Baby’s First teeth and Traditions

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Zara's First Teeth

There are many things a first time mum has to learn on the motherhood journey. One of such things for me was teething in babies. As a first time mum, I had no idea about all the other symptoms attached to teething in babies. I had prayed and believed she would hit all her milestones by God’s grace.Thankfully, my daughter, Zara, brought forth her first tooth at about six months. Two of her lower front teeth were the first to arrive and we were glad. But before the tooth came out, they made quite the entrance, bothering my little madam. 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF TEETHING IN BABIES 

  • The first signs I noticed was drooling. She was literally producing ounces of saliva (I’m exaggerating). She needed to have a bib on at most times.

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Mummy's Hula Hoop is great for scratching too



  • Next, the Itchiness of her gums was next. Poor thing! Everything suddenly became great for scratching her itchy gums. From her fingers, to her toy keys, mummy’s fingers, etc.. My sister had bought a few teethers for her and they came in handy. Thanks Sis!
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Zara's Mickey Mouse Teether

  • This is the type you can cool in the fridge. Give it to baby when it is cold enough for scratching his or her gums. They are awesome for cooling baby's sore and itchy gums. It is important to wash and sterilise these teethers often to help prevent baby from picking up germs. Also remember to wash your hands like a million times a day (this was a no-brainer for me being a germophobe) and keep her hands clean as well.
  • She also experienced crankiness and at some point she refused to eat and would only open her mouth at the sight of water. 
  • Then there was slight fever and then diarrhoea. At the point when she stopped eating I was worried sick and took her to see the Pediatrician. The doctor assured me all was well and prescribed some multivitamins. She soon returned to her old self a few days later.

So after all this hassles, you see why it’s such a big deal once baby cuts her first two teeth. Indeed it calls for celebration. I am from Anambra state in South East Nigeria, we celebrate this particular milestone same as most parts of the Igbo tribe. 

How do we celebrate? 


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'Okuko' - Baby's Chicken
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The first person, outside the parents, to see and ANNOUNCE that he or she has seen baby’s tooth, will do the honours of gifting baby a ‘life’ chicken. How amazing is that? The parents and Grand-parents may also buy the celebratory chicken. If they are unable to provide the physical chicken, a cash gift is acceptable. But the amount of money should be such that mummy can buy a chicken with it.

My mom told me how in the old days, if you were not prepared to buy a chicken, be sure to keep mute when baby smiles and your see his/her teeth. Lol. You could say something like “oooh! See baby’s corns.” But don’t mention “baby’s teeth” if you are not prepared to fulfil ‘Omenana’ (tradition).

My Zara, got chickens from her Grand parents on both sides. Lucky girl! Don’t forget to give baby some of the chicken when it is cooked. After all, she is the owner of the chicken and got it because she can now eat some solid food.

Do you have some traditions to celebrate baby’s first teeth? Or are there some other traditions you know for celebrating baby’s milestones?









18 comments

  1. Awwww Zara is too cute. That first picture she looks a lot like my niece. I had no idea about the okuko tradition! Now I've learnt. xx
    It's Munastic

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    1. Thanks Muna. I'm sure ur niece is a cutie like her aunt. Glad you've learnt something new about our culture

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  2. Awww, she's cute! I find babies so adorable when they start teething and are always scratching their gum. And that 'okuko' tradition is interesting!I think I may have heard of it before.

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    1. Thanks a lot Kachee. I find the gum scratching part adorable too...but not the other associated wahalas. Lol

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  3. Nice article Sis!!! I remember the drooling period, it was so yucky!!! I AM JUST JOKING. But i really remember the night i paid for not knowing the Omenana, NEVER AGAIN. LOL!!! Keep up the good work. XOXO

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    1. Thanks bro. Which kain never again? Still more chickens from u o

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  4. When more teeth come out, it is important to add, that they becomes defense instruments for the baby. Some babies, would bite anybody, who they don't want to associate with. LOL!!! It is very interesting to watch them go through these early phases of their lives. Keep up the good work Nelo girl!!! XOXO

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    1. Grandma u r right. I keep falling into her trap when I need to brush her teeth. Chai...the pain from those little teeth

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  5. Blessing Akubude16 June 2016 at 20:11

    Nice piece. I've sure learnt a lot. Didn't know a thing about the teething symptoms. It sounds a bit scary but I'm sure the experience would be worth it. Well done!

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  6. lool @zara's cute grin!Very fascinating piece.....I am already looking forward to all the chickens we'd get to feast on...!

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  7. Thanks Ada. Cheers to many chicken feasts to come

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  9. You're welcome. Great piece; never mind the drooling, the crankiness is something else.

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  10. This is interesting. We basically do nothing to celebrate a baby's first teeth.
    I hate the constant crying that comes with teething. Ahh!
    I enjoyed reading your mommy diary, Chi.

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    1. The crying is my least favourite. Poor little things. Thank you Presh for reading

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  11. Nice piece!! Same traction in my place,abia state
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