Oh how I wish this were around when my kids were little. I’ve faded into the abyss of parents who have no idea which teeth appeared, when. Sure, you could ask Siri to add a date to the calendar. But when this is on the fridge as you sleepily make your way to the kitchen for some midnight chocolate milk, it’s a bit easier to remember. Make ’em think you were organized and print this puppy for the baby book.
Did you know that for most babies, their first tooth peeks through when they’re between 4 and 7 months old? My kids were very late with their teeth – at one year – whereas in rare cases, babies can be born with a tooth. It’s not bad to have late developers, as this gives you more time to brush their gums and teach good oral hygiene habits. Typically, these kids will also be later at losing their teeth and producing their permanent ones.
Teeth actually start developing while your baby is in the womb and tooth buds form in the gums. Typically, the bottom two middle teeth come through first, followed by the top middle teeth and then the sides and back.
The last teeth to appear (the second molars, found in the very back of the mouth on the top and bottom) usually come in around your child’s third birthday. By age 3, your child should have a full set of 20 baby teeth, and they shouldn’t start to fall out until his permanent teeth are ready to start coming in – around age 6. Just so you know, permanent teeth are less white than baby teeth, so once those start to appear you needn’t fret if they look a tad yellow.
Oh, and when they start losing their teeth, we’ve got a trick for that too… You can print our tooth fairy receipt whenever you need it!