Teething can be a chaotic time for both babies and parents so it's always good to be prepared. While every teething experience is different, we've come up with 5 signs to suggest that baby's first tooth is on its way xo

1. More drool and dribble 

Teething often stimulates drooling so its one of the most common signs that a bub is teething. Excessive drool can cause rashes to break out on their face so it is important to keep the area clean and dry as much as possible. 

TIP: Bub's bibs may be more soaked than usual so we recommend packing a couple of spares when you go out!

2. Red and Inflamed Gums

As the teeth begin to push through the gum line, bub's gums may become red and inflamed. Their gums are quite tender at this time so they may gravitate towards cold foods and objects to pop into their mouth. 

TIP: If baby is eating solids, chill small pieces of soft fruits like bananas and give them to baby to suck on.

3. Constantly looking for objects to put in their mouth

The counter pressure from biting, chewing and gnawing on objects can help alleviate the pressure of the teeth breaking the surface of their gums. Baby's will often seek out objects, hard and soft, to chew on so they can help deal with the pressure build up. 

TIP: Teethers that have both hard and soft components are recommended as they offer baby a range of surfaces to chew on to help alleviate pressure. 

4. More dirty nappies and runny ones too

While there is no direct correlation between teething and runny poos, many parents find that their baby's tend to have more dirty and runny nappies during teething time. However, diarrhoea is a symptom of other serious infections, so it its persists, contact your GP. 

TIP: Have some nappy rash cream ready for a sore bottom! 

5.  Irritable, grump, sad and unsettled baby

Teething time can be a very uncomfortable experience for baby with the discomfort of sore gums and endless drool! You may notice their moods change and they may cry more frequently and for longer. 

TIP: While there's not much you can do, cuddles can go a long way to soothing baby during this crazy time! 

Originally published on jellystonedesigns.com.au