When it comes to teething, there’s no hard and fast rule as to when and how your baby will start to teeth. However, generally speaking, here’s an estimated timeline (might not be applicable to some babies, so don’t panic):
- Bottom two central incisors: 6-10 months
- Top two central incisors: 8-12 months
- Four top & bottom lateral incisors: 9-16 months
- Four top & bottom canines: 16-23 months
- Four first molars: 13-19 months
- Four second molars: 23-33 months
Total: 20 baby teeth in the span of more or less 33 months (almost 3 years).
Wow… it takes almost three years to grow their gigi susu (milk teeth)!
Your baby might be facing some, if not all, of the following symptoms during teething (a tooth moves towards the gums and cuts through):
- Chewing and gnawing own fingers and anything they put into their mouth
- Drooling much more than usual
- Irritable, cranky, clingy
- Might wake up crying in the middle of the night
- Mild fever (below 38°C) (Note: Some pediatricians rule this out)
- Runnier poop than usual (not diarrhea)
- Nappy rash
- Drinking less milk and/or eating less solid food
- Tender and swollen gums where a tooth is about to cut through
Please note that the symptoms above are just a general guideline and might not be applicable to some babies. If you’re unsure, always check with your pediatrician.
Teething hacks all parents should know
1. Teething toys / teethers
Please make sure they are made from safe materials from trusted sources. Always monitor your baby when you offer a teether to him. We have a few types available on our website:
2. Chilled / cooling teethers
Please make sure they are made from safe materials from trusted sources. Always monitor your baby when you offer a chilled / cooling teether to him. We have a few types available on our website:
3. Teething biscuits
Teething biscuits are great for teething babies. These tasty treats will keep your baby occupied, bring your baby’s gums extra relief and help them practice chewing.
You can also make your own teething biscuits / rusks if you like. Here’s a great article for your reference: Homemade Teething Biscuit Recipes.
4. Frozen teething fruits e.g. frozen bananas, apple rings, watermelon
These are great and easy to prepare and will soothe your baby’s gum in no time!
5. Breastmilk popsicles (momsicles)
Some mothers love doing these momsicles for their babies. Just add breastmilk to an ice tray and put a pacifier in each slot. Freeze these and when ready, you’ll have a handy frozen treat to help soothe your baby’s sore gums. Source: ANW Johnston
If you have tried one or more of the hacks above; or if you have new ones to share us, feel free to tell us! You can share your pictures on Facebook and Instagram and tag us so that we are aware! 🙂
Have fun with teething babies dear mommies and daddies!