New Mums The Word, describes perfectly how a night with a teething baby feels.

Instagram lover, Jules Coffey, has shared how a night with a teething tot can leave you feeling so desperate a night in a holding cell would feel like a holiday.  “No no officer all is fine thank you, but if you could possibly arrest me so I could grab some sleep in the holding cell that would be tops”.

Sharing with her 51K followers Jules writes, “You know when you’re really tired & you have to close one eye to focus. Kinda like half of you is at least napping? That’s me typing this. I wouldn’t have been surprised if the Neighbours reported an unattended crying infant to the police last night. “No no officer all is fine thank you, but if you could possibly arrest me so I could grab some sleep in the holding cell that would be tops”.

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See said child was not left to cry she was cuddled, rocked, patted, sang to, taken out into the loungeroom to watch wiggles, taken outside to look for birdies (all might I add I don’t ever do because all of the above I am opposed to but when your child is in pain like that and screaming uncontrollably like never before – zero fucks will be given) given water, given 3 bottles, given Panadol, given gel, kissed, loved, changed nappy, changed clothes, put in with the dog (she was STOKED at 2am).

Sometimes NOTHING WORKS. Sometimes you just have to do what you gotta do to SURVIVE. Although I don’t look like I survived.

Tooth 4 has cracked & is swollen, she has a ulcer on her tongue from chewing down on it & life is just a bit shit for her. It breaks your heart to see them like that. I’m a tough one for routine & not giving in but it’s all irrelevant in circumstances like last night.

So many emotions involved as a parent when your child is in distress. Empathy, sadness, frustration, resentment.

I went from saying “my poor girl it’s ok” to “stop, you are being silly now, calm down mummy has had enough!” She was tired. I was tired. Daddy was tired. The dog was tired. I’m sure the Neighbours were tired.

So to women out there who have had these moments of utter exhaustion & despair, when you feel like you are going to crack, you are not alone. We are all human, it’s normal to go through all the emotions when these tiny people are so reliant on you. It’s physically (seriously though my arms & back think they have done a pump class) & emotionally draining.

You have just got to do what you have to do in the moment & not be afraid to ask for help (MY GOD ADAM GET UP & GET THE FRIGGEN PANADOL) & remember ‘THIS TOO SHALL PASS’. “

Her post has been liked over 8,300 times. I think that’s because OMG we can all relate.  I can totally feel her pain. I HATED teething with the fire of a thousand suns.

Were your children bad teethers?

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  • I remember walking around the house for hours as it was the only way the baby would sleep. As soon as I stopped I had a screaming baby. Sitting and rocking didn’t work for more than 5 minutes. It was too cold, gale winds and raining heavily to go walking with the stroller.


  • Oh how I remember this problem. Children are either very traumatised with a new tooth coming through or they take it in their stride and there is very little you can do to console them I found.


  • When my daughter was teething she actually became subdued and quiet.


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