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As my daughter grows up, she appears to get more independent by the day. She always wants to have a go at brushing her teeth, but I always have to have a go first to make sure they're done properly.
I saw the range of flashing toothbrushes a while ago online so I decided to invest in a Hello Kitty one which is character of the moment in our house.
Firefly make a range of toothbrushes for children, all with chunky handles to fit small hands, soft bristles for children's teeth and a variety of flashing colours.
Our Hello Kitty toothbrush is larger than the average child's brush, but it's not too big for my daughter. Hello Kitty's head sits on the end of the brush, and this is the only fault I can find with the design. Due to the larger than normal end of the brush, it won't fit into any of our tooth brush holders in the bathroom, so we have to leave it on the shelf. This isn't ideal, but apart from getting a case for it there was no other option.
On the handle there is a small button that when pressed will make the toothbrush flash for one minute. My daughter loves to press the button when we're ready to start. It's a nice bright flashing motion, but doesn't deter away from the brushing of the teeth too much. I always tell my daughter that she has to carry on until the light goes out and then it's my turn to have a go.
There is already a battery inside the toothbrush, but it's not a toothbrush that you can buy a battery or replacement head for, so once your average three months is up, then it's on to the next tooth brush I'm afraid.
I found the bristles to be true to their word and are soft for children's teeth. I always worry that she'll brush too hard and make her gums bleed, but this hasn't happened so far with this toothbrush.
The toothbrush range is priced in the £3 mark. This is quite expensive for a disposable toothbrush as it were, but for the novelty factor and encouraging children to brush their own teeth for the correct amount of time then I feel it is worth t occasionally. Firefly is predominantly an American brand but you can buy the brushes from sites on the internet without too much difficulty.
Overall I am please we bought our toothbrush. I we buy another then I will find a better storage solution for the brush, but apart from that I have found my daughter automatically brushes for longer rather than taking out to see if the brush is still flashing every few seconds now.