I’ve been thrown into early retirement. Pushed out before my time.

My kids’ tiny, wiggly teeth have been replaced with mouths full of metal braces.

My role as the Tooth Fairy has come to an end.

Before I pack away my wings, I want to pass along some tips to you parents coming behind me.

1. Decide on your Tooth Fairy currency

Give the same amount of money consistently and make it special. Our kids always woke up to a $2 bill or two $1 gold coins in place of their lost tooth.

The supposed going rate is at an all-time high of almost $5 a tooth. Of course, it is. At my house, we’re sticking to 2006 rates.

2. Go to the bank and stock up on decided currency NOW

Be consistent and be prepared!  Next time you’re at the bank, stock up on $2 bills, gold dollar coins, or whatever currency you, the intentional tooth fairy, chooses to give.

My husband used to travel a lot for work, so I was alone many nights and couldn’t rely on what I may have in my wallet at any given tooth loss. And I wasn’t about to hand out $20 bills, which is what you’re bound to do if you aren’t prepared.

3. Get a special tooth fairy pillow and storage box

Our kids used the same gold silk pillow to hold their lost teeth. They will always remember this tradition and equate the $2 bill to their tooth fairy days I’m sure.

As a Tooth Fairy rookie, I even scattered gold glitter from the windowsill to their pillow in my newfound excitement. That was a cute idea, but short-lived once I realized I was only making more clean up work for myself.

4. Put a reminder under your bed covers as soon as a tooth is lost

No more falling asleep and forgetting to fulfill your Tooth Fairy duties!

Whenever my kids lost a tooth, I retrieved the pillow and it’s special box, where I kept all lost baby teeth AND my stash of $2 bills. I put the box under my comforter, so when I pulled down my bed covers at night I would be reminded of my role. I can’t tell you how many countless times I would’ve forgotten if I hadn’t done this!

My collection of little lost teeth are a reminder of how far we’ve traveled in our family journey. They are a tangible sign of a fleeting childhood.

Enjoy this sweet role of the intentional tooth fairy,  because it won’t be long before you too will be thrown into retirement before you’re ready.

What tooth fairy traditions do you have?

2 replies
  1. L
    L says:

    I have also kept sparkle glue on hand for emergency tooth fairy notes for those unexpected dental tooth fairy jobs – ex fall and knock tooth out and have to go to emerge room throughout the evening. You only need one of these crazy incidents to want to be ready for the next kid adventure.

    • Amy Carney
      Amy Carney says:

      I love it! We certainly learn through our personal experiences don’t we? Great advice and our mishaps only add to the memories!


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