Like everything when it comes raising kids, no two babies will experience teething the same way. Some babies (not to mention their parents!) will sail through the experience with no problems at all, while for others it may be a long and uncomfortable few weeks or months. It’s also important to remember that babies may also cut teeth differently, so there is no need to be alarmed if your little one cuts their first tooth in a different place to others.
Most babies will cut their first tooth or teeth (yes some do cut two at once!) anytime between 4 and 7 months of age, however it’s still completely normal (and quite common) if your little one cuts their first tooth later.
To help you prepare for the teething stage (well as much as you can anyway!) we’ve put together a list of some of the signs that your baby is teething. Some of the common signs of teething include:
- Grabbing and pulling at their ears
- Unhappy and irritable
- Unsettled sleeping habits
- Rubbing their face, especially near their cheeks
- Refusing food
- Trying to bite, suck and chew on anything and everything they can get their hands onto.
- Bulging and swollen gums
While there is no scientific evidence backing it up, many parents also insist their a slight temperature, runny nose or loose stools are also a sign of teething. If your baby has any of these symptoms, seek medical advice.