Are you unsure or questioning whether your little one is cutting some teeth?


Here are some sure fire signs to tell if you have a teething baby:



You have bags under your eyes big enough for a trip to New York in the January sales.  With a good exchange rate to boot.  No amount of Toche Eclat can save you from these bad boys.  Sunglasses is the only answer.  Even if you are indoors.

Touche eclat



You have the mother of all back aches.  You thought being pregnant and 10 days overdue was bad!  Your spine is being put through it’s paces.  You spent so long bent double over the cot last night that you wondered if you would ever be able to stand straight again. Your back is literally screaming at you to go get a massage, but apart from the obvious fact that you cannot detract yourself from a screaming baby, you would have to remove the sunglasses in public, and that is not going to happen.  You may not have showered for 2 days but you still have some self respect.



You can’t stop rocking from side to side.  You’ve been doing it for 48 hours straight with a baby in your arms and now it is impossible to stop.  You rock whilst brushing your teeth.  You rock whilst stood at the stove.  You rock at the supermarket checkout for the 5 minutes you have escaped to stock up on Calpol and wine.  People look at you as if you are unhinged.  A woman with what can only be described as ‘bed head’, clutching wine, rocking side to side, wearing slippers and sunglasses.  It’s not your finest hour.



You have completely exhausted your repertoire of songs.  You’ve done the classics, you’ve mixed it up with some modern stuff because you are down with the kids.  You’ve even gone old school and thrown in some Tiffany.  If this was a disco you’d be having a ball.  If only your audience was more appreciative.

Best song ever to sing into your hairbrush
I think we’re alone now, the screaming of your lungs is the only sound…



Everything you own has damp patches on the shoulders.  You are no longer sure if it is baby dribble, snot or tears.  Hell it might even be some of your own.  At this point you don’t care.  You are going to live in your pajamas from now on in, as it doesn’t look like you will ever be leaving the house again.


If you have nodded in agreement to all of these then there is a high chance you are the parent of a teething baby. Unfortunately there is no cure, although wine and chocolate can ease the symptoms.  Good luck. See you on the other side.


Of course these are also the signs of being a parent of a baby with colic, a baby with a cold, a baby with a fever, and a baby who thinks sleep is for chumps.


Maybe I should rename this post: Signs You Have a Teething Baby.  (Just in case your shot pelvic floor muscles weren’t enough of a give away).




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31 Comments on Signs You Have a Teething Baby

  1. Fran Back With A Bump
    March 7, 2016 at 7:20 am (8 months ago)

    We seemed to skip teething last time round in amongst transplants and other dramas. I’m hoping Poppy is a tough cookie and we don’t suffer! !
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  2. Lavonna Koegel
    November 4, 2015 at 2:54 am (12 months ago)

    Hello guys, I’m a new parent and I’m desperately to get my three month little one to sleep through the night. At the moment I am fortunate to have four hours rest each night. Bless

  3. Sugar&Rhubarb
    October 5, 2015 at 10:03 pm (1 year ago)

    bwahaahaha!! I love love love your last line. Although if he/she isn’t teething, it might be a Wonder Week, right? Let me just check my app to check 😉
    I can’t wait until my natural inclination is no longer to sway around when on two feet!!
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  4. Laura
    October 5, 2015 at 12:24 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh I really don’t miss the teething days. My LO coped really well to be fair, but the damp patches! They were never ending! Fab post 🙂 #fartglitter
    Laura x
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  5. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    October 5, 2015 at 10:44 am (1 year ago)

    Ugh, teething is the worst. We’re hoping that’s what’s up with our chap at the mo but like you said it could be anything. I still stand and push empty shopping trolleys back and forth even when I didn’t take the baby shopping.

    Thanks so much for linking with #fartglitter xxx
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  6. becca farrelly
    August 31, 2015 at 9:36 pm (1 year ago)

    Ahh its horrible isn’t it!! my 2yr old still has 4 teeth to come through and iam dreading it! it so true about the back ache, I have spent up to 3hrs a night bent over Mia’s cot soothing her back to sleep and its draining, especially when your child normally sleeps through!


  7. Jenny
    August 31, 2015 at 8:50 am (1 year ago)

    Ha ha, me too! Dribbling, clingy, chewing, no sleep (think that’s babies in general)!
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  8. Mum's Hideout
    June 19, 2015 at 6:47 am (1 year ago)

    Yep, we’re going through this now. I spend a lot of time bent over the cot singing a mantra of ‘incey wincey spider’, with one leg in the air behind me to try to straighten and relieve the ache in my back. I like to think of it as teething yoga.
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    • Claire
      June 20, 2015 at 8:36 pm (1 year ago)

      You should market that!

  9. hannah Mums' Days
    March 12, 2015 at 8:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Hahaha! Great post and that last photo is a bonza – look at those beautiful nashers, definitely worth all the late nights right 😉

    Thanks for linking up to #Thelist
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    • Claire
      March 12, 2015 at 9:10 pm (2 years ago)

      Both my boys have been late teethers. You get so used to that gummy smile!

  10. FromMummytoMum
    March 9, 2015 at 1:04 am (2 years ago)

    We are in the last stages of teething – for now – with it being his back teeth, and they are causing pretty much the same problems!! I hope those teeth come through quick and fast for you!
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    • Claire
      March 9, 2015 at 11:47 am (2 years ago)

      We have a tooth! 1 down, 19 to go!!!

  11. Lystra Maisey
    March 7, 2015 at 10:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello there, o teething felt like it started very early and went on for a very long time! I remember it very well. I really enjoyed your post-and funnily enough we stocked up on Calpol and wine today! x #sharewithme

    • Lifeloveanddirtydishes
      March 8, 2015 at 12:20 pm (2 years ago)

      I got asked for ID buying calpol the other day. What the… on so many levels!!!

  12. Jenny
    March 6, 2015 at 8:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh I remember the teething stages all too well with both of mine. I was lucky with my son they just appear and I never saw signs but all of these happened with my daughter. Great advice and tips. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
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    • Lifeloveanddirtydishes
      March 6, 2015 at 7:53 am (2 years ago)

      Feel your pain Laura x

  13. Kate
    March 4, 2015 at 7:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Brilliant – thankfully mine are two and four now, so over this stage – but I remember it well. God I love Tiffany too *shows age* Great post! x
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