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The Tale of the Baby Who Has Everything (You Know, Except Teeth)

By Meredith Carroll |

Teething biscuit

Her mouth is full of everything but teeth

We call baby Peony many things, but Fang is not one of them.

My darling baby daughter has everything. Everything! Charm, beauty, a sweet disposition, the good manners to sleep 11+ hours at night. But she’s missing one thing (or a few at this point, really): She has nary a tooth in sight.

She drools like she’s teething. She gnaws on anything she can fit in her mouth as if she’s teething And yet — no teeth on the horizon (or the gum line).

I’m on my second baby so I’ve long since stopped caring what other babies her age are doing, like, if other babies her age have teeth (which most of them do, by the way, for months now).

There’s really only one reason I care that Peony doesn’t have teeth yet, and I think if she could talk, it would be the only reason she’d care, too.

Enough with the baby food already! I know she’s bored with it. I am, too (but this isn’t about me, of course).

She’ll gum some teething biscuits. We give her those little Gerber Graduate puffs that dissolve in her mouth. But she eyes real food like it’s some kind of a sexy chicken dancing in a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

Yeah, sure, she still squeals with excitement at the site of some jarred pureed apples and bananas. I just know she’s ready for something of more substance. However, until she’s the proud owner of a few chompers, I’m hesitant to give her anything that requires chewing. You know, for choking reasons and all.

So come on, teeth. Show us what you’re made of. Or just show up. It’s about time, isn’t it?

Photo credit: Meredith Carroll

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “The Tale of the Baby Who Has Everything (You Know, Except Teeth)

  1. Kim says:

    Ehh… teeth are overrated. My daughter’s 2 weeks away from being 1 and only has 3 teeth. And she eats everything!

  2. Amber says:

    My daughter is 14 month old and only has 4 teeth, all in 2 weeks after her first birthday. Give Peony lots of canned veggies, they are super soft already. Just get the no salt added kind. We also eat lots of Gerber ravioli, cheese, soft fruits and yogurt. My child will not eat baby food at this point.

  3. pontificatrix says:

    My first daughter got her very first tooth at 15 months. And she ate regular people food just fine. (Not like raw carrots or anything, but regular textured food.)
    The teeth are under the surface so the gums are very hard. You do not need to keep a kid on purees just because they don’t have teeth yet.

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