Courtney - posted on 06/17/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )
I have a two year old and every morning and especially night it is a BATTLE to brush teeth. Flailing arms and legs, throwing herself around, attempting to hit and screaming and hysterical tears. I'm using a very soft bristle brush made for toddlers, brushing gently. I have the flavored toothpaste. I have tried to even let her brush her teeth but she throws the toothbrush and starts crying. I've tried singing a made up song and making it seem fun, praising her afterwards when its all done, and brushing my teeth before her to make it seem like a fun mother/daughter game.
Is this just an act of toddler defiance? Should I just push through it and keep it up and hopefully eventually she'll give in? Please any advice out there is greatly appreciated.