My son loves a good nightly routine. In fact, I will admit that everyone in my house tends to be creatures of habits when it comes to bedtime rituals. But this mom isn’t complaining because I believe that my children are great sleepers because of it. We like to make things fun around here and washing up can be an adventure with just a few small adjustments. If you have a toddler-aged child in your home, I have a few tips to share with you that can help make brushing his/her teeth into a game and something that they will look forward to every night.
After all, a routine only works if you actually do it, right?
First things first — characters matter. No, really. Take your children shopping with you and allow them to choose which superhero, princess, or cartoon favorites they’d like to bring home with them from the store. My son likes to alternate between Spider-Man and Paw Patrol. So… I let him! Getting your child involved in the purchase makes them feel like they are part of the process and helps them take pride in the product.
Caleb is looking for characters and I am looking for a quality toothpaste. But you know what? We are both looking at the same tube. Orajel™ offers everything that a family needs to get started with oral care health and maintenance.
Orajel™ anticavity fluoride toothpaste helps to protect against cavities to keep young teeth and gums healthy all while strengthening and protecting your child’s teeth. And let’s be honest — what better way to encourage kids to brush than with their favorite characters!? It’s a win-win!
Allow your child to do as much as they can on their own. Of course, be there to supervise and to minimize the mess, but if your child can put the toothpaste on his toothbrush – allow him to. He will feel so grown up and responsible if you do! Even more so if he has older siblings!
We usually let Caleb brush his teeth on his own and then I take the toothbrush and give him a quick cleaning before we wrap up the session by the sink. This way, I allow him to think that he is the one doing most of the work. He loves it!
Don’t rush. I know we are all trying to get to bed and by the time we hit our nightly routines, parents are just about done, but if your child is having fun – let them be. There’s just something magical about water at the sink, right? If Caleb wants to play a little bit at the sink while he is brushing his teeth, I let him. So what it takes another minute to wrap up? He finds joy in the activity which means we won’t struggle the next day. That feels like a win to me as a parent. Positive reinforcement is always better than negative.
This post is sponsored by Orajel™.