I remember my mom dragging me to the dentist twice a year throughout my childhood. She was persistent about oral hygiene and even had sealants put on our baby teeth. I am very grateful for her determination because I didn’t have my first cavity until I was 31 years old.
It can be tricky when it comes to oral hygiene for infants and toddlers. They don’t really understand what you are doing and well, they don’t make it easy when it’s not something they want to do. We decided to start getting them use to it at a young age and was lucky enough to try out the Nuby 4 Stage Oral Care System for free in exchange for my honest review.
Stage 1 is specially designed to instill positive and important dental hygiene for your baby from the beginning. Nûby’s Oral Massager is made of extra soft silicone with your baby’s comfort in mind. The three different surfaces allow the parent multiple options for cleaning and soothing of delicate new teeth and tender gums. The Oral Massager slips easily over an adult’s finger. You can then place finger in your baby’s mouth and gently massage their teeth and gums.
Being able to place the the Oral Massager on my finger and gently run Caity’s gums was an easy way to help brush away all the milk from nursing. Although I nursed throughout the night during this stage I was at least able to use it during our bedtime routine. I was nervous to do it at first but it got easier and I think Caity started to enjoy it. I started getting anxious to move to the next stage when she started biting down!
Stage 2 is designed for babies over 3 months of age. It has been specifically designed to feel soft on the baby’s gums. It allows parents to brush and massage gums gently.
This was a nice step up from the Oral Massager. The brush is still very soft on the gums but the shape resembled more of a tooth brush. We started BLW around 6 months and started “brushing” a little more thoroughly. Around 9 months Caity started grabbing it herself and chewing on it. I often had it sitting at our shared diaper changing station so she could play around with it during changes, great distraction.
Stage 3 is designed for babies over 11 months of age. This brush massages and helps clean during the teething process. Also, this age is the ideal time to teach your child proper brushing habits and encourage the start of good oral health.
We started using stage 3 a little after Caity turned a year old. It was an easy transition from stage 2 and she started to mimic what her brother was doing when brushing his teeth. The brush is slightly wider and with the additional multi directional bristles it can cover both the gums and newly erupted teeth.
Stage 4 is designed for babies with teeth. Ask your doctor or dentist about when to switch to the soft nylon brush once teething begins. And remember, until your child has the dexterity to do it alone, you should follow up with additional brushing, etc. until they are older.
We moved Caity to the final stage brush around 15 months. At that point she had 8 teeth (4 top and bottom) and other than a few nursing sessions was eating 100% table food. She now loves this part of our night time routine and will often go into the bathroom herself and stand on the stool waiting for us. She isn’t very good at it yet so we do a quick brush and then allow her to play around with it afterwards. Her favorite is putting it under the water and then sucking it out, something her brother taught her!