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I have always used these toothbrushes on my kids up to the age of about 2.5, because they are readily available in the shops. The design: The toothbrush has an unusual rounded handle, which is very easy to grip. When I first bought it this seemed like a great feature, but with experience I have decided it is unnecessary because I am the one who holds it, not the baby. The toothbrush handle is gently curved plastic which is gentle on my little girl's mouth. The size of the head is just right for little teeth, and the bristles are soft and seem comfortable on her gums. I would prefer it if the handle were longer, as it is quite hard to reach the back of her mouth while gripping it (I suppose the rounded shape doesn't help with this either) The worst thing about the shape is that we have a toothbrush holder with little holes in, and of course this doesn't fit in it so has to be left on the shelf. Even in a cup it isn;t ideal as it is shorter than my older kids' brushes. The quality: It seems to clean effectively, and lasts a long time before having to be replaced, despite the fact that my daughter is a chewer if she gets the chance! The handle feels very sturdy and feels good quality. Overall, I would recommend this brush but am not fully convinced on the shape of the handle.
When my son first started to get his teeth ( around the 10 month mark ) my main issue was with teething. He didnt suffer too badly but I wanted to ensure he was as comfortable and pain free as possible. When I realised after the pain came teeth, that led to another problem-how do I care for his teeth? Sounds like a silly question, but as a mum Ive discovered children can be wierd little people.One minute they like bananas then they hate it, one minute they will take their medicine when they are poorly, next day they spit it out. I was wondering how much of a battle it would be to clean his teeth and prepared myself for a showdown. First thing I did was ensure he got used to the taste of toothpaste, as lets face it, must be quite a strange taste and feeling with most of them containing some form of mint. I made sure my fingers were clean and dry, and rubbed a teeny amount on his gums to get used to it. In the meantime I spotted this toothbrush in my local Home Bargains for £1.00 and decided I would test it out on him. Why and when is it important to brush a chids teeth? Children generally tend to have their teeth come through from the age of 6 months.Some obviously can be earlier some later. Teeth tend to come through at different stages. First teeth tend to be the bottom front teeth (incisors), then the top front teeth (incisors). Followed by the bottom lateral incisors (either side of the bottom front teeth), then the molars (back teeth), canines (towards the back of the mouth and last but not least the second molars Majority of children should have their milk teeth ( first set/baby ) by the age of 2-2.5 years. Children should have their teeth brushed as soon as they appear twice daily, just as an adult. Only a pea sized amount of fluoride containing toothpaste is needed. Its best to brush teeth in small circular movements making sure all the surface area of the teeth have been brushed. Any toothpaste in the mouth should be spat out. Its important for teeth, regardless of age, to be brushed regularly to ensure they remain strong and healthy. After eating food, bacteria thrive on the sugar left on the teeth,which breaks down into acid and eats away at the tooth enamel. Regularly brushing teeth combats this problem. What so good about this toothbrush? Firstly it was colourful and came in different combinations of colours.My son had a yellow and blue one, then a yellow and red and his sister since then has had the more girlie coloured toothbrushes. This makes cleaning teeth alittle more fun as they are quite eye catching and very tactle to hold. The toothbrush itself is easy for little hands to grip ( and big hands ) with the way the handle is designed. It not too long and slightly oval shape so gives them enough surface area to grip easily and comfortably. The brushes on the head are soft but firm enough to give the teeth a good clean, without being harsh and unflexible. The fact that they were only £1.00 each was fantastic.One of the things that always goes missing in my house is toothbrushes, they get flung, thrown, hidden everywhere.So when they need replacing it doesnt cost the earth, and obviously they would need replacing regularly anyway , especially since my children are part wolf and bite and chew on them like they are bones! Overall this is a great little toothbrush, easy for children and parents to use, has a great sense of fun to it and makes brushing teeth just that little bit easier. Recommended.
