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Helping my baby stay comfortable while teething


Both my boys cut their first tooth when they turned six months old. Generally speaking, teething usually begins during the first six to eight months of baby's first year, and continues up to 36 months (3 years old) or earlier. By then, baby has 20 teeth. My older boy gotten all 20 teeth by 30 months old.

The chart below shows the general teething timeline. For my second boy, he has eight teeth by 12 months old. The numbers indicated in the boxes outlined in green are the months when his teeth were emerging. So now, I'm waiting for his first set of bottom molars to emerge followed by his first set of top molars (see boxes outlined in blue).


Teething times can be the bane of motherhood (tell me about it!) due to increased fussiness/crankiness (the baby, of course, haha), chewing on things (ANYTHING within his reach so you could hear me screaming NOOOOO! PUT THAT DOWN NOW!), and increased amount of drool (this can be yucky). On a side note, my pediatrician tells me that fever and diarrhea are not signs of teething, contrary to popular belief. If baby has fever or diarrhea, it's more likely due to bugs swallowed while chewing on things, so do make sure good hygiene is practiced.

Teething is a natural part of baby's growth, so it's not something that needs to be treated. Having said that, I put some effort to help him deal with teething to make his life (and my life, obviously) more comfortable.

Here are some "gears" that I have used when my baby started teething from six months old.

Six months


Baltic Amber teething necklace


Natural and unpolished Baltic Amber teething necklaces are well-known for their relieving abilities and calming characteristics. However, teething discomfort varies from child to child. Some children may still experience quite a fair bit of discomfort although they are wearing the necklaces. Also, there are claims that teething necklaces are a hoax. Whatever it is, as long as my baby is not experiencing adverse effects and I see that he's doing well while wearing the necklace, I believe it works.

Natural rubber teether - Vulli Sophie The Giraffe Teether


This is probably the most popular teether in the world. It's made from toxic-free paint and rubber; it's bendable and flexible; it's made from one solid piece so choking hazard shouldn't be a problem; it's very easy to clean. I bought it, just because. Haha.


"If you're happy and you know it, chew Sophie."

Eight months


Chilled teether


This kind of liquid-filled teether should only be chilled in the fridge, NOT frozen in the freezer. To be on the safe side, always check for leaks or punctures.

Food-grade silicone teether


I like this teether's soft and flexible texture. Its bright yellow color provides visual and tactile stimulation for baby.

Teething rusks
 
  
 Store-bought teething rusks save the day. I bought Bellamy's and Only Organic.

Tooth wipes


I used Aleva Naturals Bamboo Baby Tooth 'n' Gum Wipes to clean my baby's gums and four little teeth at eight months old. The main ingredient is Xylitol, a berry extract, which has a slight sweet taste and promotes healthy teeth and gums by fighting bacteria.


When I'm out and about, I prefer Jack N' Jill Natural Baby Gum & Tooth Wipes because they are individually wrapped and convenient to bring along.



Ten months


Soft toothbrush


Since baby always wants something to chew on, why don't get him started to get used to the idea of brushing his teeth? So, I gave him this cute Pigeon Lesson 1 toothbrush that doubled up as a teether too.

Toothpaste


I've read that we should avoid fluoride toothpaste for babies so I chose Little Innoscents organic toothpaste, a natural fluoride-free gel with a cool and minty refreshing taste. See the photo below for its ingredients.


Twelve months


Silicone teething rattle + necklace (rattle for baby, necklace for me)


I bought these matching silicone teething rattle and nursing/teething necklace from TeetherJoy.


I bought this nursing/teething necklace with wooden beads and crocheted beads from YoMommies.

Why do I love nursing/teething necklace? It's multi-functional! First, it's a pretty accessory and I can wear it like any other necklace. Second, my baby can hold onto the beads while he's nursing to keep him focused and not that easily distracted. Third, my baby can gnaw on the beads (under my supervision of course).


Here's my happy one year old with his eight little teeth.


Baby's Monthly Snippets


Walking down memory lane from birth till one year old.


Welcome little baby!


