When you’re raising a child, you get a wealth of information, some unsolicited and some welcomed. I’ve had some people tell me that their babies didn’t get any teeth until they were 18 months. Majority said that their babies started getting teeth right at the 1 year mark. A couple of people said that their child got a tooth around 6 months and then the rest came after a year of age.
When Silas got his first two teeth in at 5 months, I thought nothing of it. My focus was mainly on how to help him not be in pain, and how to get him to stop biting me. For a couple of weeks, everything calmed down, and I wasn’t getting bit anymore. At 6 months, closer to 7, he started biting me again. This time around he wasn’t fussy because of the pain, so that is a plus. But telling him no, isn’t going over so well.
At nearly 7 months, Silas is working on not one, not two, but four more teeth. I’m going to power through it, but I understand why so many mothers make the choice to wean at this stage.
But more importantly, I think it’s important to remember that every baby progresses at their own pace. Every other male in my husband’s family didn’t get teeth until they were past the year mark. Sometimes we get so caught up in these milestones that our babies are supposed to hit, that we are supposed to hit, and we start putting time limits on when things should be occurring.
How many of you have thought about how you should be married right now, or how you should have it all figured out by now? I know I have been guilty of thinking that I should be further along in my career.