Lolo has six teeth! Yay!! Four on the bottom and two on the top. I can see a few more coming through on the bottom which is exciting to see. Not so exciting for Lolo who struggles with a runny nose, loss of appetite and sleepless nights due to our friend “Teething”. It’s hard watching Lolo in pain but I’m happy she’s growing healthy teeth.
Six teeth mean time to brush them. Although I have been brushing Lolo’s teeth she turned one years old and had only four teeth. A lot of people seem shocked when I say I’m trying to brush Lauren’s teeth, which I think is slightly weird I mean teeth need brushing. I don’t want her to have bad teeth because of other peoples’ opinions. People will always talk regardless. If I brush her teeth or if I don’t, there will always be something to say.
I never realised how hard it could be trying to brush a toddler’s teeth. Lauren is super fussy when it comes to teeth time, so I’ve brought two brushes. One brush for her to hold whilst I try my best to brush her teeth. It is a struggle but I’m slowly getting the hang of it. We also play her favourite song Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic which encourages her to enjoy brushing her teeth. If Lolo is in a bad mood I usually pop some Ashton and Parsons on her gums to ease the pain, and leave brushing her teeth until after she’s had some breakfast. Read my Teething Woes. post here!
Recently I met with a dental specialist at my local baby group and she gave me some helpful tips on how to get Lauren to enjoy brushing her teeth. Here are a few things she suggested.
- Register baby at a dentist, so that she can get used to having her teeth checked.
- Praise baby for brushing her teeth and let other family members know that Lauren is brushing her teeth. This helps as she will become aware that she’s doing the right thing.
- Brush your teeth together and get into a routine. Brushing teeth together, is a bonding thing between mother and baby. Routines are great for babies which allows them to get familiar with brushing their teeth.
- Make brushing babies teeth fun. (I already do this by playing music and overly pulling silly faces!)
- Make sure the toothpaste contains a minimal amount of Fluoride and place a pea sized amount on the brushes.
- Finally purchase a colourful brush which will attract the baby to the brush. (children’s brushes are all quite colourful so that was easy.)
Since having Lolo I learn different things daily. Creating a routine for Lo is the next milestone that I’m trying to achieve, remembering to enjoy every minute of our journey.
Any tips or purchases on dental care?
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