At long last, my daughter has her first tooth through, with the second on its way pretty soon, given the teething symptoms she is displaying again! When teething first began, I foolishly thought her first tooth would be imminent and promptly went out and bought a toothbrush for her. That toothbrush, a Wisdom Step by Step brush, has been sitting in my bathroom cupboard for almost a month as I awaited the first tooth and I have finally had the cause to use it. This Wisdom Step by Step toothbrush has been specially designed for children between 0 and 2 years old. ie baby teeth. I actually picked up this toothbrush for £1 in my local B&M store but it can be bought in many larger supermarkets as well. There are certain features of this brush which make it ideal for baby teeth. Firstly, it comes with a small head that has soft bristles on it, making it gentle on baby's gums, which is especially important when they are still tender when more teeth are on the way. When you feel the brush, you can see how soft the bristles are. Secondly, the shape of the toothbrush has been designed to make life a little easier for a parent trying to brush baby teeth when there may only be a couple. It has a larger rounded handle with a hole in the middle, which is meant to make it easy to control the brush. At the end of the handle, there are textured parts which can then actually be used as a teether as well, although I have never given my daughter this as such, simply because when it comes to teeth cleaning at bedtime, she is getting very tired, and I don't want her to think her toothbrush is a toy. The neck of this toothbrush has also been designed to be short making it just the right length to get into baby's mouth safely. My daughter;s first tooth is now half way through and I have been using this toothbrush since it first made its appearance. I was originally concerned that since my daughter is teething again, and her gums are obviously very sore, that this brush might annoy her as they touch the gums, but the soft bristles seem not to bother her at all, and she doesn't flinch at all. The brush is a great shape to be able to handle, especially with a baby wondering what you are doing and who might try and grab for it, and I feel that I have a good grip of it while I am brushing and am able to manoeuvre it easily. All in all, although I have nothing to compare this brush to, I have been exceptionally pleased with it, especially at the price I got it for. The bristles on the brush are lovely and soft meaning that it doesn't irritate sore gums. It is very easy to handle and manoeuvre around the mouth which is useful when my baby daughter is still trying to work out what I am doing with this new instrument, putting it in her mouth at bedtime. When this needs replaced, I will certainly look at purchasing another one, as they aregreat value for money and work great at cleaning little baby teeth.
My son has been using this type of brush for months now, since he started getting teeth. I would recommend this style over all of the other baby toothbrushes. The head of the brush is very small - perfect for tiny mouths - and the bristles are nice and soft. The small size also stops you putting too much paste on the brush. The handle is the main selling point though. It is shaped so that it can be held easily by both adult and child, and the hole in the middle stops you or your baby dropping it so easily. Perfect for when you're holding your baby in one arm and trying to brush their teeth with one hand. The handle is also textured, providing teething babies something to chew. The brushes also come in many colour combinations - some clearly for girls/boys and others unisex. The only negative to the brush is that they don't last very long. My son chews the head, which means that I need to replace it every 3 weeks or so. However, at less than £2, it's not the end of the world.
My youngest son seemed to be taking his time displaying his first tooth but, eventually, at almost eight months old his first little tooth broke through. I like to think he'd bided his time deliberately as his first tooth finally arrived on Mother's Day, so he made sure that I would remember the day! As soon as the tooth had fully broken through, I bought him his very first toothbrush - the Wisdom Step-by-Step brush. Like many parents, I find that following a routine early on in a child's life helps to provide a structure to the day and establishes positive habits for later in life. This is also true when it comes to things like brushing teeth, although I do still have to nag my eight year old son to brush his teeth every morning! This little toothbrush is safe to use from birth - so can be put to use as soon as the first tiny little milk teeth break through, however early or late that may be. The step-by-step brush doesn't immediately look like a toothbrush, as it is so tiny and the chunky plastic handle is an unusual rounded shape, complete with a hole in the centre. Around the edges of the handle are raised bumps, similar to those used on teething rings. This is a very clever design as this brush can be used by a parent in the traditional way but, because it is perfectly proportioned for tiny hands to grasp and hold on to, it can also be used by the baby themselves as they, inadvertently, give their teeth and gums a little clean whilst exploring their new 'toy'! The brush head itself is small but, compared to the size of new milk teeth, it is actually large enough to cover a number of teeth at once. This is particularly helpful for those occasions when little man is feeling less compliant and I need to get the job done very quickly. The bristles also feel much softer than those used on adult or older children's brush heads so it is very gentle to use. The shape of the handle seems a little strange to use initially but it is easier and more comfortable than it actually appears to be. The first few times I used this brush, my little one was more than happy to let me use this brush on his newly emerged tooth and its little neighbour which broke through around a week later. Despite obviously been in the throes of teething, it was clear from my son's willingness to let me brush his teeth, and the lack of tears, that this little brush didn't cause any discomfort against his teeth or tender gums. My baby actually seemed to like the sensation of this brush against his teeth and gums, so much so that he would giggle all the while I was brushing his teeth! He would start to laugh and smile as soon as he spotted me brandishing his toothbrush and clearly found it a fun, pleasant activity rather than an uncomfortable or unpleasant task. Sadly, my