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How to Clean a Baby's Gums

Although your baby's toothless grin is adorable, bacteria can build up on her gums, so it's important to keep them clean even before those first pearly whites pop through.


  • Step 1: Soak washcloth Soak the washcloth in cool water and wring it out until it's just damp.
  • Step 2: Wrap around finger Wrap the damp cloth around your finger.
  • Step 3: Swipe gums Gently run the cloth over the surface of your baby's gums. Make sure to swipe both the upper and lower surfaces.
  • TIP: You shouldn't have any trouble squeezing your finger past your baby's lips, but if you do, try tickling her lower lip. This should induce her to open wide.
  • Step 4: Repeat process Repeat this process a couple times a day, preferably after feedings. Getting your baby used to the sensation can make brushing her teeth easier down the road for both of you.
  • FACT: At birth, a baby has 20 primary teeth just below the surface of her gums.

You Will Need

  • A baby with a toothless grin
  • A washcloth
  • And some cool water

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