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“My son loves Chomps – I am more partial to Pinkey the Pig”
“Brush your teeth. Brush, brush, brush. Brush your teeth. Brush, brush, brush.”
These six words are about all we know of this song if it is indeed a song. All I know is my toddler insists we sing this song whenever he brushes his teeth. And Stephen is obsessed with brushing his teeth. He wants to do it every night after his bath.
Now, his idea of “brushing” his teeth versus what the dentist thinks obviously differ. For my spunky 3-year-old, brushing teeth is nothing more than sticking a kid toothbrush in his mouth.
So the battle lines are drawn when it is my turn to brush his teeth. Stephen is not a fan when I brush his teeth. I think the reason isn’t so much of the fact he is having his teeth brushed; I think it is because I’m the one holding the kid toothbrush and not him.
This often impossible “mine” phase is certainly not for the faint of heart, especially when it comes to oral health. I guess I should take the fact that he is at least interested in a kid toothbrush as a win. Parenting is hard sometimes.
In the interest of preventing cavities, I searched out some options to make teeth brushing a little more fun and definitely more manageable for both myself and the tot. One option I discovered is puppets. And how fun are puppets? Yes, puppets. They are called the Brushies – a fairly new product on the market and more importantly, the name of my fantasy football team next season.
This kid toothbrush is the brainchild of two doctor moms who were seeking a solution to make tooth brushing fun for kids and even adults. The brushes are little colorful finger puppets that include (are you ready):
- Willa the Whale
- Pinkey the Pig
- Chomps the Dino
- Momo the Monkey
My son loves Chomps; I am more partial to Pinkey the Pig. And do whales even have teeth? Curious question for Willa the Whale.
Anyways, these puppets have brushes that you can put on your finger. Your child can also put the Brushies on their little fingers. And then you brush. The bristles are soft and gentle for a child’s delicate gums and teeth.
“If you are struggling to get your child to brush his or her teeth, I would suggest trying the Brushies as a great kid toothbrush. These little puppets open a door of imagination for children, as well as promote oral health.”Carla Pruitt
There is also a book that comes with the puppets that help get kids excited about brushing his or her teeth. Unfortunately for the book, my kid is all about a penguin book he got at Christmas, so the Brushies book isn’t a popular choice at the moment. Maybe if I start reading it to myself, then he will want the book. Again, this pesky “mine” phase…
We recently gave these Brushies (I almost want to call them Bruppets) kid toothbrush a try, and Stephen loved it! Not only did he get his own Brushie, but he allowed me to have one on my finger that I could use to properly brush his teeth. We take turns brushing his teeth. We also make up fun stories and games with the Brushies. Often, I will recruit my husband to take on the role of Willa the Whale that apparently has teeth. Really a fun family experience.
A word of caution though to those who own dogs – the Brushies also have the appearance of chew toys. They are small and made of rubber essentially. If you are not careful, one may become a causality. Poor Momo. He was fun for us the few weeks he lasted before my dog got a hold of him.
If you are struggling to get your child to brush his or her teeth, I would suggest trying the Brushies as a great kid toothbrush. These little puppets open a door of imagination for children, as well as promote oral health.