One month


Two months


Social and Emotional
  • Begins to smile at people
  • Can briefly calm himself (may bring hands to mouth and suck on hand)
  • Tries to look at parent

Language/Communication
  • Coos, makes gurgling sounds
  • Turns head toward sounds

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
  • Pays attention to faces
  • Begins to follow things with eyes and recognize people at a distance
  • Begins to act bored (cries, fussy) if activity doesn't change

Movement/Physical Development
  • Can hold head up and begins to push up when lying on tummy
  • Makes smoother movements with arms and legs


Three months


Four months


Social and Emotional
  • Smiles spontaneously, especially at people
  • Likes to play with people and might cry when playing stops
  • Copies some movements and facial expressions, like smiling or frowning

Language/Communication
  • Begins to babble
  • Babbles with expression and copies sounds he hears
  • Cries in different ways to show hunger, pain, or being tired

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
  • Lets you know if he is happy or sad
  • Responds to affection
  • Reaches for toy with one hand
  • Uses hands and eyes together, such as seeing a toy and reaching for it
  • Follows moving things with eyes from side to side
  • Watches faces closely
  • Recognizes familiar people and things at a distance

Movement/Physical Development
  • Can hold head up and begins to push up when lying on tummy
  • Makes smoother movements with arms and legs


Five months


Six months


Social and Emotional
  • Knows familiar faces and begins to know if someone is a stranger
  • Likes to play with others, especially parents
  • Responds to other people's emotions and often seems happy
  • Likes to look at self in a mirror

Language/Communication
  • Responds to sounds by making sounds
  • Strings vowels together when babbling ("ah," "eh," "oh") and likes taking turns with parent while making sounds
  • Responds to own name
  • Makes sounds to show joy and displeasure
  • Begins to say consonant sounds (jabbering with "m," "b")

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
  • Looks around at things nearby
  • Brings things to mouth
  • Shows curiosity about things and tries to get things that are out of reach
  • Begins to pass things from one hand to the other

Movement/Physical Development
  • Rolls over in both directions (front to back, back to front)
  • Begins to sit without support
  • When standing, supports weight on legs and might bounce
  • Rocks back and forth, sometimes crawling backward before moving forward


Seven months


Eight months


Nine months


Social and Emotional
  • May be afraid of strangers
  • May be clingy with familiar adults
  • Has favorite toys

Language/Communication
  • Understands "no"
  • Makes a lot of different sounds like "mamamama" and "bababababa"
  • Copies sounds and gestures of others
  • Uses fingers to point at things

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
  • Watches the path of something as it falls
  • Looks for things she sees you hide
  • Plays peek-a-boo
  • Puts things in his mouth
  • Moves things smoothly from one hand to the other
  • Picks up things like cereal o's between thumb and index finger

Movement/Physical Development
  • Stands, holding on
  • Can get into sitting position
  • Sits without support
  • Pulls to stand
  • Crawls


Ten months


Eleven months


Twelve months


Social and Emotional
  • Is shy or nervous with strangers
  • Cries when mom or dad leaves
  • Has favorite things and people
  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Hands you a book when he wants to hear a story
  • Repeats sounds or actions to get attention
  • Puts out arm or leg to help with dressing
  • Plays games such as "peek-a-boo" and "pat-a-cake"

Language/Communication
  • Responds to simple spoken requests
  • Uses simple gestures, like shaking head "no" or waving "bye-bye"
  • Makes sounds with changes in tone (sounds more like speech)
  • Says "mama" and "dada" and exclamations like "uh-oh!"
  • Tries to say words you say

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
  • Explores things in different ways, like shaking, banging, throwing
  • Finds hidden things easily
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it's named
  • Copies gestures
  • Starts to use things correctly; for example, drinks from a cup, brushes hair
  • Bangs two things together
  • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
  • Lets things go without help
  • Pokes with index (pointer) finger
  • Follows simple directions like "pick up the toy"

Movement/Physical Development
  • Gets to a sitting position without help
  • Pulls up to stand, walks holding on to furniture ("cruising")
  • May take a few steps without holding on
  • May stand alone


Baby turns one!


