“We” are preparing for the arrival of the Tooth Fairy. She has never been here before so “we” have been a little flummoxed as to how this whole thing is supposed to go down.
The Tooth Fairy may have visited me once as a child. I have no memory of it whatsoever. Thanks, Mom.
Anson’s tooth is going to fall out any day now despite it’s first wiggle about four weeks ago; I have yet to do anything other than run my mouth about it and stay up late conducting Tooth Fairy research. #parentfail
If you’re a Tooth Fairy first-timer like me, here are some things you’re going to need based purely on research and not first-hand experience:
According to the Tooth Fairy Index, which aggregates the Tooth Fairy’s global giving rate from the previous year, the current value for a lost tooth (first or otherwise) is $2.42. Responses to the nolaParent FB poll regarding the going rate for a tooth in New Orleans, LA, produced similar results. Here are some suggested “trade for treasures:”
- A crisp $2 Jefferson
- A silver dollar
- A gold dollar coin
- Fairy money (a dollar bill that you paint with a glue stick and sprinkle upon it
All of these treasures can be procured at any bank with the exception of fairy dust (street name: glitter).
Tip: Call the bank ahead of time to make sure they’ve got the loot you’re looking for. These items are kept in small quantities. You can even purchase a roll of special coins or a pad of bills to keep in your treasure chest for unexpected occasions.
The Tooth Fairy has lots of helpers around the world so don’t feel like you have to go the fairy route to get in a good tooth tale. A Tooth Mouse visits kids in France, Argentina, Colombia, Sweden and South Africa; An elf visits certain European children and a Tooth Rat manages the tooth market in the Philippines.
Here are some Tooth Fairy book recommendations, all of which have received excellent reviews:
Dear Tooth Fairy is about an inquisitive (and skeptical) little girl who gives the Tooth Fairy a run for her money. It’s interactive with pullout notes and such.
With so many of our children here in New Orleans learning French and/or attending French schools, I would be remiss if I didn’t include this beautifully illustrated, charming French fable about Sophie, la petite souris, in The Tooth Mouse. And here’s a lovely New York Times review.
For the older set (7-11), Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies, is part of William Joyce’s New York Time’s Best-selling Guardians of Childhood chapter book series and joins her friends Man in the Moon, Sandman, Nicholas St. North and E. Aster Bunnymund to forever protect all children from Pitch, The Nightmare King. This series inspired the feature film, Rise of the Guardians. Joyce is also the brain child behind The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore… which is the most amazing book app on the face of the planet.
You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy gives you a sneak peek into the hectic and dangerous life of a fairy.
The Tooth Fairy meets El Raton Perez to duke it out over a Mexican-American boy’s tooth. Oh, the drama!
More Tooth Fairy good reads.
Not only is it important to keep one’s lost tooth safe, it’s important to store it in an obvious location so the Tooth Fairy knows exactly where she’s going. Your little one certainly wouldn’t want this to happen.
I recently picked up this sweet little First Tooth box from Baby Bump Maternity & Children. They have First Curl boxes, too. The Tooth Fairy will leave this on my daughter’s nightstand with a note as a little pre-lost tooth gift to get her excited.
A classic via etsy
Totally DIY-able via etsy
Shabby Chic Door Hanger via etsy
Tooth Fairy Doors seem to be all the rage these days.
A Tooth Box of the eco-friendly variety by Stubby Pencil Studio
Anticipatory Tooth Fairy visitations inspire all sorts of exciting Tooth Fairy Correspondence opportunities. Why not make the Tooth Fairy a pen pal?
Dreamy felt DIY envelopes by Not Without Salt.
Leaf Cutter Designs, the world’s smallest post office, makes these beautiful, teensy, tiny letters that only a Tooth Fairy could write.
Macaroon’s Tooth Mouse and Tooth Fairy Kits come with a beautiful tin, credit card-sized letters and envelopes. Precious!
A beautiful, letter pressed certificate and bag from The Office of the Tooth Fairy. Fancy!
What will you do or have you done to make this event special for your little ones? We’d love to hear and post your stories on nolaParent!
Looking for more ideas? Check out our Tooth Fairy Pinterest Board.