My girl used to be SO cooperative, then she turned 2 1/2. She won't even let me hold her toothbrush WITH her and guide her hand anymore without pitching a complete fit. I don't want to do it this way, but I've had to force her into a certain position, holding her hands in one hand and basically giving her a headlock with my arm so she doesn't shake, and brush her like that. I mean, her breath is starting to get stinky and I'm worried she will be getting cavities. I hate, hate, HATE to do it that way, but all of my gentle, child-led ways have failed recently.Answer Question
Answer by Jademom07 at 4:56 PM on Dec. 30, 2010
Answer by youngmami07 at 4:56 PM on Dec. 30, 2010
Answer by Jaxsmommy09 at 4:57 PM on Dec. 30, 2010
If it's become a battle then try to come up with ways to make it fun or exciting. You might try getting a musical toothbrush or singing a silly song about it while she does it. I ask my son to show me how a robot brushes his teeth and I ask my daughter how a princess brushes her teeth, and they will generally cooperate and show me. Sometimes i tell them I can hear the germs having a party in there and ask them if they can brush them out, and as they do I pretend I can hear the germs screaming; they think that is funny. You could also let her brush your teeth while you brush hers.
Answer by TweenAndTwinMom at 4:58 PM on Dec. 30, 2010
Answer by ss_mom at 5:02 PM on Dec. 30, 2010
Go out with her, and buy a new and fun toothbrush. She can choose which one. Find a toothpaste with a nice strawberry flavor that she likes. Buy an electric toothbrush so she can just hold it by herself. Buy one with the two minutes fun clock. Or buy a cooking clock (for kids there are some funny and/or cute shaped). Tell her if she brushes her teeth nicely she can get some treat (like a nice story, or she can watch 10 minutes TV, or whatever it works. Buy rinsing liquids so you can be sure the teeth-brushing is complete. If you force her she will hate it more and more. Make it a fun action. And promise her keep-able treats. Buy some books or cartoons where they show how important the teeth-brushing is and read with her. Take her to the dentist and ask someone there to talk to her about how important to keep her teeth clean. When she brushes her teeth you can brush yours. So she can be the part of a together thing.
Answer by adriennfaklya at 5:03 PM on Dec. 30, 2010
Answer by cheekycherub at 5:21 PM on Dec. 30, 2010
Answer by missanc at 6:02 PM on Dec. 30, 2010
Answer by momofryan07 at 7:09 PM on Dec. 30, 2010
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