My first call of duty as the tooth fairy snuck up on me last week. Sure, my kid was four months past his seventh birthday. Yes, I had interviewed other moms about how to honor this tradition for our new book, Stuff Every Mom Should Know. But no, I was not prepared. (And no, this topic did not make it into the book.)
We were at an appointment having Julian’s shark tooth checked out when the dentist suggested we extract his two bottom baby teeth right then and there. It was 5.45 pm. That evening was a bit chaotic, as my children and I emerged from the dentist’s office past dinner time, one of us two teeth lighter. There were no felt tooth-shaped plushies sewn, or clever notes congratulating Julian on this milestone and encouraging him to take good care of his teeth. Cold hard cash was placed under the pillow. Perhaps you will do better.
Here are five super cute ways to make tooth fairy magic.
1. Printable envelopes with receipts to document each tooth loss. Download templates from How Does She.
2. Gold coins. The tooth fairy at my house did manage to dig up one of these babies to go along with some dollar bills. In my super mom fantasy life, however, these are the trademark currency of the tooth fairy; she never leaves paper money.
3. A special tooth fairy pillow, pouch or pocket. This one is literally by Martha Stewart. The second one is from etsy.
4. Visible evidence. My friend Julie told me that at her house the tooth fairy leaves a trace of glitter from the tooth to the window through which she escapes. Magic! I googled and learned that others do this too. (photo source.) Some families have the child leave his or her tooth in a glass of water. In the morning, the water has changed colors and been enhanced with glitter.
5. Non-cash gifts. Select pixies leave a new toothbrush and toothpaste. Cute! Must leave money too, though, because the kids at school will talk.
photo: adwriter on flickr
Do you have any tooth loss traditions?