Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Gift of the Tooth Fairy

Krista says that raising kids is all about poop, shoes, and teeth. With a toddler who is still in diapers, constantly growing out of shoes, and teething 3 molars right now, I can totally agree. And someday every parent will have to deal with their kids losing their teeth. And the memories you create for your children for these special moments can really be a priceless gift for them.
When I was growing up we got a quarter under our pillow from the Tooth Fairy. Tara used to pull non-loose teeth out of her head just to get those quarters! I don't know what the going rate is these days, but at the Little Window Shoppe they had some great ideas that I want to share with you.
If you are interested in making the tooth fairy experience really special for your child or grandchild, or if you are looking for a unique gift you could give to a friend who has kids, or a birthday present for a child of about 5 years old, here are some ideas:
Create or purchase a pillow to put the tooth in. You can let the child sleep with it, or have them hang it on their bed post or doorknob, whichever works best. Makes for an easy transaction. In addition to or instead of money, you can also fill these pillows with a brand spankin new extra cool toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss and/or a thank you note from the Tooth Fairy. Here are a few cute pillows that I found:
You can find these adorable pillows over at bnutter's etsy shop.
And here's a cute one that can be customized at CrazyAboutChenille's Etsy shop.
Another idea instead of a thank you note is this talking tooth fairy letter:

If you are putting this together as a birthday present for a child you would obviously want to leave the certificate out.
Finally, before going to bed you will need to read a story about the Tooth Fairy. There are a lot listed at Amazon that will work for both boys and girls. Here is one that myself and other bloggers thought would be a good one to help set the mood: 

And a list of some other books worth checking out:

Does anyone else have any ideas or traditions for this occasion?

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