This week we hit a new big girl stage, the Tooth Fairy milestone.
I don’t know about you, but when we were waiting to be parents, I had a plan for the kind of mother I wanted to be. I was never going to neglect her baby book, every tiny memory would be included. I was going to mark every milestone.
Yeah, that lasted until the grandmas went home a few weeks into life with a baby. . .
So when the dentist told me her tooth was just a bit wiggly, I was thrilled to have the chance to prepare for this milestone, after spending a couple of weeks in denial, I found a couple of neat things that made it really special for us both.Marking every milestone just didn't happen. Was thrilled to make this first loose tooth special… Click To Tweet
I had plenty of time to choose how I was going to handle the Tooth Fairy. I polled all my friends to find out the going rate for teeth these days. Apparently $1-$5 is the norm. I happened to have a $2 bill and used that because it was something unique and special. I may buy a stack of them and use them each time as something only the Tooth Fairy brings.
When her tooth got to a point that the Tooth Fairy’s visit seemed imminent, I left a note from the Tooth Fairy and a book in her room one night. The note read, “I hear your tooth is loose. The first is special and deserves some extra treats. Be careful with it, and I’ll see you soon.” and I left her a book:
The Night Before the Tooth Fairy was a fun parody of The Night Before Christmas. It really helped prepare her to lose her tooth and got her excited about the Tooth Fairy. Her favorite part was “a spanking new dollar.” The imagery of a spanking dollar cracked her up! I also liked that the $$ from the Tooth Fairy was totally reasonable!
Then Tuesday night, it was finally loose enough I was worried about her accidentally swallowing it in her sleep. Despite some fearful histrionics, the tooth popped loose with a minimum of pain and blood. Then we were all smiles.
She had a note prepared to send back with the Tooth Fairy and we tucked her tooth inside. I would recommend some sort of pouch or tooth fairy pillow, but I didn’t consider one until too late. We used a small ziploc bag.
Then she went to sleep and waited.
The Tooth Fairy left her $2 and a second book: Fancy Nancy and the Too-Loose Tooth. She loves Fancy Nancy. I love the challenging vocabulary and lessons about being honest, respectful, etc. In this story, Nancy tries and tries to lose her tooth at school to get a special tooth necklace, but loses it on the way to school instead. After wrestling with her conscience, she finally confesses. The teacher and nurse decide losing your tooth in transit counts as at school. Nancy is honest and get to keep her necklace.
The best thing I bought is this precious Baby Tooth Album. It has a specific space for each tooth, a place to write the date lost, and is a secure place to store the teeth, whether you choose to celebrate the tooth fairy or not, it is a sweet keepsake, that is easy to use and will help you keep your resolution to capture all the loose tooth milestones.
I count this as one small victory for the poorly maintained baby book.
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