My 2 year old and I have a constant up and down relationship with toothbrushing. At the moment he has been letting me brush while I count to 10 and he watches a video, and it helps that I let him put the toothpaste on his brush himself. However, he likes to eat more toothpaste than I would feel comfortable with so I decided to make my own using natural ingredients. We had a strawberry natural toothpaste before which he liked, so I looked for the closest recipe I could find and ended up making my own version. It ended up being a big success luckily! He helped me make it and loves licking it right out of the jar. Because our house is warm I store it in the fridge so the coconut oil doesn’t melt, and he rubs his toothbrush on it (or licks it out of the container).
1/2 cup coconut oil (I didn’t melt it because it was already half melted in our warm house)
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons xylitol (I bought it from whole foods and blended it in a coffee grinder first because the crystals were too big)
10 drops of orange essential oil
a few drops of natural orange food coloring if your child likes colorful toothpaste
you just mix it together and then taste a bit to see if you need more xylitol for sweetness or more orange flavor