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Try A Little Give and Take
"My son is 28 months and we have a little game we play. First I give him his tooth brush with toothpaste on it and he brushes while I get him a cup of water. Then I take a turn. After a few seconds it's his turn again. It takes at least 15 minutes to brush his teeth, but we get it done."
~ Parent Soup member Theresay
"What works for me is allowing my daughter to brush by herself until she tells us she is ready for us to brush. If we try to rush her, she has a tantrum. But if we calmly wait, giving the impression that we have all the time in the world, she usually tells us it is our turn within two minutes. Hope this helps."
~ Parent Soup member TiggerMomy
Enlisting Barney's Help
"My son refused to brush his teeth about six months ago. Here's what worked for us: I would tell him I saw Barney in his mouth and I needed to get him out. I would tell him to open wide and then start to brush his teeth, while saying things like 'There he is, get out of there Barney!' Now that brushing is fun, he never fights me anymore. Hope you find what works!"
~ Parent Soup member LUVZ49RZ
"My husband bought our daughter some Barney toothpaste and she became more receptive to brushing her teeth after that. Another trick that works is brushing her teeth in the shower or bath. For some reason she doesn't fight as much. And remember, if you only get some teeth each night it is better than not getting any at all."
~ Parent Soup member Emmmmmmmme