When will my baby teethe?
Teething can start any time between 3 and 12 months – you’ll usually have the pleasure of seeing your baby’s first tooth when they’re about 6 months old!
Teeth tend to come in pairs, starting with the front teeth, then the side, then the back. Your baby will probably teethe several times until they’re about two-and-a-half years old.
How do I know my baby is teething?
Some babies hardly seem to notice teething, but most will show some sign of discomfort and may have disturbed nights. The symptoms of teething vary from child to child, but you may notice your baby:
- has swollen gums
- is grumpy
- cries more than usual
- dribbles more than usual – this can cause sore mouths
- has a slight fever (38°C)
- loses their appetite
- has red or irritated cheeks and/or buttocks
- isn’t sleeping well
How can I soothe my teething baby?
Apart from lots of cuddles, there are several things you can do to soothe a teething baby.
- Gently rub baby’s gums with a clean finger dipped in a soothing cream or gel. Make sure it’s a product specially designed for babies
- Try Bébé Confort’s finger cover for massaging your baby’s gums, or special toothbrushes with gum stimulators
- Rubbing an ice cube on their gums can become a game, and a fun moment to share with your baby
- Try using a teething ring
What teething ring should I choose?
There are all sorts of teething rings designed to soothe teething at different stages.
Explore the Bébé Confort range of teething rings
- If your baby can’t hold a teething ring yet, try a teething ring dummy
- Thin, flat rings are great for when the first teeth appear as they’re light and easy for baby to manage
- Cold is really effective for easing the discomfort of teething. Try a refrigerated teething ring for fast relief
- Older babies will like rattle teething rings with their bright colours and interesting shapes. Your baby will automatically put it in his mouth and soothe their gums