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IS YOUR BABY TEETHING?

As a new parent, it’s natural to wonder when your little one is going to reach their first milestones and what to do when he or she gets there.

Teething is when your baby’s teeth start to come through their gums and it’s a key time for every child.

Every baby is different and there’s no one size fits all when it comes to getting their first teeth.

It’s totally normal for teething to happen any time from around 4 months, up to a year, or even a bit older. For most babies, it’s around the 6 to 9 month mark – but don’t worry if it’s earlier or later.   

At Nuby, we know it can be hard to know what to do, especially when your little one isn’t feeling the best. But help is at hand!

In our guide to teething, we’ve got plenty of advice and tips to get you through the tricky teething stage.

Teething Keys

 

Signs to look out for

When baby starts teething, sometimes they won’t feel any pain or discomfort. But because they can’t tell you what they’re experiencing, there are some common signs you can look out for.

Teething can be a really dribbly time, so be prepared for lots of it.

You may also find that they are feeling more irritable, crying, restless, reddened cheeks, sore gums, off their food, unsettled nights and chewing.

If you notice any other symptoms or you’re worried about anything, get in touch with your GP.

What order do teeth come in?

Typically you’ll see baby’s bottom front teeth (incisors) come in first, usually around 5 to 7 months. The top front teeth tend to come through at about 6 to 8 months. Teeth tend to emerge in pairs.

Don’t worry if your baby doesn’t follow this exact timeline or order, as like with all the milestones, every baby is different.

The top lateral incisors (either side of the top front teeth) typically come in next, from around 9 -11 months, followed by the bottom lateral incisors (either side of the bottom front teeth) anytime from 10 – 12 months.

So, then baby will have a little row of four top and bottom teeth and you’ll notice that adorable toothy smile!

The first molars (back teeth) tend to come through when baby is 12 – 16 months and canines (towards the back of the mouth) appear between about 16 to 20 months. The second molars are later (around 20 – 30 months).

By the time your baby is between 2 ½ and 3, you can expect them to have their full set of 20 milk teeth.

Can my baby be born with teeth?   

It’s rare for your baby to be born with teeth, but it can happen. Don’t worry if it does, get baby booked in for his or her first dentist’s appointment so they can check things over.  

Your dentist will be able to advise you on what to do and usually the teeth are left in place. The only exceptions might be if the tooth is mobile and there is a risk of inhalation, if it is rubbing on the tongue and causing an ulcer, or if it is affecting feeding. Your dentist will also be able to give you some tips on keeping the teeth clean in a gentle way.

When do I start brushing baby’s teeth?

Baby will benefit from good early dental care and you can start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they come through. It is important to get your little ones used to brushing as part of their daily routine.

You could start your baby's brushing routine by using our Nuby Baby Toothpaste with Finger Brush  The Nûby™ Baby Toothpaste with citroganics that is formulated to be natural with a Vanilla Milk Flavour. Safe if swallowed, Nûby's Baby Toothpaste is Fluoride Free, and Non-Toxic. When using Nûby's Baby Toothpaste you can be confident that your child is not being exposed to harmful chemicals. Nuby's Finger brush is made from extra soft silicone (BPA Free). The Finger brush is used to cleans and massage baby's gums.

Soothing your teething baby

If you’re going through the teething phase, you may be wondering how to comfort your little one.

Here at Nuby, we have some great ideas for things you can do to make it easier for your baby, and as with all things baby, it’s about finding what works best for them.

Teething Gel

Our Nuby Teething Gel is a Fast Acting Pain Relief formula that is for both Day and Night. The Teething Gel is formulated to be natural and safe if swallowed. The Gel soothes sensitive gums, guards against infection and helps prevent tooth decay. 

Teethers 

Teethers help to soothe baby’s gums and give them comfort and relief. 

The new Nûby™Chewbies™ teether’s unique textured design provides comfort to baby’s delicate gums. It provides stimulus to the lips and tongue which promote the transition from nursing to chewing.

