Probably no awesome advice, as DD has never really resisted it. However, I normally let her do it herself first, and then I have a go afterwards. I try to turn it into a game, and make her laugh - e.g., by getting her to make funny noises while I'm brushing. When she was a bit younger we used to say "Does that tickle?" when we did it, and she'd giggle about her teeth tickling.
Another thing that helps is that she LOVES spitting out water after we've done them. We do it in the bathroom, and again make a bit of a game about where she's going to spit out ("Oh no! You're not going to spit that out IN THE BATH, are you?!") and she thinks she's being very cheeky by doing it in the bath, or in the shower. (Obviously the floor/ somewhere inappropriate is off limits!)
Well some success.. sort of... I bought him an electric tooth brush - he prefers to rub it across his forehead and lips. We went back to his original tooth brush and we tried taking turns, tiny success but didn't reach his molars and he let me do it for about 5 seconds. He play with his toothbrush in the bath. After he was dressed I thought I'll try the "force" method - with DH not home it was not going to happen, he is so strong and wriggly and won't open his mouth unless it's to scream and then slam shut again. So again fairly big fail on the tooth brushing
Bugger! I wasn't home for it tonight (I work Thursdays and don't get home until she's in bed) but DH said she was her usual defiant self!
DS used to be really bad. I couldn't force it because he'd just bite down on the brush and not open his mouth. I asked my boss who was a former dental nurse - she said not to stress, it wa a more about good habits and trying to get them used to the brush. She said more concentrate on mummy's turn then toddler's turn and just get the molars.
Recently I started making a big thing about brushing away the sugar monsters, seems to be working well however most of my friends say it gets heaps easier around 2yo anyway
Thanks babyla for this thread ive been going through the exact same thing. :thumbup:
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