Most infants get their first teeth between the ages of 4 to 7 months, and will likely have their first full set of teeth by age 3. Don't worry if this is not the case for your little one, some infants are early or late teethers!
"If your child doesn’t have any teeth by 18 months, they should see a pediatric dentist for evaluation. In rare cases, an underlying medical issue may cause a delay in teething. These may include: malnutrition, vitamin deficiency or hypoactive thyroid." Healthline
Teething Signs to Watch For
You can tell if your baby is beginning to teethe by looking out for a few signs! Profuse drooling is the most common symptom. They may need to wear bibs all day to soak up the drool. Consistently wipe with a warm, wet rag under their chin and in the neck area so that they don't break out in a rash due to irritation from the drool.
Crankiness or whining is another sign, as baby is experiencing gum pain as the teeth prepare to cut through. Lastly, their temperature may raise to about 99°F (37.2°C). If it goes any higher than this, we recommend you call your pediatrician.
Baby's lower two front teeth are usually the first to appear, with the upper two front teeth following shortly thereafter. Once the tiny teeth begin to appear it's important to begin using a small, soft-bristled brush to lightly clean around them.
How to Help Baby Alleviate Gum Pain
To help your little one alleviate some pain, try gently massaging their gums with a clean finger or knuckle. Hold a cold washcloth, teething ring, or plastic or rubber toy to their gums and let them chew. Chilling these items will help soothe their sore little gums. If you decide to cool them down be sure to always place them in the fridge and never the freezer, a frozen chew toy can hurt baby!
Chilled foods like cold cucumber, mango, banana, etc. will also feel good on baby's gums and works great if they are already munching on solid foods. Keep a close eye on them as these could be choking hazards.
Check out some of our favorite baby toys to help with the teething process!
As most of us know, babies love to chew on their fingers! The Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether was designed to mimic baby fingers, and is credited by many moms for helping wean their little ones off of thumb sucking.
The silicone used is safe, non-toxic, and also just the right amount of soft and chewy for baby's sensitive mouth. As the material is highly heat resistant, the teethers can be sterilized in boiling water for up to 5 minutes or even thrown in the dishwasher. Talk about an easy clean!
The Baby Banana Teether & Infant Training Toothbrush is the perfect little fruit to stimulate and soothe baby's gums. Thick silicone nubs on the tip of the banana imitate toothbrush bristles so your child can practice the motion of brushing their emerging teeth!
Banana peel loop handles are simple to hold, and the food-grade silicone is soft and flexible. Leave it in the refrigerator to chill before use for a more soothing effect. The Baby Banana can also be thrown in the dishwasher for easy cleaning!
Itzy Ritzy Cutie Coolers
Grab this adorable Itzy Ritzy Cutie Coolers Teether Set while you can! It's popular design of round, wide edges is easy for little ones to grip, with textured edges to massage sore gums. These teethers are filled with water and are a choice toy to place in the refrigerator, cooling off baby.
The Cactus Cutie Coolers are quickly cleaned with some soap and water, but be sure not to disinfect by boiling or putting in the dish washer.
Natural Organic Wood & Cloth Teething Bee
Searching for a natural and organic teething toy? Look no further! The West + Wilo Natural Organic Wood & Cloth Teething Bee comes in an array of different colors, and makes for a charming baby shower gift.
The anti-microbial and non-toxic Teething Bee is made of smooth, natural beech wood and a soft, organic cotton cloth. It's busy bee design makes a fun toy for you and baby to play with together.
Itzy Ritzy Silicone Teething Mitt
Itzy Ritzy's Silicone Teething Mitt, the ultimate solution to your child throwing their toy on the ground over and over again, forcing you to pick it back up. Save yourself a headache and get this wonderful teething mitten with an adjustable strap that secures it on your baby's wrist. It's fun, crinkly sounds and textured silicone topper will keep baby entertained and happy!
With so many unique designs and colors it's difficult to pick a favorite, so why not mix and match! These mittens are made of food grade silicone and are non-toxic and free of BPA and PVC.
Dr. Brown’s™ Fresh Firsts™ Silicone Feeder
The Fresh Firsts™ Silicone Feeder is a fantastic tool recommended for ages 4 months & up, helping baby soothe their sore gums and learn to self-feed at the same time! The Silicone Feeder is BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and lightweight for tiny people to hold.
Fresh food and frozen treats can be inserted into the mesh bulb shaped for little mouths. This great product helps little ones graduate to solid foods, safely.