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My first born just lost his first tooth tonight. So I have two questions...<br><br>
Some of his friends tend to get quite a bit of money per tooth, and I don't really want to go that route (we're looking at in the range of $5/tooth). I think that if we give him money at all, he's going to compare to his friends and decide that his tooth fairy is cheap (which is true, she is), and thus not be satisfied with that. Tonight, he's receiving a liberty dollar, which is novel so I think he'll like it. However, for subsequent teeth, I need some ideas- what (if anything) do you give your kiddoes for a lost tooth?<br><br>
Also, do you save your kid's teeth? DH and I both agreed that this is kind of gross (no offense), but I'm saving this tooth anyway mostly because I've completely messed up when it comes to baby books, first haircut, etc. So far, it's in a little satchel with the date and his name. Short of spending money on some sort of "tooth saving kit" (cause again, this fairy is cheap), how do you save the teeth? Do you only save the first?<br><br>
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My daughter got $10 and an electric toothbrush for her first tooth, $10 for the 2nd, $5 for each of the next two, and $2 for the most recent (and all subsequent) teeth. She seems happy with that.<br><br>
I am just saving all her little teeth in a baggie in my sock drawer right now . . . I'd like to get an old jewelry box for them, though, I think that's what my mom had for mine. They are gross, though.
 

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DS just lost his two top front teeth, lost the two bottom front teeth a year ago...for the first ones I asked around and got $5 as the going rate, we gave him that...wish we didn't, lol.<br>
When these next two came out all he could talk about was how he couldn't wait to get his $5/tooth! We don't "do" the tooth fairy, he knows it's me, but he still likes to pretend a bit.<br>
After talking about it hubby and I decided we needed to do away with the cash so this time around I made him coupons. He had been saving his money for a big book he wanted so one was for part of that and the other was for a new fish, as his passed away recently. He was thrilled with these and it got him away from that greedy little "money, money, money" thing he had going on.<br><br>
As for saving the teeth-I am totally squicked out by them...but when he was itty bitty my mom bought me the cutest little tooth box for him-I have them in there, up on a high shelf where I don't have to see them or think about them. DS likes to look at them every great once in a while (ewwww)... eventually when he is older I'll pitch them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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Wow, I must be cheap, DD1 gets a buck a tooth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> She saves them, we don't do the tooth fairy thing, but she got a little bag that she keeps in.
 

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I'm with Peony, we're cheap! We do $1 per tooth and yes I do save them. I have no idea what I'll do with them in the future or why I'm even saving them now, but I do.<br><br>
DS1's friends all seem to get $5-10 per tooth and I just really don't see the point.
 

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We do $1 a tooth as well. Typically, I do gold $1 coins which somehow the kids think are way cooler than a $1 bill.<br><br>
The only exception was when DD lost her 7th tooth on her 7th birthday - she got $7 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I sort of keep them - I just toss them in a basket in my closet but, I don't intend to keep them.<br><br>
We have friends that do a lot more money as well but, meh, I don't worry about it and my kids don't and if they did, we'd have a nice long talk about being grateful etc...
 

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My son hasn't lost any teeth yet - but we plan on giving crystals!<br><br>
And yes - I plan on keeping them! lol I even have the dried up umbilical cord stumps! hehe<br><br>
I would even go as far as getting something like this to keep them in a safe place!<br><br><a href="http://www.babytoothalbum.com/Gift-Collection/Baby-Tooth-Memory-Book.html" target="_blank">http://www.babytoothalbum.com/Gift-C...mory-Book.html</a><br><br>
(don't let them find it until they are 18 and clearly know that the tooth fairy doesn't really exist! lol)
 

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Thanks for all of the replies! He liked his $1 copper coin. I don't feel quite so bad about being grossed out by the tooth now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> BTW, he knows that we're the tooth fairy, and he even set his 3 yo sister straight on that issue! Good thing too, he grew up knowing that Santa was just a myth, then a friend of his managed to convince him that Santa's real. That was a mistake! Because then he "found out" that Santa was indeed just a myth (I've always told him the story of St. Nick) based on a guy who died centuries ago, and was really upset. Not making that mistake again. Anyway, I think he just likes to pretend, which is cool with me as long as he knows we're pretending.
 

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We give a crisp $1 bill for each tooth. So far, I've kept the teeth in a drawer in my room that he won't be looking in anytime soon.<br><br>
Just be ready, because if he's just lost the first tooth, the next 4 or 5 are going to drop out pretty quickly! Keep a stash of coins/bills handy!
 

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DD got an electric toothbrush, her dad is not a fan of giving her money "over nothing".<br>
I don't plan to save all of them though, just the first one. I don't see any need to and besides they're kinda gross.
 
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