Many parents are wondering: When will my child get his/her first tooth? After all, it’s an exciting milestone and proof that they are healthy and growing. But just like with starting to eat solids or saying their first word the age can vary from child to child. Some babies will be closer to their first birthday before they get their first tooth—for example, my daughter was about 9 months when she got her first baby tooth. But the typical age for teething is around 6 months.
From birth, the baby already has all of his teeth hanging out underneath the gums, just waiting to emerge. The time that they choose to come through varies from baby to baby, but teeth almost always follow a pattern of which tooth comes first, next, and so on… all the way up to the last. The emergence of teeth is usually symmetrical as well, meaning that both front teeth (central incisors) will come in before the next set of two (lateral incisors), and so on. See the chart for a good visual. You can imagine that having sharp, hard teeth emerge through delicate gums can be uncomfortable, to say the least.
What can I do to help my teething baby?
Here are somethings you can try to soothe your little one:
- Offer baby a cold teething ring (Geo Freezable Teething Ring)
- Let baby chew on a frozen washcloth (Bunny Ears Teether)
- Fill a fresh food feeder with frozen mango or melon
- Natural Solid Wood Toys (the roughness of natural wood is very soothing for some babies)
- Silicone Teether – Made of safe silicone, rather than latex or plastic, this teether is a safe choice.
- Wooden Teether – What works for one baby may not work for the next, so if silicone or cotton doesn’t do it, try a wooden teether. The texture might be just right for your baby.
- Natural Teething Biscuits (Check out our recipe here)
It will pass, eventually -even if it feels never-ending at the time!
No matter how bad the teething or biting, remember that this process is relatively short-lived. It will pass, eventually -even if it feels never-ending at the time! Most children will have all of their teeth and molars in around the age of 3. In the meantime, use effective teething remedies and celebrate as each pearly white comes in!