Make Brushing Fun for Baby
You know about the importance of your baby’s oral hygiene by the time those first teeth arrive. But the routine you’ve developed together may need to change as your little tyke grows into a toddler. Children can be encouraged to start brushing as early as age 2, but most won’t be coordinated enough to do it themselves until the age of 6. Until then, they’ll need your assistance.
Here are ways you can make brushing a fun experience your child will want to include in their daily routine!
Get the Right Gear
Let your kid choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste flavor. Entice them with ones featuring their favorite TV and cartoon characters, special colors, or tasty flavors.
Turn brushing into a game. Have your child pick her favorite stuffed animal for a chance to practice the motions on her plushy pal. This will also help her gain confidence and dexterity while holding the brush.
Read Teething Tales
To get your children on their way to developing great teeth brushing habits, read books about good oral hygiene together. Find books that encourage children to get comfortable with their mouths and brushing.
Giving toddlers some control over the process can help them feel like a “big kid.” Let her brush her own teeth for a turn before switching back. You can even allow her to brush your teeth for an added sense of accomplishment.
Bring in a Beat
Sing your favorite song or play music on your phone. Not only does this offer a fun distraction, but it can help ensure your child thoroughly brushes right length of time (two minutes). There are plenty of music videos on YouTube to sing along to.
Make It a Family Affair
Kids often learn from watching their parents, so set a routine that works for everyone. Have your child imitate you with games like “Simon says” or “monkey-see, monkey-do” for extra entertainment.
Since some signs of teething may actually be signs of illness, please call your baby’s doctor if the above symptoms don’t ease after a few days or if they worsen.
Some children will not enjoy toothbrushing or find it boring, so it can become a daily struggle. Try to keep a positive attitude and offer words of encouragement. Some parents use weekly sticker charts and other ways to earn rewards for good behavior. Don’t be afraid to try new methods as there are many ways to turn this daily task into a fun habit.