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Finally, The Teeth are Here!

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Finally, I’m very proud to say that Kitty has a teeth! No, actually let me rephrase.

I’m very proud to say that Kitty has tooths! I say tooths because they are not quite full teeth. Yet.

They are growing in a rather interesting design. One of them, the front lower one is more like an eighth of a tooth. It’s not a full tooth, it’s not half a tooth and neither is it a quarter of a tooth. It’s an eighth of a tooth. Then next to it is another one that’s sprouting, and this one is more like a sixteenth of a tooth because it’s much smaller than the eighth one.

Now, on the upper side, there is a tooth that is just at the surface of the gum. It’s somewhat still inside the gum but somewhat still out of the gum. So this one is a thirty-two’th of a tooth. See why I’m not saying that he has teeth? They are more like tooths because none is complete yet.

I am very elated at this milestone. My little boy is growing! But the person who is most happiest is Kitty’s father.

Kitty began showing signs of teething when he was three months, and we were sure the teeth were gonna sprout any moment then. He was drooling seriously, biting at anything and everything, plus the teeth were already visible from the gums. Kitty’s dad went to the office and announced to all sundry that his son’s teeth were coming out. He even had a small party about it. And then he waited. And waited. And waited some more. But no signs of the teeth that we could clearly see. Whoever coined the phrase ‘So near but yet so far’ might have been waiting for his son’s teeth too. It’s been months and months of waiting for those teeth I tell you. But finally, they are here! And we’re all happy.

And so is Kitty, because now his smile is no longer completely kibogoyo, but partly kibogoyo. He looks so sweet in his half tooths!

Now, what I need to know right now is about cleaning baby’s teeth. At what age should their teeth begin being cleaned? Should I start cleaning Kitty’s tooths already? And how do I go about it? Anybody…?

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Maryanne Waweru-Wanyama is a Kenyan mum raising her two sons in Nairobi. A journalist, Maryanne is passionate about telling stories and hopes that through her writing, her readers learn something new, feel encouraged, inspired, and appreciative of what they have in their lives. Maryanne's writing focuses on motherhood, women and lifestyle. "Telling stories is the only thing I know how to do," she says.

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  1. Love the toothy smile!
    Clean the teeth with a wet soft cloth and run it all over the gum and tooths.
    My 2 kids got their first baby toothbrushes when they turned one.

  2. Hahahaha.. they r finally here…. why am i also excited? Probably even more than u… hehehehe…

    u r already stressed about cleaning teeth that arent even teeth… hehehe…. like Santina says, a liner with some water… and also clean the tongue.

  3. @Rach you’re excited because they say that in Africa, children are raised not by one parent, but by the village, so welcome to the village where we raise Kitty together:-)Sure, will follow Santina’s tips. And the tongue too? Okay.

  4. Maryanne, dont get excited about buying toothbrushes coz once u start buying, u have to include it in ur budget for every month… a good one will go for 250 and above. And i dont know if they chew them ama their saliva is toxic… i dont understand… all i know is when visitors visit ur washroom, u just want to hide the baby’s toothbrush coz people will wonder if u dont have money!!! And yet its like a week old!!

  5. LOL @Rach you kill me with that toothbrush comment! Maybe they chew on them that’s why the bristles wear out fast ama? @Mama Zoe I can already imagine your woes with Zoe:-)

  6. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww 🙂

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