As every mom knows, it can be a battle to brush your toddler’s teeth. There are usually tears involved. (Mine.) And there’s a 100% probability that approximately 23% of said toddler’s teeth will actually get brushed. I’ve so been there. Every morning and night, the bathroom was a dreaded war zone as we struggled to clean those pearly whites. I tried consequences, time-out, loss of privileges, coaxing, singing songs, and more. Nothing worked! It was a mental block that my little guy just couldn’t overcome. To him, brushing his teeth was equivalent to walking over hot coals. I needed a toddler teeth brushing tip, fast! So, I kept trying new strategies, sure that one day he would finally become an expert tooth-brusher.
I found a toddler teeth brushing tip that actually works! I want to share with you the only trick you’ll ever need to brush your toddler’s teeth!
(OK, maybe not the only one, but this should definitely be on your gotta-try-this list!)
Here’s the plan. Your job is to be so incredibly silly that your toddler doesn’t even notice that you’re brushing his teeth! It’s really simple, and REALLY silly. But your toddler will really, really love it.
Psst. If you love this post, I know you’d love to steal my strategy for teaching my toddler to sit still. It’s so useful for library storytime, church, and more!
I call it the “Animal Hunt Game.”
You: Hey sweetie, it’s time to brush your teeth! Are you ready to play Animal Hunt?
Toddler: A’mal Hunt! yay! *literally runs to the sink* (Just days ago, he would have been running in the opposite direction.)
You: “OK, you’re ready. Now which animal should we find first?”
Toddler: “I find… al’gator!” *opens up his mouth wide*
You: *in your funniest and downright silliest voice* “Chomp, chomp. I think I see one! Let’s wash him clean!”
Toddler: “There’s a snake in there too, mommy!” *grinning like a fool*
While your little one is distracted, get in there with that toothbrush and clean those teeth!
Repeat as necessary with different animals until your toddler’s teeth are all clean. I’m telling you, I’ve used this strategy for the past few weeks. My son’s teeth haven’t been this clean since the day that first tooth popped through!
The key here is to be so INCREDIBLY silly that your toddler is just hooked on your every word. Change it up and go on a dragon hunt, or search for butterflies. You know your toddler best. What would bring on a fit of giggles?
Give this toddler teeth brushing trick a try!
Want more strategies for winning at life in the toddler years? I know you’ll love this post about how to rock a toddler schedule (even on the weekends)!
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