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Teething is a process that many parents wait anxiously for, but dread, when it comes to their newborn's development. Anywhere from the first few months of age, through their first year of age, babies are often teething. Many parents believe their babies are teething when they start to drool. Parents often search the child's mouth for their first teeth by rubbing their hands along their gums, looking and feeling for newly emerging teeth. Babies are given teethers. Teethers are toys that a baby can put into their mouth when new teeth are developing. It is true, babies do get some comfort and relief by chewing on toys, like teethers, when their teeth are growing in. Tender gums might feel better when a light pressure is applied. Just like every person is different, every baby is different. The types of toys that one baby likes, might be very different than another. Some parents prefer using teethers that can be chilled in the refrigerator, providing a soothing coolness to baby's gums if the child puts it in their mouth. Definitely be careful not to freeze the teether to long. It could hurt and be uncomfortable to a baby's delicate gums. Some teethers have vibration when a baby bites down on the toy which can also provide relief, too. There are many other reasons though why babies like to put teether toys in their mouth to chew on. It is not always for relief when their teeth are emerging. It is part of child development that babies will try to put things into their mouth at an early age. All that mouthing and munching actually encourages a baby to move their tongue inside their mouth. This gives the child awareness of their mouth. These motions help to lay the foundation for learning speech sounds as babies begin to babble, while learning to say their first words, "mamama" and "dadada" and "bababa."