Independence sort of sneaks up on you. One day your little one needs help with everything, the next thing ya know they want to do everything themselves. In my house we are at that crossroad with teeth brushing.
K can brush her own teeth, but doing a good job at it… well, she is five. As much as she wants to be a big girl and do it alone – left, right, top, bottom and she is done. She really needs me standing over her, watching and correcting. So that’s what I do. But at the same time, I want to give her the freedom (especially when we are in a hurry) to do it without observation.
Enter Tooth Tunes by ARM and HAMMER .
Instead of leaving everything up to chance, Tooth Tunes incorporate fun music into the chore by timing brushing. With the push of a button, the brush plays music for exactly two minutes. This helps K keep track of how long she should brush for while letting her bop along and enjoy the process.
I’ve never seen a kid so excited to receive a toothbrush as when I showed her what her new brush did. (What, don’t you wear a tiara and necklace to brush your teeth every night?)
Here’s the part mom thinks is really cool. When I first played the music, I thought it was really quite and wondered how she would hear it over the sound of brushing. Honestly, I thought it was a product fail. Then I turned over the package and noticed something, “Sound vibrations stream from the bristles through your teeth – so you hear the music in your head.”
I had to try it myself, so I touched the brush to my front teeth – HOLY COW! It works, you really hear the music loud and clear in your head. It makes sense, but I didn’t think of it. And it is really darn cool.
So, how did brushing go?
As expected, she bopped and danced through her brushing. When it was over, she had one question for me, “What was that song mom, it was really good.”
Her first introduction to One Direction. Oh my, I might have created a monster!
Chore Chart Printable
To help K on her road to independence (tears), we have been talking about adding a chore chart to her nightly routine. So I finally got around to making her one (she was thrilled). It turned out so cute, I decided to make one in several colors and share them.
Tip – Use contact paper to laminate the chart. Then you can use a dry erase marker and reuse the same chart over and over.
ARM and HAMMER Sensitive Toothpaste
I also received ARM and HAMMER Sensitive toothpaste to try. Since K isn’t a fan of minty flavors, she prefers fruity toothpaste (gag), I have been using it instead. I don’t really have sensitive teeth, although during my pregnancies I did. (Another strange pregnancy symptom.) But I do like teeth whitening, so a bonus for me!
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