Wednesday, April 18, 2007
WFMW (10 Ways to Make Brushing Fun! )
Before I share my WFMW tip, I'd like to mention that this Friday I'll be doing a Vegetarian edition of my Favorite Ingredients Friday recipe exchange. I hope you can join us!
Now, it's time to post yet another WFMW tip. For the longest time, Snuggle Bug was really good about brushing his teeth, but over the past few months he's decided he's no longer interested and it's been a challenge to convince him otherwise. This week I'm sharing some tips on brushing that I found on the Orajel website.
10 Ways to Make Brushing Fun!
While brushing is usually a fun experience, your child may go through a cranky phase when he or she hates to brush. if this happens, try not to make tooth brushing a battleground. Be casual and lighthearted about it all, brushing your own teeth with great gusto and delight, so your child sees how much fun he or she is missing.
Remember that bedtime brushing is most important and, during the day, offer your child lots of plain water after meals.
Here are some ways to make brushing fun and easy for parents and kids (I do #s 1, 3, 6, & 10):
1. Brush with your child — Stand next to your child in front of the bathroom mirror and brush together. It's a nice time together, and your child can mimic your brushing technique.
2. Brush in bed as part of the bedtime routine — If you use a product like Baby Orajel Tooth & Gum Cleanser that is safe to swallow, your child can climb in bed and begin unwinding. Some nights you might even include one of the many books available on taking care of teeth or visits to the dentist.
3. Cute toothbrushes — There are lots of great-looking children's brushes available in stores. Be sure to choose a toothbrush that's small enough for your child to hold comfortably, with a small, rounded head and very soft, polished bristles. You'll probably have to replace toothbrushes every three to four months (more often for preschoolers who tend to chew while they brush!). For babies, a soft finger toothbrush is easy for you to use.
4. Tasty toothpaste — For children under 4, choose a product formulated especially for children, like Baby Orajel Tooth and Gum Cleanser. It has a special mild flavor that babies and toddlers love, in Fruit or Apple-Banana. It's also safe to swallow and non-abrasive. So tooth and gum care is easier and more fun.
5. Count as you brush — Count out loud as you brush each tooth: "Tooth number one is all clean! Tooth number two is all clean! Here comes tooth number three!" This is entertaining for your child, and a good way to practice counting.
6. Say Ahhhhh! — You can't say "ahhh" with your mouth closed. As you brush his or her teeth, encourage your child to say "ahhh," varying the pitch, tone, and rhythm to keep things interesting.
7. Bring a friend — At bedtime, kids may want to invite a favorite stuffed animal into the bathroom to watch as they brush.
8. Tell a toothy story — Kids love to hear favorite stories again and again. Try making up a special short story that you tell only during teeth-brushing time.
9. Make a sticker poster — Hang a piece of bright construction paper on the bathroom wall. Each time your child has a thorough brushing, he or she can choose a sticker or star and put it on the poster. You can also have your child color in Thomas, Percy, James and Gordon on our Thomas & Friends "Brushing Chart" .
10. Sing a toothy song — Make up a silly song to sing every time you brush. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece. Here's what I sing to Snuggle Bug while we brush our teeth:
"Brush your teeth. Round and round. Circles small. Gums and all. Brush your teeth!"
Making brushing fun works for me! To see what works for others, be sure to check out the other links at Shannon's, the creator of Works-For-Me Wednesday!
My past WFMW entries:
Crayola Twistables Slick Stix
kids car organizer
stop urban legend emails
send credit scores soaring
foolproof extra creamy cottage cheese
stainless steel ball whisk
Uses for your child's wagon
10 Reasons Why Parents Should Not Spank
Love Sweet Love
free children's printables
Strawberry Spinach Salad
mesh laundry bag uses
12 lbs 'til Christmas
toddler healthy eating techniques
Grocery Game website
No Fear Shakespeare
list of age appropriate children's chores
linking within comments
creating blogger categories
alternate use for pot rack
cake decorating tips
unique way to stay connected
cake baking tip
comforts of home while traveling
quenching the thirst of your little one
pie crust made in bulk
hot chocolate kicked up a notch
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