5 ways to get your toddler to brush their teeth. Do they work?
I’ve tried so many different ways to get Pops to brush her teeth these 5 are the ones that have got the best results.
Not only does having music there help with making it more fun, it can be a great way to get kids brushing for the right amount of time. Get your little one to pick a song they love that is 2 minutes or more and they brush until the end. If they are younger then make sure you do the majority of brushing and let them do the last bit.
Brush a doll or toy they love
This one didn’t work for very long for us because Pops doesn’t have a favourite toy but if your little one has something they take around with them everywhere then get them to help brush its teeth. It will make them feel more responsible and distract them long enough for you to brush theirs too.
Brush your teeth together
Kids learn from what they see. Watching you brush your teeth should help them feel more comfortable with brushing and even teach them a good technique.. as long as you’re doing that yourself!
Mirror and Explain
This was a big hit with Pops. Spending time talking through what I was doing and letting her see in the mirror made it so much easier. Its a great way to teach your little one the right technique too.
Rewards seem to be one of those things that get toddlers to do EVERYTHING. Rather than rewards of food and treats I use books for bedtime. Pops loves being read a book (or 10) for bed and while I like that and know it’s great for her I use teeth brushing as a way to get more or less books read. If you don’t want to use books then get a little chart to add stickers too. You don’t want to reward with much else that close to bed so its better to save them for the next day/ weekend if it’s something big or edible.
You may find things that worked before all of a sudden won’t, if that’s the case then try something new! Like most things making it a routine helps too – start brushing as soon as they have teeth (even before with a cloth if you can) and it will hopefully get easier as they grow.
Will or have you used any of these before? Did they work?
Until the next post,
Are and Pops.