Potty training and brushing teeth

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My son is 20 months old and we have been trying to brush his teeth. All he wants to do is suck the toothpaste off the brush. Any Ideas on how I can get his to let us brush his teeth.

Also we want to start potty training and neither one of us has done this before, any ideas?


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My son bursted into the bathroom while I was using the toilet and stood on the stool and grabbed his brush and acted like he was brushing so brushing my teeth with him there might work, thanks

The cheerio thing my mom did with my brother but I dont know how to start it to get to that point, His Dad is out of the country right now so having a guy show him how to go potty is out.

Thanks for the ideas :)

Amy - posted on 12/19/2010




Our son was easy. He watched his sister and did the same. I think with our daughter we just all brushed our teeth at the same time so she saw how to do it and just imitated it. son is now 20 months and after he brushes i just say oooh. let me check and make sure you got em all!! and then i quick over them.
potty training. I think it's best not to rush or to reward beyond "good job!" candy in my opinion is BAD. my daughter peed her pants every time she ate sugar until she was 3. so...sugar was a backward slide for us.For our daughter we did the little seat on a real toilet just because she won't have a baby potty in public and i didn't want her scared of the flush. for boys....new one for me too. I was thinking of getting him a stool to get to the potty, but my son i don't think is old for potty training yet. I hear putting cheerios in there for them to aim is good. ?? Tonight our son ripped is diaper off after big sis peed in the toilet and ran to the toilet and.....peed on the outside of it. lol. but, i'm not going to push it. if he wants to, he can sure try, but until he's about 2 1/2, i'm not really going to put effort into it. the more i pushed with daughter, the less she wanted to do with it.

Christy - posted on 12/19/2010




As far as the tooth thing, you are going to have to do it. I still have to do it for my 3 1/2 yr old son (he brushes but not right) and my 2 1/2 yr old sucks on the brush, too. I just do it for them, then let them hold the brush and try to do it themselves. Regarding the potty, let me know what works. My kids STILL aren't trained, it's been a nightmare. I hear that's the hardest part of teaching your little ones.

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