There are many things that feel impossible to get a toddler to do:
Lay still while changing their diaper, eating their veggies, getting them to stop standing on chairs, don’t pull clothes off the hangers, sitting quietly in public, and so much more!
However, getting your toddler to brush their teeth does not have to feel like one of the impossible tasks listed above.
I made a list of 5 easy ways to get your toddler to want to brush their teeth:
If you’re reading this and you already have a toddler, don’t worry! It’s never too late! Start getting your toddler into the habit of brushing their teeth as soon as possible.
Pediatricians and dentists recommend that you start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the pop up.
In the beginning, this can be done with a wet rag or a Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether, Yellow when they are just getting their teeth in.
As they get older and get more teeth, I recommend getting them used to a toothbrush like the Orajel My Little Pony Toddler Training Toothpaste, Pinkie Fruity, 1 Ounce. We started brushing Keo’s teeth every night with this toothbrush and toothpaste since he was 8 months old. He is now 18 months old and we still use this toothbrush and toothpaste and he loves it!
Sing a song
My husband and I have created songs for everything to get Keo excited about what we are doing. We have a song for nap time, bedtime, bath time, and for brushing our teeth.
It’s impossible not to smile when you see Keo’s face light up and watch him dance every time we sing the song when it’s time to brush his teeth.
Make it fun
Brushing your toddler’s teeth doesn’t need to feel like a burden or like on of the many draining tasks you have to do every day.
Make it fun by dancing in the bathroom while you’re brushing their teeth. Parade around the kitchen after you have a successful time of brushing their teeth.
The important thing is to not make brushing your toddlers teeth feel like something negative. Just make it fun!
Since my son was about 17 months old, he wants to do everything on his own. Before, my husband and I could brush his teeth without any resistance from him.
Now, however, he wants to do everything on his own, including brushing his own teeth. But if I let him brush his own teeth, they wouldn’t ever get cleaned.
So now we play a game of taking turns. I let him brush his teeth and then its my turn to brush. We go back-and-forth playing “Keo’s turn, mommy’s turn” and it seems to have been going well for us!
Apply more toothpaste
Sometimes the “taking turn” game doesn’t work, and Keo wants to be the only one to brush his teeth. When this happens, I apply more Orajel Elmo Fluoride-Free Training Toothpaste, 1.5 Oz to his toothbrush and he lets me get in a few more strokes of brushing.
Keo loves brushing his teeth so much that he begs us multiple times a day to go into the bathroom to brush his teeth.
l would be lying if I told you that every day is a success and he is always calm and just stands there allowing us to brush his teeth. But for the most part, brushing his teeth is no big problem on post days.
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