Being the tooth fairy is not as simple as it may seem. With all the excitement built up around your child’s losing his or her baby teeth, there are a lot of expectations to live up to. Your child may have friends who have already lost teeth and already been visited by the tooth fairy—making it tricky for you, as a first-time tooth fairy, to keep up the tooth fairy’s reputation. So here are a couple of tips for you to help your first time as a tooth fairy run as smoothly as possible.
1. Plan out what you (as the tooth fairy) will leave for your child in place of his/her teeth. Depending on how many children you have and your financial situation, carefully consider the amount of money (or if you don’t want to give money at all) that you want to leave underneath your child’s pillow. If you decide to give $1 to the first child every time he or she loses a tooth but then change your mind later, your later children can get their feelings hurt by the tooth fairy.
2. Make or buy a small pouch/envelope for your child’s tooth and the tooth fairy gift. Just putting the tooth or coins under the pillow makes it too easy for them to get lost (especially if your child is a restless sleeper). If you’re looking for something cheap, you can just use a white letter envelope. If you’re feeling crafty, consider making something cute or memorable (like a fabric pouch) that your children can later pass on to their children.
3. Use the excitement of the tooth fairy to help your children take care of their teeth. Especially in those moments before your child is about to lose his or her tooth, you use tooth fairy incentives to get your child to take care of his or her teeth. For instance, if your child is resistant to brush his or her teeth, you can say, “I heard the tooth fairy can only take clean teeth!” or “The tooth fairy only pays 50 cents for dirty teeth, but she pays a dollar for clean teeth!” Your dentist in Farmington, Utah, will surely thank you for your help in keeping the kids’ teeth clean!
Follow these simple steps and you’ll keep that toothless little one smiling!