DS is 14 months and has 12 teeth. It used to be easy to brush, back when he only had three or four and was still a baby. We got him one of those banana baby brushes and he loved that, and his strawberry toothpaste. Fast forward to now, and it has become the typical toddler toothbrushing struggle. I have read several other threads here and tried some of those ideas:
Doing the "there are monsters in your teeth who want to eat them, let's brush them out of there ~Grrrr!" game....no dice. He's too young to 'get' that, I think.
DH and I simultaneously brushing our teeth, letting him brush our teeth, opening our mouths wide, checking out our mouths and then trying to look in his and brush ~he's not impressed and won't play along.
Just giving him the toothbrush to play with. Sometimes he'll grab it and run off with it, and occasionally this can lead to actual toothbrushing, but usually he's not into it (either the brush as a toy or the brushing).
I was thinking to get him an electric brush, which is what DH and I have. I think he's too young to make a big thing out of picking his own, which I know works for some older toddlers, but still just the novelty and the vibrations of it might interest him.
Other than that I'm out of ideas.
Please let me know how you do / did manage to brush your young toddler's teeth. I am desperate! Most nights it just doesn't work, or if it does we get maybe 50% of his teeth only 30% brushed. I know I should try in the morning too, but I rarely have the motivation as it just ends up a struggle, plus DH goes to work early, his mornings are rushed as it is and I don't think I could manage it alone.
I swear I am at the brink of giving up and saying ya know what? if he gets cavities then FINE! Getting a few cavities filled may actually be overall less traumatic than having a pin-down fighting torture scene to brush them every single night (which, if we were real sticklers about getting them thoroughly brushed it would have to be). I am not willing, at this stage, to do that ~I know some parents do but I feel that could break his trust in us (at least somewhat) and would just suck. OTOH, I know some kids get more than just cavities and have to have like all their friggin' milk teeth pulled, agh! Definitely want to avoid that!
Please share your tips and tricks and advice ~how can we get this kid's teeth brushed?! TIA!