Somewhere between 3 months and 14 months, your baby will begin to show signs of teething. As exciting as it is for parents to catch a glimpse of that first tooth, your baby will most likely not be as enthusiastic! Here are some quick tips to help make it easier for both of you.
What to look for:
1. The need to chew....on everything and everyone! This is one of the first indicators that your baby may be trying to cut their first tooth. Try offering teething toys with lots of texture. We love the Munch Mitt which fits on like a glove but has soft, bumpy silicone surface to chew on.
2. Puffy gums. Just a quick peek in your baby's mouth may give you a clue as to whether teething is on the horizon. Our tried and true method for quick relief is a cold washcloth, rubbed across the gums.
3. Fussiness. Sometimes it's hard to determine why your baby is fussy. If your baby exhibits more than one of these teething symptoms, their bad mood may be attributed to those new teeth popping up. Always talk with your pediatrician about when to offer pain relievers such as acetaminophen.
4. Ear pulling. Pain in the jaw can radiate up into the ear. If your baby is pulling their ears or rubbing at their cheeks, they may be trying to alleviate the pain. Ear pulling can also be a sign of an infection, so a quick trip to the doctor is not a bad idea if you see this.
5. Drooling, drooling, drooling. Before that first tooth pops through the gum, it's guaranteed that your baby will become a drool machine. All that drooling can also produce a rash on the chin, cheeks and chest. Keeping your baby dry will help combat any potential rashes. On the chin, applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly will help. And of course, to keep your baby's chest dry, we recommend one of our bandana bibs which are specially made for your teething baby.