Meet Anna ..
she is 18 months old and has just been introduced to the fascinating world of toothpaste and teeth brushing. Her mum, Tacha has cast the Jack n’ Jill brand in the role of trusty sidekick. Anna’s testing 3 of the 6 natural toothpastes with organic flavours (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackcurrant, banana and flavour free) and using an age appropriate Jack n’ Jill toothbrush.
Let’s see how they are getting on and if their sidekick is proving worthy of the role ….
Tacha, how has the process been so far?
It has been super easy so far. Anna was curious about everything the first time we tried it and now I just have to mention teeth brushing time and she’s running to the sink. She’s loving the fact that she is doing the same things as her big brother and sister and that everything tastes fruity. We have to work on her spitting out after brushing but we’ll get there eventually.
Did Anna like the range of toothpastes? Did she have a favourite?
The toothpastes get full marks from Anna. She’s immediately taken to all 3 flavours (banana, strawberry and raspberry), loving all 3. Her 3 year old sister wanted to get involved and decided it was important for her to also taste the flavours and her favourite is strawberry.
Why have you opted for the Jack n’ Jill brand?
The toothpaste flavours make it fun and attractive to the little ones. The fact that they are sugar free, colour free, sls free and that they have no preservatives is what addresses my concerns especially since Anna doesn’t know how to spit out the toothpaste as yet. I’m also loving the fact that the toothbrush handle is biodegradable and recyclable … talk about a win win product range!
What are your thoughts on introducing little ones to oral care?
Considering that sugar in particular is found and hidden in so many products our little ones consume (one major product that comes to mind is formula milk), early oral care is definitely a must! Prevention is way better than cure!
Do you have any tips for fellow mums on how to make teeth brushing fun for kids?
I feel that I started a little late with Anna. Possibly because my second child was so headstrong about it that I was left a little distraught at the whole idea of starting the battles all over again. In hind sight, I should have left my elder daughter try it out for herself like she wanted to do and then “finish” the job when she was done, making it something positive and fun. I’ve taken this approach instead with Anna and the fact that everything tastes yummy is a real bonus to her experience. She’s already happy to let me have a go at it first and then does her own brushing when I’m done.
Thank you ladies and well done Jack n’ Jill for a stellar performance!
A little bit more about Jack n’ Jill
Jack n’ Jill is a family run business based in Australia and founded by parents Justin and Rachel Bernhaut.
“At Jack n’ Jill we believe that businesses have an obligation to the environment, that’s why we have formulated an all natural, hypoallergenic toothpaste with organic ingredients and designed our packaging to be minimal, recyclable and BPA free.”
The toothpastes use organic Calendula to soothe gums and uses Xylitol (sourced from Birch trees and other types of plants) instead of Flouride which is a natural approach to cavity prevention. This makes it safe for young kids that have a tendency to swallow toothpaste rather than spit it out, so we think it is a great option for introducing kids to oral care.
Jack n’ Jill products can be found in pharmacies, health shops and major supermarkets.