I have been very proud of my little Oliver this weekend… He brushed his own teeth! A lot of mothers aren’t really sure when they should start brushing their baby’s teeth or if they need to brush their baby’s teeth but if you’ve been following my blogs you’ll know that I’m a psycho mom.
I am chilled out about everything except… Teeth! I have a major complex about my teeth (thanks bullies) and I’m OCD about brushing my teeth. I brush my teeth at least 3 times a day, sometimes 5!
I can hear some smartarse saying, “Brushing your teeth that much can be detrimental to oral health because it wears away at your gum line.” I know. But my issues will never go away.
Anyway, carrying on with my Ollie story. He has been having his gums brushed since around 5 months old. I can’t remember exactly but it is in an old blog somewhere!
After his bath every night, I use finger wipe baby toothbrushes and clean his gums and inside his mouth. He actually quite likes it, I think it feels nice when he’s teething.
Now he has 4 teeth, he bites the brush but the brush is my finger! So I decided it was time for him to have his own toothbrush and toothpaste.
He brushed his own little teeth! He found it funny, it must have tickled him!
I’m no expert but I am a psycho so here are my psycho mom tips for getting babies to brush their teeth:
- Use finger wipes from a very early age so they just get used to having something in their mouth and it’s not a big deal when they start to take notice of what is going on.
- When you brush their gums say, “Brush!” Or because it’s a baby, “Brush, brush!” (For some reason baby language just means say everything twice!)
- When you upgrade to a real toothbrush just say, “Brush, brush!” Then they’ll understand what is going on.
- Then to get them to do it themselves… You do it! I held my toothbrush, gave Ollie his toothbrush and said, “Brush, brush!” And brushed my teeth then he did it. First attempt and he just brushed his little teeth! Go Ollie! 😊