We were given some toothbrush goodies from the lovely people at Brush-baby for the purpose of this review. However, you can be assured that all stories and opinions are my own – please see my disclosure page for more info.
As the mother of a 10 month old baby, I am no stranger to the joy that is teething.
However, what I hadn’t considered until our magical first tooth popped through a few months ago was that I’d need to brush them. With so much to learn as a new mum, it’s easy to forget the basics.
Of course, I know that oral hygiene is of the utmost importance. At 27 years old, I can proudly say that I’ve never had a filling. Probably because I have never not brushed twice a day. Well, except maybe on the odd, incredibly drunk occasion. Which is a trait I’d be happy to pass down to my daughter (the brushing, not the drunkness).
However, when faced with a little baby and her tiny tooth, it’s difficult to know where to begin.
That was, until Brush-baby got in contact and asked if we’d try out a couple of their products to see what we think. Trusting that they knew a bit more about babies mouths than I did, I jumped at the chance.
Brush-baby – learning to love the toothbrush
Brush-baby products are designed to encourage excellent oral health in young children by providing products that cater to children’s tooth development, habits and brushing skills.
We were sent an exciting selection of toothcare products to help my daughter’s smile sparkle.
The new ‘My first brush and teether set‘ (£6.75) and ‘Teething toothpaste‘ (£2.35) were the first on trial – and I’ll admit, I was skeptical. Although the brush head is tiny, I couldn’t imagine Moo being comfortable with me shoving bristles tasting of Applemint in her mouth – let alone allowing me to use it properly.
Turns out, I was wrong.
She absolutely loves brushing her teeth. The appealing taste of the toothpaste (I literally used the tiniest smear, as directed) along with being invited to stick something in her mouth for once made it an absolute breeze. In fact, it was only when I took the toothbrush away that she got upset.
Luckily, in-between brushes, the teether can take over. As part of the set, the teether is quite possibly one of the most genius baby items ever (up there with the magical fruit mesh device). With an easy-grip design and a hard, bristle-like head, it’s designed to clear and massage gums as babies chew away. And it must offer amazing relief as Moo goes mad for it. Chewing hard, it makes it all round her mouth (I’m even offered a chew – slobber and all!) – and tiny bits of food that have obviously been stuck somewhere in there come away. A quick wash later and it’s back in her mouth.
But the taste.
I’m going to admit… I had a taste. Not because I was curious, but because I accidentally ran out of toothpaste. So I did the adult thing and borrowed my daughters. I wish I could use baby toothpaste everyday. Although I didn’t get the minty, refreshing feeling after brushing, it didn’t matter. It was delicious.
Along with this brilliant toothbrush set, I received something even more epic…
I literally had no idea this even existed for babies.
It’s the ‘Babysonic electric toothbrush‘ (£8.99). Yes, you read that right – an electric toothbrush.
Now, you may be thinking, why on earth does a baby need an electric toothbrush? But since trying this bad boy, I think – why on earth not!? Teaching my daughter to use an electric toothbrush at the tender age of 10 months is probably one of the best things I can do for her oral health. Some days, she is a little afraid of the buzzing – and so we just use the light instead. Other days, she absolutely loves it.
The point is that as she gets used to it and embraces a vibrating toothbrush, it’s going to set her up to use an electric one for the rest of her life. And everyone knows that using an electric toothbrush is so much better for your teeth. I really applaud Brush-baby for this product as it means that she’ll grow up with it (it comes with 2 sized brush heads for babies and toddlers) and so won’t ever have a scary, transitioning phase from manual to electric.
And the fun doesn’t stop there
I was also sent ‘Brush-baby toothbrushing reward stickers‘ (50p) and a ‘Toothbrushing chart‘ (free) which I’m planning to whip out the minute she a) understands what it’s for and b) decides that brushing her teeth isn’t actually as much fun as it’s cracked up to be. In the meantime, I’ll try not to help myself to stickers to pretend I’ve been to the Dentist (I really need to go!).
Since receiving these products, we now brush twice a day. I’ve found it easiest to alternate between toothbrushes to keep things fresh, clean and help ease into the Babysonic. I never imagined we’d actually have fun keeping her mouth clean – but she quite literally can’t get enough.