little one's enthusiasm and willingness to co-operate didn't last all that long and after a few weeks the novelty began to wear off for him! All of my boys have been reluctant to co-operate with the tooth brushing task as babies and it can be really frustrating as a parent, especially when dentists and health professionals reinforce how important it is to clean young baby's teeth! This is where the design of this handy little brush really proves its worth as my baby now refuses to let me get this in his mouth and promptly snatches it out of my hand. Fortunately, the brush has been designed with this in mind and the 'neck' section of the brush is very short. This design, alongside the rounded body of the handle, means that my son can't shove this too far into his mouth and make himself gag, as he would no doubt do with a standard style of toothbrush. His natural reaction is to suck and chew anything that he can get in his mouth and this brush fits perfectly so he ends up cleaning his own teeth, without realising. Obviously, he isn't able to brush them properly but he does chew all around the raised bumps over the handle as well as giving the brush head itself a good suck too. The packaging does warn that chewing on the bristles could cause them damage but I think it's pretty difficult to prevent a young baby from doing that, so would just recommend changing the brush frequently. I've been using the same brush since the end of March and there are no visible signs of any damage or deterioration in quality as yet. Even though my baby isn't particularly compliant with the traditional tooth brushing approach, I do feel that he is being encouraged to 'clean' his precious two front teeth with this cleverly designed little brush, even though he thinks he is just playing. It isn't exactly how I'd choose to clean his teeth but it does give some reassurance to an anxious parent and is much better than doing nothing. I paid £1.89 for my brush from Boots although I have since them selling for slightly less in both Wilkinson's and Home Bargains. It's an inexpensive product and one that I would happily recommend for helping to establish those important first steps in oral hygiene.
I bought this brush as my babies first toothbrush. It was £1.49 a few months ago from Morrisons. Apparently they come in lots of different colours but at the time they only stocked the yellow and red ones. I chose this one for the price and the fact of its wierd oval shape. The packaging says this is too make it easier to hold and brush your babies teeth with. It is age from 4 months to 2 years. It is also this shape as it can be used as a teething ring. It has a special rough raised rubbery texture for teething and good grip. The head is specially small and has different colour bristtles. The middle bristles are red to indicate the correct ammount of toothpaste to use. So I took it home added the teenie tiniest bit of toothpaste on there and started to brush her teeth. I was expecting it to be easier too use because of its shape.But comparing it to toothbrushes we have used after this I think it made it harder to use. Also as the handle is so big it was much easier for my baby to grab and have a good tight grip on. The neck is very short so it makes it easier too use. The bristtles are very soft and as my baby likes to have a chew on it at the end of brushing it didn't last for more than a month . Overall a good brush but a bit gimmiky for my liking.
Even though my little girl is only 2 years old, she has made her way through a ton of toothbrushes. Her Wisdom Step-by-Step toothbrush seems to be her favourite to date so I thought I'd write a quick review on it. We picked up the Wisdom Step-by-Step toothbrush whilst browsing in Wilkinsons. I have not seen the toothbrush in any other shops but apparently it's available at Morrisons, Boots and many online retailers. It averagely costs between £1.00 - £2.00. We picked up our toothbrush for just 75p - bargain! They weren't on special offer, they are just considerably cheaper in Wilkinsons. We chose a pink and yellow toothbrush as it looked the girliest but there are a range of different colours to choose from which include red and yellow, orange and blue, blue and yellow and blue and green. There is also a green and yellow one which looks suspiciously turtle-like! The toothbrush was packaged well - it was encased inside plastic so you could have a good look at it but couldn't tamper with it. The plastic was backed with cardboard which had an easy to remove strip which allowed me to remove the toothbrush from the packaging quickly and easily. The packaging was quite eyecatching and appeals to adults aswell as children. The toothbrush is quite small - only about 3 or 4 inches long. It has a very short neck so it's very safe and impossible for a baby or toddler to stick it down their throats - my daughter hasn't even so much as gagged on her toothbrush. It also has a small head and small bristle area so it doesn't take up the whole of the mouth. The bristles are very soft - my daughter has never had any incidents or discomfort when brushing her teeth. The handle of the toothbrush is big, rounded and very chunky (easy and not too fiddly for adults to hold on to). It has a hole in the middle and is very well designed for little fingers to hold on to. The handle also doubles up into a teething ring which I think is a great idea and can prove very useful for babies under 18 months (by 18 months most children won't feel the need to chew on things). The handle is made of plastic and is very tough - there's no chance of a child biting lumps out of it. Because the toothbrush has a unique look to it, it will interest most babies and toddlers which should encourage them to brush their teeth. My toddler loves using her 'big girls' toothbrush and regularly asks to brush her teeth. She enjoys brushing her teeth by herself with ease (I put on half a pea size amount of infant toothpaste) and joining in brushing with mummy and daddy. The only real downside is that the toothbrush is too large to fit into our toothbrush holders, which is a bit of a pain. Once your child reaches 3 years of age they can discontinue use of the 0-2 year toothbrush and move onto the next toothbrush in the Wisdom Step-by-Step range which is designed for children 3-5 years. Then when your child reaches 6 years of age they can move onto the next Step-by-Step toothbrush which is designed for children 6-8 years. Most professionals say that you should start brushing your childs teeth as soon as their first tooth appears and in my opinion the Wisdom Step-by-Step 0-2 Years Toothbrush is the perfect starter brush.
