Find out when your baby will cut that first tooth, the signs to watch for, and how to handle teething.
Know the timeline
Most children get their first tooth between 6 and 10 months and have all 20 baby teeth by their third birthday.
Watch for signs
Drooling, chewing, fussiness, swollen gums, and sleep troubles can all be indications of teething.
Teething toys, washcloths chilled in the refrigerator (not freezer), and infant pain relievers (with your doctor's okay) can all help ease your baby's discomfort.
If you're nursing, you may suffer some biting when those first teeth pop through! This often happens near the end of a feeding, so be prepared.
If your baby's drooling a lot, try a little petroleum jelly on the chin to avoid irritation and use a bib to shield clothes.
Teething is very tough for some babies, but remember that these fussy, restless, sleepless days won't last forever.
See our whole Guide to Firsts series