If your preschooler has ever asked for “just 5 more minutes”, you know that toddler time runs on a different clock than parent time. Which is just one of the reasons why it can be difficult to make sure they’re brushing their teeth for the full two minutes recommended by the American Dental Association.
While there are lots of ways to make sure they brush the full two minutes, like you could stand behind them looking at your watch for two minutes, but let’s be honest, that scenario really isn’t enjoyable for either of you!
Like anything else having to do with raising children, the more fun you can make the routine, the faster time will fly.
Using something like an egg timer is always handy, but our favorite option is through music! What kid doesn’t love to move to the groove? Even better that they have a mirror to watch themselves be silly in.
Here are some of our favorite songs to play and move along to while brushing our teeth.
4 Fun Songs to Brush Your Teeth To
This one is good for when you don’t have access to your phone or music player and will work in a pinch. You will need to sing it about 3 times to reach the two minute mark, but it’s great for younger kids interesting in learning their letters. Two birds with one stone right?
This is such a cute song and she even has a Sesame Street version!
Down By The Bay
Is a silly, catchy song that almost 2 minutes on the button!
Apples and Bananas
Another catchy one, this one also teaches vowels!
Providing a fun toothbrush and toothpaste is another really good way to encourage healthy brushing habits. Choose something with characters that your children love and they will look forward to the chore!
What tips or favorite songs do you have to help your kids reach that 2 minute brushing goal?