Toddler Tooth Brushing Tips with Aquafresh Training Toothpaste. Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Aquafresh through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Aquafresh, all opinions are my own.
Toddler Tooth Brushing Tips with Aquafresh Training Toothpaste
You somehow get smarter with your second child. Brushing teeth is definitely one of those life skills that I’ve learned a trick or two from my first child’s
struggles meltdowns chaos experiences. Wanting to make teeth brushing a “different” and positive experience for my now 16 month old toddler, here’s my 5 BEST Toddler Tooth Brushing Tips.
1. Start Them Early
You won’t believe how early I started teeth brushing with child numero dos. 3 months old. That’s right. Before I even saw a pearly white bump, I was in my baby’s mouth giving her gums a good scrubbing. Why?
Because we were setting up for our routine. Daily habits start early. I was allowing my baby get used to a foreign brush in her mouth. She was learning that it wasn’t hurting her. And we are both accepting each other’s thoughts on the matter.
2. Set the Example
Monkey See. Monkey Do. My little toddler monkey loves to do everything Mommy does. She loves putting on shoes, carrying a purse and attempting “selfies” (where does she get that idea?). So make sure you’re also setting the example for good teeth brushing. Let your little one watch you brush your teeth. Let them watch their siblings brush their teeth. I even let my girl brush my teeth for me!
3. Give Them Their Independence
A good teeth brushing doesn’t happen overnight. It would be insane to expect my baby to get all of her crevices or be an expert flosser by now. Now is the time to explore, to learn, to trust. Let them do as much “brushing” to their hearts desire. Let them explore each toothbrush bristle. Let them put the wrong end in their mouth. Then gently coach them to correct brushing methods. My baby has gone from mouth SHUT to running towards me when it’s teething brushing time!
4. Have the right equipment
Having a toothbrush and toothpaste made for little ones is so important to the development and preservation of those precious pearlies. Did you know that “compared to your tooth enamel, your baby’s is 50% thinner. That’s why you need expert protection.” Wow, I had never thought of that before. Having a toothpaste made just for toddlers helps ensure that those baby teeth stay healthy for many years! That’s why we use Aquafresh Training Toothpaste, from “The little mouth experts ™.”
Here are some things I love about Aquafresh Training Toothpaste for my toddler:
- Made for kids aged 3-24 months
- Safe to swallow! “Please use product as directed on label.”
- No artificial colors or preservatives
- Natural flavors kids love, like Apple-Banana
My daughter was so excited to brush with her new Aquafresh Training Toothpaste. She really loves the Apple-Banana flavor and wanted to keep brushing and brushing! I love the tube size. Plenty of toothpaste in there so we can keep up healthy habits twice a day!
5. Make It FUN
It’s so important to enjoy those toddler years! Make sure to take the time to show your child that brushing their teeth can be FUN! With silly songs, dances and teeth-full funny faces, we are having an amazing time soaking in the BEST of the toddler years!
What’s your best tips for getting your kids to brush?
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Tonia @TheChattyMomma says
Great advice. I love your toothbrush holder. My kids would have more fun brushing with cute accessories.
Christina S says
My son is 3 and he loves to brush, but we need to work on getting him/us to brush better. I want to redo our bathroom to make it more fun for him and his little brother.
Janeane davis says
It is important to teach children how to brush and have a good oral care routine early because it is an important habit that will help them all their lives.