Unwrap Some Holiday Smiles

If you were a fly on the wall in my house in the mornings you would probably hear something like this.

“Kids, go brush your teeth.”

“KIDS, GO brush your teeth.”

“Hey, right now, GO BRUSH YOUR TEETH!”

“IF I DON’T SEE LITTLE BOTTOMS HEADED TO THAT BATHROOM RIGHT NOW TO BRUSH THEIR TEETH THEN I SWEAR I WILL LEAVE YOU AT HOME ALL ALONE.”

{Kids begrudgingly going to the bathroom to brush their teeth.} {Sometimes.}

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This reluctance to brush their teeth has already resulted in cavities for both of them. Last year Cady had to get two fillings, and after their dental checkup last month, James had to have a little spot touched up (not really a filling).

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Unfortunately, the whole getting shots in the mouth experience did not have an impact on Cady, and she continued to fight me about taking care of her teeth. It was determined at her checkup that she had another cavity, which had resulted in an abscess. She will be getting that tooth pulled next week. (Thank goodness it wasn’t a permanent tooth.) (Please wish us both luck!)

Since that appointment I’ve been making an effort (even bigger than the one I had already made) to buy fun toothpaste and toothbrushes in the hopes that they would be more excited about brushing their teeth.

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One of the things they seem to like the most are the fun characters, like Sponge Bob, on their toothbrushing supplies. They also really like the battery operated toothbrushes. I was happy to see that Colgate has come to my rescue with special holiday packs that can be used as stocking stuffers, or in our case, used right away. When I brought these home, both kids RAN to the bathroom shouting, “I’m gonna brush my teeth,” and getting them to follow through in the morning has been easier too. I was shocked.

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The Colgate holiday gift packs can be found at Walmart. Ours were located in the health and beauty aids department in a huge end cap. In addition to Sponge Bob (James’ favorite), they also had Dora and Transformers, and for the tween/teen crowd they had One Direction. Can you guess which one Cady picked? They also had a non-characterized version that would be perfect for those teens that feel they are too old for character toothbrushes. (Do they ever really outgrow Sponge Bob though?)

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If you are looking for holiday gifts for stocking stuffers and are faced with the same problem I am in the mornings then I highly suggest you invest in a couple of these Colgate Gift packs and let your kids unwrap some holiday smiles this Christmas.

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For more information about my experience shopping for the Colgate Holiday Smiles gift packs be sure to check out my story on Google+.

You can get more information about Colgate, their brands, and upcoming promotions by visiting their website, their Facebook page, and/or their Twitter account.

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Colgate. #CBias #HolidaySmiles #SocialFabric

Comments

  1. I may have to get the Sponge Bob one for my now 33 year old SIL. She & our 4 year old have bonded over their mutual fandom. So, no, you never are too old for some Sponge Bob.
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  2. We are completely sold on the Tween Colgate toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss sticks and rinse in our house. I love how they just changed the packaging on their rinse to say “swish the gunk out” or something like that. My girls noticed it right away when I brought home a new bottle the other day.
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  3. What a great idea for a stocking stuffer!
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  4. One Direction? No one here has outgrown that.

    The girls had complained when they were about 7 or 8 that the flavor of some of the character toothpastes was bad (I only ever buy
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    • Cady has a very strong aversion to mint. That makes toothpaste shopping super fun. She keeps asking if she can go back to the toddler toothpaste. I guess I need to ask the dentist about that.

  5. them as stocking stuffers). I don’t know that we tried Colgate, though.
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  6. How awesome that you noticed an immediate improvement in their attitudes! I love finding items that motivate kids.
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  7. My kids are really picky about their toothpaste…and that’s what makes the difference between them brushing and not. Buster can’t stand the “spicy” (minty) toothpaste, so we use the Colgate strawberry stuff for him.
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  8. I didn’t know they made those cute holiday gift packs. Love that! I think they make good stocking stuffers. Here’s to no more cavities over there!
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  9. OMG, I hear you on the toothbrush battle. Every time we go to the dentist, I’m nervous because I don’t want him to have cavities, but with all of the sugary drinks and sticky candy that’s so easily pushed on kids, it’s a battle. So far we’ve been lucky, but I know it’s just a matter of time. One thing that helped us is we have a Norwegian children’s book that has a pretty harsh tale about cavities. There’s two creatures Karius and Bactus who pound and hack on this kid’s tooth and he’s in such horrible pain. The little creatures just laugh and then they go to the dentist, who whips out this big scary drill and destroys their home. So we talk alot about which foods have a lot of Karius and Bactus, but increasingly, he doesn’t care. *sigh*
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  10. I’m about 99.9% sure that if we attempted these as stocking stuffers, my siblings would throw them in our faces lol. But they’re so cute, I want one for myself! And for the record, I totally outgrew Spongebob. ;)
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