When my daughter cut her first tooth, I was in a bit of a panic. You see, she cut her first tooth at less than three months old. So I needed a toothbrush that would be suitable for tiny babies. Boots had a great selection - just the one. Firstly, it comes in a wide variety of colours. After careful consideration (I chose the one at the front of the rack) we came home with the pink and yelllow one. Next time around, my daughter was much more excited by the yellow and red one, so for reluctant brushers, the colour variety is a nice touch. The teething ring end is a nice idea, too, but we've never used that function. Once home and out of the packet, the brush performs very well. It's very short, meaning that the adult's hand is closer to the mouth and can better direct it to the tiny teeth. It's easy and comfortable to hold (vital when the other hand is full of squirming baby!) and the bristles are soft enough to be gentle, but firm enough to hold their shape well, and actually do the job of brushing. My girl loves having her teeth brushed with it, and when I've finished, I rinse the brush off and she has a go. Well, the brush is easy for her to hold and move around her mouth too. Good for baby, good for adult; I love it. Would buy again (did buy again).
I was so excited when my baby boy cut his first tooth, it was a glorious moment to see that first shinny white tooth and that is just how you want them to remain. Once the gums were no longer tender I decided to get him his first toothbrush. On my next shopping trip I looked at the different toothbrushes that were suitable for his age, there really isn't that many different types which makes it easier to choose. I liked the look of the wisdom toothbrush as it was bright and chunky with a handle. So it stood out from the others on the shelf. It is suitable for babies from 0 - 2 years although I wouldn't use it myself until the tooth is showing and there is no signs of irritations or sore gums you don't want to put baby off by making it uncomfortable. I used a flannel to clean his first tooth before using this toothbrush. It is recommend that you give a child a toothbrush before they cut their first tooth to let them practice rubbing it along their gums and this will allow them to get used to the texture and feel and will encourage them to participate in cleaning their teeth. It is also said to keep the gums healthy. As long as you take care to keep the gums and teeth clean from the start I personally found it easier to use a flannel in the early days and once the first tooth was showing I started to use the wisdom brush I have tried another brand but I much preferred this brush and have continued to use it since. The toothbrush has a handle that is a teething ring which is textured to help relieve sore gums. It has a small hole in the centre which makes it easy to hold. My son hasn't been given it to use as a teething aid as he already has teething rings and he has never really suffered with the teething stage. I still think this is a nice touch and a good little added extra that could be useful for other teething babies. It will also get them used to the toothbrush. However remember this is not a toy and supervision is required at all times. The handle is also shorter than a regular toothbrush to prevent a child from pushing it too far into their mouth the rounded handle (which is slightly oval) also makes it harder to push it in too far. The toothbrush head is the right size and the bristles are super soft making it perfect for your little ones first teeth. The toothbrushes come in variety of different colours and the handle is made up of two colours so it is bright and appealing to children. My 16 month old son has 12 teeth he is a live wire and it can be a little challenging at times to clean his teeth as he never likes to sit still for more than a minute and he gets rather excited. I am so glad of the handle as it gives me a better grip and more control over the brush which it means it doesn't get dropped. He is relatively good at letting me clean his teeth and makes the "argghh" noise while he opens his mouth for me to clean his teeth. I always give him plenty of praise every time he lets me put the brush into his mouth which makes him feel good and therefore he cooperates more. The soft bristles won't hurt the mouth or gums even with the wriggliest of toddler. My son likes to be independent and enjoys having a go with the brush himself and gets very excited to be able to use it. He brushes it along his teeth whilst shaking his head from side to side making the "argghh" noise which is rather cute. The length and the shape of the handle make it easy for him to hold and he has never pushed it too far into his mouth. I let him sit with it in his highchair after meals to let him have a go first and then I help him to