Teething Mitten

Nûby's Happy Hands™ Teething Mitten provides an innovative way to relieve and soothe your teething baby! The soft, ď¬‚exible mitten is a solution for babies who cannot keep hold of teethers, while also protecting baby from chewing on their hand.

Teething Bibs

The Nûby Bandana Teething Bib is ideal for babies that are teething and drooling. The bibs is made from soft, absorbent cotton, keeping your baby dry while the secure Velcro fastening keeps the bib in place no matter how much they wiggle and jiggle about. The handy, multi-textured, silicone teething corner, that baby can chew on, soothe sore gums & help new teeth break through.

Top tips

  • Use a baby bandana to stop clothes getting soaked.  These bandana bibs are perfect for big droolers and teething tots.
  • Keep teethers clean using our Pacifier & Teether Wipes with Citroganix, which are made with a safe, non-toxic formula.
  • Give our handy Teething Mitten a go if your baby wants to chew everything they can get their little hands on!
  • Remember that this phase won’t last forever (a good tip if you’re experiencing a few broken nights!) – lots of cuddles with help you both.
POTTY TRAINING LIKE A PRO

It can seem challenging, but it’s something all parents face sooner or later: potty training is coming your way. Using a potty is a new skill for your child to learn. It's best to take it slow and go at your child's pace. Being patient with them will help them, even if you sometimes feel frustrated. Are you not quite sure how and when to tackle this? We’ll try and give you all the necessary information.

When is it time to pull out the potty?

The first question that pops in every parent’s head is when to start with potty training their little one. If you’re looking for a fixed age, we’ll have to disappoint you, because it can be different for each child. Children are able to control their bladder and bowels when they're physically ready and when they want to be dry and clean. Where one child can already do without diapers around the age of 2, for other children it takes until they are 5 years or older. You can try to work out when your child is ready by reading the signs. For example, they start to know when they’re peeing and may tell you they’re doing so, or they might be fidgeting or going somewhere quiet or hidden when they need to pee, or they start to notice when they’ve got a wet or dirty diaper. You can also ask yourself some questions. If the response is mostly yes, your kid might be ready.

  • Can your child walk to and sit on a potty?
  • Can your child pull down his or her pants and pull them up again?
  • Can your child stay dry for up to two hours?
  • Can your child understand and follow basic directions?
  • Can your child communicate when he or she needs to go?
  • Does your child seem interested in using the toilet or wearing "big-kid" underwear?

Your little one isn’t the only one that needs to be ready for this, you as a parent or caregiver have to be all set as well. Keep in mind that you can’t force a child. Try potty training when there are no great disruptions or changes to your child's routine. Some find it easier to start in the summer, when there are fewer clothes to take off and washed clothes dry more quickly. Also, keep in mind that accidents are inevitable, and punishment has no role in the process. Plan toilet training when you have the time and energy to be consistent for a longer period.

Steps to take in potty training

Using a potty will be new to your child, so get them used to the idea gradually. There are a few things you can do to prepare:

  • Talk to your little one about diaper changes so they understand all about pee and poo and what a wet diaper means.
  • Place a potty in the bathroom or, initially, wherever your child is spending most of his or her time and explain what it's for. It helps to let your child see you using the toilet and explain what you're doing. A fun way to get them to see the similarities with what mum and dad are doing is by using the "My Real potty" training toilet. Using your child's toys to show what the potty is for can also help.
  • Encourage your child to sit on the potty in clothes to start out. Make sure your child's feet rest on the floor or a stool.

When you start with the real deal, here are some steps you should consider:

