at 30 months he started the struggle, I showed him the fillings in my teeth, let him know it hurt a lot to have them put in and told him brushing keeps this from happining. I asked a friend with two older kids for a suggestions, and she said bribe him with treats. That didn’t sit well with me, but the next night I talked to him about eating cookies and brushing teeth. I basically said “If you don’t let me brush your teeth then you won’t be able to eat cookies anymore.” To my surprise, he stopped fighting me, opened his mouth wide, and let me brush all of his teeth well.http://www.nikefreeflyknitaustralia.nu/ I need more than one method because DS gets bored with the current one a lot.
First, I let him brush his teeth. He controls the toothbrush, and I told him I wanted to hear the Brushing Sound. I’d make it with my mouth. I’d give him a time limit, then he’d give over and let me do more.I also tried music. He loved the a cappella version of “Flight of the Bumblebee” that was made popular on “Clash of the Choirs” at Christmastime. Saying those syllables made him laugh, and it kinda goes with the brushing motion. You can find the video under “Nick Lachey” at YouTube.Another item I tried was to have small toys available where we brush his teeth. That’s the only place he gets to play with them, so he is distracted and lets me brush without a problem. This week, it’s horses. Last week, it was a music box. Anything that holds his attention for the duration works.
Hope these suggestions help!I struggled with this also and asked everyone who suggested everything I had already tried. Then I decided to let my daughter (18 mos) nike basketball sit on my lap nike black shoes and play in the sink with a plastic bucket and a toothbrush of her choosing.nikefreeflyknitaustralia She plays with the water and the toothbrush and tries to brush her teeth. In between her attempts to brush her own teeth, I use a finger toothbrush with baby toothpaste and sing a song while I brush her teeth. It seems to work better. She is more occupied now.