The Best Baby Toothbrush
The Dr. Brown's Giraffe Infant to Toddler Toothbrush is a top-place winner in our books. Its giraffe shape is attractive to kids, its four legs provide enough surface contact for the giraffe to stand upright, and the base is broad enough for little hands to hold and control, yet easy for an adult to grip. The bristles are soft, and the toothbrush head is little-mouth-sized. We appreciate that the toothbrush is similar to a traditional toothbrush as we think it will set your little one up for dental hygiene success as they understand the concept and sensation of brushing. Plus, we think babies will want something that looks like their parent's toothbrush.
Honestly, we cannot find any significant drawbacks to this product. So, if you seek a pearly-white cleaner, especially one similar to a traditional toothbrush, we think this toothbrush is excellent.
With extra-soft, vegetable-derived bristles, the Radius Totz Brush is designed for children 18 months and older, and as a colorful and sparkly toothbrush, it is aesthetically appealing for tots. I mean, what kid doesn't love glitter? The packaging is recyclable, along with the toothbrush handle (#5 plastic). Clip off the head and recycle the product. Considering how frequently dentists suggest replacing toothbrushes, we consider this a big perk. Plus, you can rest easy knowing your child's smile is extra clean and chemical-free, as the manufacturer claims the brush is created free of BPA, latex, and phthalate. If you like this product and need one for younger babies (6 months of age and up), consider the Radius Pure Brush as it offers ultra-soft bristles for babies.
The toothbrush's oval-shaped head is more generous in size, making it less ideal for small mouths but fine for toddlers. Also, some users report that the bristles shed; however, we didn't experience this issue during our hands-on testing. We think this product is stellar, but if you're dissatisfied, you are not out more than the cost of your morning cup of coffee. Therefore, we believe the Totz Brush is worth consideration if it meets your needs and budget.
If you are looking for a budget-friendly product, consider the Jordan Step 0-2 Years Toothbrush. The quantity (4-pack) vs. price is appealing, plus the toothbrush ranks high. The toothbrush is short and sports a wide, ergonomic handle with some silicone for added grip that is easy for little hands to hold for our testers, yet works for adults too. The toothbrush head is an ideal size for little mouths, and the bristles are soft. Once your tot is ready for toothpaste, the bristles present a toothpaste indicator (different of bristle color the size of short-grain rice) to show the correct amount of toothpaste to use with your child. We appreciate that the toothbrush is similar to a traditional toothbrush because we believe it is more likely to set your little one up for oral hygiene success.
Unfortunately, the toothbrush doesn't stand upright. Although we don't consider this a deal-breaker, we appreciate a toothbrush that stands upright to air dry and avoid sitting on a germy surface. However, if you can overlook this shortcoming, we think this toothbrush is great, especially for its price.
The Brush Baby BabySonic Infant and Toddler Toothbrush stands out among the competition as the only electric toothbrush. This battery-powered toothbrush (includes 1 AAA battery) comes with two brush heads, one for babies (0-18 months) and one for toddlers (18-36 months). Push the power button, and brush away. It has a two-minute timer and pulses every 30 seconds to remind the user to move the brush to different parts of your baby's mouth. The handle uses silicone for better grip, and other features include a light and suction base to keep the toothbrush upright after brushing.
The initial price of this toothbrush is a factor to consider. Also, the instructions suggest replacing brush heads every three months or sooner if the brush head becomes worn. So be aware that this product involves additional expenses. The vibrations and light may be overstimulating for some children or distract from the job of getting teeth clean. We recommend this toothbrush to an older tot ready to take brushing to the next level or one that has become bored with the routine and is looking for something more.
Performance aside, The Brushies Extra Toothbrush makes us smile, and it may do the same for you and your little one. This finger puppet toothbrush doubles as a gum massager and pearly-white cleaner. It is made in the USA, one-piece silicone, and feels durable. The bristles are super soft, great for babies' gums after nursing or bottle-feeding or a teething child with sensitive gums. We appreciate that the Brushies bring a fun and playful spin to the toothbrush world with some adorable characters: Momo the monkey, Chomps the dino, Pinkey the pig, and Willa the whale. Sometimes children are not fans of brushing teeth, and we think Brushies may change a tot's mind.
