Myla, our eleventh month old, has been in the throes of teething for several months now. For awhile nothing seemed to comfort her. I was at my wit’s end trying to find something that would bring her some relief. I tried everyone’s suggestions- hot/cool wash cloths, ice cubes, refrigerated teethers, etc. Finally, I came up with something on my own that doubles as a snack for our daughter.
Frozen apple slices! Myla loves them, and they really seem to help her discomfort. It was a complete accident that I came across this idea. Myla loves apples, but the slices I would cut would turn brown before she could eat them so I started popping them in the freezer. I soon realized that she preferred the frozen apple slices to all of the other miscellaneous teething aids I offered her.
I buy a few organic apples either at our farmer’s market or supermarket. Remove the core and seeds. Depending on my mood, I may leave the skin on or off (it’s up to you). Then, I slice them. I have an apple slicer that cuts the apple into wedges. I use this, and then I cut the wedges in half again to create little sticks of apple. Finally, I put the slices on plate or a cookie sheet, depending on how many slices I’ve cut. I pop them in the freezer and, once they are frozen, I take them off the tray and put them in a container in the freezer. Be sure to freeze the apple slices on a flat surface. If you just pop them in a bag or container before they are frozen, they will stick together, making a nice solid chunk of apple, but no apple sticks.
I’m sure you could also do this with other fruits and vegetables with similar results!
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