  • Schedule potty breaks. Have your child sit on the potty without a diaper for a few minutes at two-hour intervals, as well as first thing in the morning and right after naps. For boys, it's best to learn to pee sitting down. Stay with your child and read a book together or play with a toy while he or she sits. Allow your child to get up if he or she wants. Even if your child simply sits there, offer praise for trying.
  • Get there - Fast! When you notice signs that your child might need to use the toilet respond quickly. Help them become familiar with these signals, stop what he or she is doing, and head to the toilet. Praise your child for telling you when he or she has to go. Keep them in loose, easy-to-remove clothing.
  • Explain hygiene. Teach your kid how to flush the toilet (and even use wipes) and make sure they wash their hands afterward. A fun way to teach them how grown-ups do it, is by using the "My real potty" training toilet with real-life flushing sound. Practicing using the flush: check! Practicing using wipes, double check!
  • Take it with you everywhere. If you go out, take the potty with you, so your child understands that you'd like them to pee in the potty every time they need to go.
  • Ditch the diapers. After a couple of weeks of successful potty breaks and remaining dry during the day, your child might be ready to trade diapers for training pants or underwear. They will be delighted when they succeed, so celebrate the transition! Let them return to diapers if they are unable to remain dry.

If things aren’t going quite as well and your little one isn’t a fan of his potty, take a break. Pushing your child when he or she isn't ready can lead to a frustrating power struggle. Try again in a few weeks or even months.

Staying dry at night

Night-time can be another challenge when it comes to potty training. It usually takes a little longer for children to learn to stay dry throughout the night. Some might learn this between the age of 3-5, others only stay completely dry at night at the age of 7. So, it’s important to make sure they are potty trained during the day before starting to leave off their diaper at night. If your child's diaper is dry or only slightly damp when he wakes for a few mornings in a row, he may be ready for night-time potty training.

You can potty train for the night by making sure the last thing they do before they go to sleep, is using the potty. Also make sure it's close by, so they can use it if they need to pee in the night. During the training, use disposable training pants and mattress covers when your child sleeps.

Accidents are inevitable

Accidents are bound to happen; no child is fully potty-trained overnight. If that does happen, just clean it up and try again. Stay calm and don't discipline or shame your child. If you do not make a fuss when they have an accident, they will not feel anxious and worried, and are more likely to be successful the next time. Put them in clothes that are easy to change and avoid clothes with zips or lots of buttons. Keep a change of underwear and clothing nearby, especially at school or in childcare.

If they seem ready for potty training but are having difficulties and keep having difficulties, talk to your child's doctor. He or she can give you guidance and check to see if there's an underlying problem.

STERILISING MADE SIMPLE

If there’s one baby item I couldn’t be without it’s a steriliser. It’s so important to keep baby items such as Bottles, Dummies, Breast Feeding Equipment and Teething Rings sterile.

The Nuby Electric SteriDryer is absolutely one of my favourite sterilisers. Gone are the days I burn myself on water when getting the bottles out as this steriliser actually dries bottles too.

 

I remember when my eldest was a baby and in those rush moments when he needed feeding I would just pop my hand in to get the bottles out and “Ouch it burnt”. No longer an issue with this steriliser.

As well as being super stylish, this steriliser comes with three different settings so you can choose which setting suits you at the time. Sterilise in 5 minutes, sterilise and quick dry in 15 minutes and sterilise and super dry in 30 mins.  With a flick of a switch you have yourself perfectly safe and sterile baby products in minutes.

It doesn’t matter which setting you use. Each setting will leave everything 99.9% germ free and will keep all your feeding equipment and any other baby accessories sterile for 24 hours as long as the lid is kept closed. I know the panic feelings that mums feel to keep everything clean, especially now during these times of Covid-19. It’s all so worrying, but having this steriliser gives me extra peace of mind that its killing those germs.

As you can see Nuby are one of my top Baby Brands and we absolutely love all of their products. We will be using Nuby bottles this time around, but no matter what brand of bottles you use this steriliser will fit 5 bottles comfortably inside.

I’m so excited to put it to its full use in August when our baby girl arrives. We have had it on a couple of test runs already and it doesn’t disappoint. At such a magical time shopping for baby products is my favourite thing to do. Nuby being my first port of call when we started our baby shopping.

So if you are deciding which steriliser to use this one is most definitely a great choice.

About the author : Lucy is a mummy to a toddler Ollie and soon-to-be mummy to a baby girl. You can see more about her journey through motherhood by following @Lucyelizabeth_xo
The opinions expressed by Lucy are her own and based on her own experiences.  They do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any agency, organisation, employer or company.