When your child begins teething, what can you expect? For starters, know that on average, teeth erupt between 6–7 months of age. A good rule of thumb is the rule of 4’s: You can expect about four teeth every four months starting around seven months of age. There are 20 baby teeth total, and they’re usually all present by two-and-a-half years of age.
Some babies start teething as early as three months or as late as 15 months. This is considered normal and can be attributed to genetics.
When your baby begins to eat real food, challenges may arise, especially if they’re teething. Many times, parents confuse teething pain with a disinterest in food. Your baby is also forming new skills with self-feeding, which can be frustrating for them. This is a great time to introduce teethers. Some babies are comforted by the texture and cold feel of teethers.
When feeding your baby, take your time in determining if your baby will more readily accept purees or soups. Also, try offering healthy popsicles or frozen foods in a silicone or mesh feeder, like the Boon PULP Silicone Teething Feeder or the Munchkin Deluxe Fresh Food Feeder. Cubed mango, seedless watermelon or mixed vegetables are all good choices, and the cool temperature will soothe their gums and teeth.
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