5 real food alternatives to teething rusks
Written by Sally Barnes from Organic Sisters
Teething can be tough and like everything, some babies seem to suffer more than others. Maybe it’s genetic, maybe it’s just the luck of the draw but one thing is for sure, my twins Mia and Ruby suffered terribly with teething. Each tooth resulted in weeks of high temps, mega cranky babies and lots of sleepless nights. I thought for sure Josie would be different. Ha who was I kidding?!? This time around, I’ve been doing things differently. Unlike the endless boxes of rusk sticks in a packet I used to give Mia and Ruby, I’ve been giving Josie these real food rusks instead; and she is loving them! Like anything you feed your bub though, be sure to keep your eyes on them while they are gnawing away.
1. BANANAS – These are her absolute fav! Depending on their size, I cut them in half and push a wooden craft stick in to make them like an icy pole. Then I lay them on a small tray lined with baking paper and pop them into the freezer for a few hours. Yes these are really messy but the relief she gets is amazing, so in my opinion it is totally worth the mess!
2. CELERY – It doesn’t get much easier than this. A small stick of celery straight out of the fridge is perfect for those sore little gums.
3. CUCUMBER & CARROT – I cut these in half and then length ways so I typically get 4 rusks out of each cucumber or carrot. I do this so they are nice and thick (harder to bite big chucks). I also like to pop them into the freezer for a little bit – the colder the better!
4. FROZEN BERRIES – These little guys are messy too! Blackberries cut in half and whole blueberries and raspberries, all slightly defrosted, are soothing and delicious at the same time.
5. BEEF JERKY – I know this may not be everyones thing BUT Josie loves it! I didn’t start giving it to her until she was about 9 months old. I didn’t actually mean to give it to her, she snatched a piece off her big sister! Once a week I buy a packet of delicious grass-fed jerky from our local organic butcher. It can be a bit pricey but he makes it himself and it’s one less thing I have to make. (If you can make your own – even better!) It is already cut into the perfect thickness so all I have to do is cut it into smaller lengths.