Just when you think you've got this parenting thing figured out, your sweet, angelic baby suddenly turns into an irritable, crying, tiny monster who won't let you put them down and tries to eat everything in sight. If this change in your baby's behavior sounds familiar, your baby is most likely teething. But other than "monster-like," what are some other signs your baby is teething and not just crying?
According to Parenting, teething can start as early as four months and as late as (or later than) their first birthday. Some babies handle teething like it's nothing, showing almost no symptoms other than a new tooth popping through. Others, though, experience much more discomfort and will make sure you know it.
Luckily, whether your baby is overly demonstrative or not, there are lots of tell-tale signs — from waking more often at night, to changes in appetite, to drooling abnormally — that will help you identify the root cause of their pain.
If nothing else, keep in mind that this phase is only temporary and as their parent, you can provide comfort that nothing else can, even if it's just extra snuggles at night or a few more breastfeeding sessions during the day.