By Nicole Moon, BBP Blog Contributor
My 19 month old has an addiction to brushing his teeth. I’m not joking. The kid would probably carry attach a toothbrush all day if he could and when he can’t find his own toothbrush, he’ll pull up a stool and steal his big brothers’.
So when I was interviewing Natalee Phillips for the BBP Blog May Momtrepreneur feature, and she shared with me the story of her nephew ending up in the emergency room after he tripped and fell with a toothbrush in his hand. I have to admit, the story hit home for me. Fortunately for me (and all the other moms out there just like me) Natalee’s mother decided to use her nephew’s traumatic experience and turn it into a solution, the Baby Banana Brush. It turns out accidents involving toddlers running with an object in their mouths (it doesn’t have to be a toothbrush) is the second most common reason for babies being taken to the hospital. Crazy!
If you haven’t seen the Baby Banana Brush, you need to check it out. This is a baby toothbrush in the shape of a banana (which incidentally is a popular snack in this house). The whole thing, bristles and all, is made of silicone which not only makes it bendable and fun to hold, it is also non-toxic and safe in the accidental case that a bristle would come off. Natalee told me that is a rare occurrence though. She also told me that the brush was designed in C-shape because researchers have found that shape is least likely to cause damage if someone were to fall with it in their mouth.
So, after explaining my toddler’s obsession with dental hygiene, Natalee was nice enough to send him his very own Baby Banana Brush. He LOVES it. And his big brother’s do too.