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When did your child learn to spit out toothpaste?

How did you teach them? I'm trying with my 3 yr old but she swallows then spits


Asked by mommy_of_two388 at 5:36 PM on Sep. 29, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • I would just keep working with him and getting him to spit out as much you can. Once he gets it then move to more fluoride based tooth paste. My nearly 3 yo just swallows it too, so we aren't even going to try until she is closer to 4 yo.

    Answer by DevilInPigtails at 6:20 PM on Sep. 29, 2010

  • Id say around 4 1/2 year old still swollows the toothpaste on accident sometimes. they will get the hang of it eventually.

    Answer by anikahaynes1 at 5:37 PM on Sep. 29, 2010

  • around 2 and a half...just through repetition and lots of talking about it

    Answer by MommyH2 at 5:38 PM on Sep. 29, 2010

  • My son started it a few months ago, he's 3. He just watched his daddy and I do it enough times and finally figured it out. I was so excited the first time he did it, LOL.

    Answer by thatgirl70 at 5:38 PM on Sep. 29, 2010

  • My son just turned 2, and he's doing it occasionally now. Definitely not all the time though!

    Answer by Anouck at 5:38 PM on Sep. 29, 2010

  • my son is 3 and he does it, every now and then he will accidentally swallow it, but its not really a spit more like a slobber line into the sink, GROSS! lol

    Answer by hunters_mommy07 at 5:44 PM on Sep. 29, 2010

  • i don't give toothpaste with fluoride, even dh and i use fluoride free and sls free too.
    i wouldn't switch to fluoride free until you are sure they will not swallow 4 or 5.
    working on it now is great!

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 6:08 PM on Sep. 29, 2010

  • my daughters 2 1/2 and she spits. She just mimics me. Try brushing yours first. I made a game out of it with my daughter.. to see who could spit it in the drain. lol.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 8:47 PM on Sep. 29, 2010

  • around 18 months both my girls were spitting no issues... we just showed them how we did it, and it worked for us.

    Answer by asil at 9:28 PM on Sep. 29, 2010