Toothbrush time can be frustrating as toddlers, who are beginning to assert their independence anyway, can be even less reasonable right before bedtime. Nevertheless, teeth must be brushed. Check out some of our ideas for getting your toddler to open up.
Some kids are easier to work with at tooth brushing time than others, but most kids will need a little incentive to open up from time to time. If your toddler is like the kids we know, you'll have to switch up your technique from night to night. When "say ahhh!" doesn't work try:
- Saying, "listen to the toothbrush make its brushing sound!"
- Giving your child a toothbrush so she can brush your teeth while you brush hers.
- Letting her face the mirror and watch while you brush her teeth.
- Challenging her to keep her mouth open while you sing a song (her favorite song, happy birthday, or Raffi's "Brush Your Teeth")
- Set a timer, and let her brush her teeth first, then when the timer beeps, it's your turn.
- Provide a fun toothbrush or toothbrush holder to bribe her
What are your tricks for brushing your toddler's teeth?