Teaching kids to brush their teeth, with a little help from technology. Here's what age you should start and how to keep them engaged.
This kid, man. This goofy, plucky little guy is turning three. Where did the time go?

My middle child came into our lives during a hectic phase. When he was born, our oldest was a year-and-a-half old. We'd just bought a house and adopted a dog, and our two businesses were still getting off the ground.

Teaching kids to brush their teeth, with a little help from technology. Here's what age you should start and how to keep them engaged.

I remember how he smiled and cooed that first day in the hospital. Probably gas-induced, but smiling nonetheless. It was obvious his gentle presence would be a force for good in the world. As a more experienced mom, I knew to cherish his sweet snuggles. He got babied a little more than necessary. With an older brother to help out, our second son didn't get pushed to do everything as quickly.

Teaching Kids to Brush Their Teeth Properly

Teaching kids to brush their teeth, with a little help from technology. Here's what age you should start and how to keep them engaged.

Milestones came and went with this dude and now I'm realizing that some of his daily habits could use a little adjustment. Teaching kids to brush their teeth is one of those things that you want to get correct early on. I started gently brushing for all of my kids when they were around 6 months old, advancing to a bigger toothbrush as soon as they were able to maneuver it. This kid's never been quite as precise as his older brother, though. In spite of my directions to brush all around and move the handle up and down, he treated manual toothbrushes more like a lollipop.

Teaching kids to brush their teeth, with a little help from technology. Here's what age you should start and how to keep them engaged.

Three years old is time to move up to a power toothbrush, the dentist told me. Philips Sonicare for Kids reached out and asked if I wanted to share their cool rechargeable power toothbrush made just for children. It has Bluetooth® wireless technology with an app that tracks brushing habits and guides them through the process. The cute character and cartoony voice is a lot better than my old nagging to, “Get the back! Now the front! Around, around, up and down!”

I would have made a terrible cheerleader.

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The toothbrush also came with different sticker faceplates, and it was so sweet to watch him sort through the options with his chubby little hands. He pointed to a smiling little monster sticker, “Dis one, mama. It say, ‘Brush, brush, wheee!'” He has a thing for dinosaurs, monsters, and all manner of unique creatures – as you can probably tell from his self-selected jammies.

Teaching kids to brush their teeth, with a little help from technology. Here's what age you should start and how to keep them engaged.

During this impressionable age, I'm particularly aware of every little lesson I impart. My own earliest memories are from when I was three. What will his be? Bedtime routine, brushing his teeth, perhaps some sort of adventure or a visit with friends? No matter what it is, I want him to remember a feeling of comfort and care. I need him to know that I cherish his every moment.

Whether it's making lunch together or teaching kids to brush their teeth, every milestone matters.

How did you teach your kids to brush their teeth?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Philips Sonicare through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Philips Sonicare for Kids, all opinions are my own.