Monday, 6 February 2017

Win! Goodies from the Tooth Fairy

The tooth fairy came back this week, but this time her visit was unscheduled. No money changed hands, for there were no body parts under the pillow. Rather, the Tooth Fairy was making a special delivery.

This extraordinary visit followed the extraordinary circulation enjoyed by the letter my son received from the tooth fairy just a couple of weeks prior.

When the early-years toothcare specialists Brush-Baby got wind of my son’s failure to supply the Tooth Fairy with a perfect specimen, they sent him and his younger brother a brand-new electric toothbrush each, as well as two tubes of toothpaste: spearmint and tutti-frutti.

I confess, the whole concept of sweet toothpaste makes me twitch. But that can be explained by a lifetime of indoctrination: cars should be pine fresh, household cleaner should be lemon fresh, and toothpaste should be minty fresh. My desire to use sweet toothpaste is about as strong as my desire to use bacon toothpaste. But that’s not to say it’s wrong (well, bacon toothpaste is wrong, I stand by that) - if it motivates kids to clean their teeth properly, then it’s simply a gateway to better oral hygiene.

But did the children enjoy it? Oh yes - in fact, my youngest cried when I wouldn’t brush his teeth for a third time. (Cruel parenting is a forte - thank you.)

If you’d like to see how well the brush and toothpaste were received (as well as the Tooth Fairy's most recent correspondence), my son's reportage will explain more.


Now, as if Brush-Baby hadn't been kind enough already, those all-round good eggs have also offered to give one of my friends an age-appropriate oral hygiene pack for their own littlun. So whether you have a gummy little bairn or a gap-toothed schoolgoer, this is a great starter pack for encouraging best practice in oral hygiene and ensuring Sparkly Pegs receives a steady stream of pristine ivories.
The Brush-Baby range (pictured) is divided into three stages: Baby (0-3 years), Toddler (3-6 years) and Child (6+ years)
The winner may select which starter pack they would like to receive; contents will vary

All you need to do is enter via the Gleam widget below.

The closing date for entries is 26 February 2017. More T&C below!

Brush-Baby Giveaway

Terms and conditions
1) The prize is an age-appropriate early-years toothcare pack from Brush-Baby. The winner may choose either Baby (0-3 years), Toddler (3-6 years) or Child (6+ years). There is no cash alternative.
2) The closing date for entries is 23.59 26 February 2017. No further entries will be accepted after this point. You can still comment if you like, but there has to be a line in the sand.
3) The giveaway is restricted to UK residents only, excluding my family and employees of Brush-Baby.
4) The winner will be automatically selected via the Gleam app.
5) The winner has seven days to claim their prize. If the prize hasn’t been claimed in this period, I will redraw.
6) I will announce the winner on this blog post and on Twitter within seven days of the winner claiming their prize.
7) Brush-Baby is responsible for supplying the prize.
8) This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter, Blogger or any other social network.
9) I will not use your information to sell you encyclopaedias, or to get anyone else to sell you encyclopaedias.
10) I reserve the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of my control. Yes, that does include zombie apocalypse. Any further clarification of terms will be clearly added to this blog post.
11) Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
12) I think that’s it, but if I have forgotten anything fundamental that might void this endeavour, please let me know.

Disclaimer: I received the Brush-Baby products in exchange for writing this post.

Thanks for hosting on your linky Di Coke & Loquax!
Thanks also to Prize Finder and Competition Database for listing!

115 comments:

  1. My sons tooth fairy needs to up her letter writing game!!

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    1. haha! I think it got a little out of hand here - I'm not sure I can keep this up for forty teeth!

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  2. I finding singing songs helps and having a timmer, plus having character endorssed toothpastes works a treat!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion - I'm definitely forwarding this to Sparkly Pegs!

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  3. We find making it fun and timing gets the job done

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  4. Introduce teeth cleaning into the morning and bedtime routine. E.g. if you always do bath, pyjamas, teeth and story in that order, then your child will soon come to realise that teeth cleaning is all part of their normal routine.

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    1. I'm a total believer in routines - I'm buying this 100% :D

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  5. A fun toothbrush has helped my grandson

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    1. How old is your grandson? My littlest is three and I swear he tries to eat toothbrushes ... I was amazed at the results with the electric toothbrush - he just opened up like a flower :D

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  6. Make sure to include teeth cleaning as part of daily routine from a very young age, before they even have their first tooth. That way the habit is ingrained before they are old enough to have any ability to complain about it.

