My six-year-old lost her first two teeth within the span of a week. There are all kinds of ideas out there for how to do the whole Tooth Fairy thing. For me, simpler is better.
First of all, I know myself and if I set some kind of ridiculous expectation with these first few lost teeth then I’m setting myself up to fail. I tend to have the best intentions for that sort of thing, but then I move on to something else and I lose steam.
Also, I have four kids. Kids usually have 10 baby teeth on the bottom and 10 baby teeth on the top. So at 20 baby teeth per kid, times 4 kids… that’s… 80 Tooth Fairy visits. Yeah. I’m not going to go crazy with it.
Here is what I have done. My daughter put her tooth in a small envelope, sealed it and put it under her pillow. I used a can of glitter hair-spray leftover from Halloween and sprayed a few dollar bills with it.
Now the humble dollars have become Fairy Money, which is like regular money, but it’s glittery. I put the Fairy Money in a small envelope identical to the one with the tooth. After my daughter is asleep, I switch the envelopes like Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark and voila. Tooth Fairy mission completed.