Here's baby's first birthday cake. It's a rich chocolate cake made my his grandma and the outer layer of white fondant was done by "gu che" (my husband's younger sister). The cake was then decorated with lollipops, colorful NIPS chocolate-peanut balls, and a chunk of dark chocolate bar.


Time to sing the Happy Birthday song!
 

Let's blow the candle together!
 

Presents to be opened!
 

Now both boys have the same coin box to store their coins.
 

Bath toys!


Play time! Baby loves this makeshift "stroller". It's actually a grocery cart.
 

Not forgetting myself! Here's my outfit of the day.
Top: LuLaRoe Irma
Skirt: Agnes & Dora Midi Skirt
Necklace: Vintage sunflower


QASH: The Amazing Crypto Wow Story



To say that launching an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is not a unique occurrence in the crypto world is an understatement. With hundreds upon hundreds of tokens launched this year alone; 2017 is definitely the year of the ICO.

While there are lots of tokens out there, there are always a few phenomenons that really standout. Ethereum was exceptional with 4-digit gains since its ICO. Antshares/NEO is another success story that was as recent as a few months ago. Each of these blockchains had a unique proposition to sell, but now let me tell you about QASH.

QASH is a token that was launched by QUOINE (read as “coin”) as an ICO in November 2017. The token sale has concluded, but that’s not the end of the story. Why? Because if you've picked up or remember how Antshares at USD5 skyrocketed to USD50 as the rebranded NEO… QASH may very well be set for that very trajectory.

Why?!





Unlike many “crypto companies,” QUOINE already has working products. They are not selling a pipe dream, but rather an extension to existing products and a solution that would benefit the entire crypto space in the next year or two.

What are their Products?

You know what, no words can explain the excitement I wish to express. QUOINE is a company founded in 2014, and since then, they have built and are running TWO cryptocurrency exchanges; QUOINEX and QRYPTOS! How many ICOs, tokens… or whatever do you know that actually runs their own exchanges? It’s crazy!

And if you have ever looked a Bloomberg Dashboard or used a professional stock trading dashboard; you’ll see that both QUOINEX and QRYPTOS are PRO TOOLS! And they are made available for crypto traders to use without any additional charges. Just to add… they process USD12 Billion in transactions annually.

As icing on the cake, they are the first cryptocurrency exchange and Bitcoin platform to receive an official license from the Japan FSA (financial services agency). They sure aren’t some two bit a fly-by-night company.

Are we going to talk about QASH yet?

Yes. First things first, earlier to talked about how the QASH ICO has ended. In case you want to jump in before reading the rest of this; QASH is already available on several exchanges. They can be purchased on: QUOINEX (well suited if you wish to buy using fiat currencies), QRYPTOS, GATE.IO and many more to come.

For the prudent investor, below is a full roadmap of what to expect:




They have in their plans to set up their own blockchain and finally even have their own full banking license. Talk about long term dreams! But crypto folk aren’t long term, right? We all want the moon overnight, we want to buy today and see the moon tomorrow. That is totally unrealistic… but even if you are a short-term trader; QASH still have something to offer as a short term investment.

This December, the QUOINE LIQUID World Book launches. This is just one piece of the larger story of how QUOINE and its QASH token hopes to help solve the liquidity problems of crypto markets. Think of it as an order book that connects and aggregates the world’s many liquidity sources across countries and currencies… 




Liquidity, that is what QUOINE aims to tackle.

So, imagine a company that has working products a roadmap that isn’t a fluff in the air and another product that launches as soon as December. Good news for the short-term trader? No doubt! A potentially fantastic coin for long term investors? I would say so!

Keep watching QASH.


EASY REFERENCE GLOSSARY:

QUOINE: The fintech company that launched the QASH token.
QUOINEX: A cryptocurrency exchange built and managed by QUOINE
QRYPTOS: Another cryptocurrency exchange built and managed by QUOINE
QASH: The token launched by QUOINE.

(Guest post by: David B)
All views here are David’s only and any excitement expressed here should not be taken as financial advice. In full disclosure, David is invested in QASH.