The packaging says you can use this toothbrush up to 4 years of age, but we suggest switching to a traditional toothbrush once your baby sprouts multiple teeth to brush nooks and crannies. Also, the cost is a factor to consider, as it is somewhat higher than competing products. But, we think that Brushie's silicone construction is durable and thick, less prone to stretching and rips, making it worth the price. If you seek a finger toothbrush for your little one, check out Brushies.
The Green Sprouts Silicone Toothbrush can help keep your baby's gums and teeth cleaner. This toothbrush is silicone-coated polypropylene and free of PVC, BPA, and petroleum. The brush head is slightly larger and more rectangular than other contenders, and the handle sports an anti-choking shield for added protection. We appreciate that the Green Sprouts company makes an effort to use healthier materials and less environmental impact.
The toothbrush's handle is slim, similar to a pen or a traditional toothbrush. Although this may feel familiar in an adult hand, we prefer wider toothbrush handles for little hands to grip and control. Although this baby toothbrush does not stand upright, the anti-choking shield keeps the brush head off germy surfaces. Nonetheless, if you seek a toothbrush with a slightly larger brush head, anti-choking protection, and appreciate the silicone construction, we think this product may meet your needs.
The Nuby 4 Stage Oral Care System is a four-stage oral care system intended to grow with your baby by providing brushes to clean your baby's gums and primary teeth once they pop through. The set includes one silicone gum massager (for babies under 3 months of age) with noticeable durability and three brushes (two silicone and one like a traditional toothbrush with nylon bristles) for the next stages of oral development. We appreciate that it comes with a stand to hold all brushes, and the cost of the overall set is appealing, especially for those on a budget.
We recognize that this oral care system's selling point is it provides the necessary tools from infancy to big kid brushing. Of course, the concept is attractive, but the reality is that it is setting yourself up for future purchasing. The American Dental Associations (ADA) recommends replacing a toothbrush every couple of months, and even Nuby's instructions suggest this in the product's instructions. Therefore, the product's longevity is questionable, so you will continue to purchase toothbrushes despite this set. However, if you don't mind the additional purchases, this set may be fitting for kick-starting your brushing toolkit.
The SmileFrida Finger Toothbrush is great for brushing your baby's gums after nursing and bottle-feeding, as well as their first couple of teeth. It is food-grade silicone (BPA-free) and comes with a cover to keep things clean, which we appreciate. The finger toothbrush is two-sided (forget about twisting your wrist to reach different areas), and the brush areas are concave and offer multiple angles.
Once your little one sprouts multiple teeth, we think this finger toothbrush doesn't effectively brush between teeth, and we suggest moving to a traditional toothbrush style. However, if your baby requires gum care and massage, we think this product may work.
The Baby Banana Infant Toothbrush is a toothbrush-style teether. This product is made in the USA, constructed of 100% food-grade silicone, plus free of BPA, latex, and phthalate. The material makes it dishwasher and freezer safe. The "peel" handles are comfortable for little hands to hold, and the banana is moderately flexible and bendable. The bristles are thicker and more nub-like, ready for your little one to brush or chew. We appreciate that the product introduces the concept of brushing.
In our opinion, the bristles may scrub off milk scum and sugar bugs on your baby's gums. But, we don't view this product as your child's primary toothbrush. To effectively clean multiple teeth, we suggest switching to a toothbrush with nylon bristles. Also, the silicone material attracts fibers, so we suggest inspecting and rinsing it off before giving it to your baby. Despite these flaws, we recommend this product to a teething tot in training.
Why You Should Trust Us
The BabyGearLab team has been testing baby products over the past decade, developing thorough testing methods, data, and acquiring knowledge of baby products. As for a baby's oral care, we understand success and protection start early. It is important to us to provide the necessary information for parents to make informed decisions about baby toothbrushes. Leading our review is Molly Bradac, Senior Review Editor, professional Nanny, and Newborn Care Specialist with over 14 years of experience. Molly's expertise and knowledge of all-things baby make her a pro at identifying top-notch products and offering recommendations. We purchased and hands-on tested all contenders in our review to analyze and evaluate performance before ranking the competition.
