10 signs you have a teething baby

Well, it has begun. I’ve heard it talked about so many times by other parents, usually prefixed by a swear word. Our baby is teething! We are now proud members of the club of exhausted parents who can’t understand quite why evolution still hasn’t made teething less painful for the poor little blighters. Surely there’s got to be a better way?!

There are signs I have noticed since this phase has started which I have compiled into a handy list. Here are my 10 signs you have a teething baby:

  1. You have to utter the phrase ‘No, darling, curtains aren’t for eating’. Actually, you say this phrase about pretty much any household item the baby can reach and put in his mouth.
  1. A bib lasts, on average, an hour and there are drool patches covering everywhere you and the baby have been. Spit Chic is your new style and you’re working it, mama.
  1. Your usually pale baby has cheeks that look like an embarrassed cartoon character’s.
  1. Your contented, independent baby has turned into a whingy, sad little thing who is only happy being cuddled and rocked.
  1. There’s a dedicated fridge space for teething toys. Right next to the fruit and jam.
  1. You’ve gone from feeding around every 3 hours to almost constantly whipping a boob out to calm your fractious baby!
  1. The must have clothing item for this season? Your teething necklace. These are a genius invention!
  1. Your biggest fear is now being bitten during a feed. It’s really horrendous when it happens. So far this has only happened once and everyone tells me they soon realise not to do it, so fingers crossed…
  1. You may as well have bought shares in Nuby for the amount of money you’ve spent on their products.
  1. The phrase ‘Ashton and Parsons’ is referred to in the same manner usually reserved for deities.

What else did you notice when your little one started teething?

Ashton & Parsons teething powder, bonjela teething gel, Sophie the Giraffe teething ring, pink teething toy and Nuby bugs teething necklace
Teething paraphernalia!

This post originally appeared on Huffington Post.

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42 thoughts on “10 signs you have a teething baby

  1. Gosh, tell me about it. My eyes light up at those little Teetha packets. And if one more person comments on my ruby red cheeks…well, a bop on the nose shall be forthcoming. And I agree with The Mumzilla, those nappy malfunctions are beyond disgusting! Good luck with the teething #chucklemums x

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  2. Love this Ellen! And congrats on it being picked up by Huffington Post! These are all so true. Especially the chewing on everything and wanting to be held. Mine is on his two year molars and I’m loving all the cuddles I get. #tribalLove

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  3. Oh it’s horrible isn’t it. I tried everything under the sun. Not looking forward to it next time round. Sometimes my son still does teeth…apparently even after getting all their teeth they can still struggle with pain from moving big molars. I took him to the dentist so they could make sure I hadn’t miscounted but this is actually a thing!! Dear me, the shock of it all. Xx

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  4. I got PROPER BITTEN this morning to the point that I wanted to cry. He’s been whingebagging all day so I really hope that the top two are going to pop right through at any moment. Seems to have been teething forever! Anyway I won’t mention that this goes on for years…. babies are a seriously flawed invention #chucklemums

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    1. Oh no!!! Poor you. Whingebagging is the perfect description. Ack, I know, Sarah said above how her son is getting his two year molars and I just thought… It’s going to last until he’s TWO! Madness, they really are flawed. Thanks for reading, Ellen

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  5. Oh you just feel awful for them don’t you? I had a whole shelf dedicated to teething. They just chew everything in sight including legs of your chairs. Yes, I have teeth marks on my chairs and I don’t have a dog! #bloggerclubuk

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  6. Argh we are in the throes of this nightmare too – poor little ones I feel so sorry for them! Pudding has those bright red cheeks and is in a constant pool of drool… But Ashton Parsons, that stuff is magic, altho today we went for the calpol, I couldn’t take the screaming anymore 😦 #chucklemums

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  7. We are going through it now; yes on the drool (why is it so thick and stringy?!), yes on the constant feeding, yes being fractious and yes I’ve been bitten -oouucccchhhh!!!
    Good luck, see you on the other side…..

    #BloggerClubUK

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  8. I do like the comment about them having cheeks like an embarrassed cartoon character – so very true! And our teething toys were in the fridge next to the jam and fruit too. Being bitten during a feed is not fun at all – I had many a feed with Sophie with little finger poised ready to break the latch and remove her the instant I felt her jaw clench (I’d get a split-second warning before she’d bite) – thankfully that phase didn’t last too long. Good luck with getting through teething. #triballove

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    1. Haha thank you! Oh gosh it’s not fun being bitten is it?! I am managing to avoid it most of the time by taking him off as soon as he starts to get bored or distracted! His mood seems to be getting worse and worse though bless him. Thanks for reading, Ellen x

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  9. Biting all the biting!! I recall your first bite announcement, I chuckled, I felt guilty after too! It does work out though! We got 2 teeth through and 8 weeks of calm later 4 more came through. It’s amazing how they grow!! #familyfun

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    1. Haha after that I think he’s only done it once or twice (so far!!!) the trick is to take him off once he starts to get bored or distracted haha. If I’m too slow (cough, distracted by tribal chat, cough) that’s when he gets me! I still think there’s an evolutionary error here. Thanks for reading lovely. Ellen X

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  10. Yes all of those! They bite everything & make these different sounds & blowing kind of with their mouth. Oh and the waking up at night, terrible poo nappies & fussy eating. It’s not fun times. Congrats on Huff post!! Thanks so much for linking up with us at #BloggerClubUK x

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    1. I think his nappies are always so bad that I’ve not noticed them getting worse πŸ˜‚ Oh yes the strange noises, he’s even developed a strange shouty cry which he never used to do! Thanks Becky, and thanks for having me again x

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  11. This is SO true! I remember those teething days as if it was just yesterday . When my first son was teething, he seemed to have a constant cold which made him even more miserable than he already was whilst cutting teeth! Oh, it use to drive me buts the way they put everything in there mouth… Usually the corner of my shirt, haha.

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  12. My baby always gets a cold and fever. He used to get red bum and million dirty nappies in a day. He never drooled. And he loves to bite me (surprisingly not during feeds). He bites my nose, eyebrow, cheek, chin, anything really. Of course we have teething toys but they are not as good as me or my husband πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the article!

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    1. Yes since I wrote this my little guy has been really snotty! He does love to chomp anything really but he has only bitten me twice during feeds when he was cutting that first tooth. Luckily!! He likes my shoulder when I am carrying him around haha. Thanks for reading, Ellen

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  13. Gah the teething!! It’s so heartbreaking to know that they’re in pain isn’t it? Although mine too were both a bit bitey while breastfeeding, and they used to make eye contact while they slowly clamped down *shudders*. It was only occasional though thank goodness. Hope your little man cuts those nashers nice and quickly for you xx
    Thanks for linking up with #fartglitter x

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    1. Haha!! I’ve only had a few bites if I am not quick enough to take him off once he’s finished feeding and got bored. He seems to be over the worst of the grumpiness but his two teeth still aren’t fully out – takes forever doesn’t it?! Thanks for reading and for having me again. Ellen xx

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