The Parentville Fave Five
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I'm writing to talk about my favorite health products. Two trends I've been seeing -- the nicer it is outside, the more kids want to eat Summer treats, stay up late and play, and avoid all things bedtime. I find it especially difficult to get my 1 1/2 year-old daughter to brush her teeth at night - unless it's in front of the TV with the Backyardigans - as long as she's not begging to see the moon. And, I think the odd weather patterns have led to a lot more kids getting sick than in typical Summers. So this Fave Five is all about key health products found through my own trial and error!
I found this from a mom on Citymommy.com after begging for a better way to get my daughter to brush her teeth. She said that her dentist gave her a sample of this toothpaste. I was skeptical, but I tried the Baby Bling Vanilla Ice Cream-flavor which is fluoride-free and doesn't contain any artificial ingredients (they also have wonderful banana and chocolate flavors with fluoride). My daughter was in love with it, and enjoys brushing her teeth!
The key ingredient is Xylitol, which is used to fight cavities by acting as an antibacterial agent (see related CBS News article here). Just be careful with the amount - a pea sized will work - as too much Xylitol can cause gas/tummy pains. Order this on Tannerstastypaste.com, but make sure to order at least two because shipping - which is nearly the cost of the tube ($6) - is reduced slightly with more items.
My pediatric dentist gave me this brush, and I just had to find out who made it. Kindertools! This ergonomic toothbrush has a short, triangle handle that helps baby with fine-motor skills (and is super easy for parents to hold) and prevents jammed-toothbrush-in-throat accidents. It is BPA-free, can be used for several ages and comes in a variety of colors. Best yet, this handle is part of other products, from an infant brush/nail scrubber, to fork and spoon, to a crayon and paintbrush holder. Go to kindertools.com to purchase a set for $25 total.
When your toddler's not feeling well, you don't want to mess around with a thermometer that takes more time than a few seconds. So, if you are going to spend money on a decent thermometer, which is, in my opinion, a necessity, this one leads the pack and is used by many doctors' offices. It's also good to use while baby is sleeping, but it doesn't have a light to illuminate the reading when you are in a dark room. Make sure to buy extra replacement probe covers (also available in some drugstores like Duane Reade).
Seriously, thermometers are like best friends to new parents. Since a baby cannot use an ear thermometer, a rectal one is most accurate. This one is inexpensive ($15), fast, digital/easy to read, and safe because the design prevents you from inserting it too far. I tried the Vick's Professional ProStyle Thermometer as well, thinking I could get one that had a neat digital beep and would last longer (it includes rectal, armpit and oral for older kids), but it was not too hearty - the technology and battery kept conking out on me.
This is such a basic product, and that's the point. You don't need to get crazy with a high-tech aspirator. What you do need to avoid is the "clear tip" aspirators that have half of the bulb visible - seriously, do you need to see your baby's boogers more clearly? These come apart at a line of separation and thus do not hold the suction nearly as well.