Stage 2 blue teether, in mouth Staying Asleep 11/05/18

When will my baby start teething?

Our friends at Tommee Tippee have written us this week’s Sleep Club article on everything to do with baby teething!

When will my baby start teething?

Time flies with a baby. Are you already wondering when teething will start?

Here at Tommee Tippee, we know that many new parents worry about what is ‘normal’ for a baby and wondering when do babies start teething is no exception. If only there were such a thing as normal!

Little people can be very unpredictable so whilst 6 months is the most common age for them to start to teethe not all babies follow this. Some babies are born with teeth (I know, ouch!) while some remain happily toothless until after their first birthday. It is all normal, every baby is different.

There is, however, some evidence to suggest that gender plays a role – with girls’ teeth racing to appear sooner than boys.


Whenever that first tooth appears, one thing that usually remains the same is the order in which baby teeth pop through. It’s usually the two middle incisors that come through first on the bottom gum followed by the top two (cue very cute new smile!) Then two more, one on either side of the first two. Then it’s the first molars, the canines and eye teeth, top first again then bottom, and FINALLY the big teeth right at the back, the second molars appear (often causing a bit of trouble on their way)

By the time your baby is two and a half years old he or she should have a full set of twenty teeth – ten on the top and ten on the bottom – which they’ll keep until they are about six years old.

It’s a great idea to take your child for their first trip to the dentist about six months after that first tooth erupts so if you have any questions about the specifics of your baby’s teething then this is the perfect time to ask.

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