Analysis and Test Results
After extensively testing and ranking the competition, we have insider details regarding ease of use and bristles so that you can select the right option for you and your baby.
While our review is a good place to learn information about the various baby toothbrush options on the market, we are not medical professionals. Our review should not be taken as medical advice. You should always discuss periodontal health with a pediatric dentist.
Ease of Use
Parents and caregivers will be brushing a child's gums and teeth for a while before a child takes over. However, we believe it is essential to allow children to explore and learn how to brush. Therefore, we value products that are easy for an adult and a child to use.
A finger toothbrush is made of silicone material designed for an adult to wear, featuring soft bristles to brush babies' gums and teeth. We rank those with more noticeable durability higher than those that feel unequal. For instance, The Brushies Extra Toothbrush and the first stage Nuby 4 Stage Oral Care System offer thicker silicone, which we believe is less prone to stretching and ripping than the SmileFrida Finger Toothbrush with thinner silicone.
An ergonomic handle, as seen on the Jordan Step 0-2 Years Toothbrush, is wider for toddlers to grip and maneuver. Following behind in regards to width is the Dr. Brown's Giraffe Infant to Toddler Toothbrush, Brush Baby BabySonic Infant and Toddler Toothbrush, as well as the Radius Totz Brush. These handles are not as pronounced but feel comfortable in the hands of adults and children.
On the flip-side, the Green Sprouts Silicone Toothbrush and Nuby 4 Stage Oral Care System have thin and slim handles, which may feel familiar in an adult's hand, but may not work as well in a younger tot's hand that doesn't have much dexterity yet.
We appreciate and believe it makes the brushing/drying process more manageable if a product can stand upright. Products with a suction bottom, more extensive base, or stand rank higher than those that do not offer such features.
Our lineup includes various bristles, all soft for a baby's delicate gums and teeth. Traditionally, toothbrushes have nylon bristles, and silicone is relatively new to the game. From our research, silicone toothbrushes are so new that there is not enough information and evidence proving their efficacy. We prefer to stick to what we know works. For tots with one or more teeth, we suggest nylon or bioplastic bristles to reach all sides of a tooth effectively and along the gum line to brush away sugar bugs that cause plaque and bacteria build-up. Products in our lineup that include nylon bristles include Dr. Brown's Giraffe Infant to Toddler Toothbrush, Jordan Step 0-2 Years Toothbrush, Brush Baby BabySonic Infant and Toddler Toothbrush, and one of the Nuby 4 Stage Oral Care System toothbrushes. Alternatively, the Radius Totz brush uses vegetable-derived bioplastic bristles, and we consider this option to work well.
Silicone toothbrushes might be a good choice for babies with sensitive or delicate gums or erupting teeth, like The Brushies Extra Toothbrush, SmileFrida Finger Toothbrush, and the first stage of the Nuby 4 Stage Oral Care System. Regardless of bristle type, any product in our lineup is better than not brushing at all.
A good way to ensure you reach two minutes of brushing with toddlers is to sing a song or set a timer.
Babies and Oral Healthcare
When should you begin caring for your little one's gums and teeth, and why is it important? The American Dental Association (ADA) is a great resource to learn more about your baby's oral healthcare, and they encourage establishing a routine early. Regardless of if you use formula or breastfeed, they both contain sugar, and it is important to begin wiping your baby's gums. Plus, it introduces the concept and sensation of brushing and can prevent future dental caries (cavities). Once your baby's first pearly-whites erupt or by their first birthday, the ADA suggests setting up your baby's first dentist appointment. The takeaway is good oral care can help protect your baby's teeth and set them up for future teeth brushing success.
It is never too early to start thinking about proper oral hygiene for your baby. Before teeth sprout, begin with good gum care, which can help prevent early dental caries (cavity) and allow your baby to learn the brushing concept and sensation. Our lineup includes popular options, and we are confident there is a baby toothbrush here that will meet your needs and budget.
— Molly Bradac
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