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    1. Get in there early - yes! I'm definitely forwarding this to Sparkly Pegs :D

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    1. I'm 42 and I still want a colourful toothbrush. Ideally one with a unicorn on it. :D

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    1. How do you sing with a mouthful of toothpaste?! #Messy!

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  9. Let them pick there tooth brush , we have a fun timer , its a frog and his eyes move

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    1. My eldest is a total control freak - he'd be well on board with this! Sparkly Pegs would approve!

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  10. We've tried all sorts - flashing toothbrushes, silly songs, etc but my son still hates brushing his teeth 🙄

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    1. It's possible that I once threatened to use the garden hose on my first-born's teeth. I can neither confirm nor deny that.

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  11. Always clean your teeth at the same time as your child. Children love to imitate grown ups, so if you’re cleaning your teeth then they will want to copy. :)

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    1. Children are total copycats - Sparkly Pegs will love this!

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  12. There are some fun app timers that I have found help my lo

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    1. Brilliant! Sparkly Pegs especially loves tweetable tips!

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  13. A singing toothbrush for sure! I'm 24 and I can still remember the song that mine used to sing!!

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  14. A colourful toothbrush and making it fun.

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  15. A nice toothbrush and tasty toothpaste

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    1. I can certainly vouch for tutti-frutti toothpaste! :D

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  16. Let them listen to a song they like while they're brushing their teeth.

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    1. I've seen apps for this - brilliant idea!

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  17. My niece is encouraged by a fun toothbrush and themed toothpaste.

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  18. LOVE the video - so cute! My top tip for little ones brushing their teeth is to be a good role model - let them see you and even 'help' you brush your teeth, let them see you role play brushing the teeth of their favourite toys and then they're usually keen to let you brush their teeth too! So far that's working with my 4 year old. Sadly I also still have to brush my 12 year olds teeth - so top tips for him would be welcomed!!!

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    1. Aw - it's great to feel the love - thanks! I'll have another video in a week or two - keep those eyes peeled! I'm afraid I've no experience with high-school teeth, though I do remember my mate's nephew pretending to clean his teeth at that age by simply sucking the froth off his toothbrush!

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  19. Using a teeth cleaning app or special teeth cleaning song :)

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  20. A fun toothbrush and a nice tasting toothpaste always help .

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    1. Our lads love the flashing lights on the Brush-Baby brushes - the older one turns out the bathroom lights so he can have a teeth disco :D

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  21. We make it a game and brush together to a timer!

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  22. A star chart with a gift at the end with stars only given for good, two minutes brushing. Margaret Abram (can't get your comment widget to work).

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    1. My eldest is loving his star-chart :)

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  23. Make it fun and a nice character toothbrush

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  24. We sing let's trickle the teeth seem to work

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  25. I don't have any children but would love to win this prize for charity, to go to Romania.

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  26. Some fruity toothpaste and a song to time it!

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  27. We make it in to a game with the Teeth song, practising with teddy also helped.

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  28. We have a 2 minute sand timer which the kiddies love watching. They also brush their teeth at the same time to make it fun we sing a song while they do it

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    1. Songs are great - I've just recalled the one my wife used to sing to our eldest:

      Oh the Grand old Duke of York
      He had 10,000 teeth
      He brushed them every day and night
      And they never gave him grief
      And when they were clean they were white
      And when they were clean they were bright
      And when they were really really clean
      It was because he brushed them twice.

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  29. WE HAVE A GAME CALLED LETS GET THEM SO WE GET ALL THE GERMS WITH SOME NICE TOOTHPASTE

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    1. Sounds like bacteriological pokemon!

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  30. a flashing musical toothbrush is the only thing that helped x

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  31. I normally make it into a game brushing there teeth for example we see who can brush the most teeth in three minutes which they love

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  32. we try to make it fun, but find a timer useful and usually have something lined up for straight afterwards, so that we can say "as soon as you have cleaned your teeth we are ....reading/ going out/ playing something"

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  33. Luckily my little boy has often seen his nanny & grandad have to take 'their teeth' out and put them in a denture bath every night so he knows he has to look after his ;)

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  34. Make sure cleaning teeth is part of a routine. Make it fun and let child pick their toothbrush

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    1. Absolutely! My eldest is a control freak - it's best to give him any kind of agency whenever possible because the earache just isn't worth it!

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  35. we make it fun and i sing a tooth cleaning song whilst the children are brushing

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    1. Always looking to learn new songs - how does yours go?!

