Your baby’s full set of teeth will appear once you’re done breastfeeding and they switch to solid foods (roughly 2 to 3 years old).
Although invisible to the naked eye, the teething process actually begins at just 2 months. However, the crown of the first tooth will not break through until they’re about 6 months old. Timing also varies based on your baby’s gender as girls tend to grow their first teeth earlier than boys.
The lower pair of incisors usually erupts through the overlying gums first. One single tooth can take as long as eight days to fully erupt, and your baby may experience the following symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Fussiness and irritability
- The urge to rub their ear on the side of the erupting tooth
- Gum inflammation in the affected area
- Increased biting of objects
If you notice these symptoms in your baby, your first instinct as a mom is to try and soothe their discomfort. Furthermore, the hormones coursing through your body and the jumble of emotions you’re feeling after birth are exacerbated by a fussy baby. But the only safe and effective remedy that doctors recommend is the use of teethers for babies.