So my youngest daughter, who has been anxiously awaiting the loss of her first tooth, just lost her first TWO teeth at once. When my eldest lost her first tooth, we — I mean, the tooth fairy — gave her $5 plus a lovely note. For each additional tooth she raked in $1.
But a few nights ago, at 10 p.m., I had to figure out what the protocol was for a kid who loses two "first" teeth within a few minutes of each other. Does the tooth fairy pay double? Does this warrant a gift?
To get answers, I turned to Facebook
and asked family and friends to weigh in on what they would do, and what their local tooth fairy pays for the average lost tooth.
In March I wrote a post about a national survey that found that parents had decreased the amount they were allocating for tooth fairy funds
. But judging by my recent informal survey, prices are on the rise again. A few parents thought $1 per tooth would do the trick, while others thought this occasion was so special that it warranted a cool $20. Overall, most people suggested that I give my daughter $5 per tooth.
My favorite response came from Lynne Miller of Organic Mania
who suggested "[y]ou better ask her best friend's mother! :-)" Good call! And I really liked Tiffany Norton of Picnic Basket Crafts
, who said this about tooth fairy protocol, "My tooth fairy stops at the door if the room is too messy for her to navigate to the bed safely. She's a delicate little thing. A neat freak wimp, and kind of unreliable. She'll make a second trip a few days later, but you just never know when she'll show up. It's like waiting for the plumber."
In the end, we decided to dole out $5 per tooth for a total of 10 buckaroos under the pillow plus a sweet note of congratulations signed by the winged fairy herself.
What what you have done in this unique situation? What does your local tooth fairy give kids for lost teeth?