How I Brush My One Year Old's Teeth

I was hesitant at first because I'm not yet sure if I'm going to transition her toothbrush to a normal toothbrush, even when she really has a lot of teeth for her age already.

But yes, we did. I'm afraid of cavities and whatnots that could cause her teeth to weaken, so yeah.

At first it was still easy, I guess because it was new for her and she doesn't really know what it's for, or how it works, so it was pretty easy to brush her teeth. She would even hold her own toothbrush and somehow brush her teeth. I was so happy! I was like "OMG my little girl loves brushing her teeth! Why do they say it's hard to brush a toddler's teeth?".

A couple of days after, I don't know what happened, but Maco doesn't like to brush her teeth anymore! I was confused. Was it the toothpaste? The toothbrush? Was I too hard? I'm not sure.

A few days passed that sometimes I wasn't able to brush her teeth properly or that the toothbrush would be inside her mouth for only 10 seconds and she quit, like "no mother, not that thing again! no! no! no!". Lol! And I already tried to brush with her, but that didn't really happen, I ended up brushing my own teeth alone! And she ended up crying.

I noticed one time though that she would stay put when we let her watch a video on Youtube. And so that's what I did, I let her watch a video on Youtube so I could brush her teeth. I don't really let her watch videos on Youtube or be near a gadget when we're at home, I wouldn't want her to get used to using gadgets, I just don't think it would be good for her as she's still too young for it.

So this is our routine on brushing her teeth
(this usually happens on the afternoon and at night time right after her bath)
(yes, I bathe her twice a day! It's just too hot here in the Philippines!)

I clean her toothbrush with hot water. Don't worry, when I use it on her it's cooled off already!

I let her sit on my lap and use my phone so she could watch Youtube videos. I let her watch this 'This is the way to Brush Your Teeth' song when I brush her teeth.

Sorry for the blurry photo! Hehe

I'll just do the same what the little boy on video was doing. Yes, I'd say 'first, take your toothbrush' 'put a little amount of toothpaste' and then I'd sing along with the video. Kabisado ko na yung kanta talaga!

I brush her teeth until the video's done, sometimes I even let her brush her own teeth. And we're done! I let her watch for a couple more minutes after I'm done brushing her teeth though, because that's the only time I let her watch Youtube videos. Heehee! And she enjoys watching nursery rhymes!

Anyway, I'm not sure if this would work on your child as it did on my little one, but trying wouldn't hurt,  would it? Or if you don't have problems brushing your child/ren's teeth, well then, good for you! :)