This is a little tip/trick I learned from Courtney when we were still living in London. Easton and Sara were both tiny little toddlers, playing so sweetly together (if they weren’t pulling each other’s hair out). We would meet up for dinner ever so often, feed our babies their purees, give them their baths together and put them down in each other’s houses so we could continue the party. When Courtney was brushing Easton’s teeth on those evenings, I noticed she would always sing the ABC song. She told me this was a habit she copied from her mum, who would sing this song when brushing her teeth and those of her siblings.
I took over her habit of singing the ABCs when brushing, and Tamar did too. And still, we sing when we brush: the Dutch ABCs for the top teeth and the English ABCs for the bottom ones. Sara and Pim, who are now brushing their own teeth, still hum their ABCs when they are brushing! It is a sweet little tradition, which makes brushing always a bit more fun, and has the advantage that my kids have known their ABCs since a young age, and also, that brushing always takes the minimum time of twice the ABC song.
Do you have any teeth brushing traditions in your family? (Or any tips to help make toothbrushing less of a struggle?)