When do babies start teething? It's a common question for new parents, but one that doesn't come with an easy answer. Like many developmental milestones, the teething process is different for every baby. Some babies begin getting teeth before they can even roll over, while others don't start gnawing on their crib teething rails until they're a year old. Before you start buying those teething rings, take a look at this basic timeline of teething.
Teeth in the First Months
The first teeth to appear are generally the lower central incisors; those two little teeth on the bottom, in front. You are likely to see those teeth anytime between 3 and 12 months, although most babies will get these first teeth sometime between 4 and 7 months of age.
Roughly one to two months after those first teeth appear, your baby will likely get her upper central incisors; the two teeth on the top, in front. For most babies this happens sometime in the seven- to nine-month-old range.
Teeth in the First Year
When your baby is around 10 to 12 months old, you will likely begin to see her lower and upper lateral incisors appearing. These are the teeth on either side of the first front teeth.
A few months later, when your baby is somewhere around 14 to 15 months old, the first molars will begin to emerge. Molars can sometimes cause a bit more discomfort growing in, due to their larger size.
When your baby is a year and a half or so, her canine teeth will arrive. These are the pointy teeth, next to the lateral incisors.
The last set of baby teeth to emerge are the second molars. These molars are often referred to as two-year molars, because they generally come in when babies are around 24 months old.
It is important to remember that these ages are only a guideline. Every baby is different; they will cut teeth on their own timelines. It is impossible to predict when your baby will begin to show signs of teething. For some babies, there are no signs until those first little teeth appear. Many parents find it helpful to keep a few teething toys on hand, for when those first signs of teething do occur.
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