Tooth Care, Tooth Brushes, and Signing with Baby
Summary: Dr. Kerry Maguire, Director of Public Advocacy with Tom’s of Maine talked with us about dental health for your baby. We also talk about tooth brushes we have tested and the amazing things your baby will tell you when she can sign. Plus lots more fun info. Check out the FREE Kindermusik Class offer special for Babies and Moms Listeners. You can try a class and know if it works for you! Our kids especially love the kids toothpaste without flouride. And the parent toothpaste is quite good–unique flavors that are not overpowering. Toothbrushes we Tested There is a cool toothbrush for the youngest babies. Check out the Babys First Toothbrush from Baby Buddy. Tricia’s daughter Kiera actually asks to brush her teeth with this brush–several times a day. Anna likes it enough that she will brush after meals (we leave it in the kitchen and do it before we get out of the high chair). Check it out and check out some other things they have–we like the straps for keeping things attached when baby learns to drop things as well as the closet organizer tags to keep track of the sizes of clothes you have in the closet. We also tried the American Red Cross Infant to Toddler Oral Care Kit by Learning Curve. It’s a complete infant-to-toddler oral care kit to promote healthy gums and teeth. Contains 1 fingertip toothbrush, 1 gum stimulator, 1 infant toothbrush, 1 toddler toothbrush, 1 toothbrush holder and 1 storage pouch. The toothbrush is soft for older kids so we like it for the 18 month to 3 year age. We espeically like the toothbrush holder–totally cool. You can get this kit at stores like Target. NOTES: The toddler brush is definately for older kids and if your baby doesn’t like you to stick your finger in her mouth, the fingertip toothbrush won’t work well so you might want to try the Baby Buddy and see if she will brush her own teeth (or just push through and get your baby used to it). Or, try using a soft cloth as Dr. Maguire suggested. Look for Nancy’s New BookBaby Signing 1, 2, 3 is Nancy’s new book. Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 is the answer to all your signing questions. Learn how to sign with your baby at every age and every stage. This new book covers your child’s physical, emotional, mental and linguistic development at every age and how signing fits in to the picture. If you are starting to sign with your baby at 4 months or 14 months, this book tells you how to do it and gives you activities to help you and your baby learn to sign quickly and successfully. This is the first book to include a chapter dedicated to signing with children with Special Needs.