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We are practicing at the sink daily now - I just bought a little wooden Eddie Bauer step stool & that has helped. We are using Earth's Best toothpaste but just out of curiosity...<br><br>
WHEN do toddlers generally learn to spit? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Mine is almost 21 months & he is more into just sucking on the toothbrush.
 

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DD cannot yet spit or blow her nose! I must admit I am hoping for the latter soon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Anyway, she's nearly 26 months and has been "brushing" her teeth daily for well over a year, but she just does not get the hang of spitting yet. We have not introduced toothpaste yet for this reason (even flouride-free).
 

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My 17 month old has been attempting to spit in the past couple weeks. However tooth brushing is a family affair in the morning with both kids and myself at the sink. He is imitating what he sees us doing. I've always found that showing them how to do things works best for most things.
 

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My dd will spit (she is 29 months) with the first mouthful of suds, but she swallows after that. Luckily, the first mouthful is the most she ever has in her mouth. She rinses really well too. I think she started doing this at about 21 months.
 

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My DD is 32 months, and still can't spit. She understands what to do ,but she just can't make it work. It winds up being a dribble rather than a spit. We practicve all the time in the bathtub, though, which makes for lots of fun! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We brush our teeth together and he spits when I do. He is 24 months.<br>
I have no idea how he learned to blow his nose though...heaven help me if I try to hold the kleenex myself though. He is Mr. Independance these days.
 

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DD will spit, but will spit nothing out. she'll swallow the toothpaste, but will spit when her mouth is empty <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I think "most" kids it's after 3 or so.
 

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Oh, I've been wondering this too.<br><br>
We just brush with water at this point...should I go for toothpaste (she's 1.5) or wait until spitting becomes something more likely?
 

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I think DS1 was somewhere between 2 and 3 years old when he learned to spit.<br><br>
DS2 is 22 mos old and spit for the first time yesterday, although it wasn't a real spit. He has watched his brother brush teeth his whole life so he knows to bend over the sink and make a spitting sound...but he didn't produce any actual spit. Baby steps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I also noticed that he's suddenly looking in the mirror and brushing back and forth more than just sucking on the toothbrush. Again, I think this is earlier than DS1 did it, and only because DS2 has a big brother to emulate.<br><br><br>
I use baby tooth gel until they're able to spit out paste. But the kid paste we use is fluoridated (the gel is not) and I don't want them swallowing it, like a non-spitter would. If you're using a non-fluoride toothpaste, I can't see a reason not to use paste.
 

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As the pp mentioned, it is okay to use toothpaste but make sure it is fluoride-free if she can't spit it out. I use Weleda or Burt's Bees.<br><br>
DS is 25-months and he doesn't spit yet. But he has been able to blow his nose for a long time now.
 

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I have wondered this too. I try to teach him and it hasn't worked up to now. I'm at a loss! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks to advice I got here, dd (2.5ish) has been brushing like a champ the last 6 mos, but has been spitting on the pro-circuit since she started brushing with us, about 16 mo.
 

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My son is nearly 2.5 and just did his proper rinse and swoosh around and spit today. Terribly exciting! Before that he'd just let it dribble out, so we always brush teeth in the bath. He has been able to blow his nose for ages, somehow he just knew how to do that one.
 

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My ds is 2.5 and has <i>just</i> learned to spit this week. Now he has this new "skill" he has been spitting his water out at the dinner table too - "to practise Mummy for when I brush my teeth" aargh!
 
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