24 Adorable Tooth Fairy Traditions You’ll Want to Try ASAP
Add a little magic to the standard teeth-for-treats routine and create memories your kids will treasure forever.
Give them a receipt
To make the teeth-for-treats transaction feel even more legit to your little one, make sure the Tooth Fairy leaves them a receipt under their pillow. Some adorable versions created even have a spot to rate the "tooth quality" and a barcode for authenticity. Here's where you can get printable Tooth Fairy Receipts.
Bring in the Raton de los Dientes
In many Hispanic cultures, it isn't some glittery fairy that collects teeth, it's a rat—but a nice one! In Argentina, before bed, kids put their tooth in a glass of water and El Raton de los Dientes (sometimes called Ratoncito Perez) comes, drinks the water, takes the tooth, and puts a prize in the empty cup. It's a fun twist on the tradition, especially for kiddos who may not be into fairies. To keep the cultural experience going, share these pictures of kids around the world playing with their toys.
Make a pocket pillow
Placing a valuable tooth under a big bed pillow can feel scary—and result in tears if the tooth or the reward gets lost down a crack or in the folds of sheets. Solve this parenting problem by making a super simple pillow with a pocket especially to keep tiny baby teeth safe for delivery to the Tooth Fairy. It's designed to hang over the bed post or door handle so everyone can rest easier. Get the Easy Tooth Fairy Pocket Pillow pattern at The Ribbon Retreat. Don't miss these 10 sweet (and hilarious!) tooth fairy stories that will have you laughing out loud.
Give tiny tooth fairy letters
Baby teeth are tiny! Fairies are tiny! So it makes perfect sense that the Tooth Fairy would leave teeny tiny letters in return. Any kid obsessed with Barbies, Legomen, or other miniatures will get a kick out of these minute missives. Get the instructions for Tiny Tooth Fairy Notes from We Have Kids.
Craft a golden tooth holder
All you need is an old floss container (how appropriate!), some gold paint, and a marker to create this glam tooth safebox. There's no way the Tooth Fairy can miss your child's tooth with this! Get the instructions for the Tooth Fairy Lost Tooth Box from Little Red Window. Not sure what to do with the leftover floss? Try these 21 genius hacks to do with floss besides floss your teeth.
Keep a tooth fairy journal
There's just something so precious about a gap-toothed grin (in a kid, anyhow, adults not so much). Memorialize their changing smile by taking a picture every time your child loses a tooth and putting it in a journal. You can include notes or drawings from your child as well. Your little one can see their "progress" towards adulthood, and you'll have something to get teary-eyed over when they are in high school. See one example of a Changing Smile Scrapbook by Nicole Reaves.
Toss the teeth on the roof
In Japan, when children lose a baby tooth, they're encouraged to toss them—on the roof, that is. Lower teeth are traditionally chucked upwards while upper teeth are thrown downwards, the idea being that the new tooth will be "pulled" towards the old one. It's a fun myth and one you could even combine with the American Tooth Fairy tradition. And hey, kids love throwing things. These are the most popular fairy stories of all time.
Chart their progress
It's hard for even the most dedicated parent to remember exactly how many and which baby teeth have already come out (and heaven help you if you have more than one child!). Make it easier on impatient kids and overtired parents by using this simple chart to check off the location of each bicuspid, molar, and canine. Get the printable Tooth Fairy Chart from SheKnows.
Give them a Tooth Teddy
Snuggling a soft stuffie at bedtime is already a ritual for many kids, so they'll love to bring their favorite bear (or buy a new stuffed animal) into the Tooth Fairy game. Take the stuffed toy, sew a little pocket on the front out of scrap fabric and—poof!—you have a magical tooth helper. Not a sewer? Super glue that pocket on; your kid will never know the difference, we promise. Get directions and see examples of Tooth Fairy Pockets on Toys from Little Worlds Big Adventures. Find out the real story behind the tooth fairy.
Pay them with special fairy money
There's no way that someone as fabulous as the Tooth Fairy would deal in plain old U.S. currency right? Keep the magic going by spraying dollar bills with glitter hairspray to give them that special handled-by-a-real-fairy feel.