When To Expect Baby’s Teeth to Grow In

When To Expect Baby’s TeethEvery baby has a different timeline for teething and there are always special cases where a baby has a visible tooth when he is born. Some babies don’t grow teeth until they are a year old or more. For the majority of babies they will end up having their first tooth between four and seven months old.

Teeth will begin to develop for baby while in the womb as tooth buds that form under the gums. They break through only one at a time and over a period of months. Generally the middle teeth at the bottom will appear first, followed by the top middle teeth, and then the teeth along the sides and back of the mouth. Around age 1, baby will have the first molars come in at the back of the mouth, and the second set of molars around age 2. Because these teeth are bigger they are often cause more pain when they come in. By your baby’s third birthday he should have his full set of baby teeth – 20 in total – and these will then begin to fall out starting around age 6 for his permanent teeth to come in.

Many babies experience discomfort when they begin teething and some of the symptoms include:

  • Drooling
  • Irritability
  • Decreased appetite
  • Swollen and sensitive gums
  • Biting
  • Problems sleeping

To relieve your baby’s discomfort, try offering teething toys or something firm to chew on. This could be a cold washcloth, some frozen finger foods, or even a popsicle. Even rubbing a clean finger over baby’s gums can provide some soothing relief.

Your baby should be taken to the dentist for the first time by age 1. At his first visit, the dentist will check for signs of tooth decay and share tips for cleaning and feeding. When brushing baby’s teeth make sure to use tap water because it contains the fluoride that is necessary for healthy teeth and bones. Once your child has two teeth touching together you can begin flossing. You should try to avoid letting your child go to sleep or take a nap with a bottle of juice or milk because these liquids will stay on his teeth and can feed bacteria that triggers tooth decay.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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5 Tips to Help Baby Stop Thumb Sucking

how to stop thumb suckingChildren suck their thumbs for a variety of reasons, but they usually do it to provide comfort. You’ll notice your child often sucks his or her thumb before going to sleep. It’s a normal habit, but long-term thumb sucking can affect teeth development, so you’ll want to stop it at some point. Here are some tips to stop the habit.

1. Distract their fingers

The next time you see your child sucking their thumb, distract them. Find an activity where they have to use their hands, so that they stop sucking their thumb. Bed time is a big time for thumb sucking, so ask them to read you a book so that their hands are distracted holding the book and they don’t get the chance to suck their thumb.

2. Have the doctor talk to them

A lot of times a child will do something if their doctor tells them to. Next time you are at the doctor’s, ask them to talk to your child about why thumb sucking is bad. There is a large chance that they will stop when they hear from their doctor the damage it can do.

3. Reward

A great way to get your child to stop sucking their thumb is by rewarding them. If they don’t suck their thumb for a whole day, they get a star. If by the end of the week they have seven stars, they get a special prize. Many kids are motivated by rewards. Once they stop sucking their thumb for a few days, they are most likely done for good!

4. Cover the thumb

If your child is having a really hard time letting go of their thumb sucking habits, try covering their thumb with gauze and a Band-Aid. Hey, they cannot suck their thumb if it has a yucky Band-Aid on it! You’ll find that this really does help them to stop, unless of course they are ripping it off.

5. Wait it out

There is a chance that none of these remedies will help your child to stop. Some kids need to just figure things out on their own. Eventually they will stop; you won’t see them at 20 still sucking their thumb. The best thing you can do as a parent is to stay patient and let it happen when it happens.

transition baby from swaddleGuest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.

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6 Baby Teeth Care Tips

caring for baby teethCaring for your baby’s teeth can be a problematic experience. They will fuss, squirm, and protest any time you try and stick your fingers or a brush in their mouth. However, it’s just as important that we care for babies’ teeth as it is to look after our own. It’s true that they will eventually fall out, but proper technique is still required. You can start creating healthy tooth habits for your child by using these tips.

1. Start caring for your baby’s mouth before teeth arrive.

It’s important that you start the habit of caring for your baby’s teeth before they even appear. Using your finger or a warm, damp cloth, wipe off your baby’s gums after a feeding. This will brush away excess food that might be sticking around. This practice will also help you condition your child to having her mouth cleaned regularly, which will make matters easier when you start using a brush.

2. Mind the teeth as soon as they show up.

Many parents mistakenly put little value on their children’s baby teeth because they will be replaced. However, the spacing and alignment for adult teeth are preserved by the baby teeth. Proper spacing helps her chew and talk. If the baby teeth decay prematurely, the adult teeth could arrive at odd angles and improper alignments. Since the adult teeth push the baby teeth out, any bacteria that’s left behind from decayed baby teeth would immediately begin working on the next ones.

3. That first tooth needs to be brushed.

Start using a proper toothbrush as soon as the first tooth is visible. When we use a brush, we stir the bacteria colonies so they can’t adhere to the surface of the teeth, and knocks a good amount of it away so it doesn’t build up. Hold your child in your lap and brush (using small circles) the teeth, being sure to hit the gum line where plaque resides. You can begin flossing once two teeth exist side-by-side.

4. No sweet drinks!

Well, maybe you can offer some, but babies and toddlers who drink lots of sweet beverages are at a much higher risk for tooth decay. This is especially true for children who are put to bed with a bottle. The bacteria in our mouths uses the sugar from sweet foods and beverages to produce acid, which erodes our teeth. After the breastfeeding/formula age, water should be the preferred beverage.

5. See a dentist.

At one years old, the American Dental Association recommends babies have their first visit, but a majority of pediatricians think it can wait until age three if you practice great oral hygiene. The biggest benefit to an early dental visit is that you get your child used to seeing a dentist early, so by the time any serious cleaning or maintenance needs to take place, your child is already accustomed to the dentist’s chair.

6. Stay the course.

Your child is going to fight you. Continue pushing the tooth brush yourself until you are sure your child has developed the fine-motor skills to do it properly herself. Once she starts doing it on her own, monitor her so you can be sure it’s being done right. Come up with a song or game or something to make the experience pleasant so it’s not a struggle to get it done every morning and night.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are a patented footed baby pajama for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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