When do babies start teething?
Latest update: September 14, 2018
Author: Heidi Holvoet, PhD
When do babies start teething? You will find typical ages for each
tooth below in the baby teething chart.
Remember that these are average ages.
Development is very individual and any tooth can be very early or very
late compared to the averages. The teething chart does remain helpful
though to give you an idea
of when you can expect the
first signs of teething.
Note that teething
symptoms can occur as much as 3 or 4 months before
the actual cutting of the tooth.
Baby teething chart
The chart below tells you which
tooth to expect at different ages. There are 20 baby or
milk teeth to come out. The shown ages are for the cutting through,
when you actually can see the tip of the tooth.
The 'winner', the very
first tooth to come out, usually is one of the
bottom central incisors. On average that will be around six months, but
it can just as well be at 4 months ... or at 8 months old.
Having the first tooth at 12 months
or in the second year, is also still normal.
After the bottom central incisor(s), there will typically be a top
central incisor or a bottom lateral one. And so on ...
So ... when will MY baby start teething?
Well, typically, you can see the first
signs from about 12 weeks (3 months). That would be in preparation for the first tooth at 6 months.
But it can also start a couple of weeks, or even a year, later.
Then there will be periods where nothing much is happening, and then it
will start over again for the next tooth, or teeth ... In any case it
is important to understand that sleeping is highly affected by teething
pains. It is often when lying down quietly that baby feel all the more
uncomfortable and finds it extra difficult to settle.