

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