Vanilla Extract

A long time ago, before I even thought I'd be blessed with a family, I read an old wives tale about using Vanilla Extract. But it has to be pure Vanilla Extract, not imitation. I've tried it on our daughter a few times, it seems to help, plus I think the good taste helps calm her down! :)

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    02/25/14
    4Katie
    Our pediatrician advised against this. He said the reason it was recommended and helps is because it has a high alcohol content. It is the same as rubbing rum or another hard liquor on their gums. He said it is not considered safe because of the alcohol. I had no idea how vanilla extract was made when he told me this and I looked it up when we got home and he was right, real vanilla extract is vanilla beans soaked in alcohol like vodka. We make our own vanilla extract now, it is so yummy, but not safe for babies.
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    02/25/14
    4Katie
    Buy vanilla beans and put them in a jar with vodka. Let them sit in the jar for a few months to get full affect. We made all our family homemade vanilla extract for Christmas one year. I bought a bunch of cute bottles from Pier 1 Imports, put 2-3 vanilla beans in each bottle and filled the bottle up with vodka. I left them sitting in a dark cabinet from August to December and gave them to everyone as a gift. It smells delicious and bakes wonderfully. Super simple to make! Buy the vanilla beans online in bulk though, buying them from the grocery store is very expensive.
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    02/25/14
    4Katie
    We freeze bananas, as they thaw they get all liquefied from being gummed and we haven't had a chunk break off. They are super messy though.
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      02/25/14
      8Theresa Gould
      I had no idea how vanilla was made. I also never heard of it being used for gums.
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      I am a new mom w/ a wonderful baby girl & her amazing Daddy who I'm so lucky to call mine. I work hard at my FT job w/ our local Big Brothers Big Sisters. I try everyday to be the best mom & girlfriend I can be. I am so proud of myself & my family!