Are you having a hard time getting your child to brush their teeth each day without having to deal with complaints and tantrums? Here are three things you can do to make brushing a little more interesting for them.
Decorate Brushing Accessories
An excellent way to get your child more interested in brushing their teeth is to sit down and decorate a brush caddy and a couple of toothbrushes with them. They'll not only enjoy their newly decorated accessories, but they will feel proud of their creation, and this should help keep brushing at the forefront of their mind while they get used to their daily brushing regimen.
Start by purchasing a pack of basic toothbrushes, a wooden or metal toothbrush caddy, and a variety of decorating tools such as non-toxic paint, stickers, and glitter. Cover your dining room table with newspaper, and seal the brush ends of the toothbrushes with plastic bags and tape to keep them clean. Then sit down with your little one and have some fun decorating the caddy and toothbrush handles.
Create a Rewards Calendar
Creating a rewards calendar is another fun way to keep your little one interesting in brushing. Put a calendar up in the bathroom where you child can reach it, and let them put a small sticker on each day that they brush their teeth at least once without having to be asked or throwing a tantrum. Once an entire week has been filled up with stickers, present your little one with a reward to enjoy for their accomplishment. A new book about kids or animals going to the dentist, neon-colored dental floss, and fruity mouthwash are all good options to consider.
Commit to Brushing Parties
You should find that taking the time to have some fun with your little one while brushing will make them want to brush more often. Commit to turning brush time into party time a few times a week by putting on the music and dancing together while you brush or taking turns telling jokes while the other brushes. Make a list of activities you can do with one another and let your little one choose which one to do during each brush session. The idea is to enjoy an activity together that makes the experience of brushing enjoyable so your child associates the task with pleasant thoughts as opposed to dread.
These tips and tricks should make it easier to get your child to brush their teeth on a daily basis and will make the task a bit more interesting for them overall.