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  36. i find telling her that its tooth tickle time does the trick abit odd i do amit but i usually get a goot 2 mins :D

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  37. My best tip is to do it all together :)

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    1. Great idea - though I'd have to stand two people in the bath if we tried to fit the family in our bathroom!

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  38. introduce into your morning and evening routine as early as possible and a fun tooth brush my son as an one that plays the star war noises for 2 minutes

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  39. Sing and play when they're small, rather than making it into a serious, rigid task. Letting them watch you brush your teeth helps too, as they feel grown up doing theirs!

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  40. making it fun and not like a chore.

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  41. we make up fun, silly songs and have reward charts

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  42. Bribery. I keep a jar of toy cars in the bathroom and if the teeth are brushed to a high standard they get a car (taken from their current collection - they don't notice). Job done!

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    1. Haha! Rewarding children with their own possessions is a masterstroke!

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  43. we do singing and brush our teeth together as a family so they see us doing the same

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  44. Brushing along to a song or using a timer

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  45. a funky toothbrush also i pretend to brush my little mans toys etc :D x

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    1. Brilliant! I can't wait to take a toothbrush to Batman!

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  46. always read them a story after brushing teeth,a good routine,

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    1. Stories are also great for snuggle & wind-down time - tip top tip!

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  47. My daughter has a tooth brush that flashes to show how long needs to be spent brushing. Papa has false teeth so I always remind her unless she wants falsies she needs to brush.

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  48. We have a app on my tablet that gets my son brushing his teeth for the correct amount of time x

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  49. I'm actually struggling to get my 1 yr old to brush her teeth so I can't offer any tips but hopefully this set would encourage her and make her enjoy it more xxx

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  50. Start eary as possable and let them hold a toothbush too as you brush they teeth.

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  51. My daughter loves stickers so we have a sticker chart for when she brushes her teeth :-)

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  52. Cleaning your teeth at the same time to model the correct way.

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  53. For my toddler we used toothbrushes with his favourite characters. We also used an app that made it more exciting.

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  54. make toothbrush time fun and give them a cool looking toothbrush

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  55. Mine have got light-up toothbrushes. They love using them!

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  56. we have let our little one choose his toothbrush we also brush our teeth at the same time so he likes to copy.

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  57. Make cleaning teeth fun and always offer a healthy reward

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  58. we have a princess tooth brush and we have a glitter 2 minute timer which we watch as we ar cleaning teeth so we know how long to clean them for

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  59. We find sticker charts are a really helpful way to encourage them

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  60. We have a special vibrating toothbrush that he loves plus his own special toothpaste

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  61. We sing songs whilst brushing teeth,makes it fun, although there are lots of goggles teeth are still getting a good brush ...we then flash out teeth and get blinded by the sparkle 😊

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  62. My little girl likes 2 toothbrushes. One for the evening and one for the morning

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  63. A fun toothbrush and a great iPad app helped my nephew a lot.

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  64. Brush your teeth with them so they can copy what you do

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  65. Using an app like Aquafresh where it plays kids brushing songs for 2 minutes

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  66. Make it fun and get a timer that they can press or turn beforehand

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  67. I've got my daughter a flashing toothbrush which flashes for 2 minutes. Before she was asking are they done yet every 2 seconds now she brushes them nicely until the light stops flashing. But my 1 year old is all different talk, she hates brushing teeth and still didn't find the solution :/

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  68. I encourage my little one to brush his teeth with me, we have bert and ernie music on and we make it a mini competition to see who gets their teeth the most sparkly! it makes it fun and he actually enjoys brushing his teeth now

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  69. You've got to make it fun,not a chore,we sing songs and our grandchildren brush until the song stops,another thing we do is brush out teeth at the same time and see who can brush the best.The most important thing is start them young,as soon as that first tooth pops through then get brushing !

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  70. we brush together each morning and evening

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  71. Make it fun and get them used to it from an early age

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  72. My little girl loves brushing! Every morning and every evening! We did it from birth so she now knows how important it is. X

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  73. I find a timer helps & if we do it together

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  74. Make sure to include teeth cleaning as part of daily routine from a very young age, before they even have their first tooth x

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  75. A fun toothbrush has helped my son.

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  76. Singing songs always help. and brushing teeth together x

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  77. we make it funny we all brush our teeth together and sing silly songs x

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  78. I encourage my little one by singing a song and also brushing my own teeth at the same time - they are little mimics so much easier to get them to do as I do rather than what I say :)

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  79. Make it fun, we have 'if you're happy and you know it brush your teeth' sung in the background x

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