Normal Teething For Babies

by | January 16, 2018

What is “normal” teething for babies?

The real simple answer to this one is; how ever they are supposed to. I know, redundant huh? But let me tell you I looked into this. With a baby that was pretty much born with teeth emerging and had his first 2 emerge overnight when he was just 3 1/2 mo old, (as I write this has 7 full teeth in his little 7 mo old mouth), I most definitely wanted to know what the “norm” was for infant teething. And here’s what I found!
1Some babies are born with teeth! 
Yes, this is a thing and more common than you think. According to National Institutes of Health; about one in every 2,000 to 3,000 babies are born with teeth and they usually appear on the lower gums but on occasion you’ll see a baby born with a mouthful of teeth!
2Babies actually form their teeth in the womb! 
According to Stanford Children’s Health; the first stage of teething begins in the fetus at about six weeks of age. This is when the basic substance of the tooth forms. And the hard tissue that surrounds the teeth is formed, around three to four months of gestation.
3There is no actual “start” time for a baby to be teething. 
But many studies have shown the average starting age for a child to be teething is around 4-6 months (with the average of 6 months) when they have their first teeth emerge. And some may have teeth before (like mine) or many, many months after, even well after their first birthday!
4All babies deal with teething differently.
Meaning you may not even know your little ones pushing a tooth (or teeth) through until the very end as they may not even fuss up until. Yes, some women are blessed with babies who don’t bother to tell them they are teething (hallelujah!) And yet, sigh… there are some babies that tell you (loud) and for the entire time they are working on getting those little tooth’s out! With my baby, he was a little bit of both in different stages and different teeth. And, yes, some teeth in various spots, can hurt our little ones more than others.
5And finally the magical number! When is teething over? 
Again this all depends on your little one and how fast they get their “full set”, but according to the Stanford Children’s Health; most of the primary teeth (baby teeth) will have entirely erupted by 33 months! (Whew!) And girls tend to have their teeth come in before boys. (Go girls!)
 
 
Hope you enjoyed this read!
Do you think we’ve missed any important details? Has your experience with teething babies been different? Let us know in the comments below.

Renee Pheonix. Renee is new stay at home mother; former event designer and planner and animal activist. Die hard lover of vegan food, her rescue pups, her adorable vegan baby boy, her aim is to write articles that connect with people interested in the vegan lifestyle and share her journey as well as her passion for animals and delicious food finds. She runs The org; Girls For Animal Rights, that has partnered with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Local Animal sanctuaries and Many rescue org’s on special projects, including her 2015 Women in Animal Activism calendar which featured Hollywood Actress and Activist, Elaine Hendrix. You can follow her on Facebook.

 

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