Baby Teething Chart: What Order Do They Come In?

How many teeth do kids have? How many baby teeth? When does baby get each tooth? Find out in our baby teething chart!

How many teeth do kids have? How many baby teeth? ?? When does baby get each tooth? And what are they for? Find out in our baby tooth chart! ?

As soon as parents learn that their little one is teething, they might wonder… which tooth will pop out first? And is there a handy baby teeth chart that I can refer to so it feels a little less unpredictable?

While we can’t tell you how your baby will handle teething (sorry—every kid is truly different), we can tell you which teeth come in which order, and at what age to expect them!

When do babies start teething

Most babies begin teething around 6–8 months of age, and those teeth will usually emerge in a predictable order. However, babies are all unique, and some can get their first tooth as early as 3 months—or as late as 1 year.

Do yourself a favor and don’t sweat it. As long as your baby is happy and meeting other developmental milestones, he or she is right on track. (My children were always on the late side of teeth development, not getting their first one till 9 and 10 months!) If you still have concerns, talk to your child’s doctor.

How many teeth do kids have? How many baby teeth?

As you’ll see in the teeth diagram, by the time your child is 3, she should have all of her baby teeth, which includes:

  • 4 central incisors
  • 4 lateral incisors
  • 4 canines, and
  • 8 molars
  • for a total of 20 baby teeth.

When babies start shedding teeth at around 7 years, they will begin to get the full set of adult teeth (32 teeth, including wisdom molars).

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Baby Teething Chart

If you’re wondering when your baby might be getting her first (or next) tooth, here’s a handy tooth eruption chart to help you figure it out.

Baby Teeth Chart What Order Do They Come In chart by Mama Natural

Baby Teeth Schedule

When does baby get each tooth? And what are they for? We’ll tell you in this list.

Central Incisor (8–12 months)

These are typically the first teeth a baby will get. The lower central incisors come in around 6–10 months, while the upper central incisors come in around 8–12 months.

These first teeth are meant to help baby bite into and shear food into small pieces. Many parents delay solids until this first tooth appears or until 9 months of age if no tooth yet. However, the gums and jaws of babies are quite strong so they can enjoy pureed or very soft solids even before a tooth comes in. If she only has the bottom teeth, baby can use them to bite soft foods (like liver or egg yolk) by pushing the tooth against the top gums.

Some believe this is evidence that babies don’t need foods to be purĂ©ed—in lieu, these parents often opt for a more intuitive style of infant feeding, called baby-led weaning. With proper teeth for biting and cutting food, baby-led weaning supporters believe there is little reason to worry about choking. Additionally, they believe allowing baby to bite into appropriate foods gives her practice at using those teeth, learning to manipulate food in the mouth, and bringing food to the back of the mouth for swallowing.

Lateral Incisor (10–16 months)

These teeth typically come in second. The upper set tends to come in slightly earlier (9–13 months), while the lowers come in around 10–16 months. These teeth are also for biting and shearing food into manageable pieces, but both the central and lateral incisors are used for more than biting food. These teeth actually help keep the shape and form of your face. Your lips rest against your teeth, and without them, your face would sag (a bit weird to think about isn’t it?). The incisors also help you speak! If you try to say words with a th sound (like in birth), you’ll notice that you must press your tongue against your top incisors to make the sound. Finally, incisors help guide your jaw when you close your mouth.

Cuspid aka Canine (16–23 months)

Again, the upper canines come in slightly earlier, at 16–22 months, while the lower canines emerge around 17–23 months. Canines are sharp, pointy teeth that are used to bite and tear denser foods (like steak). Canines are at the corner of the mouth, bridging the front teeth with the back. They also help align the jaw when you close your mouth, keep your face shape, and help you speak. Additionally, canines are like corner-posts that help guide your teeth while you chew.

First Molar (13–19 months)

The first molar tends to come in before the canines, but not always. The first lower molar emerges around 14–18 months, while the upper first molar can come in anywhere from 13–19 months. Molars are used to grind and crush certain foods that are tough to chew otherwise, like seeds and hardy grains. In fact, some healthcare professionals believe you shouldn’t feed babies grains until the molars come in, as these teeth help baby to grind and break down grains to better digest them.

Second Molar (23–33 months)

The second molars come in later. When life has settled down from teething, all of a sudden it’s back with a vengeance! The lower second molar pops out around 23–31 months, while the upper emerges at 25–33 months. Both sets of molars help support their face shape by filling out their cheeks, as well as support chewing grains, nuts, seeds and hard, raw produce like carrots and apples.

Your baby’s teething chart experience may vary

Each baby develops differently, and that includes baby teeth order and time of emergence! Don’t worry if your baby is a little behind or ahead of the schedule above.

Enjoy your child’s emerging teeth, and don’t forget to brush them!

How about you?

Did your baby’s teeth arrive on schedule? Which tooth came first?

Genevieve Howland

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 85,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.

12 Comments

  1. My son was teething since 3 months and only 1 bottom incisor tooth appeared at 6 months. He had only 1 for 2.5 months! It was very interesting to see because most babies I see have both bottom incisors come out in pairs. Now 4 on top and finally the missing pair to the first one just came out at 9 months.

  2. I’m always interested to see the ages listed for first teeth, and all 3 of my kiddos got their bottom incisors by 3 months and their top around 4 months. I hope the numbers can be changed in education in general because that would help some parents out who are newbies!!! I had a fussy teething baby at 2.5 months old!!

  3. All my 4 kids did not teeth per the chart. My oldest got first tooth at 16months and not the bottom middle first but top fangs. Lol my 2nd kid got his first at 11.5mo… 3rd one first tooth came around 4mo… my current 11mo old just poked thru her first tooth. … in my family we all got our first tooth around 12mo of age. Hopefully they all got my strong good teeth

  4. My grandson has 13 teeth at 11 months old. Is this normal and his molars are coming in.

    • There’s a wide range of normal.

    • All 4 of my children got their first lower Incisors at 5-6 months and had all of their second molars between 18-24 months.
      My daughter was the quickest to start losing. She lost her first tooth when she was 4 at the same time as she got her first permanent molars

  5. My daughter just got her 2 bottom teeth at 3 months (almost 4) and one of her front teeth at 4 months (almost 5). So wild! She spent an extra week or so in the womb & it just seems like she’s always been “older” than she should be! My son was pretty early, too.

  6. My LG is 1 tomorrow and she only has 2 back molars to get and 2 pre- molars..she For her first 2 at 13 weeks old then she had 6 teeth until she was 11 months then 10 have come through in 8 days!it’s been horrific here! Aww glad it’s nearly over! Poor lamb

  7. My grandson is 30 months old maybe getting his back molars is it possible that I is why he lets his saliva add up in his mouth and blows up his vheeks

  8. My prince got his first tooth at 14 months and it’s not a pair a week ago he got his incisor also not a pair so they just not popping out in a normal order And im concerned. Is there a need to visit a dentist

  9. My son seemed to be teething on and off for months before his first tooth finally popped out! His poor little gums were so swollen waiting for them to finally break through. He got his top incisors first. They both cut within a week of each other when he was just shy of 15 months old. He now has one bottom incisor as well which came through about two weeks later, but it’s just barely sticking up above his gum line still.

  10. Thank you so much for information about baby teething chart and explanations !! My first grandchild was born almost 11 months ago and it helps to be adequately informed to be as supportive as I can!


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