If there is one milestone that isn’t quite so fun to go through with your precious little one, most parents would say that teething is definitely the worst.
Your otherwise perfectly happy baby seems to change personalities overnight as they become more irritable. It may seem like there is nothing you can do to soothe them. They are cranky, tired and just plain upset. Most babies begin teething between 4-6 months, though it can happen earlier or later for some. If you are wondering when your child may pop their first tooth, ask your own mom when your first tooth came in. The age that your baby cuts their first tooth generally depends on your family history of teething. Pretty neat!
So what actually happens when your baby begins to teeth? When an emerging tooth begins to push through the gum, to relieve this pressure that your baby feels, they want to chomp on things – really anything that they can get their tiny hands on. This instinct to chew on something is the response to the sensation that their mouth feels different. This new pressure can cause your baby’s gums to be swollen or even have a bruised look to it. Chewing on things relieves some of that pressure.