Mommy’s Brush Your Teeth Song

My husband grew up with Raffi children’s songs and he likes to sing “Brush Your Teeth” to our kids when he helps them with their bedtime routine. You know it:

“When you wake up in the morning at a quarter to one
And you want to have a little fun
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch”

I know I can’t be the only mother to “adjust” children’s song lyrics. This is my reflection on my first few months with a newborn and a toddler. As for verse four, I didn’t actually attack the (multiple) salespeople who STILL rung my doorbell despite having a sign requesting they knock. I did however have to put an additional MUCH MORE SPECIFIC sign up after one salesperson told me “Well your sign doesn’t say to NOT ring the bell.”

Mommy’s Brush Your Teeth Song

When you’re lying awake at a quarter to one
Dwelling on all the things you have to get done
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch

When you finally fall asleep at a quarter to two
Just as your baby does a supersized poo
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch

When you’re up breastfeeding at a quarter to three
But you sneeze and now your bed is wet with pee
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch

Now the baby is napping at a quarter to four
There’s a sign but a salesman still rings your door
You kick in his teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch

You got through the day, now it’s quarter to five
And you had three pots of coffee to feel alive
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch

When your spouse gets home at quarter to six
And you pass him the kids since you still got supper to fix
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch

You finish eating dinner and now it’s quarter to seven
It’s the kids’ bedtime, it feels like heaven
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch

When you’re rushing in the morning at a quarter to eight
Get that diaper bag packed, you’re running late!
Oh and you forgot… to brush your teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch

You get your kids to gramma’s for a quarter to nine
Then you take some “mom time” with a bottle of wine
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch

It’s daylight savings and your kids are up ‘til ten
So you stay up late before doing it all again
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch

You brush your teeth!!!!!

BONUS MOM HACK!

Just for reading to the end of this blog post, you get a “mom hack” from me for brushing your baby/young toddler’s teeth!

So you know how your jaw tends to naturally fall open a little bit when you open your eyes wide to put on mascara? This works for babies too! Just sit your baby/young toddler on your lap so they are looking out (facing away from you). Put your hand on their forehead and lean their head against your chest for support while you gently pull up on their forehead skin. This should cause their eyes to open wider and their mouth to drop, letting you get that toothbrush in! This should give you approximately three extra seconds of teeth brushing time before they figure it out and start fighting you again. And feel free to sing “Brush Your Teeth” (making up lyrics as you see fit) while you’re at it.

Please leave a comment to let me know if this put a smile on your face, and if this teeth brushing hack works for you!

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