Rylan and the toothbrush.
Written on August 8, 2007 by Kevin.
Rylan has always been pretty curious and helpful when it came to brushing his teeth. Brushing his teeth is my thing to do with him right before he does off to bed. It has always been pretty exciting to see Rylan come running into the bathroom when I tell him that it is time to brush his teeth. This is changing however...
Before, every time he tasted the toothpaste, he would let out a "good good good" and a big smile. This has now turned into him running away when he actually sees the toothbrush coming his way. I struggled with this for a bit and had to do a bit of maneuvering to get the toothbrush in his mouth and actually get it moving around. This didn't sit pretty for Rylan and he would do what he could to get away. I don't like the idea of having to force him to brush his teeth with the concern that it may deter him from doing it when he gets a bit older like I was known to do myself. I know the tricks, wet the toothbrush and stay in the bathroom for 2 minutes and make your parents think you were actually brushing your teeth.
Anyways, I have come up with a solution that works for now. Rylan's bed is covered in Disney plush toys and it dawned on me one night that we should be brushing their teeth as well. Now, I tell him that it is time to brush Mickey's teeth and he runs into bed and watches as I brush away. We move down the line and I explain that because Pooh Bear had a lot of honey that day, he would need a longer brushing to make sure he had clean teeth. After I finish up with his toys I lay him down on his bed and let him taste the toothpaste. He now is back to saying "good good good" which then allows me to get inside of his mouth and brush.
I can't tell you how long this will continue to work for Rylan but he sure seems to be into it now. It is fun to see that he thinks his toys need a brushing as well and that it actually helps him want his own teeth brushed. He does it all with a smile now.