Teething can start anywhere between 4 months - 12 months (there isn't a ‘normal’ time as every baby is different) and for some babies it can be months before that first tooth shows but they are still miserable from all the movement going on in their gums!
By the time your baby is 2 and a half they will most likely have their full set of baby teeth (which can feel like forever).
Read on for some guidance on potential teething signs and ways you can support and comfort your baby through their teething journey.
What are some common teething signs?
Biting – your baby may place any and every thing in their mouth in an attempt to relieve some of the discomfort.
Flushed cheeks – your baby may have rosy-red cheeks (sometimes warm to touch) as a result of irritation caused by the tooth coming through.
Tender and Swollen Gums – when a tooth is almost ready to emerge, the area can appear red and swollen.
Excessive Drooling – this symptom tends to go hand in hand with other teething symptoms such as biting and rubbing the face.
Teething Rash – this one unfortunately tends to appear on your baby’s cheeks, chin and neck as a result of excess saliva and drooling.
Tugging their ear – this symptom alone should not be considered just a result of teething as it is also the sign of an ear infection. That being said, pain radiating from the jaw can pass through the ear canal which is why tugging on their ear could be a way of your baby trying to relieve some discomfort.
Irritability – rightfully so, your baby might not be their usual happy self. They may be fussier than normal given little is comforting them whilst in pain.
Restlessness – especially overnight (when your baby cannot be distracted by toys or Moana on repeat for the 5th time that day), your baby may wake often as a result of their gums throbbing or a tooth erupting through.
How to sooth a teething baby
There are so many different ways to soothe a teething baby. Below are a few fan favourites of ours that we have found to be most effective and can be done at any time;
Massage your baby’s gums
Babies are a huge fan of chewing. A little rub with a clean finger can make all the difference if your baby is teething. If the tooth has not yet come through, you can also let your baby gnaw on your finger (once those first teeth come through you might not be as keen to offer this!).
Or you could use…
Our wooden teethers are a great option as they are chemical free, non-toxic, durable and sustainable (made from beech wood).
Probably the best-selling factor for wooden teethers is they have natural antimicrobial properties making them antibacterial (ahh peace of mind!).
Wooden teethers are also great for when teeth are about to erupt as they help take pressure off extremely achy gums and can help the tooth break through those final layers of gum!
Our BPA free teethers can be a great substitute for your fingers, especially once the first tooth has arrived!
Silicone teethers have a range of textures, perfect for helping your little one massage the right spot on their gums causing them discomfort.
Our silicone teethers are also freezer safe allowing you to pop it in the freezer for 20 minutes and then give it to your bub to help numb their aching gums.
Frozen washcloths – place a damp wash cloth in the freezer for 10-20 minutes. After the cloth is cold but not completely frozen, let your baby chew on it.
Cold spoons – pop a metal spoon in the fridge for 5-10 minutes and once the spoon is cool to touch, place it on your bubs gums.
Frozen fruit or veggies – for a great snack simply place a few pieces into a mesh teether. Mesh teethers are great as they allow babies to get relief from the cool fruit or veg as well as the taste but avoids potential choking hazards (refrain from giving baby a solid piece of fruit or veg to prevent choking).
Distracting your baby by giving them extra attention can help them forget about their sore mouth for a little while. Whether you spend extra time playing peekaboo with their favourite soft toy, reading their favourite book or singing and dancing to their favourite song this can help them think about something other than their sore little teeth and gums and you might even get a few little smiles and giggles!
Sometimes the best thing for your baby is just a loving and warm cuddle!
Caring for your baby’s teeth
Once baby’s first tooth appears it is recommended to clean their tooth/teeth twice a day. You can introduce a soft infant toothbrush however if your baby doesn’t like the feel of this in their mouth you can use a clean, damp face washer or gauze to wipe the front and back of each tooth.
Toothpaste should be avoided when cleaning your baby’s teeth until they are at least 18 months old unless a dentist has told you otherwise. Water is sufficient.