February 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day! I love finding obscure holidays like this to celebrate with my girls.
There are many different ways you can celebrate your child losing a tooth. No celebration would be complete without a visit from the Tooth Fairy. She is the main girl after all. The biggest thing to get right is the magic.
I love when we are able to get a bunch of different ideas from different moms. Every family is different and what works for one mom might not work for another. Some kids are light sleepers, others sleep through anything. Some kids get nervous about losing teeth. For some, it is very exciting.
Because my girls are only 3 and 8 months old I went to moms who have been there and done that. I wanted to see how they play the tooth fairy game.
Jessica (two boys, Ages 6&10) – You know, I do not love the idea of money for teeth. I actually decided to give the boys little gift packs when they lose a tooth. For the first one, you do get a special dollar coin, a toothbrush, and a great toy like a matchbox car. For every tooth after the first, it is a small toy like those blind bags. Just a little something to celebrate. The biggest tip I have is to make sure they put the tooth in an envelope. Searching for that small tooth under those massive pillows can be impossible.
Jackie (three girls, Ages 10,8,5) – We have a fun tradition in our house. When the girls start to lose teeth we get a fairy door and place it in their room. Each girl gets to pick the color of their door. This way the Tooth Fairy can easily get in and out of their rooms without too much hassle. When the girls wake up there is money under their pillow and a small glitter trail to the door. Kinda makes a mess. In hindsight, I might have skipped the glitter.
Christine (one girl, Age 16) – When my daughter was little we would sneak into her room and place the money under her pillow. We would army crawl across the floor and roll out. The last thing we needed was her waking up. I also made a tiny note to go along with each tooth. The letter thanked her for the tooth and told her to keep up the good brushing. She thought it was cool to hear from the tooth fairy.
Amiee (two boys, one girl, Ages 15, 11, 4) – I am anxious for my daughter to start losing her teeth because now I can do all of the fun glitter and sparkles. Thanks to their father, my boys thought the tooth fairy thing was too girly. I had to be clever with them. My best friend came to the rescue and suggested fun ways to fold the bills. Each time I would make a different shape. Now I get glitter!!!
Michelle (One boy, one girl, Age 8) – Our twins are incredibly light sleepers. We tried to do the tooth fairy, under the pillow routine when our son lost his first tooth. Did not go well. He woke up in the middle of it, then his sister woke up and I had to “explain” that I had seen the light go on and they must have just missed her. He got so upset that I was touching his tooth fairy money he started to cry. After toothgate, we got a little tooth shaped pillow you put the tooth in and hang on the door. Much much better! Now they wake up to 5 dollars with glitter all over them. Everyone is much happier and my blood pressure is stable.
I loved hearing all of these funny stories and great ideas for how to keep the magic alive. As a result, I have come to two main conclusions.
One, you need to tailor the tooth fairy to your child. There are 101 ways to do this. I will probably be the fairy house or door mom with the glitter everywhere! I have two girls, that’s the fun.
The second thing is that the pillow your child uses can really affect how well they sleep. Our 3 year old sleeps on a pillow that is as thin as paper. She refuses to change it! When she goes to her grandma’s house she sleeps on a plush pillow and as a result, sleeps better. Even for kids, pillows are important. If you have a light sleeper think of changing out their pillow. It could make or break their night sleep and your tooth fairy visit!
If you have tried a thousand pillows and not found the right one for your family check out Casper Pillows. They are some of the best pillows on the market. Washable, breathable, and super supportive. Bouns, Casper has a 100-night free trial. If you don’t get the best sleep of your life, return it. Find them here! Hopefully, they will help everyone sleep through the night after the Tooth Fairy’s visit!
Happy Tooth Fairy Day!
Kristin – The Perfectionist Mom
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