clean them after. This helps to gain him to confidence and teaches good habits. The safety handle gives me peace of mind that he won't choke himself whilst brushing. The toothbrush head has a few blue bristles in the centre which indicate how much toothpaste should be used. Although it is recommended not to use a paste until your child is able to spit. There is enough fluoride in the tap water in most areas but if you are unsure you can ask your health visitor or dentist. I have yet to teach my son how to spit in order to be able to clean his teeth and would imagine that he will soon be able to do so as he is quite good at spitting other things from his mouth that he shouldn't put in there so maybe we will have a go soon with the toothpaste. I have two of these as they are good value for money being a unique toothbrush with the added extra of the teether. There isn't much difference in price between the branded children toothbrushes. I think as a parent we are happy to pay for good health so it makes sense to use a good toothbrush to take care of those precious teeth. The toothbrush comes in the same standard packaging as any other toothbrush and is easy to get out from the packaging. It stands out from the rest being a funky chunky toothbrush which is brightly coloured. I have noticed that there is a piece of cello tape around the neck of the packaging I would assume that this is to show that it hasn't been tampered with. As with all toothbrushes it is advised that it should be replaced after 3 months of use. As with all baby products I would inspect the brush for wear and tear and signs of damage as little teeth like to gnaw at things. As you can see I'm impressed with this toothbrush I think it is an excellent first toothbrush. Wisdom toothbrushes come in a range for each stage of a child's life. To find out more or to look at the product range you can visit their website: www.wisdom-toothbrushes.com
Okay, people before i start i would like to say that i am actually reviewing the Wisdom Step by step tooth brush ages 0-2. But i just cannot find this brush on the whole site and am not quite sure how to add it. ( but i will add photo's later of the product i am reviewing). Anyway .... The other day i popped into my local Morrisons store to get a few bits and look for a tiny toothbrush for my little girl as she has just started to sprout her first teeth. Now i'm browsing the shelf and all i can see is normal brushes then a couple of diddy one's. So looking at the range i notice that all these little brushes are made by Colgate. And this is where something small, roundish and bright yellow and pink caught my eye. So me being me just had to pick it up out of curiosity and im glad i did, i personally have never seen a toothbrush this shape before. And now i have paid closer attention i can tell you the shape of the handle is more oval-ish instead of rounded, which at one end leads of into your normal toothbrushie bit with the bristles on. Apart from Wisdom making brush look cool and interesting, i was more impressed with the fact that this odd looking toothbrush was also a teething ring, and had an easy grip handle with supersoft bristles. so not only was my little bubba teeth getting a good clean, but she could hold the handle really well and have a good gnaw to on the ring to help with her sore gums, without making herself gag. The packaging on this brush is what i would call standard, and packed like most toothbrushes but wider, it is also very easy to open. As you can tell that i am impressed with this little toothbrush, because it has a short neck it is safe for children (obviously) and the fact that it has a teething ring on it making it perfect for little hands. With it's supersoft bristles this brush can be used from the ages 0-2 years (it actually states 4-24 months the info booklet). I picked the pink and yellow one, they did have one with blue on but i didn't notice if they did other colours. Now that i have read the whole booklet, i can also tell you the blue bristles in the centre of the white ones are to indicate on how much tooth paste to put on the brush. so you don't over do it. ( next time i will use the instructions first). I paid £1.49 for this toothbrush like i said before from Morrisons, which i found to be a good price. I did notice some tooth paste for milk teeth made by Colgate but none made by Wisdom but i did not need to buy this, as i got some free in my bounty pack. I did notice on down side to this brush though, which is, it doesn't fit in a toothbrush holder. Wisdom also state that the toothbrush is non - toxic and should regularly be checked for wear damage on the handle and brush, and replaced after 3 months of use. Useful Info www.wisdom-toothbrushes.com ------ ------ ------ If i missed anything do let me know and thanks for reading...