First year problems: Teething

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Teeth and teething
As your baby develops, there are other milestones which are fascinating to experience, like your baby's first tooth. Most children get this at around 6 months.

The majority of their primary teeth are through by around 2 1/2. The first permanent second teeth come through at the back at around 6.

Don't worry if your teething tot starts biting both herself and you! Teething and biting go hand in hand. Gums are often sore and swollen, and pressure from biting things can ease the discomfort a little. It's normal, and not done deliberately to hurt you.

But be careful how you respond. A big reaction can be interpreted by her as playing and may reinforce the behaviour. Try a firm 'no', and put her down for a minute if she's bitten you.

If she bites herself, distract her with alternatives such as a teething ring or carrot sticks to chew on. Teething gels may also help soothe her gums. Find out more about teething.

Tummy time

Tummy time is really important to stimulate your baby and help her develop. As babies spend much of their time sleeping on their backs, it's important to introduce them to regular periods when they can play on their tummy. Supervised tummy time when awake strengthens the upper body and improves head control and balance, all of which are necessary for sitting and crawling.

When your baby's very young, lie her on your chest as you recline. It's a fun way to chat to her. Gradually build up the amount of time she spends on her tummy. As she grows, spend time on the floor with her. Encourage her to do this by placing a small rolled up towel under her arms.

Use toys, books and mirrors, which she can reach and grab for. Both of you will enjoy the new skills she learns and her developing confidence in her body. Newborn babies have such an intent gaze, it's fascinating to work out what they can see. For the first 6 to 8 weeks they're unable to focus. Their eye muscles are still developing, and their eyes will wander and appear unco-ordinated. This improves from 2 months onwards.

One of the first things babies can see is movement. They can also pick out facial features, so your eye and mouth movements are fascinating. Try poking your tongue out when holding your baby about 30cm from your face. She'll respond by mimicking and trying to stick her tongue out in response!

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She is not a baby.! She is 4 n half. Started school this week?

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