As a parent in the evenings after a loooong day at work or play the last thing you feel like doing is stepping onto the battlefield with your toddler. Lips clamped shut, head shaking side to side no, no, no, refusing to brush their teeth is a dreaded part of any bedtime routine. Your feet drag up the stairs every night knowing you likely need to summon your best negotiating skills or try and pry your toddlers tiny mouth open to get at those pearly whites. Not a relaxing way to head to bed for anyone, but there are ways you can make brushing teeth less stressful for everyone involved. Here are some tips on how to make brushing teeth fun for a toddler:
- Let your child pick their own toothbrush – It is amazing the difference can be made with having toothbrush that is a colour they like or has their favorite character on it. By letting them pick it out themselves they are likely more amenable to using it, Little Bear loves his Orajel “Guppies Please” toothbrush and won’t use anything else
- Let them start brushing on their own this works especially well for those “I do it myself!” type toddlers and talk them through it “did you get the very back” or “can you count each one you scrub?” Just be sure you get in there to finish he job. My dentist recommends doing this until 8yrs of age.
- Take Turns – My toddler was dead set against letting me brush his teeth, that is until I let him have a turn brushing mine. Letting him have a turn brushing my teeth also gives me an opportunity to talk about how you need to brush top and bottom teeth and both sides.
- Try different flavours – Most kids do not like the strong mint taste of toothpaste so try out different flavours. Just remember if they are still swallowing toothpaste use a flouride-free variety of toothpaste.
Using just these few tricks has turned a tumultuous bedtime routine into something fun, easy and with a lot less tears. How To Make Brushing Teeth Fun For A Toddler
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