Teething can be a difficult time for new parents and babies alike. Suddenly your little one goes from being gummy, to having a glistening set of teeth.

Here are 8 signs that you can look out for if your baby is teething.

1. Excessive Drooling

If it looks like lil’ bub has been taking drooling lessons with the family pooch, then they may be in the early stages of teething. Lots of drool is almost always an indication of Teething.

2. Irritability

Has your baby been a little on edge lately? Lots of babies become irritable when they begin to teethe, and may protest your attempts to put them down and make you carry them around. So you can put away the pepper spray, puberty hasn’t started early, your little one is just growing a beautiful set of pearly whites!

3. Biting and sucking everything!

Can’t stop your baby from munching on everything? Don’t worry, your baby still loves your cooking, they are just taking their new teeth on a test drive. A teething ring can be useful if you are worried about germs of sharp objects.

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4. Pulling and rubbing the ears

If you find that your baby is overly fascinated with the anatomy and tensile strength of their ears, they may very well be teething. Babies tend to play with their ears during the teething process, give them something to play with if this worries you so they can occupy their hands!

5. Turning away from food

Are you finding it difficult to land the aeroplane in your babies mouth lately? A baby who is constantly turning away from food is most likely in the process of teething, do not be alarmed if they eat slightly less than normal.

6. Swollen bulging Gums

Swollen gums can be a sign that your baby is teething, as your babies gums prepare themselves for the process of cutting their teeth. Don’t be too alarmed if your babies gums are swollen, however, if this worries you then a quick trip to the doctor can set your mind at ease.

7. Red cheeks

Red cheeks are very common in babies that are teething, this is due to the bodies natural inflammation response, and is nothing to worry about. If your babies cheeks are very warm, you can try getting a cool damp cloth and cooling their face down.

8. Little teeth appearing!

The most exciting part! If you look into your babies mouth, and there are small tooth buds appearing, then congratulations, your baby is officially teething!

Tell us when teething started for you, and how long did it last for?
Comment your tips and tricks you used to get through the teething process!
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  • My eldest didnt get her first tooth until she was a year old. Then she got them all at once and suddenly had a mouth full of teeth with no issues.


  • Poor little darlings, my wisdom teeth was so painful so I can’t imagine all the teeth pain they get

    • Yes, it sure is a slow and painful process !


  • Teething is difficult time for mums. My little one showed all those symptoms.


  • Both my babies showed nearly all these signs.


  • I remember whenever my daughter was getting a new tooth she would go very quiet – most unlike her!


  • LOVE no.8 …it’s the sure winner. lol.


  • My daughter drooled and had red cheeks from about 4 weeks of age. Everyone kept saying she’s teething, but she was nowhere near


  • My 3 month old has been drooling heaps and constantly sucking on her hand! I wonder if these are the early stages of teething???


  • Mine had the red cheeks and the drooling and with the excessive drooling, they also had a more loose stool.


  • We were lucky with our Punks — no pain issues win either of them, just a bit of a sniffle and horrendous nappies!


  • Such a tough time for the little ones when teething. :(


  • My boys had the drooling and pulling of the ears down pat. I’m not sure about anyone else but for them it only lasted for a few days.


  • My little one also had the drooling and red cheeks.


  • Thankfully we’re long past teething. My nephew was born with a tooth! Amazing! My son’s teething was not as bad an experience as I know it can be for some.


  • My daughter is 3yr old and is still teething (she has Down Syndrome, hence the delay).


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