Forget the blood, gauze and salt water. Losing a baby tooth really means one thing: a visit from the Tooth Fairy! Often pictured sporting wings and fairy dust, the keeper of discarded teeth officially gets her due on National Tooth Fairy Day on Aug. 22. And while appropriate tooth disposal has been imperative since ancient times, the modern under-the-pillow exchange has roots only as far back as the early 1900s. So as you practice your tiptoe skills – and your kids yank the stubborn ones and prepare their pillows – check out our list of products sure to bring on those toothless smiles!
Baby Tooth Organizer
Don’t know what to do with the cup of miscellaneous baby teeth on your closet’s top shelf? Organize them in this spinning baby tooth organizer. This fun wheel and chart combination easily fits into scrapbooks or photo albums and captures a significant moment of childhood. Designed by a dentist-dad and sold by Baby Tooth Album, the product sells for $7.95.
Tub Drawing Kit
For many kids, the loss of the first tooth happens at the bathroom sink. Help them forget the trauma with a fun bathroom project. A great gift for the Tooth Fairy to leave behind, a set of Rub A Dub Draw in the Tub crayons by Alex Toys sells for just $7.95. Write on bathroom tile or skin and easily erase with the water-soaked duck sponge.
Custom Tooth Fairy M&M’s Candy
Sweet tooth didn’t fall out? Customize a seven-ounce bag of M&M’s as a Tooth Fairy gift. Choose pastel colors such as light blue, pearl and pink before adding the words “Tooth Fairy” or uploading a clip-art tooth. The bag runs $17.99 from My M&M’s online store.
Plush Tooth Toy
If your child has quite the stuffed animal collection, add a tooth to his array of puppies and teddy bears. Made by Stuffington Bear, this stuffed tooth is all smiles for $15.26. Pick your choice of two ribbons – and find a fuzzy replacement for those missing their newly lost tooth.
Tooth Fairy Pillow
Simply placing teeth under a regular pillow often leads to Tooth Fairy mishaps, lost teeth and reaching behind the bed. Snag a specially designed tooth fairy pillow, instead. Ranging $29-$36.95, these pillows by Ultimate Tooth Fairy have tooth-holding pockets and come in designs for boys and girls. Personalize them for a unique touch.
The Berenstain Bears and the Tooth Fairy Book
Kids can read up on their experience through the lens of a favorite story-time series. Amazon offers the paperback for $3.95 – an affordable Tooth Fairy gift option that encourages reading, too.
Tooth-Shaped Cookie Cutter
For those looking for an edible tooth treat, try this cute cookie cutter by Sears. For only $1.95 plus cookie-making ingredients, bake a batch of sugar cookies straight from the Tooth Fairy’s bake shop (frost with white icing and fairy dust sprinkles) – or maybe cut out some bread fixings to create a healthy little sandwich. Just be sure to brush after!
Tooth Fair Door Hanger
Welcome the Tooth Fairy to your child’s bedroom with a doorknob greeting sign with this offering by The Tooth Fairy Helper on Etsy for $5.99. Your daughter will love this pink ribbon-clad accessory. Best of all, it’s the only way to ensure the Tooth Fairy doesn’t hit the wrong house.