Product Type: Wisdom Oral Care
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First Steps to Cleaning First Teeth
Wisdom Step By Step 0-2 Years Toothbrush
Member Name: jo1976
Wisdom Step By Step 0-2 Years Toothbrush
Date: 10/06/11, updated on 10/10/13 (97 review reads)
Advantages: Cleverly designed for young babies to hold, chew and 'use' safely, inexpensive
Disadvantages: Baby might be reluctant to have teeth cleaned by parent!
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.
Summary: A cleverly designed first toothbrush