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Hello, just digging myself out from drool-central over here! 😉
My baby boy is 3 months old now and wow, the amount of drool lately has been unreal. Did you know that drool is one of the biggest signs your baby is teething?
And yet, it’s something I didn’t know with my firstborn.
I just thought, wow, babies sure drool a lot.
But then after the teeth came in, I knew what to look for with baby #2. And now that we have baby #3, you could say I’ve mastered the signs of teething in babies… for my own, anyway.
Your little one may do other things not included on this list, but these are the pretty basic teething signs for infants.
I have a quick tip first, though: don’t be afraid of teething!
I remember people warning me… ooooh, just wait until teething.
Now, that just sets someone up for fear that the teething will be a terrible, no fun, very bad day.
And that isn’t necessarily the case.
(Or maybe my mine blurred out the tough parts?! We shall see.)
The thing is, your little one may take teething like a little champ.
Or maybe not, at which case you’ll eventually find something that will soothe them and, as they say, this too shall pass.
Life may be a little more chaotic when teething, that’s for sure, but I suspect you’ll get through it just fine.
And, hey, don’t forget there’s a reward at the end: the cutest toothy grin you ever did see!
So, here’s a shortlist of what to keep an eye out for, especially if you’re looking for the top signs of teething in babies. Most of the time, first teething signs start around 3 months (but that can vary), and the time when the first tooth actually pops up can really vary widely from baby to baby.
As always, check with your pediatrician if you have any specific questions about your little one.
Baby Teething Signs
Are her bodysuit necklines a bit wetter than usual?
Do you find yourself sopping up loads of spit in between playtime and feedings?
Drool is one of the earliest signs of teething in infants.
If you’re putting your baby in his or her bouncer, jumper (we just got one of these, game changer), or simply their play mat, you may have noticed a lot of drool all over the place.
In addition to your baby putting his or her hands in their mouths like crazy, you may notice they are wet around their mouths and leave everything around them a bit damp, too, if just a little bit every day.
It’s funny because now whenever I take his hand, it’s all wet! 🙂
If your baby is more irritable than usual, or cries more often, he or she may be teething. This is a definite teething sign in babies.
You may also start to notice a sleep regression, or waking more than usual during the night. Their gums can really hurt, causing them to wake more often.
Even though they don’t have teeth yet, babies start biting on anything they can get their hands on to relive the pressure or pain of teething. That’s why having a teether on hand is such a great idea, otherwise they’ll be trying to relieve their gums on blankets, toys, your hands, anything!
I’ve tried many teethers, but I’ve found this is the best teether you can buy, IMO. I have purchased many teethers in the past, but many of them have let me down, so learn from my mistakes. 🙂
If you don’t believe me, then take the over 20k reviews of other people who agree. I like this teether because it is BPA-free, I thoroughly like the size and shape, and it is intended for ages 3 months and above.
Most of the teethers I’ve tried before were too big for his mouth or for him to hold onto comfortably. This teether is the perfect size, shape, and feels great in his hands. Plus, it has little bristles that soothe sore gums. You can see more details here.
Everyone and their cousin told me you HAVE TO get the Sophie giraffe, so I added it to my registry. In my experience, it is also a great teething toy, but for some reason, our babes didn’t really take to it as much as the Nuby teether suggested above. It sure is cute, though, and was a favorite to pack in the stroller, if even just as a toy (that doubles as a teether).
4. Routine Changes
Is he sleeping longer or more often? Is she awake more than usual? A bit fussy at nap time? According to experts, routine changes — and you’ll be sure to spot ’em! — are another sign that baby is starting to teethe.
5. Ear Pulling
Many babies will pull at or tug at his or her ear when they are teething. Mine does this, usually when he is tired, but more often during times of teething. This is another good indicator to note.
How to Relieve Teething
The best ways to relieve teething is:
• snuggling baby more often
• looking for signs of teething and offering a teether to soothe gums
• keep their hands and face dry
• ask your pediatrician for advice
Some people give medicine, others do not, so that is best discussed with your doctor if teething becomes a problem and you need a solution to soothe your baby.
And the best advice I can give for teething? Don’t worry about it so much! As with all things, this too shall pass and… before you know it, you’ll be on to the next thing to Google. 😉